W.Va. News

West Virginia Lottery Commission sets sports betting rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's lottery commission has set its rules for sports betting in the state, and its director says the goal is to have sports wagering underway by football season. The rules were approved at an emergency meeting Thursday, media outlets reported. West ...

Federal study: Chemicals toxic at levels EPA thought safe

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The chemicals used by a West Virginia factory to make non-stick products are dangerous at levels the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had thought were safe, according to a federal study that had been previously blocked from publication. The federal Agency for ...

Indicted for fraud, a West Virginia judge pleads not guilty

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Supreme Court justice has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of fraud and lying to federal agents. Media outlets report Allen Loughry entered the plea on Friday two hours before West Virginia lawmakers announced they were considering ...

West Virginia paid $1 million for vacant office space

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's state government has paid nearly $1 million in the past three years to rent vacant office space. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources renewed its lease with Pin Oak Properties in 2014 and paid ...

West Virginia city considers banning motorized bicycles

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city is considering banning motorized bicycles. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports city Police Chief Joe Martin says there are about 300 pocket bikes or mini-bikes in the city and they have become a safety hazard. He said residents have ...

Business up at New Jersey track, casino with sports bets

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Arthur Rosen puzzled over the photocopied sheet of paper listing all sorts of exotic bets on baseball games, including one in which the number of runs scored and hits made in Tuesday night's New York Yankees-Seattle Mariners game had to ...

West Virginia VA hospital being renamed in Williams’ honor

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Huntington VA Medical Center is being renamed for World War II veteran Woody Williams. Congressman Evan Jenkins says in a news release that President Donald Trump has signed Jenkins' legislation to rename the hospital the Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical ...

Family says W. Virginia hospital gave them the wrong baby

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A family says they held the wrong baby for nearly two hours days after his birth at a West Virginia hospital. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Crystal and Arnold "Junior" Perry gave birth to Dawson at Logan Regional Medical Center on June 12. Grandmother Barbara ...

2 more violation notices issued to Mountain Valley Pipeline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators have issued two additional violation notices to the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the two additional violation notices to the pipeline project are for water pollution violations in Nicholas and Harrison ...

Ex-West Virginia deputy sheriff pleads guilty to gun charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former deputy sheriff from West Virginia has pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release that 42-year-old Terry Lee Powell of Point Pleasant pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a stolen firearm. Powell is a former ...

Ex-West Virginia cabinet chief pleads guilty to embezzlement

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a volunteer fire department where he handled financial affairs. The U.S. attorney's office in Huntington said 64-year-old Clifford Keith Gwinn ...

Jennings Randolph Collection being unveiled in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Archives and History Library is holding a public opening of the Sen. Jennings Randolph Collection. The opening is Wednesday at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. An online exhibit will be unveiled and the collection ...

Celebrations planned for West Virginia’s 155th birthday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Celebrations across West Virginia will mark the state's 155th birthday. The Division of Culture and History says in a news release that free activities will be held Wednesday at the state Culture Center in Charleston, the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in ...

Panel won’t reconsider Mountain Valley Pipeline approval

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A divided panel of federal regulators has denied requests from individuals and public interest groups to reconsider its approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday issued an order turning down the requests. Two of the five ...

Broadband official: Microsoft eyes West Virginia investment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia broadband council executive says Microsoft Corp. is looking to partner with an internet service provider in the state for the company's broadband expansive initiative starting in July. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , Broadcast Enhancement ...

Police: Pickup stolen from West Virginia highways garage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say they are looking for a female suspect in the theft of a pickup truck and other items from a state Division of Highways garage before she fled by crashing through a locked gate. Kanawha County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Brian Humphreys ...

Groundbreaking being held for new pharmacy school, housing

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University in West Virginia is breaking ground for its new school of pharmacy and graduate student housing complex. The facilities will be located on the Fairfield Campus of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington. The new school will house ...

West Virginia county asked to consider paid firefighter plan

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county is considering whether to convert its fire departments to full-time paid staff instead of volunteer. The Journal reports Berkeley County Fire Board Chairman Hunter Wilson says volunteers are being overwhelmed with an increasing number of ...

W.Va. Tourism Office announces new state 155th birthday campaign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Tourism Office today announced a new social media campaign for the state’s 155th birthday on June 20, 2018. This year’s birthday celebration features exclusive Almost Heaven stickers and encourages travel in the Mountain State. “Let’s celebrate ...

Pipeline builder fined $430,000 for West Virginia violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators have issued a $430,000 fine for permit violations against a company building a 713-mile natural gas pipeline. The Department of Environmental Protection announced the fine Tuesday against Rover Pipeline LLC, which is owned by Energy Transfer ...