W.Va. News

Revamped West Virginia state school board set to meet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is set to hold its first regular meeting since several new members were appointed. The board will meet Wednesday in Charleston. Last week Tom Campbell was elected the board's new president and Chuck Hatfield was named vice ...

Order expands required C8 testing area

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an order expanding the area for required testing of water wells for the chemical C8. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2jZqBA1) that C8 was used for years to manufacture Teflon at a Wood ...

Marshall University student’s body recovered from river

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Police in Barboursville say the body of a Marshall University student has been recovered in a river three days after he jumped over an Interstate 64 bridge following a crash. Police Chief Mike Coffey tells media outlets that the state medical examiner's office ...

West Virginia woman charged with animal cruelty

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County woman has been charged after a humane officer reported finding that more than four dozen animals did not have food, water, shelter and adequate medical treatment. Media outlets report a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court charged ...

Poca High School principal resigns in booster case

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A high school principal has resigned after being accused of making personal purchases with school booster funds. Media outlets report Bradley Knell's resignation as Poca High School principal was accepted by the Putnam County Board of Education on Monday night. Knell ...

Canon lawyer joins fight to keep Catholic school open

MCMECHEN, W.Va. (AP) — Supporters of Bishop Donohue High School in McMechen are turning to a regional advocate for Catholic parishioner's rights in efforts to stop the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston from closing the school. Media outlets report Canon lawyer Philip Gray spoke Monday to a ...

More than 1,000 line Charleston street to protest Trump ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 1,000 people have attended a peaceful demonstration in Charleston to protest President Donald Trump's now-blocked executive order temporarily limiting immigration. Passing cars honked and demonstrators waved Sunday along a street outside the state Capitol. ...

West Virginia farmers invited to meeting with ag officials

ELEANOR, W.Va. (AP) — Agriculture officials are inviting West Virginia farmers to discuss programs and services available to them. The West Virginia State University Extension Service says in a news release that the meet-and-greet is set for Monday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in the ...

Louisville, Lexington eye banks to merge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The state's two eye banks in Louisville and Lexington are merging to better coordinate with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and other eye banks around the country. The eye banks procure donor tissue and distribute corneas for transplant to patients. The Kentucky Lions ...

West Virginia State Tax Department no longer sending 1099s

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia taxpayers will no longer receive copies of 1099-G and 1099-INT statements that the state files with the Internal Revenue Service, except by request. The statements will be available for download at https://mytaxes.wvtax.gov . Tax Commissioner Dale W. ...

Investors want to renovate Huntington buildings for retirees

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of investors is hoping to beef up Huntington's older population. The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2lcaivY ) reports a group called Retire Huntington wants to renovate several downtown buildings with the help of tax credits for historic structures. The ...

Harpers Ferry mayor says city sales tax beneficial

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of Harpers Ferry says the Eastern Panhandle community has brought in $60,000 over six months from the implementation of a city sales and use tax after being granted home rule status. The Journal (http://bit.ly/2kvMhAL ) reports Harpers Ferry Mayor ...

Trump seeks an ally, or at least an ear, in W.Va. Democrat

By LISA LERER and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The caller needed no introduction — except, perhaps, to Sen. Joe Manchin. "He says, 'Joe, this is Donald.' And I'm thinking, 'Donald who?'" the West Virginia Democrat remembered from the first time Donald Trump called his ...

Afghan interpreter fearful for future in US under Trump

By ANDREW BROWN, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ziaullah Zia Anwari sat in a balcony at the West Virginia Capitol watching as newly elected senator Richard Ojeda was sworn in along with the other state lawmakers. The 23-year-old native of Afghanistan had driven more ...