W.Va. News

Man sentenced for fraudulent stolen art sale scheme

BOSTON (AP) — A West Virginia man who pleaded guilty to trying to sell paintings he didn't have access to and falsely claimed were stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history has been sentenced. Todd Andrew Desper was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release, three months ...

Employee at restaurant diagnosed with hepatitis A

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health department says an employee at a restaurant in West Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. A Kanawha-Charleston Health Department news release says an O'Charley's employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A. The health department says this is the third ...

Plea deal rejected in double slaying; case set for trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia has rejected a plea deal in a double murder case, prompting the defendant to withdraw his guilty plea. The case will now go to trial. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Judge Jennifer Bailey sentenced 43-year-old Bobby Gene Hall on ...

WVU Parkersburg board recommends Gilmer as new president

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University at Parkersburg has recommended Christopher Gilmer to become its new president. A university news release says the campus board of governors voted this week to recommend Gilmer. The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College ...

Legal sports betting coming soon to several US states

By BEN NUCKOLS, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A decision by the Supreme Court means American sports fans will soon have many more places to place legal bets on the results of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other games. Five states have the edge in the race to legalize ...

West Virginia officials to show off 50 elk caught in Arizona

HOLDEN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia are set to introduce 50 elk that were captured in Arizona. Gov. Jim Justice and the state Division of Natural Resources are scheduled to hold a ceremony Tuesday at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area near Logan. The governor's office says in ...

Report: Needle exchange program should lose certification

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An audit requested by a West Virginia mayor who said a needle exchange program had caused an increase of dirty needles in public places has recommended the suspension of the program's certification. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a team commissioned by the ...

Thousands without power as storms move through West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of homes and businesses in West Virginia have lost power as severe thunderstorms moved through the state. FirstEnergy says on its website more than 21,000 customers were without electricity Monday evening. The hardest hit areas include about 3,700 in ...

Flags lowered in West Virginia to honor peace officers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Flags are being lowered throughout West Virginia in honor of peace officers. Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation Monday ordering U.S. and West Virginia state flags on state-owned facilities be lowered to half-staff Tuesday. The flags are to be lowered from dawn ...

West Virginia interim chief endorsed for permanent job

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington interim police chief Hank Dial has been recommended for the job on a permanent basis. Huntington Mayor Steve William announced the move Monday. The City Council must vote on the appointment May 28. The 50-year-old Dial has served as interim police chief ...

Victim name released in bingo hall crash in West Virginia

SOPHIA, W.Va. (AP) — Police have released the name of a woman who was killed after a car crashed into a bingo hall in West Virginia. Media outlets report Linda Keens was inside the Sophia Bingo Hall when a car driven by 51-year-old Peggy Griffin went through the building Thursday ...

West Virginia woman sentenced in fatal heroin overdose

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in the death of a man who overdosed on heroin. Media reports say 36-year-old Joney Shannon Farley of Hurricane was sentenced in Putnam County Circuit Court on Friday for drug delivery resulting in ...

West Virginia construction worker killed in I-64 accident

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a worker has died in a construction zone accident along Interstate 64 after another worker backed over him with a service truck. Media outlets report the accident occurred Friday in the eastbound lanes of I-64 east of Beckley. State Police ...

City attorney allowed to file claim in plant’s contamination

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city attorney has been authorized to file a claim against the federal government for the alleged chemical contamination of a plant by the Air National Guard. The Journal reports the Martinsburg Council authorized Kin Sayre to file the claim ...

Parkersburg Brewing Co. wins gold at ‘Olympics of Beer’

By JESS MANCINI, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Parkersburg brewery won a gold medal in the 2018 World Beer Cup, a prestigious competition dubbed the "Olympics of Beer." The Parkersburg Brewing Co. won the gold for its Cell Block 304, an American-style brown ...

Student find home in West Virginia, passes citizenship test

By TAYLOR STUCK, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Home is not always where you lay your head at night or the house you grew up in. Sometimes you have to cross oceans to find it. Just ask David Crawley. The Marshall University senior has traveled across the Atlantic and through ...

Texas gains 8 rigs as US rig count rises to 1,045; West Virginia up one

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 13 this week to 1,045. At this time a year ago there were 885 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 844 rigs drilled for oil this week and 199 for gas. Two ...

Harvard prof uses 1910 menu to offer insight on food history

By JENNIFER GARDNER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As America has changed, so has its dinner tables. Harvard University Professor Joyce E. Chaplin centered a lecture, "Delicious! Setting the Table for a Food Exhibit," at the University of Charleston on American food ...

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 ...