W.Va. News

Auditors urge shutting West Virginia funeral examiners board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Board of Funeral Service Examiners fails to protect the public against unscrupulous operators and should be disbanded, according to the Legislature's auditors. They cited four cases in the past few years where they say the board delayed for many ...

West Virginia governor to stop coaching boys’ basketball

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says he's retiring as a high school boys' basketball coach though he'll continue to guide the girls' team at Greenbrier East High School. The 66-year-old first-term governor, who coached the boys to a 103-48 record over six years, says his first ...

Census data show 17.9% of West Virginians in poverty

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — New federal data show 319,063 West Virginians living below the poverty line last year, a 17.9 percent rate unchanged from the year before and slightly lower than a measured peak in 2011. The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey shows 88,351 children under ...

West Virginia gets $3.7M for drug, mental health services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say 22 health centers and rural health organizations are sharing nearly $3.7 million in federal funding to increase addiction and mental health services. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito say it's for personnel, information ...

West Virginia man admits to fraudulent insurance claim

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a 36-year-old Kearneysville man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, admitting he filed false insurance claims for more than $354,000 in 2013 in Berkeley County. According to prosecutors, Daniel Lichtman could face up to 20 years in prison and ...

Officers cleared after suspect dies during arrest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police department has cleared two officers involved in an arrest where the suspect unexpectedly died. Charleston police cleared Officer Job Ouma and Senior Patrolman Erick Miller after 36-year-old Adam Myers died while being arrested Tuesday ...

West Virginia man fatally shot by state troopers

ROSEDALE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say troopers fatally shot a man inside a house after he charged at them with a knife. WCHS-TV reports the Thursday morning incident in the Rosedale area began with a report of shots fired Wednesday night at another residence. Police say ...

New initiative seeks to boost economy in Appalachia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Four U.S. senators and the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center on Wednesday proposed 19 measures to boost the economy in Appalachia, including expanded broadband and telemedicine and tapping the region's "vast" natural gas ...

Man charged in 2009 homicide in Maryland suburb of DC

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Police in a Maryland suburb of Washington have charged a man in the 2009 slaying of a 19-year-old woman. Prince George's County Police said in a news release Wednesday 27-year-old Larry Recio is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Shai ...

3 inmates denied parole for murders committed as youths

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press ST. MARYS, W.Va. (AP) — Three inmates who were convicted of murder as teenagers decades ago have again been denied their pleas for freedom under a West Virginia law that allows parole for juveniles who commit serious crimes. A state parole board rejected ...

West Virginia city passes Human Rights Commission ordinance

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A city council in West Virginia has passed a controversial ordinance reviving its Human Rights Commission after a near 30-year hiatus. Local news outlets report the Fairmont City Council voted 7-2 to pass the ordinance Tuesday evening. It also adds gender identity and ...

Ex-officer pleads guilty to accepting cash bribes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former home confinement officer in West Virginia has admitted that he took $4,000 for concealing a man's home confinement violations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Jacques S. Vance pleaded guilty to one count of felony bribery in official and political ...

Manchin says Senate bill protects Morgantown lab’s work

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says funding would continue next year for the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown in the spending bill advancing in the Senate. Manchin says the funding includes $72.7 million for research and development and $58.7 ...

Small plane makes second emergency landing on interstate

FAIRPLAIN, W.Va. (AP) — A small plane in West Virginia has made a second emergency landing on an interstate, less than 24 hours after its first emergency landing. News outlets report the Piper PA-18 Super Cub made a second landing on Interstate 77 near Fairplain on Tuesday. Officials say ...

Hearings set in West Virginia for 3 convicted as juveniles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia inmates who became eligible for parole under a state law concerning juvenile offenders will find out whether they'll go free. A state parole board has scheduled hearings Wednesday for William Wayne, Lawrence Redman and Larry Hall II. They are ...

West Virginia State University plans tuition freeze program

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University is planning to freeze the cost of tuition for a portion of its student body starting next fall. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the university announced Monday afternoon that students who participate in the Yellow Jacket Connection ...

Trump nominates Baylous as marshal in WV Southern District

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a West Virginia state trooper to be U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia. The White House announced Tuesday that Michael T. Baylous has been nominated for the post. The nomination will have to be confirmed by ...

4 senators, nonprofit to unveil initiative for Appalachia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Four U.S. senators and the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center plan to unveil a detailed economic initiative for Appalachia to help reverse struggles with poverty and isolation in the region. The senators are Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Warner of ...

WVU president says its talent obligates economic leadership

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says he's committing the school to innovation and research, supporting local business, talent expansion and alumni outreach as part of a statewide economic initiative. In his state of the university address Monday, Gee ...

Left out of health debate, Appalachian poor seek free care

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press WISE, Va. (AP) — They arrived at a fairground in a deep corner of Appalachia before daybreak, hundreds of people with throbbing teeth, failing eyes, wheezing lungs. They took a number, sat in the bleachers and waited in the summer heat for their name to be ...