W.Va. News

West Virginia lawmakers back to weigh taxes, budget

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are scheduled back in session Tuesday trying to reconcile differences with Gov. Jim Justice and enact tax and budget bills for the fiscal year starting July 1. On Monday, the Senate quickly adjourned after sending to committees bills passed by ...

West Virginia University receives $402K to help rural areas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government has awarded more than $400,000 to West Virginia University to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the $402,890 award in a news release this month. Manchin ...

Federal committee examining health risks from surface mines

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A federal science committee studying the health risks for people living near surface coal mines has scheduled a public meeting this week in southern West Virginia. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee plans to hear from state health and ...

Man charged in scheme to sell paintings from $500M art heist

BOSTON (AP) — A West Virginia man tried to fetch millions for two oil paintings he did not have access to and falsely claimed were stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history, federal authorities said Monday. Todd Desper, of Beckley, West Virginia, was arrested Monday at his home on wire ...

West Virginia health centers get $8.5M in federal funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say federal authorities are awarding $8.5 million to health centers in Huntington and Baker to support medical, dental, mental health and drug services. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the Department of Health ...

West Virginia suspends ex-education secretary’s law license

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The law license of West Virginia's former education secretary has been suspended by the state's supreme court. Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2qRyQOT ) Clay County attorney Barbara Harmon-Schamberger's license to practice law was suspended in a court ...

Ex-coal CEO seeks vindication in blast after year in prison

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After finishing a one-year prison sentence, a former West Virginia coal executive has wasted no time resuming a campaign for vindication in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. In a phone interview Friday, ex-Massey ...

TV’s Judge Judy gives commencement speech in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Syndicated television's Judge Judy has told graduating high school seniors in West Virginia to fill their lives and work with passion. Media outlets report Judy Sheindlin gave the keynote address Saturday at the commencement for South Charleston High School ...

Event honoring ‘Rosie the Riveters’ set in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A celebration of U.S. working women during World War II is set for this week in West Virginia. The event is scheduled for Thursday evening at the Women's Club of Charleston. It is free and open to the public. Millions of women worked at defense plants to supply the ...

Drug company probing lawsuit allegations at union’s request

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At a union's request, a California-based drug wholesaler is looking into allegations in a 2016 lawsuit that the company flooded West Virginia with prescription pain pills. McKesson Corp. spokeswoman Kristin Hunter told the Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

West Virginia school district’s motion to dismiss challenged

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A group suing Mercer County schools over its "Bible in the Schools" programs has filed a response to the school system's motion to dismiss. Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2qCIp4e) the Freedom from Religion Foundation Inc. filed their response in the ...

Mine shuttle car operator killed in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State authorities say a 44-year-old shuttle car operator has been killed at a mine in southern West Virginia. The Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says Luches Rosser of Man, West Virginia, was operating a locomotive when the incident occurred after 11 ...

Planned West Virginia methanol plant gets EDA loan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Economic Development Authority has approved a $10 million loan to help develop a methanol production facility west of Charleston. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2qCnxMi ) reports the state development authority gave preliminary approval ...

US rig count rises 16 this week to 901; Texas up 8

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 16 this week to 901. A year ago, 404 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 720 rigs sought oil and 180 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as ...

West Virginia’s senators urge Appalachian natural gas hub

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators are urging federal officials to consider building a major natural gas storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region. In a letter Thursday to National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, the senators say the White House should ...

Fayette board OKs school closings, grade reconfigurations

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — Fayette County would close several existing school buildings under a plan approved by the county Board of Education. Media outlets report the board agreed on the plan Tuesday to close schools, transfer students and reconfigure grade levels to reduce the number of ...

West Virginia lawmakers call it a day after Justice appeal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have adjourned for the third straight day without resolving an impasse with Gov. Jim Justice on overhauling state taxes and closing a projected $500 million state budget gap. Justice, a Democrat, has made a direct appeal in the ...

West Virginia agency refuses gas pipeline appeal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Justice administration has refused to schedule a hearing on an appeal of the Mountain Valley Pipeline's authorization. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2qtnwul ) Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton signed a letter ...

West Virginia Senate backs revised tax overhaul

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday passed another tax bill backed by Democratic Gov. Jim Justice that would cut all state income tax rates while raising the sales tax. The latest bill is similar to two previous measures rejected by the ...

Ex-coal mining CEO asks Trump to resist punishing coal execs

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal mining executive jailed for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards has asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to resist attempts in Congress to enhance criminal penalties for coal executives who violate mine ...