W.Va. News

W.Va. leads nation in new spectator sport: ‘binge racing’

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For a special breed of TV superfans, this isn't streaming. This is a gusher. Behold the spectator sport known as "binge racing," defined as plowing through a streaming-network series' full season in less than 24 hours after the release ...

Guilty plea but no jail for jewel thief and W.Va. native Doris Payne, 87

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — A notorious jewel thief recently arrested at a Georgia Walmart store got no jail time during her latest court appearance. Doris Payne, at 87, has stolen about $2 million in jewels over the last six decades. She was arrested July 17 for a misdemeanor shoplifting charge ...

12 specialty crop block grants awarded in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Twelve agriculture projects in West Virginia will receive federal specialty crop block grants. State agricultural officials say in a news release that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $230,000 in grants for projects aimed at enhancing the competiveness of ...

Trial begins for man charged in coal executive’s killing

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial began this week for the man accused of pulling the trigger in the 2016 fatal shooting of a longtime coal executive in West Virginia. Mingo County Prosecutor Duke Jewell said in opening statements Monday that 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga of Ohio told ...

Agency urges committee to properly fund stream gauges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding have heard warnings that West Virginia needs more comprehensive funding for the stream gauges that help warn residents of impending high waters. West Virginia Conservation Agency Executive Director Brian Farkas ...

West Virginia lawmakers pass military retiree exemption bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill to exempt military retirees from paying personal state income taxes. The bill easily passed the House of Delegates and later the Senate on Tuesday during the Legislature's special session. It would exempt from state ...

West Virginia AG says election pamphlet law unconstitutional

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says a state law prohibiting anonymous election pamphlets is unconstitutional. Morrisey issued the opinion Tuesday in response to a request by Secretary of State Mac Warner. Both are Republicans. Morrisey says the ...

5 West Virginia inmates admit to possessing homemade weapons

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Five federal inmates in West Virginia have admitted to possessing weapons. The inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Welch each pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a weapon by an inmate. Federal prosecutors say the shanks, or homemade knives, were ...

Legislature to consider West Virginian hiring preference

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Legislature returned to the Capitol Monday to consider whether to require that West Virginians get hired to repair and build the state's roads and bridges. Gov. Jim Justice called lawmakers back for a special session to address that proposal, as well as ...

Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal ...

12 specialty crop block grants awarded in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Twelve agriculture projects in West Virginia will receive federal specialty crop block grants. State agricultural officials say in a news release that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $230,000 in grants for projects aimed at enhancing the competiveness of ...

Audit: State’s computer system hampers payroll for employees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's new $150 million supercomputer lacks the payroll functions of prior state computers and has caused the Division of Personnel to hire additional employees to process payroll transactions, an audit has concluded. The legislative audit, released Sunday, ...

New grant supports WVU recovery of rare earth elements

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Energy Technology Laboratory has announced a $644,000 research grant to West Virginia University to continue its research on recovering rare earth elements from coal and its byproducts. The West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU has led research ...

Westminster College announces pick for new president

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Westminster College has picked Fletcher Lamkin to take over as its next president later this year. The college made the announcement Monday. Lamkin is now president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg and previously served as president of Kansas Wesleyan ...

Justice appoints state delegate to Senate vacancy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed state Delegate Stephen Baldwin of Ronceverte to the state Senate seat representing Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers and Monroe counties. Baldwin follows former Sen. Ron Miller, a Democrat who resigned to accept the position of Agriculture ...

Manchin to visit Eastern Panhandle, speak about the economy

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is visiting the state's Eastern Panhandle to discuss economic growth. The senator's office said in a news release that Manchin will speak Monday morning in the Jefferson County town of Shepherdstown during an ...

Top federal prosecutor for northern West Virginia sworn in

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The northern half of West Virginia has a new top federal prosecutor. Having been confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this month, William J. Powell took the oath of office Friday to become the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. The district ...

Trial to begin for Ohio man charged in killing of coal exec

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial is set to begin for one of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in West Virginia. The Williamson Daily News reports that jury selection is scheduled to start Monday in the trial of 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga in Mingo County ...

Historic hospital to become ‘grand hotel’

By FRED PACE, The Herald-Dispatch MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — Construction is set to begin later this month to rehabilitate the vacant Morris Memorial Hospital into a 100-room hotel, Milton officials said Wednesday. The project will be part of a public-private partnership with Jeff and Patricia ...

Nearly 200-acre fire in West Virginia 50 percent contained

PETERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Forestry officials say a two-week-old wildfire in a remote area of West Virginia is about 50 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service issued an incident report Sunday for the 198-acre fire in the Monongahela National Forest. The report crews are working on ...