W.Va. News

West Virginia University class trying to detect fake news

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Students at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media are working with computer science students and faculty on an artificial intelligence course to try to detect fake news articles. The university said in a news release that the course includes two projects ...

Volunteers needed to clean up West Virginia highways

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is taking registrations from volunteers who want to help clean up the state's highways. The Adopt-A-Highway Statewide Spring Cleanup is scheduled for April 29. Volunteers have until April 21 to register, and ...

West Virginia office says miner dies following injury

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says that a miner injured in February at the CK Mine No. 5 in Mingo County has died from complications related to his injuries. According to the office, Dennis J. Fillinger of Harts, West Virginia, died ...

West Virginia lawmakers vote to add addiction treatment beds

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers voted to increase beds available at state-supported drug treatment facilities in response to the state's opioid addiction epidemic. The Senate's 34-0 approval Friday followed a previous ...

US rig count increases 15 this week to 839; Texas up 7

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 15 this week to 839. A year ago, 443 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 672 rigs sought oil and 165 explored for natural gas this week. Two were ...

Drug epidemic: 1 small-town mayor takes on pill distributors

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor has joined the ranks of at least 11 communities suing some of the biggest U.S. drug distributors, bidding to make them pay for the damage done by addiction in a state already ravaged by the decades-long decline ...

West Virginia advances curbs on sharing explicit images

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's lawmakers have voted to criminalize "revenge porn." The House of Delegates voted on Thursday to make it a crime to intentionally display publicly, distribute or threaten to disclose sexually explicit or intimate images of ...

Sign of the times? Solar panels power Kentucky Coal Museum

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Don't look to the Kentucky Coal Museum to bring coal back. The museum is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city's largest electric customers. It's also a symbol of the ...

West Virginia coal, gas tax revenues in March top estimate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's tax collections from coal and natural gas production in March topped $40 million, exceeding original budget estimates by $13 million and showing continuing recovery from last year, officials reported Thursday. The comeback in mineral extraction tax ...

College grant application deadline extended in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have extended the application deadline for the need-based Higher Education Grant Program through May 1. The Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System say the deadline has been pushed back because of a ...

West Virginia Supreme Court chief justice gets 4-year term

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Allen Loughry has been selected to serve a four-year term as chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. The court says in a news release that it marks the first four-year term for a chief justice since 1888. Chief justices typically serve one-year terms. The ...

Dems in Trump states pressured from both sides on court pick

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a rare and momentous decision — one by one, seated at desks centuries old, senators will stand and cast their votes for a Supreme Court nominee. It's a difficult political call in the modern era, especially for the 10 ...

Justice extends West Virginia legislative session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says he's extending the legislative session through Sunday to give lawmakers additional time to pass a budget. The Democratic governor and the Republican-controlled House and Senate have yet to resolve their respective budget and tax proposals for ...

Ex-government analyst sentenced to prison on firearm charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former analyst for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison for making a gun silencer at his home. Jonathan L. Wienke had reached a plea deal in December, pleading guilty to one count of violating the ...

National Academies seeking information on coal mine dust

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Representatives of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, coal mine operators and coal mine workers have been invited to present information at a meeting on coal mine dust next week in Charleston. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering ...

West Virginia House votes to overhaul sales tax

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House has narrowly voted to apply the state's 6 percent sales tax to cell phone services, barbering and contractors and start cutting the overall tax rate in the middle of next year. The bill approved 52-48 on Wednesday would cut the sales tax to 5.5 ...

West Virginia eyes ban on telemedicine abortion drugs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has voted to prohibit doctors from prescribing narcotics or drugs that induce abortion by telemedicine. The bill passed by the House doesn't include the prohibition on physicians remotely prescribing abortion drugs. The Senate bill, approved ...

Marshall to hold panel discussion on fake news

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications is hosting a panel discussion examining fake news. The symposium is set for Thursday afternoon at the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's campus in Huntington. Marshall says in a news release that ...

House of Delegates considers change for gas-drilling rights

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House is considering Senate-passed legislation to authorize natural gas producers to drill when three-fourths of those with royalty rights agree. At a House hearing Monday, witnesses were divided over whether the bill would unconstitutionally involve ...

Ex-doctor sentenced for writing bogus pain pill prescription

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former physician in West Virginia has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for writing a bogus prescription to get pain pills. Fifty-two-year-old Gregory Donald Chaney was sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington to obtaining a controlled substance ...