W.Va. News

West Virginia agency says it’s cutting use of state vehicles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection says it's following the lead of new Gov. Jim Justice and reducing the number of state vehicles its personnel drive. The department says it will eliminate 35 vehicles, which represent half of its current total of ...

Marshall to hold training on active shooter response

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is conducting three training sessions this month on responding to an active shooter. The university says director of public safety Jim Terry and director of health and safety Tracy Smith will conduct hour-long sessions Monday, Tuesday and ...

World bag toss championships set for Kentucky in July

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Cornhole, a game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties, is holding its world championships in Kentucky this summer. The Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2jGkiOC ) reports the American Cornhole Organization will hold the title event in Owensboro ...

Board: Nerve drug part of overdose deaths in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Board of Pharmacy report says a prescription drug used to treat nerve pain is contributing to a sharp increase of overdose deaths in the state. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (Mail (http://bit.ly/2kfLRxf ) reports the number of fatal overdoses involving ...

Thousands attend rally in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Supporters of women's rights and social justice gathered in Charleston in solidarity with others following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2iRBmDZ ) reports the rally at the state Capitol on Saturday was in ...

Charleston woman shares her abortion story

By WENDY HOLDREN, Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It was 1972. It was the year the first email program was invented, the year the last man walked on the moon. It was the year before Roe v. Wade, the year before the Supreme Court legalized abortion. It was the year Maggie McCabe ...

Roller derby enthusiasts find camaraderie in sport

By JEAN TARBETT HARDIMAN, The Herald-Dispatch CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — When Mindy Parsley was a kid growing up on a farm outside Clarksburg, West Virginia, she spent a lot of time at the local roller rink. There were a lot of Friday and Saturday nights when she could be found skating in ...

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of cookies

By VICTORIA L. CANN, The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — It's that time of year again when girls with green sashes go door-to-door to sell cookies, but this year is different. This year the Girl Scouts are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the cookie sale. Local troops began ...

Parents charged after toddler found walking in road alone

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say the parents of a 23-month old girl are facing neglect charges after their child was found walking alone in a road, wearing only a diaper. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said the toddler was seen walking on a road in Jefferson on Saturday. ...

W.Va. left with 1 abortion clinic after facility closes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia women are down to one in-state choice if they want an abortion. Kanawha Surgicenter, which was one of the state's two abortion providers, closed its doors Tuesday, according to a note posted on the door of the Kanawha City clinic, The Charleston ...

Kanawha County considering lawsuit against drug wholesalers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Kanawha County Commission is considering seeking damages from opioid wholesalers, who they say helped to fuel the area's drug epidemic by shipping millions of painkillers to the county. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2iU5tGg) that ...

Mother sues to stop Bible classes in West Virginia schools

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A kindergartner's mother sued her public school system in West Virginia, saying a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes violates the U.S. and state constitutions. The woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in the federal ...

Bluefield man pleads guilty to murder in 2014 shooting

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A Bluefield man has pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree murder with a recommendation of mercy in the 2014 shooting death of his estranged wife. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2jy3ucD) 27-year-old Michael Eugene Neel entered his guilty plea ...

US rig count jumps 35 this week to 694; Texas up 17

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. leaped by 35 this week to 694. A year ago, 637 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 551 rigs sought oil and 142 explored for natural gas this week. One was ...

Despite West Virginia economic woes, WVU Medicine is booming

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In a state with above-average unemployment, West Virginia's premier hospital system is booming. WVU Medicine hired 2,228 staff last year, has openings for 699 more and expects further expansion in its high-level ...

Funds to train workers in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is receiving a $1.3 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to train community health workers in coal counties in eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and parts of West Virginia. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia announced the ...

Raleigh County schools to cut nearly 100 positions

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The Raleigh County school board is set to cut nearly 100 positions within the school system. WVVA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2jDFA1m) that at a special meeting of the Board of Education Wednesday, officials said Raleigh County is facing an $8.9 million budget deficit ...

Bishop Donahue High School closing in West Virginia

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says it is closing Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen. The Diocese says in a news release that Bishop Donahue's student population will be combined next fall with Wheeling Catholic High School, about 6 miles to the ...

Grant to help Kentucky, West Virginia students study drones

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — College students in Kentucky and West Virginia who train for the rapidly growing drone industry are getting some financial backing from the Appalachian Regional Commission. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia says in a news release that students from Maysville ...

Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court affirmed the criminal conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...