W.Va. News

Streaming of state school board meetings an ongoing issue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For at least a year and a half, West Virginia Board of Education member Bill White has suggested the board consider televising or online live-streaming its meetings. The state board still hasn't started televising, live-streaming or even providing audio or video ...

Justice set to take office as West Virginia governor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov.-elect Jim Justice will take office today with his Capitol inauguration, after which the 6-foot-7 coal magnate, an outgoing, nearly larger-than-life figure, plans to stand in a reception line to greet the public. Justice, elected as a Democrat in his first run ...

Alan Larrick appointed West Virginia lottery director

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice has announced his new lottery chief. Justice announced in a news release Sunday that he has appointed Alan Larrick as director of the West Virginia Lottery. Larrick has been an attorney in Beckley for 38 years. He has a law ...

Justice appoints transportation, administration secretaries

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice has announced his appointments to lead the state's administration and transportation departments. Tom Smith will serve as secretary of the Department of Transportation and also commissioner of the Division of Highways. Smith most ...

Robert C. Byrd exhibit coming to Wheeling Jesuit University

By JOSELYN KING, The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The 100th birthday of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd happens this year, and a traveling exhibit commemorating Byrd's life and career is coming to Wheeling Jesuit University this month. The Robert C. Byrd ...

Nitro remembers town’s WWI history in centennial kickoff

By ALI SCHMITZ, Charleston Gazette-Mail NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — There are many flags in Nitro's World War I Museum, but 92-year-old Clyde Mynes has a few favorites. One is a small American flag he carried in Berlin during World War II. The other, now tattered and worn, was the first flag to fly ...

Man’s body pulled from Kanawha River at Point Pleasant

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — A fire official in Point Pleasant says a body has been pulled from the Kanawha River. Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant tells media outlets the man's body was discovered in the river at Point Pleasant on Saturday night. The identity of the victim wasn't immediately ...

Meeting held on economic recovery from West Virginia floods

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice told a conference focused on long-term economic recovery from last summer's devastating floods that he plans to restore hope and opportunities to the state. Without offering specifics, Justice told ...

US rig count down 6 this week to 659

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to 659. A year ago, 650 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have curtailed exploration, although the rig count has been rebounding in recent months. Houston oilfield services ...

Justice taps consultant, Manchin’s wife to run 2 agencies

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov.-elect Jim Justice on Friday named an energy industry consultant to head West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's wife to head his Department of Education and the Arts. Austin Caperton is ...

State offers partial control to Fayette County school board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After seven years of state control, Fayette County is on the verge of regaining partial control of its local school system. News outlets report that the West Virginia Board of Education voted Thursday to give Fayette's local school board control of its schools except ...

Woman killed in Fayette County fire

BOOMER, W.Va. (AP) — A woman has died in a house fire in Fayette County. Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley said in a news release that firefighters found a dead woman inside the home on Thursday night. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2iQjdSV ) reports that authorities believe ...

West Virginia county among those urged to sue drug companies

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Cabell County Commission is considering whether to seek damages from opioid manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies, pharmacists and prescribing doctors for the prescription painkillers that fueled the state's drug epidemic. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch ...

West Virginia faces questions about its own rich politician

By JONATHAN MATTISE and MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Some of the conflict-of-interest issues swirling around President-elect Donald Trump in Washington are playing out on a smaller scale in West Virginia, where the richest man in the state — an Appalachian ...

Kroger begins online ordering at West Virginia grocery

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The Kroger grocery chain says it has begun online ordering in West Virginia at its market in Barboursville. Customers can order groceries by computer or mobile device then pick them up at store curbside the same day without leaving their vehicles. George ...

Vehicles collide in northern West Virginia, 4 killed

SALEM, W.Va. (AP) — A sheriff says four people have died and three others were injured when a pickup truck crossed a median and collided with a flatbed truck in northern West Virginia. Sheriff Robert Matheny tells media outlets that the accident happened about 6 p.m. Wednesday along U.S. ...

State Board of Education considers new testing methods

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is considering a plan to replace the current Smarter Balanced assessments with end of course exams tied to a student's final grade. Media outlets report that the Board voted Wednesday to put out the end-of-course exams policy for ...

Major landlord to West Virginia students sued over fees

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general sued the state's largest residential landlord on Thursday, alleging it charges tenants, mostly college students, various fees in violation of state consumer protection law. Attorney General ...

In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a ...

Ohio man charged with sexually abusing maid at hotel

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Police in Morgantown have charged an Ohio man with sexual abuse stemming from an alleged incident involving a hotel maid. News outlets report 55-year-old Michael Clayton Shumaker of Breman, Ohio, was arraigned Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court on a charge of ...