W.Va. News

Secretary of state’s office will help with annual reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state's office is planning mobile office visits to all 55 counties this month. The visits are to help business owners and entrepreneurs file annual reports on time. State law requires all entities that do business in West Virginia to ...

Spring operating hours in effect at New River Gorge

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — New River Gorge National River has begun its spring operating hours for park facilities. The hours will be in effect from Monday to May 23. Superintendent Lizzie Watts says the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

Marshall planning annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for needy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is conducting an annual fundraiser this month to help feed needy families. The university says in a news release the 16th annual Empty Bowls event will take place April 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntington. Marshall students and ...

Abandoned state forest mine now habitat for threatened bats

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than a century after the last shift of miners and final load of coal exited a hillside portal overlooking Middlelick Branch in what is now Kanawha State Forest, work has resumed at the entrance to the long-abandoned ...

Passion from pain: Finding strength for joy in recovery

By MATT WELCH, The Journal undefined INWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Sitting in a solitary confinement cell inside Jessup Correctional Facility, Tiffany Koch found the strength to make a change. Serving a prison sentence for crimes that stemmed from consistent drug use, Koch overhead correctional ...

W.Va. mayor, police chief charged with embezzlement

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor, former mayor, police chief and former clerk of a West Virginia city have been charged with embezzlement after an investigation into financial mismanagement and the misuse of federal funds meant to rebuild the city ...

W.Va. Supreme Court extends delay in union case enforcement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has extended a delay in enforcing a lower court ruling that struck down part of a state law allowing workers to stop paying union dues. The Kanawha County ruling came last month in a lawsuit by the state AFL-CIO and other unions. The ...

West Virginia DMV leader who pushed technology retiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed is retiring after a lengthy career in public service. The Register-Herald reports , in her four years at the DMV Reed pushed technology to make automobile registration and driver's license renewals quicker and ...

W.Va. gov signs bill boosting campaign contribution limits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved a bill raising campaign contribution limits in West Virginia political races. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday. The bill almost triples the amount that individuals can donate to candidates from $1,000 to $2,800. It ...

Man must serve at least 50 years for sexual abuse of toddler

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who told police he sexually abused a 3-year-old girl by accident must serve at least 50 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Mercer Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope on Tuesday noted problems the ...

Gov. Justice signs bill reducing tax on steam coal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved a bill to reduce taxes on West Virginia steam coal. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday. The new law will incrementally lower the severance tax from 5 percent to 4 percent on July 1 and then to 3 percent on July 1, ...

Police: Speeding W.Va. driver threatened Trump, Pentagon

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia motorist going nearly twice the speed limit was detained Wednesday after he threatened to kill President Donald Trump and blow up the Pentagon, state police said. The man was taken into custody following a traffic stop along Interstate 68 in ...

West Virginia man gets 5 years in fatal shooting of neighbor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for fatally shooting a neighbor who sprayed insecticide at him during an argument. News outlets report 63-year-old Randall Douglas Woods of Clendenin was sentenced Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit ...

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren't why the money is suddenly available. Texas ...

Reimbursement for W.Va. temporary classrooms announced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district is in line to receive more than $1 million through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program for temporary classrooms purchased after 2016 flooding. Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic ...

West Virginia crime lab reduces pending cases

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say the West Virginia State Police Forensic Lab has reduced pending cases by more than half. News outlets report a statement from police says the backlog at the end of 2016 was nearly 5,000 cases but that has been reduced to 2,300 cases. West ...

W.Va. to receive $14.6M from feds to fight opioid addiction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive $14.6 million in federal funds to fight opioid addiction. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding in a news release Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant funding is used by ...

Hoops fans line up to bet (legally) on March Madness tourney

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — College basketball fans lined up at casinos and racetracks or furiously tapped smartphone screens Thursday to get down bets on March Madness, many in states where it is legal for the first time. Joe Palumbo of West Babylon, New ...

Video shows teen’s beating during West Virginia traffic stop

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police dashcam video released Thursday shows a West Virginia police officer kicking and punching a handcuffed teenage boy on the ground and kneeling on his shoulder during a November traffic stop. Berkeley County Prosecutor Catie ...

Free job fair planned in West Virginia city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is hosting a job fair with more than 270 employers at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Toyota, Amazon, Northrop Grumman, Gestamp, N3 and other companies will be on hand for the free ...