W.Va. News

Ex-legal aid clinic manager sentenced in fraud case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former office manager of a legal aid clinic in Charleston has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for embezzling more than $1.5 million over 12 years. Fifty-five-year-old Kim Cooper of St. Albans was sentenced Thursday in federal court in ...

West Virginia inmate sentenced in fatal prison stabbing

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate at a maximum-security prison in West Virginia has been sentenced to 40 years in the fatal stabbing of another inmate. Fayette County Prosecutor Larry Harrah says Stephen Branscome was sentenced for his guilty plea last month to second-degree ...

Cable company call center closing in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A telecommunications call center in Parkersburg will be closing this summer, putting nearly 170 people out of work. Media outlets report Altice USA is shutting down the Suddenlink Communications call center this summer. Altice purchased Suddenlink more than a year ...

At least 26 high school students injured in school bus crash

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say at least 26 high school students and one adult from neighboring Ohio have been injured in a school bus crash. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/2p1Cg2R ) reports the bus carrying football players from Buckeye ...

Grants for southern West Virginia projects announced

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Projects in southern West Virginia are getting a boost from more than $6 million in funding. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2oVwQ7m ) reports the funding announced Thursday comes from agencies that include the U.S. Economic Development Authority, the ...

2 new members named to West Virginia Board of Education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has two new members. Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday the appointments of Deborah Sullivan and Joseph Wallace to the board. Sullivan mostly recently retired as principal of Charleston Catholic High School. Wallace is an ...

A Kanawha County man has admitted to stealing mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County man has admitted in federal court that he stole a box of checks and other mail from the Elkview area. Media outlets report 34-year-old Jason Lee Spradling of Pinch pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possessing a large quantity of stolen ...

Teen arrested in fatal shooting in southern West Virginia

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a teenager in southern West Virginia has been arrested in the weekend shooting death of a woman at her home. Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley tells media outlets that 19-year-old Derrick Michael Crouse of Oak Hill was arrested on a murder charge ...

West Virginia jobless rate lowest in more than 8 years

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since November 2008. WorkForce West Virginia says the rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 4.9 percent in March. The number of unemployed residents fell by 2,300 to ...

Police say officer fatally shoots a person in West Virginia

FRANKLIN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say a law enforcement officer has fatally shot a person there after a chase that began in Virginia. West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.M Hebb says the pursuit started around 1 p.m. Tuesday in Rockingham County, Virginia, then crossed ...

Concrete panel falls from Wheeling stadium

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Repair efforts are underway at a Wheeling stadium after a large concrete panel fell from the seating area. Media outlets report that contractors were using a crane to remove a panel they found damaged Friday at Wheeling Island Stadium. Upon the panel's removal, an ...

Proposed Marshall program would help babies born addicted

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is hoping to expand Huntington's services for babies born addicted to drugs by adding a comprehensive center that would follow babies to kindergarten. The Herald Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2pxqvSp) that creators of the plan met Monday with ...

Charleston Civic Center expansion cost climbs by $1.2M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new change order has brought costs for the Charleston Civic Center expansion project up to nearly $93.6 million. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2or1dAD) the Charleston City Council approved the $1.2 million change order Monday. City Manager ...

Ohio dealer who caused West Virginia overdoses sentenced

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man who sold heroin laced with an elephant tranquilizer that caused more than two dozen overdoses in West Virginia was sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison Monday. Bruce Lamar Griggs, of Akron, was "in this just ...

Construction underway for Charleston bicycle lanes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Construction has started for the city of Charleston's long awaited bicycle lanes. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2ohAjMj)reports the bicycle lanes will stretch along Kanawha Boulevard. Assistant city engineer Aaron Morris says crews were working on the ...

West Virginia office confirms complaints at nursing company

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say there have been more than 30 complaints of sexual abuse, neglect and other issues against a nursing company from 2012 to 2016. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2nW6jJM ) the complaints were confirmed by the West Virginia ...

Critics: DuPont spent more on legal fees than chemical tests

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Critics say DuPont has spent too little on testing Ohio and West Virginia residents for contamination from a chemical used to make Teflon, while paying millions to a lawyer overseeing the testing program. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2oik01H ) reports DuPont ...

A Kanawha County man has admitted to stealing mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County man has admitted in federal court that he stole a box of checks and other mail from the Elkview area. Media outlets report 34-year-old Jason Lee Spradling of Pinch pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possessing a large quantity of stolen ...

W.Va. Has Lowest Federal Income Tax Burden; D.C. Highest

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As Tax Day approaches, show some love for the good people who live in the nation's capital. Washington, that swampy den of iniquity that politicians love to scorn, sends the most tax dollars per person to the U.S. government. By a ...

Suicide prevention event planned at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's Department of Social Work will host a suicide prevention event on April 20 at its Huntington campus. The university says the Walk for Hope: Campus Suicide Prevention and Education event will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the university's Memorial ...