W.Va. News

Cybersecurity training set for West Virginia senior citizens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia community and technical colleges plan to offer free training to senior citizens on computer safety. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in a news release his office will partner with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in ...

West Virginia Lottery director resigns, effective Saturday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The director of the West Virginia Lottery has resigned, just after the launch of sports gaming at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town. Gov. Jim Justice said in a news release that Alan Larrick informed him he would step down as director effective Saturday. Justice ...

Former school superintendent convicted in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former school superintendent in West Virginia has been convicted in federal court of theft and fraud after a four-day trial. The jury in Charleston found 68-year-old Phyllis Doty of Logan guilty Friday of four counts of wire fraud, two counts of theft from a ...

Jury acquits West Virginia man accused of hate crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal jury has acquitted a West Virginia man charged with attacking a woman at a bar in part because she is a lesbian. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a jury of 10 men and two women on Friday found John P. Taylor IV not guilty of violating the Matthew ...

West Virginia rejects bids for I-70 construction project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Transportation has rejected bids for a major road construction project along I-70 in Ohio County. The Intelligencer reports West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the state could not afford to award the contract because all of the bids ...

State hopes West Virginia scores as video game centerpiece

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS, Parkersburg News & Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sometime in the future, a bunker opens to the northeast of Parkersburg. The survivors of a nuclear war make their way out of the fluorescent into the natural sunlight. It's up to them to try to rebuild a ...

#ItsOnUsBeckley urges men to speak out against rape

By JESSICA FARRISH, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Rape isn't tolerated in Beckley or around southern West Virginia. That's the message that Women's Resource Center Director Patricia Bailey is asking local men to send on social media, using the hashtag #ItsOnUsBeckley. WRC, a ...

Esports shooting survivor tells story, files lawsuit

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jacob Mitich had made it to Round Two of the Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, and had almost scored a touchdown when the shots rang out. Vaulting over a table, he scrambled to exit the crowded room. At first he ran ...

Ex-student: Marshall mishandled sexual assault investigation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former student at Marshall University in West Virginia says the school mishandled the investigation into her sexual assault in 2016. News outlets report a lawsuit filed Monday against Marshall's Board of Governors argues Marshall violated Title IX, related ...

West Virginia drug overdoses top 1,000 in 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — New West Virginia health information shows drug overdose deaths have increased to more than 1,000 in a one-year period for the first time. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Health Statistics Center's most recent data also shows 870 deaths involved ...

Man dies in electrocution at West Virginia job site

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A law enforcement officer in West Virginia says a 30-year-old man died in an electrocution at a job site. Harrison County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Scott Lattea tells The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg that the death Thursday afternoon appeared to be accidental. ...

Funeral set for West Virginia victim of Florida shooting

PETERSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Weekend services are set for a West Virginia man who was fatally shot in Florida at a video game tournament. Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home in Peterstown says on its website that Taylor Robertson's funeral will be held Sunday at James Monroe High School in Lindside. ...

Meteorologist accused of fracturing anchor’s skull in fight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A meteorologist at a West Virginia TV station is accused of shoving a news anchor and fracturing her skull. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 26-year-old Chelsea Ambriz is charged with misdemeanor battery. A criminal complaint says Ambriz, who works as an on-air ...

West Virginia gov taps ex-speaker, congressman to high court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Saturday picked a Republican ex-House speaker and a congressman to fill interim state Supreme Court openings created in the fallout of impeachment proceedings. The announcement drew further blowback from Democrats, who said the ...

Gauley rafting season water releases set in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A rainy summer means there will be plenty of water for the fall rafting season on West Virginia's Gauley River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin lowering Summersville Lake to its winter level through releases at the Summersville Dam starting Sept. 7. The ...

Parents open up to discuss exoneration fight of sons

By COURTNEY HESSLER, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — While very religious, Tammy Barnett hasn't walked into a church very often since her sons were imprisoned more than a decade ago after being convicted of murder. When one son was granted bond recently because of new ...

Judge sends suspect in sheriff death back to mental facility

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff in 2013 is returning to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation. Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller tells The Herald-Dispatch that a Cabell County circuit judge Thursday returned Tennis Melvin ...

West Virginia State University honors NASA mathematician

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University has honored NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday. Six of Johnson's grandchildren revealed the statue during a ceremony Saturday on the West Virginia State ...

CDC director plans visit to West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to discuss the opioid epidemic in West Virginia. The Herald-Dispatch reports Dr. Robert Redfield plans to visit Huntington on Monday. Redfield is set to speak at a conference at Cabell ...

Ex-West Virginia Supreme Court justice pleads guilty

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired West Virginia Supreme Court justice is now a convicted felon. Menis Ketchum pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a felony count of fraud related to his personal use of a state vehicle and gas fuel card in a scandal ...