W.Va. News

Nitro board moves forward with high-speed internet plan

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in Nitro are moving forward with plans that would make the city the first in the region where residents and business could see one gigabit internet service speeds. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2hE4NFH ) reports that the Nitro Development ...

Belle police chief placed on leave amid federal probe

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say Belle's police chief has been placed on administrative leave amid a federal investigation. Local news outlets report town Mayor Glen "Buck" Chestnut says Chief Darrick Cox was placed on a 30-day paid leave Monday. Cox has served as the town's police ...

New data show spike in severe black lung disease

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — New data show many more coal miners across Appalachia suffering from the most serious form of black lung disease than federal regulators previously reported. National Public Radio reported Friday (http://n.pr/2hWzhSi ) that its investigation shows cases 10 times ...

Man gets 18 months in jail for killing, torturing cats

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A South Charleston man will spend 18 months behind bars for killing, dismembering and torturing several cats. News outlets report that Wayne Nelson Mallory received the maximum sentence after pleading guilty this week to three counts of animal ...

3 West Virginia electors steady in support of Trump

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia representatives to the electoral college are clear and unequivocal that they will be voting for Donald Trump to be the next U.S. president regardless of emails, letters and calls urging them not to. The ...

Man found competent for trial in Charleston in boy’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has ruled that a man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy is competent to stand trial. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2hM4mMs ) reports that Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King set a March 27 trial date on Thursday for ...

Glenville State College seeking new president

GLENVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Glenville State College is looking for a new president to begin duties next July. President Peter Barr announced in August he will retire at the end of the current academic year. The school announced this week that its Board of Governors had initiated a search ...

Justice says too soon to identify ways to cut budget gap

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's incoming governor said Thursday that he wants to closely examine state finances before deciding how to approach the government's projected $400 million budget deficit next year. Gov.-elect Jim Justice said they've "got to scrub all the financials in ...

Police: Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief strikes again

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — An 86-year-old jewel thief who has kept jewelry sellers on their toes since the 1970s has struck again, police say - this time by slipping a $2,000 diamond necklace into her pocket. Doris Payne, who has been the subject of a documentary ...

West Virginia schools get funding for teaching innovations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to approve grants to seven schools that will share more than $1.6 million for innovations in education. According to education officials, applications were received from 43 West Virginia elementary, middle and high ...

W.Virginia agencies review contracts after racist Obama post

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials may reconsider contracts with a nonprofit group whose suspended director is scheduled to return to her job after making a racist comment about first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook. Clay County Development director Pamela Ramsey Taylor was ...

As term ends, mine safety chief hopeful for safer coal mines

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The nation's coal mines are headed for another record low year in workplace deaths, and the outgoing federal mine safety chief said he's hopeful that mining companies will work with the incoming Trump administration to continue that ...

West Virginia gets grants for water, sewer projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced $12 million in federal grants for 12 water and sewer projects, including $1.3 million to help replace a sewer system in McDowell County that allows raw discharges into the Clear Fork River. Others include $1.5 million for Cairo's ...

Researchers cite low incomes in resource-rich West Virginia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Incomes in resource-rich West Virginia lag behind the nation, in part because of a "trickle-down" approach to state economic policy that puts more power and money in the hands of a wealthy few, the West Virginia Center on ...

West Virginia gets grants for water, sewer projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced $12 million in federal grants for 12 water and sewer projects, including $1.3 million to help replace a sewer system in McDowell County that allows raw discharges into the Clear Fork River. Others include $1.5 million for Cairo's ...

Spangler to become executive director of Board of Medicine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Medicine will have a new executive director starting Jan. 23. He is Mark A. Spangler of Lewisburg. He succeeds Robert C. Knittle, who is retiring Dec. 31 after 11 years as executive director. Spangler is a licensed professional ...

18 charged in heroin distribution network in West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal prosecutor in West Virginia says 18 people have been indicted in a drug distribution network involved in moving large amounts of heroin from Baltimore to the Martinsburg area. U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced Tuesday that 31-year-old ...

Ex-West Virginia highway official admits to fraud conspiracy

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Division of Highways employee has pleaded guilty to wire and tax fraud, admitting he used his position to funnel work to a South Carolina business and received secret payments of almost $200,000. Bruce Kenney III, of Norfolk, Virginia, was ...

Officials seek solutions to keep McDowell sheriff’s deputies

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — McDowell County officials are looking for money that would allow the county's sheriff to keep deputies that are slated to be laid off by the end of the year. County Commission President Harold McBride tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2hJSXZt ) that the ...

Ex-boarding school priest charged with abusing boy in 1973

BOSTON (AP) — A former Episcopal priest who worked at several elite boarding schools pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 1973 in Boston. Howard "Howdy" White appeared in Suffolk Superior Court after being indicted on five counts of assault and battery. White, ...