W.Va. News

Longtime West Virginia circuit judge retiring next year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A longtime West Virginia circuit judge is retiring early next year. The state Supreme Court says 68-year-old Judge Russell M. Clawges Jr. of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Monongalia County plans to retire effective Jan. 31. The court says Clawges has requested to stay ...

Convicted murderer gets up to 140 years for incest, abuse

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A convicted murderer has been sentenced to up to 140 years in prison for incest and the repeated sexual abuse of a teenage girl. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reported Sunday that 37-year-old Granville Ray McCloud was sentenced last week following his November ...

Supreme Court, teachers’ strike dominated headlines in W.Va.

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Questions involving lavish office renovations and other alleged misdeeds at the West Virginia Supreme Court led to separate impeachment and criminal investigations and, ultimately, a reshuffling of the court. Three of the five justices ...

Warrants issued for 4 in West Virginia mine rescue case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sheriff's office in West Virginia has obtained arrest warrants for four people who entered a coal mine, resulting in three of them being trapped. The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that it was seeking to arrest Eddie Williams Jr. on charges of ...

Kids’ letters to Santa delivered 106 years after written

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail BEVERLY, W.Va. (AP) — On a long winter's night 106 years ago, four of Benjamin and Aletha Woodward's five children wrote letters to Santa Claus and left them for him to discover in the mantle of a second-floor fireplace in their Beverly home. The ...

Federal government intervenes in hospital whistleblower suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government is joining a lawsuit against a West Virginia hospital, alleging it improperly issued payments and kickbacks to physicians under the direction of the chief executive officer and management firm. The lawsuit was unsealed and made public for the ...

Individuals look to deliver faith, food to others

By KELSIE LEROSE, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — In the past three weeks, 75 meals have been given away to individuals needing them in Martinsburg. "Faith Feeding Freedom," started by Toni Wiesberg, will be feeding the homeless, elderly and low income individuals at The Martinsburg ...

Crews in West Virginia mine rescue honored

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has recognized those who rescued several adults from an inactive coal mine. Justice gave certificates of recognition to state Miners' Health, Safety and Training office director Eugene White and more than a dozen others Wednesday during ...

Panel delays vote on pipeline compressor station

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia air pollution panel delayed a closely watched vote Wednesday on whether to approve a key permit for a planned multistate natural gas pipeline. The State Air Pollution Control Board decided instead to open up another public ...

Group to drive W.Va. disabled vets to hospital trips

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is resuming a partnership with a nonprofit to drive disabled veterans to VA Hospital medical appointments. Gov. Jim Justice announced in a news release the partnership with the group Disabled American Veterans starting next July for trips to hospitals ...

History app receives $81,000 from humanities organization

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded over $81,000 to Marshall University Research Corp. to upgrade a website and mobile app that provide information on nearby historical and cultural landmarks. The program is called Clio after the ancient muse of ...

West Virginia gov gives state employees extra time off

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state employees are getting some extra time off during the upcoming holidays. Gov. Jim Justice has issued proclamations declaring Dec. 24 and Jan. 31 as full-day state holidays for public employees. Both fall on a Monday and were previously listed as ...

8 inmates accused in jail escape attempt with hole in wall

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia jail escape was thwarted last month and eight inmates were arrested. News outlets cite the criminal complaint in Monday reports that details the alleged escape plan. State troopers discovered an 18-inch (46-centimeter) hole in a cell wall ...

Official suspended, accused of harassing transgender student

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school assistant principal who told a transgender male student "you freak me out" and questioned his choice of bathrooms has been suspended — a move the American Civil Liberties Union said didn't go far ...

West Virginia jobless rate unchanged in November

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.2 percent in November. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents fell by 200 last month to 40,300. It's the lowest seasonally adjusted total in more than a year. ...

Deadline to file claim in mortgage servicer settlement nears

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents affected by a settlement with a large mortgage servicer have about six more weeks to file a claim for their part of the settlement. The West Virginia attorney general's office said in a news release that a $45 million settlement with New ...

Man rescued from coal mine faces previous mine theft charges

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — One of four adults who recently made it safely out of an inactive West Virginia coal mine faces theft charges related to another mine, while two of the others have drug charges pending, according to court records. Eddie Williams of Artie was indicted in May in Raleigh ...

Board of Education recommends more funding for teachers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state's Board of Education is recommending more funding for teachers, counselors and nurses as well as increased funding for career technical education and "adequate" funding for facilities. The State Journal reports the recommendations are a product of a select ...

After 2 years, hunter who fell makes return to tree stand

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Joel Miller finally could breathe a sigh of relief. He found the body of the 9-point buck he'd shot with an arrow a short while before. More important, though, he left behind a fear that had nagged him for more than two years. On Oct. 5, 2015, Miller slipped and fell ...

Floodwall mural remembers 1967 Ohio River bridge collapse

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — A mural has been painted on an Ohio River community's floodwall in West Virginia in remembrance of a highway bridge collapse that killed 46 people. News outlets report Jesse Corlis painted the mural in Point Pleasant depicting where the Silver Bridge crossed the ...