W.Va. News

WVU student radio station shut by job action

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University officials say the job action by student workers at WWVU radio has shut down the student-run station and could jeopardize its license if it continues. School officials say they reached out to the students and met with key members and that the ...

Ex-coal magnate Blankenship jabs at Jenkins, Manchin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In an interview about running for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is jabbing at incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins. Blankenship, whose filing was received Friday, is running as a ...

Kentucky lawyer who vanished pleads not guilty to escape

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawyer who vanished for six months to elude prison time in a Social Security fraud case now faces a much harsher sentence that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life, his attorney acknowledged Wednesday. Eric ...

Regulators want more information on pipeline

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another state permit needed for a proposed natural gas pipeline in eastern North Carolina is being slowed. The state Department of Environmental Quality asked Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers this week for more information for an air quality permit for a compressor ...

Police: Man in stolen vehicle dies in West Virginia crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a man driving a stolen vehicle was killed when he crossed the center line and struck another vehicle in Charleston. Kanawha County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Humphreys says in a news release that 20-year-old Joseph William Dustin of St. Albans ...

West Virginia turkey hunters take fewer birds

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 948 turkeys during the 2017 season, only 54 percent of the birds taken last year. The Division of Natural Resources says the number was 23 percent below the five-year average. Mike Peters, the division's game ...

West Virginia weighs permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators Wednesday announced two public hearings on issuing a construction stormwater permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry natural gas southeast from the center of the state. The 600-mile pipeline would extend almost ...

Votes by citizen legislators sometimes have personal benefit

By LIZ ESSLEY WHYTE and RYAN J. FOLEY, Center for Public Integrity and Associated Press A recent change in Iowa's tax code spared Mark Chelgren's machine shop, welding company and wheelchair-parts plant from paying sales tax when buying certain supplies such as saws and cutting fluid. The ...

West Virginia pharmacy board: Gabapentin, ‘drug of concern’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A surge of overdoses has led the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy to designate the nerve-pain medication gabapentin, sold under the brand name Neurontin, as a "drug of concern." The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board's acting executive director, Mike Goff,  ...

Axes and ales: West Virginia deli to add ax throwing, beer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sandwich shop in West Virginia's capital plans to expand next week to add craft beer and ax throwing. Chadrick Harper, owner of the Lucky Dill Deli, tells WSAZ-TV the addition will be called "Axes and Ales" and will allow customers to hurl real axes into a wooden ...

Students, auditor’s office team for local government reviews

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University business and economics students are working with the state auditor's office to help local governments operate more efficiently. Auditor John B. McCuskey announced the partnership this week. A news release from the university said the project ...

West Virginia hunters kill 44,455 bucks in firearm season

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 44,455 bucks during the state's two-week firearm season that ended Saturday. The Division of Natural Resources says data from the electronic game checking system shows hunters approached the total of 46,071 ...

West Virginia senators urge extending child health program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators are pushing to reauthorize funding for the 20-year-old Children's Health Insurance Plan, which expired in October. According to health officials, the program covers 21,321 children statewide and about 9 million nationally. It provides ...

Coal mine idled in West Virginia, 260 out of work

BLACKSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A union official says a coal mine in northern West Virginia has been idled, with 260 workers losing their jobs, apparently because of adverse geological conditions and market issues. Phil Smith, spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America, says another 59 ...

Trial begins for 2nd man accused in coal executive’s killing

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — The trial has begun for the second of two men accused in the deadly shooting of a coal executive in West Virginia last year. Monday was the first day of trial for Brandon Lee Fitzpatrick, 20, of Louisa, Kentucky, news outlets report. Fitzpatrick is charged with ...

West Virginia to hold surplus vehicle auction

DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — A state-sponsored surplus vehicle auction is set for this week in West Virginia. The West Virginia Purchasing Division says in a news release that about 45 vehicles will be auctioned off Wednesday at the State Agency for Surplus Property warehouse in Dunbar. Payments ...

Police: Trooper fired at car trying to run over officers

KITCHEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state troopers say a police chase culminated in a trooper firing at a vehicle that attempted to run over officers. News outlets report state police responding to a lookout alert for a reckless driver in Logan County tried to pull 30-year-old Tony Ritchie ...

Fort Polk soldier dies in single-car accident

FORT POLK, La. (AP) — A Fort Polk soldier has died in a single-car accident near the central Louisiana Army base. Capt. Oliver Schuster, in a news release, says 22-year-old Spec. William A. Rhodes, of Hurricane, West Virginia, was one of two soldiers in the car when it crashed Nov. 30. ...

West Virginia Christmas tree lighting set for Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's annual Joyful Night celebration and tree lighting ceremony will be held this week at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. The governor's office says the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the south plaza with performances from West Virginia ...

West Virginia grad student working on diabetes research

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University graduate student is studying an unexplored enzyme that could lead to new diabetes treatments. Stephanie Shumar is a graduate student in WVU's School of Medicine and is studying biochemistry and molecular biology. The university says in a ...