W.Va. News

6 restaurants in West Virginia, Ohio told to make back pay

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Six restaurants in West Virginia and Ohio have been ordered to pay $111,000 in back pay and damages to 27 workers for minimum wage and overtime violations. The U.S. Department of Labor says in a news release a federal court for West Virginia's southern district also ...

CSX settles federal discrimination lawsuit for $3.2M

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — CSX Transportation in West Virginia and the federal government have settled a lawsuit that accused CSX of discriminatory hiring practices for $3.2 million. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the lawsuit accused CSX of administering a physical capability test that ...

West Virginia jail loses paperwork, wrongly releases inmate

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A jail in West Virginia wrongly released an inmate serving time for sex abuse charges due to lost paperwork. The Herald-Dispatch reports Donald Moore is serving sentences for charges in two counties and was released when bond was posted in one county. Lawrence ...

Ex-West Virginia Parkways worker pleads guilty to $41K theft

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former messenger for the West Virginia Parkways Authority has pleaded guilty to stealing $41,000 in cash. WCHS-TV reported Wednesday that 47-year-old Patrick Brady Springman of Bluefield entered the plea to one felony count of embezzlement. Kanawha County ...

Fairmont State releases new logo, begins updates

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia university has released a new logo and says it will eventually replace dozens of different logos used across its campus. A Fairmont State University statement says it will be implemented in several phases, starting with updated campus letterhead, ...

New ‘Fallout’ video game based in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Bethesda Game Studios has announced that the next installment in its post-apocalyptic "Fallout" video game series will be a prequel based in the Mountain State. The Herald-Dispatch reports Director and Executive Producer Todd Howard announced "Fallout 76" Sunday at ...

West Virginia man accused in theft of 180 guns enters plea

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of stealing 180 guns from the same pawn shop has pleaded guilty to multiple firearms charges. Prosecutors say 23-year-old Robert Lee Reid of Branchland entered the pleas Monday in federal court in Huntington. According to court records, ...

Retired West Virginia cop serving child sex sentence dies

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia corrections spokesman says a retired Huntington police captain serving a sentence for sexually assaulting seven boys has died. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina tells news outlets that 88-year-old Foster G. ...

Police investigate deaths of 2 at West Virginia home

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police are investigating a double slaying at a West Virginia apartment. Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial tells news outlets the body of a man and a woman were found at the apartment Tuesday morning. Both had gunshot wounds. Huntington police identified the victims ...

West Virginia jobless rate remains unchanged in May

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 5.4 percent in May, the eighth straight month the rate has been unchanged. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents rose by 100 during the month to 42,300. Total unemployment ...

Food worker contracts hepatitis A in West Virginia county

CEREDO, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia say a county has confirmed a second case of a food service worker being diagnosed with hepatitis A. News outlets report Wayne County health officials say in a news release the latest case involves an employee who works at Java Joe's ...

West Virginia men write stats-driven book on Muhammad Ali

By JESS MANCINI, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel FRIENDLY, W.Va. (AP) — "Muhammad Ali: By the Numbers" by Bob Canobbio and Lee Groves of Friendly is a statistical analysis of the punches Muhammad Ali landed on his opponents and the blows landed upon him based on available footage from 474 ...

Preacher opens up on ‘taking up serpents,’ a faith display

By JORDAN NELSON, The Register-Herald SQUIRE, W.Va. (AP) — A pale yellow church sits perched atop a hillside above a swift creek in Squire, West Virginia. Three wooden crosses are nailed to the side of the church with a purple sash draped over the middle. A sign up front welcomes all to the ...

West Virginia city sues boat owners for $150K over oil spill

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — A city in West Virginia is suing the owners of a towboat that spilled oil along the West Virginia-Kentucky border earlier this year. The Herald-Dispatch reports the boat sank in the Big Sandy River on Jan. 10. The complaint, filed this week, seeks more than $150,000 in ...

Judge approves West Virginia water crisis settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has given final approval of a $151 million settlement of a lawsuit stemming from a chemical spill into a West Virginia river. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver granted approval Friday of a 2014 settlement ...

Neighbors assemble to help airman build family’s tiny home

By WHITNEY BROWNING, Bluefield Daily Telegraph BRUSHFORK, W.Va. (AP) — A community of neighbors in Brushfork has come together to build a tiny house in less than three weeks for Addam and Aaliyah Byers to take with them and live in while Addam serves in the Air Force in Florida. Addam Byers ...

West Virginia Supreme Court justice suspended

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was suspended from the bench Friday over allegations that he repeatedly lied and used his public office for personal gain. In an order from the high court, Loughry was suspended without pay and barred from hearing any ...

Place your bets: Delaware takes sports wagers, others close

By RANDALL CHASE and BEN NUCKOLS DOVER, Del. (AP) — The market for legal sports gambling in the United States widened significantly on Tuesday with expanded betting in Delaware, putting legal wagering within driving distance of three major East Coast cities less than a month after the U.S. ...

3 protesters bind selves to pipeline equipment, are arrested

LINDSIDE, W.Va. (AP) — Three protesters from Massachusetts were arrested after binding themselves to equipment in West Virginia to halt the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. State police Sgt. C.K. McKenzie tells news outlets that they attached themselves to a tunnel and ...

Former quarterback Oliver Luck to become XFL commissioner

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck is leaving his high-ranking position at the NCAA to become commissioner of the XFL, the second edition of professional wrestling mogul Vince McMahon's football league. McMahon announced the hire ...