W.Va. News

Officials announce enhanced Hepatitis A prevention efforts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials have announced enhanced efforts to prevent more hepatitis A cases in Kanawha and Putnam counties. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement on Friday that part of those efforts include embedding an ...

Former Marshall President Robert B. Hayes dies at 92

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Marshall University President Robert B. Hayes has died in West Virginia. He was 92. Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary confirmed that Hayes died Friday in Huntington. Hayes was Marshall's 11th president, serving from 1974 to 1983. The university said his time as ...

Casino operators say no deal in place for ‘integrity fee’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Casino operators in West Virginia say there's no deal to incorporate an "integrity fee" into the state's new betting law despite a statement by Gov. Jim Justice. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice released a statement Thursday claiming an agreement was ...

In Kentucky, an early test of teachers’ new political power

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (AP) — Teachers hoping to sustain their momentum from spring protests face an early test in Kentucky as scores of educators are running for seats in the state legislature. At least 40 current or former teachers are running for office in ...

National parks draw 1.7M visitors to West Virginia in 2017

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — A new report shows the national parks in West Virginia drew 1.7 million visitors last year. The National Park Service report said visitors to the state's national parks in 2017 spent $72.8 million in nearby communities, resulting in economic output totaling $84 ...

Car hits West Virginia bingo hall, killing 1, injuring 12

SOPHIA, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a car crashed into a bingo hall in West Virginia, killing one and injuring a dozen others. Raleigh County Sheriff Scott Van Meter tells The Register-Herald the vehicle hit the Sophia Bingo Hall around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Sophia City Assistant Fire Chief ...

Deal made on sports wager ‘integrity fee’ in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Gov. Jim Justice says state casinos will be responsible for paying sports betting "integrity fees" if a new law comes to fruition. Justice says in a news release that representatives of the state lottery, professional sports leagues and casinos ...

Sheriff: Man purposely hit, killed man who tried to slow him

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who authorities say purposely hit a man with his car has been charged with murder. News outlets report 38-year-old Morgan Vandergriff was arrested Wednesday in the death of 38-year-old John Maynard. Putnam County Sheriff Scott Deweese says a ...

88-year-old woman with ‘rotting’ leg dies, 3 charged

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly West Virginia woman found living in deplorable conditions with a "rotting" leg along with two children has died. News outlets report Charleston police were called to a hospital Monday after 88-year-old Norma Dunlap was admitted with "signs ...

Woman arrested after leaving baby with power company workers

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A woman in West Virginia is accused of handing her 1-year-old son over to American Electric Power workers and walking away. Twenty-eight-year-old Maya Green is charged with child neglect. State Police Sgt. K.M. Gilley tells WSAZ-TV that Green may have been on drugs when ...

Oldest person in US dies; Pennsylvania woman was 114

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home. The Robert D Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union said that Delphine Gibson died Wednesday. Lessie Brown, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 113, is now ...

Incumbent Manchin has financial edge in US Senate race

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia enters the general election campaign with a huge financial advantage as he prepares to defend his seat in November against Republican Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey, a two-term state attorney general, ...

Landowners fight pipeline in case headed to US appeals court

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — George Jones was against the Mountain Valley Pipeline from the start. The natural gas pipeline is routed to run through the southwest Virginia farm his family has owned for seven generations. The 88-year-old Navy veteran never ...

AEP subsidiaries propose rate increase in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two American Electric Power subsidiaries in West Virginia are proposing a rate increase that would boost residential customers' bills by nearly $15 each month. Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power filed a request with the state Public Service Commission on Wednesday ...

106-year-old town votes to dissolve incorporated status

MATOAKA, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia town of Matoaka has voted to end its status as an incorporated municipality. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports nearly two dozen of the town's about 220 residents voted for the dissolution Tuesday. Three people voted to keep the incorporated status. ...

West Virginia board OKs school rebuilding plan after floods

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a plan to replace several Nicholas County schools after 2016 floods. Media outlets report the board Wednesday passed the proposal offered by a mediation team. It would rebuild Richwood Middle and High schools at ...

Marshall University adding 5 to Journalism Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication will induct five new Hall of Fame members this fall. Betsy Alderman is a 1979 graduate and earned a master's degree from the school in 1981. She headed the University of Tennessee at ...

Trump says ‘great night’ after ex-con loses WVa primary

By STEVE PEOPLES and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican voters rejected ex-convict Don Blankenship in a West Virginia Senate primary in which he sold himself as "Trumpier than Trump" but was vigorously opposed by Trump himself. GOP voters in Indiana, meanwhile, ...

Ojeda tops US House race for Dems

By JOHN RABY and JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Richard Ojeda won his party's nomination in the 3rd Congressional District in West Virginia on Tuesday, while state Delegate Carol Miller narrowly emerged from the crowded Republican field for ...

3 Republican West Virginia state senators fall in primaries

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three incumbent Republican state senators in West Virginia lost in primary contests on Tuesday, setting the table for November elections in which the GOP seeks to protect a 22-12 Senate majority and 64-36 lead in the House. On Tuesday, Rep. Bill Hamilton defeated ...