W.Va. News

Former guard accused of 2 assaults at West Virginia jail

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have accused a former jail guard of assaulting and injuring two suspects who were awaiting trial in 2015 at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Barbour County. An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges 26-year-old Adam Joseph Neal Graham, of Elkins, with ...

Father and son killed in Mercer County house fire

BLUEWELL, W.Va. (AP) — A father and son have died in a Mercer County house fire that started in a downstairs bedroom. Kathy Hamm tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2lslQOs) that her 89-year-old father Hubert Stepp and her 54-year-old brother Benjamin Stepp died in the blaze ...

Liens show governor’s companies owe his state $4.4 million

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice still owe his cash-strapped state $4.4 million in unpaid taxes due at least a year ago, tax liens show. The liens, filed in Raleigh County where parent company Southern Coal ...

West Virginia secretary of state defends firing 16 employees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has defended his decision to fire 16 longtime employees upon taking office and promptly hire 22 new staffers. Warner told the Senate Finance Committee on Monday that cutting about one-third of his office's staff last month ...

West Virginia House OKs fundraiser reporting, litter fines

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers would have to promptly report fundraising events held while the Legislature is in session under a bill approved by the House of Delegates. The bill approved 98-0 on Monday would require disclosing all campaign donors ...

Beckley group seeks National Register status for mill

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A water-powered mill in Beckley will soon be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2lk5Ii8) the mill was built in 1838 by Alfred Beckley, the City of Beckley's founder and namesake. Few ...

West Virginia University survey examines safety, assaults

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Most West Virginia University students surveyed last year say they feel physically safe on campus, though 18 percent say they experienced some unwanted sexual contact and 10 percent said someone tried to have oral, anal or vaginal sex without their consent. Among ...

West Virginia Supreme Court to hear 3 cases in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court justices will hear cases next week at West Virginia University's College of Law. Justices are scheduled to hear arguments in three cases on Feb. 28 in the law school's Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. Among the cases include a certified ...

Justice touts highways construction plan in statewide tour

SLAB FORK, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice touted his highways construction program that would be financed by higher taxes and fees as he launched a statewide tour to promote the plan that he says would create tens of thousands of jobs in West Virginia. Justice told a crowd in Slab Fork that ...

Producers participating in Mountain State Maple Day March 18

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Maple houses across West Virginia are opening to allow visitors to see how maple sap is collected, processed and bottled during the second annual Mountain State Maple Day on March 18. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says 11 maple houses are participating, ...

WVU offers tuition incentives to nursing students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is offering tuition incentives in hopes of increasing the number of highly trained nurses in the state and beyond. The WVU School of Nursing says it will offer in-state tuition for all students — regardless of residency — to enhance ...

West Virginia House OKs fund-raiser reporting, litter fines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House of Delegates has voted to require lawmakers promptly report fund-raising events held while the Legislature is in session. The bill approved 98-0 would require reporting all campaign donors and amounts within five business days of an event. The ...

Robert’s family’s legacy casts long shadow on Tyler County

By MILES LAYTON, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel ELK FORK, W.Va. (AP) — A chicken was walking around taking advantage of the warm weather recently at Sarah Midcap's farm along W.Va. 18. At a knock, the longtime Tyler County woman opened her front door to give solid directions for the ...

New DEA program targets West Virginia opioid traffickers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will spend $500,000 on a program that aims to curb prescription drug and heroin abuse across the state. DEA special Agent Karl Colder tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2kO4gC8) the project, announced Wednesday, ...

No boundaries: Adult classes in Charles Town help immigrants

By DANYEL VANREENEN, The Journal CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — People of varying backgrounds, languages, cultures and ages gathered at the Adult Education Center in Charles Town. The center holds a variety of immigrant services, but the majority gathered for the citizenship class, which teaches ...

3 chosen as finalists for Fairmont State president

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Three candidates have been chosen as finalists for president at Fairmont State University. The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/2m0Yi1D ) reports the finalists are Anthony L. Brizendine, Christopher P. Cirmo and Michelle R. Howard-Vital. Brizendine is chairman of the ...

2 University of Charleston players dismissed after arrests

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say two University of Charleston football players have been dismissed following their arrest on drug charges at a motel. University spokesman David Traube says in a statement to WSAZ-TV (http://bit.ly/2lYp1iI ) that Nic Covington and Juan Morgan were ...

West Virginia governor to visit highway project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice plans to visit a highway project in Raleigh County on Sunday, calling it the first stop on his statewide "S.O.S Tour." In the early afternoon visit to the Coalfields Expressway project on Route 121 near Sophia, Justice says he'll discuss his proposal ...

Town takes DIY approach to restoring flood-damaged park

WEBSTER SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — While homes and businesses in this east-central West Virginia mountain town escaped major damage from last June's epic flooding, its beloved community park, located on a 7-acre island in the Elk River, was submerged, scoured, battered with debris and buried in ...

West Virginia lawmakers weigh stiffer litter punishment

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Throwing litter out your car window could mean two weeks picking up roadside trash under legislation advancing in West Virginia. The bill approved by the Judiciary Committee and poised for a House vote next week would raise the possible fine ...