W.Va. News

Education board posts schools superintendent job opening

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have started advertising the opening for state schools superintendent. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2lv6Pwt ) that the West Virginia Board of Education posted the job opening on Friday. During a meeting Thursday, board members ...

Foster care youth to get their own college in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — A nonprofit group announced a unique plan Wednesday to start a college in West Virginia for students who are transitioning out of foster care, giving at-risk young adults a chance to earn two-year degrees at no cost to them. KVC Health ...

West Virginia board drops standardized tests in grades 9, 10

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has eliminated standardized math and English language arts tests scheduled for this spring for ninth and 10th graders. Thursday's move means that only 11th graders will be tested, putting West Virginia in line with federal ...

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, ...

State returns full control to Fayette County school board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to return full control of Fayette County's school system to the county, marking the first time since 1998 that no county school systems are under state takeover. The board voted unanimously for the move Thursday at a ...

Brian Bruce named West Virginia American Water president

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Brian Bruce has been named president of West Virginia American Water. The company says in a news release that Bruce will replace Jeffrey McIntyre, who has been named senior vice president of American Water's Mid-Atlantic Division, encompassing Pennsylvania and West ...

Nonprofit: Most West Virginia major roads in shoddy shape

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A nonprofit transportation group says most West Virginia major roads are in shoddy shape and that motorists spent $758 million each year in extra vehicle operating costs from driving on them. The report released Thursday by Washington, D.C.-based TRIP found 29 ...

Justice against privatizing West Virginia medical school

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he's against a legislative proposal to privatize the state medical school in Lewisburg. The Democratic governor says privatization of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine would drive up in-state tuition. He says it ...

Police: Man told pastor he caused mother’s fatal overdose

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is facing a murder charge after authorities say he told his pastor he caused his mother's fatal overdose because he wanted to "end her pain." News outlets report that 44-year-old Bradford Spencer of Bluefield was arrested Saturday following the ...

Official presses for more details about small chemical spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County official is demanding more details about a small spill along the Kanawha River that apparently involved the same primary chemical that caused a water crisis in the area three years ago. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2kRRUeF ) reports ...

West Virginia unit cites $2.5M of improper disability claims

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says its unit targeting Social Security disability fraud helped save $2.5 million in improper claims during its first year. Two investigators and an analyst have been working with the Social Security Administration, its ...

Meeting set on group’s plans for college for ex-foster kids

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — A meeting is set on a nonprofit group's plans to start a college in southern West Virginia for students transitioning out of foster care. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery. The campus is ...

Century Aluminum, retirees reach $23M health care settlement

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A group of retired workers from Century Aluminum says the company has agreed to pay $23 million to help cover their health care. Benefits were taken away shortly after the plant in Ravenswood closed in 2009. WSAZ-TV (http://bit.ly/2leU8FX ) reports the money, if ...

West Virginia rejects juvenile sex offender registration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's highest court has ruled that juveniles judged delinquents for sex offenses don't have to register as sex offenders when they turn 18. The registration requirement applies to any person convicted of sex offenses. The court says under West Virginia law ...

Another West Virginia Board of Education member resigns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Another member of the West Virginia Board of Education has resigned. Beverly Kingery didn't give a reason for stepping down Monday in a brief letter to Gov. Jim Justice. She's the third board member to resign since Justice was inaugurated last month. Board president ...

West Virginia agency not regulating compressor noise, light

VALLEY GROVE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's environmental agency says it won't regulate the noise and light from compressors located along natural gas pipelines. The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/2kHoYmT) reports that an engineer in the Department of Environmental ...

H.T. Hackney to open West Virginia warehouse, create 70 jobs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State officials say wholesale grocery distributor H.T. Hackney Co. is opening its first warehouse in West Virginia and creating an estimated 70 jobs. The state Department of Commerce says in a news release that the company will locate a 246,000-square-foot warehouse ...

Another West Virginia town sues drug wholesalers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A southern West Virginia town has joined other communities in seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2kMUl21 ) reports the McDowell County town of Welch filed a lawsuit Monday against several out-of-state ...

Whitewater rafting traffic down in West Virginia last year

LANSING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's whitewater rafting industry saw a 2.3 percent drop in visitors last year compared with 2015. State Division of Natural Resources figures show traffic on the New, Gauley and other West Virginia rivers totaled 131,028 customers in 2016, down 3,054 ...

Ex-teacher’s aide who faked cancer gets 6 months in prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Dallas-area teacher's aide who faked having cancer and took a car and donations from staff and students has been sentenced to six months in prison in a separate case in West Virginia. The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/2kqAMsN ) reports that 56-year-old ...