W.Va. News

Boy drowns in Tug River in eastern Kentucky on Christmas day

WARFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Police say an eastern Kentucky boy drowned in the Tug River along the West Virginia border on Christmas Day. Martin County Sheriff John Kirk told WSAZ-TV he believes the death was an accident. The boy, Paul Bowen, was found Monday in the river near the Warfield ...

Program honors high schoolers who register new voters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group called Inspire West Virginia and the Secretary of State are honoring high school students who helped register more than 3,100 young voters. The group will recognize 49 student leaders and the schools that registered all eligible seniors. They will be honored ...

West Virginia Symphony seeking singers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The new music director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is on a search for bass, tenor, alto and soprano voices around the state. Lawrence Loh, the music director, wants more choral sound for the upcoming Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series. The ...

Girls Who Code club explores computer science at HHS

By BISHOP NASH The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — To the uninitiated, nothing in the block of text and symbols on Madelin Mozafari’s screen would indicate she had just formed a picture of a tomato using JavaScript, save for the words “tomato” and “stem” hidden away ...

Census: WV population down almost 13,000 from 2016

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Census data released Wednesday show West Virginia’s population continues to wane, posing a threat to one of three of its congressional seats.   According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, West ...

Inmate seeks parole for murder committed as youth

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate convicted of murder as a teenager in 2002 is seeking his release under a 2014 West Virginia law that allows parole for juveniles who commit serious crimes. A state parole board this week deferred a bid for freedom by Michael ...

West Virginia credit union worker admits embezzling $82,000

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A 45-year-old woman from West Virginia's northern panhandle has pleaded guilty to embezzlement, admitting she took more than $82,000 from a local credit union. According to federal authorities, Michelle K. Martin, of Wellsburg, admitted taking the money from October ...

West Virginia nursing care company agrees to pay back wages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia nursing home and rehabilitation company has agreed to pay nearly $124,000 in back wages and damages to about 500 workers to resolve allegations that it violated overtime rules. The U.S. Department of Labor announced the settlement Thursday with ...

Missing West Virginia teen found safe

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff says a teenage girl who had been the subject of an Amber alert has been found safe. Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan said in a statement on Facebook that tips from the public led deputies to find the 14-year-old girl Thursday night. The ...

Military training facility set for West Virginia mine site

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced a "new approach" Monday that includes significant potential cost savings for the planned development of a former West Virginia coal mine site initiated by his Democratic predecessor. Justice said ...

West Virginia gov gives state workers half-day off Friday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is giving state workers an early start to the upcoming holiday break. The governor's office said in a statement Monday that Justice has issued an executive order declaring Friday afternoon as an official holiday for public employees. State employees ...

West Virginia mother files appeal in case over Bible class

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A mother has filed an appeal to a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit over a previously taught Bible class in a West Virginia school district. News outlets report Elizabeth Deal filed a notice to appeal Thursday after Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Faber ...

West Virginia man killed during police altercation

VALLEY HEAD, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a trooper has fatally shot a man who went toward officers with a shovel after he had threatened family members. State Police said in a news release that troopers responded to the home of 52-year-old Spencer Crumbley and shot him Sunday in ...

Newly found beetle named for West Virginia State official

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University says a newly discovered species of beetle has been named in honor of one of the university's administrators. The Pachybrachis mcmeansi Barney was discovered by West Virginia State professor emeritus Robert J. Barney, who retired in 2015. ...

West Virginia authorities find drugs in privileged mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's correctional authorities say they are thwarting efforts to smuggle drugs to inmates inside mail that appears to come from their lawyers. Known as privileged mail, it gets special protection to preserve attorney-client confidentiality. However, ...

Marshall staff, students to work with addiction group

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Staff and students at Marshall University will be lending a hand to an organization that works to help fight addiction. The university said in a news release that students and staff in the College of Health Professions will work on video projects next semester ...

West Virginia taking applications for holiday safety breaks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Highways is encouraging groups to apply to host holiday safety breaks at rest areas and welcome centers. The program is intended to encourage drivers to take a break while traveling. The agency says permission is granted only to civic ...

Federal contractor agrees to pay back wages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says a contractor for projects at federal buildings in Kentucky and West Virginia has paid more than $213,000 in back wages to seven employees. The Labor Department says in a news release B&F Contracting Inc. made the payments to ...

Military conducts special ops training in Bluefield area

SAMANTHA PERRY, Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Bluefield and surrounding areas are now a training ground for U.S. military special operations forces, city officials told the Daily Telegraph on Dec. 5. The elite teams are currently in the city for their third training ...