W.Va. News

5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The death toll rose to at least five on Sunday after severe thunderstorms swept through the central U.S., spawning a tornado that flattened homes, gale force winds and widespread flooding from the Upper Midwest to Appalachia. The ...

Day 3 of teacher’s strike closes all West Virginia schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A teacher's strike is keeping public schools closed for a third day in West Virginia. The state Department of Education's website shows all school districts are closed in all 55 counties Monday morning. Gov. Jim Justice has signed teacher pay raises of 2 percent ...

New River Gorge prescribed fires planned, starting this week

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — New River Gorge National River fire managers are planning several prescribed fires, beginning this week and running through May. The plans depend on weather and include burning four units ranging in size from 5 to 45 acres (2 to 18 hectares). The area will total about ...

Trout hatchery builds toward full production

By JOHN MCCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — At West Virginia's White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery, starting over hasn't been easy. It's been nearly two years since epic flood waters ripped through the 118-year-old facility, contaminating its trout ...

West Virginia woman ordered to pay $54K in restitution

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who pleaded guilty to theft has been ordered to pay more than $54,000 to the Social Security Administration. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell's office said in a news release that 57-year-old Anne Louise Hall of St. Marys pleaded guilty to theft of ...

Justice directs National Guard to prepare for flooding

CHARLEST0N, W.Va. (AP) — With the National Weather Service forecasting rain through the weekend, Gov. Jim Justice has directed state emergency officials and the West Virginia National Guard to prepare for potential widespread flooding. According to the governor's office, both the Department ...

West Virginia bill would let dogs track wounded deer, bear

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has unanimously approved legislation that allows leashed dogs to track mortally wounded deer or bear. The bill, approved 33-0 Friday, now goes to the House. It would revise the current law that prohibits using dogs to hunt or chase deer. It ...

Texas adds 3 rigs as US rig count increases to 978

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 978. That exceeds the 754 rigs that were active this time a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 799 rigs drilled for oil this week and ...

Librarian of Congress carries on Woodson’s legacy

By TAYLOR STUCK, The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Carla Hayden's mother was in school in the late 1930s, she and her fellow black classmates would skip school on days slavery was the topic of history class because they were ashamed. It was the only time blacks ...

Judge dismisses coal company suit against HBO’s John Oliver

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy against HBO host John Oliver. A segment of Oliver's Sunday show "Last Week Tonight" in June poked fun at Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who blames regulatory efforts by the Obama ...

West Virginia teachers: Statewide walkout over pay, benefits

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia public school teachers launched a statewide walkout Thursday that canceled classes in all 55 counties, protesting over pay hikes signed by the governor hours earlier that the teachers say don't go far enough. Thousands of ...

West Virginia Senate backs payroll secrecy

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press Payroll records on public works projects, including road reconstruction funded by $1.6 billion from last year's voter-approved bonding, would be kept secret from the public and news media under legislation passed by West Virginia's Senate on ...

West Virginia bill would allow dogs tracking wounded deer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate is advancing legislation to allow using leashed dogs to track mortally wounded deer or bear. The bill, headed to a floor vote Friday, would revise the current law that prohibits using dogs to hunt or chase deer. It says that only the hunter ...

New judge appointed in West Virginia’s 23rd Circuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a circuit judge to replace a longtime judge who retired. Justice's office said in a news release that the governor appointed R. Steven Redding of Berkeley County on Thursday. Redding, of Martinsburg, will serve as judge of the 23rd ...

West Virginia man charged in 1981 death of 7-year-old boy

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been charged in the 1981 slaying of 7-year-old Conrad Roger "C.R." Diaz. News outlets report convicted sex offender William Clyde Jeffries said at his Wednesday hearing that he doesn't want a life sentence and wants to get treatment. Outlets report Harrison ...

West Virginia House passes bill clarifying bail practices

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill to change how bail is set for certain misdemeanor cases. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports House Bill 4511, which passed 94-4 Thursday, would require defendants for certain misdemeanor cases to be released on ...

NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

By DENISE LAVOIE and HEIDI BROWN, Associated Press CROZET, Va. (AP) — Witnesses told investigators that a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen through rural Virginia entered the railroad crossing after the safety gates had come down, the National Transportation ...

West Virginia teacher walkouts still expected Thursday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With teachers and some other public workers planning a statewide walkout Thursday and Friday over pay and benefits, many schools around West Virginia have announced plans to close temporarily. Teachers have held rallies decrying low pay, small proposed increases ...

West Virginia House votes for net cuts in state rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House has voted 84-14 for legislation requiring state agencies to propose cutting two old rules whenever they adopt a new one. The legislation, which goes next to the Senate, says when agencies submit a new or revised rule to the Legislative ...

West Virginia medical board to recommend smokable pot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's medical marijuana board will recommend that state lawmakers allow patients who meet certain requirements to buy smokable forms of the drug. The board met Tuesday afternoon and also plans to recommend that legislators increase or remove a cap on the ...