W.Va. News

3 plead guilty to neglect in aftermath of woman’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three people have pleaded guilty to neglect in the aftermath of an 88-year-old woman's death in West Virginia. The case involves the death of Norma Dunlap in May, after she was admitted to a hospital. A criminal complaint said she had numerous bed sores, had dried ...

West Virginia agencies mobilizing for hurricane response

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia agencies are mobilizing to respond to problems arising from Hurricane Florence. The governor's office says in a news release the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management activated its emergency operations center Wednesday. The statement ...

Hearings set on West Virginia water, electric rate increases

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public hearings will be held statewide starting next month on proposed water and electricity rate increases in West Virginia. West Virginia American Water is seeking a 24 percent rate increase for customers. The Public Service Commission says it will hold hearings ...

Elementary educator named West Virginia teacher of the year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A fifth-grade instructor from Raleigh County has been named West Virginia's teacher of the year. The state Department of Education says Jada Reeves of Bradley Elementary School in Mount Hope was recognized at a ceremony Wednesday night in Charleston. Reeves was ...

Can controversy fill swimsuit void at Miss America pageant?

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The swimsuits are gone, but there has been plenty of controversy surrounding this year's Miss America competition that could keep viewers tuning in. The next Miss America will be crowned around 11 p.m. Sunday on a nationally ...

Program for survivors brings retreat to New River Gorge

By JORDAN NELSON, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Beth Lucci has spent the last five days away from her home in Naples, Fla., to find peace and serenity in the mountains of West Virginia. She is a survivor. Lucci, 52, lost her brother, Cpl. David Lucci, when she was 46. David was ...

1st days of legal sports betting generate about $29K in tax

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Lottery says the first official tax week of legal sports betting in the state will yield around $29,000 in tax revenue. Acting Lottery Director Doug Buffington's office said in a news release that the first three days of operation at Hollywood ...

Residents to get share of $73M from water crisis settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — People affected by a 2014 chemical spill into a West Virginia river will soon receive their first batch of settlement checks from a class-action lawsuit. News outlets report U.S. District Court Judge John Copenhaver approved the distribution of the $73 million to ...

Trump supports Miller in West Virginia House race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign has announced support for Republican Carol Miller in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District race. The Trump Campaign said in a statement this week that Miller is "pro-coal, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-Trump" and encouraged ...

Kentucky lawyer behind disability fraud given 15 more years

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky disability attorney who masterminded the largest Social Security fraud in history has been sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison for fleeing the country in an effort to avoid prosecution. Eric Conn pleaded ...

Students serves as mascot of Marshall University

By EVAN BEVINS, Parkersburg News and Sentinel HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Most of the time, 2014 Parkersburg South High School graduate Kelsey Good is a mild-mannered criminal justice major, preparing to graduate from Marshall University in December with a minor in Spanish. She works in the ...

Warnings over pollution met with a shrug in coal country

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN RABY, Associated Press GRANT TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls ...

Report: Meteorologist hurt anchor in bar fight over spouse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police report says a West Virginia TV anchor who was injured in a fight with a station meteorologist told authorities the fight was over her husband. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reported Tuesday the Charleston police report says WSAZ-TV on-air forecaster Chelsea ...

15 West Virginia counties considered economically distressed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission says more than one-fourth of West Virginia's counties are economically distressed. The commission has added Fayette, Summers and Wetzel counties to the distressed category, moving them from at-risk counties. The commission said 15 ...

Man ready to ply Monongahela waters with renovated riverboat

By DAVE ZUCHOWSKI, (Washington) Observer-Reporter MILLSBORO, Pa. (AP) — While piloting a tow boat on the Mississippi, Michael Hughes spotted a boat he recognized about 4 or 5 miles downriver near Tunica, Miss. It was a 125-foot-long, 35-foot-wide riverboat with three decks, whose stern was ...

Tennessee students to propose changes for West Virginia mall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The ways a mall in West Virginia can be revitalized will be studied by architecture students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the study will examine Charleston Town Center. Last year, the mall experienced the closing of ...

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 ...