W.Va. News

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 ...

Jury acquits West Virginia man accused of hate crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal jury has acquitted a West Virginia man charged with attacking a woman at a bar in part because she is a lesbian. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a jury of 10 men and two women on Friday found John P. Taylor IV not guilty of violating the Matthew ...

West Virginia rejects bids for I-70 construction project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Transportation has rejected bids for a major road construction project along I-70 in Ohio County. The Intelligencer reports West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the state could not afford to award the contract because all of the bids ...

State hopes West Virginia scores as video game centerpiece

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS, Parkersburg News & Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sometime in the future, a bunker opens to the northeast of Parkersburg. The survivors of a nuclear war make their way out of the fluorescent into the natural sunlight. It's up to them to try to rebuild a ...

#ItsOnUsBeckley urges men to speak out against rape

By JESSICA FARRISH, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Rape isn't tolerated in Beckley or around southern West Virginia. That's the message that Women's Resource Center Director Patricia Bailey is asking local men to send on social media, using the hashtag #ItsOnUsBeckley. WRC, a ...

Esports shooting survivor tells story, files lawsuit

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jacob Mitich had made it to Round Two of the Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, and had almost scored a touchdown when the shots rang out. Vaulting over a table, he scrambled to exit the crowded room. At first he ran ...

Ex-student: Marshall mishandled sexual assault investigation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former student at Marshall University in West Virginia says the school mishandled the investigation into her sexual assault in 2016. News outlets report a lawsuit filed Monday against Marshall's Board of Governors argues Marshall violated Title IX, related ...

West Virginia drug overdoses top 1,000 in 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — New West Virginia health information shows drug overdose deaths have increased to more than 1,000 in a one-year period for the first time. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Health Statistics Center's most recent data also shows 870 deaths involved ...

Man dies in electrocution at West Virginia job site

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A law enforcement officer in West Virginia says a 30-year-old man died in an electrocution at a job site. Harrison County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Scott Lattea tells The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg that the death Thursday afternoon appeared to be accidental. ...

Funeral set for West Virginia victim of Florida shooting

PETERSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Weekend services are set for a West Virginia man who was fatally shot in Florida at a video game tournament. Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home in Peterstown says on its website that Taylor Robertson's funeral will be held Sunday at James Monroe High School in Lindside. ...

Meteorologist accused of fracturing anchor’s skull in fight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A meteorologist at a West Virginia TV station is accused of shoving a news anchor and fracturing her skull. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 26-year-old Chelsea Ambriz is charged with misdemeanor battery. A criminal complaint says Ambriz, who works as an on-air ...

West Virginia gov taps ex-speaker, congressman to high court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Saturday picked a Republican ex-House speaker and a congressman to fill interim state Supreme Court openings created in the fallout of impeachment proceedings. The announcement drew further blowback from Democrats, who said the ...