W.Va. News

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 ...

West Virginia jobless rate dips to 4.8 percent in April

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.8 percent in April. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed residents dropped by 900 to 37,200. Employment gains included 400 in trade, transportation and utilities, 400 in ...

Deputy state schools superintendent announces retirement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's deputy state schools superintendent has announced her retirement as the state superintendent eliminates another position. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2qqvOTn ) Cindy Daniel's retirement is effective May 31. Her announcement ...

Group says rural West Virginians could lose Medicaid

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A research group that examines how government policies affect low-income Americans says the latest proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act will particularly hurt rural communities including those in West Virginia. The Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy ...

West Virginia spring hunters take more than 11,000 turkeys

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 11,539 turkeys this spring, up 11 percent from last year. The Division of Natural Resources says that's the largest harvest since 2006. The counties where the most birds were taken were Preston with 475, ...

Volunteers sought to clean up West Virginia’s Sutton Lake

SUTTON, W.Va. (AP) — Volunteers are being sought to help clean up Sutton Lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says in a news release that trash and debris will be picked up next Saturday. The statement says the first 100 people who sign up will receive a T-shirt and volunteers will be ...

Officials offer help in relocating honeybee swarms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is offering help for people who spot a swarm of honeybees. Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt says bees are an important part of the growing season, and people who spot a swarm on their property are asked to call the ...

WVU hopes to increase international student enrollment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University wants to increase its enrollment of international students. The Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/2pLsQpy ) reports the university recently released a bid request as it seeks companies to help with an overseas marketing effort. Companies have ...

2 victims’ names released in fatal crash in West Virginia

WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) — The names of a husband and wife who died in a fatal accident in Wayne County have been released. The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2qh5Fq1 ) reports 37-year-old Roy Caldwell and 33-year-old Lakisha Sue Caldwell of Wayne were killed in the May 9 accident on state Route ...

West Virginia town of Nitro unveils park to honor veterans

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — The city of Nitro has unveiled a park in honor of local military veterans. Media outlets report the town dedicated the Living Memorial Park in celebration of its centennial Saturday. The park includes a statue of a World War I soldier, a fountain, a patriotic mural and ...

West Virginia woman sentenced to 40 years in boy’s death

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to the maximum 40 years in prison in the death of a 6-year-old boy in her care. April D. Fox of Bellburn was sentenced in Greenbrier County Circuit Court of child abuse resulting in death. A special judge also ordered her to ...

West Virginia man offers bus on Airbnb for adventurers

By TIM COOK, The Journal SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Sutherland always enjoyed traveling the world. Now almost daily, the world shows up at his doorstep by way of a little yellow school bus. Sutherland draws national and international travelers to his home eager to sleep inside his ...

West Virginia city workers, volunteers help massive clean-up

By CHARLIE BOOTHE, Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — After an earlier weather-related postponement, dozens of volunteers and City of Bluefield workers hit the roads and streets on May 8 for a massive clean-up effort. City Manager Dane Rideout said six crews were working all ...

WVU commencement features honorary degree for Bill Withers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — About 4,500 degrees are being issued as part of West Virginia University's commencement weekend, including an honorary doctorate for "Ain't No Sunshine" singer Bill Withers. The Dominion Post of Morgantown reports (http://bit.ly/2qeiqBF) that the weekend involves 17 ...

West Virginia high schooler surprised to receive scholarship

By JESSICA FARRISH, Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A Liberty High School senior who overcame the death of a parent this school year to obtain a 3.8 GPA was given a surprise award of a $10,000 scholarship through the Beckley Area Foundation Monday evening. McKenzie Simpson accepted ...