W.Va. News

Restraining order issued for pipeline protesters in trees

UNION, W.Va. (AP) — A temporary restraining order against natural gas pipeline protesters sitting in trees near the Virginia state line has been granted by a West Virginia judge. The Roanoke Times reports the Thursday order from Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Robert Irons is effective for ...

West Virginia counties nix spring break after teacher strike

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some county boards of education in West Virginia are canceling spring break to help make up for nine days of instructional time lost during the recent teacher strike. Putnam County schools announced Thursday it will use its spring ...

Faced with complaints, needle exchange program changes rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health department in West Virginia says it's changing the way it dispenses clean needles as part of its harm reduction clinic. The Charleston Gazette-Mail cites a release from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department saying clients must present identification and ...

West Virginia STEM program for students open for application

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Governor's STEM Institute is taking applications for this summer's program for seventh- and eighth-graders. The program was formerly known as the School for Math and Science. The cost-free residential program is for students currently in the seventh ...

West Virginia records 872 overdoses last year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's death toll from drug overdoses has improved slightly, with 872 deaths last year. The state hit a grim record in 2016 of 887 fatal overdoses, or 52 per 100,000 residents, the highest drug-related death toll in the nation. Public Health Commissioner ...

In Pa. union territory, an electoral test of labor’s pull

By BILL BARROW and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The fight for the hearts and minds of America's labor unions is raging in western Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden has suddenly stopped smiling. In the midst of a speech to boost Democrat Conor Lamb ahead of next week's ...

Back to school: West Virginia teachers return to classroom

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It's back to school in West Virginia. Teachers across this poor Appalachian mountain state are returning to the classroom Wednesday, jubilant after their governor signed a 5 percent pay raise ending their nine-day walkout. Teachers ...

Sheriff: $187K of drugs seized in West Virginia, 4 arrested

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say they have seized more than two pounds of illicit drugs and arrested four people. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford announced Monday that deputies worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration to ...

West Virginia lawmakers advance opioid, overdose measures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are advancing measures aimed at curbing the state's drug crisis largely following a blueprint drawn by health officials in January. The House has scheduled further floor consideration Wednesday on limiting new painkiller prescriptions for ...

Virginia man sentenced in cigarette smuggling case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to three years in prison for cigarette smuggling. The U.S. attorney's office in Martinsburg said in a news release that 32-year-old Mohamed Abdo Elbarati of Winchester, Virginia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in contraband ...

West Virginia to depose top pharma execs in opioid lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lawyers representing West Virginia in its lawsuit over the state's opioid epidemic will depose top executives at the largest prescription drug distributor in the U.S. in coming months. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports five McKesson Corp. executives, including CEO ...

The Latest: House passes raise for West Virginia teachers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on a statewide teachers strike in West Virginia (all times local): 11:50 a.m. The House of Delegates has passed a 5 percent pay raise for striking teachers after a legislative conference committee agreed to the figure. With teachers cheering from the ...

West Virginia leaders reach deal to end teachers strike

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia's Republican leaders tentatively agreed Tuesday to end the state's nine-day teachers' walkout by giving 5 percent raises to not just teachers, but all state workers. To pay for it, lawmakers will seek ...

Man arrested, accused of stealing McDormand’s Oscar trophy

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, said Officer Rosario ...

West Virginia legislators eye measures to end teacher strike

By JOHN RABY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia legislators plan to meet Tuesday to weigh some possible compromise aimed at ending the strike by West Virginia teachers now entering its ninth day. A show of support by thousands of teachers and ...

West Virginia teacher strike headed for a 9th day

By JOHN RABY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Striking teachers in West Virginia delivered yet another message to lawmakers Monday by packing the state Capitol to capacity, the eighth school day of the walkout. The show of support by thousands didn't ...

West Virginia House opposes constitutional abortion rights

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press West Virginia lawmakers say the main goal of a constitutional amendment they are proposing is to end Medicaid funding for abortions — but opponents say the change could lead to a future ban on abortions altogether. The House on Monday voted 73-25 to ...

Grants awarded for West Virginia courthouse repairs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority has approved $1.68 million in grants for courthouse repairs and renovations around the state. The funding comes from fees for concealed weapons permits, marriage licenses, processing criminal bonds, felony ...

Virginia man sentenced in cigarette smuggling case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to three years in prison for cigarette smuggling. The U.S. attorney's office in Martinsburg said in a news release that 32-year-old Mohamed Abdo Elbarati of Winchester, Virginia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in contraband ...

West Virginia teachers: No raise? No school; strike goes on

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press Unions representing West Virginia teachers and service personnel say they will stay out on strike after the state Senate voted to cut the 5 percent pay raise they had negotiated with Gov. Jim Justice. In a joint statement Saturday, the American Federation ...