W.Va. News

2 killed when cargo plane goes off runway in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A cargo plane contracted by UPS went off the runway and over a steep, wooded hillside Friday at a West Virginia airport, killing the pilot and co-pilot, an airport official said. Emergency crews were trying to reach the crash site from above and below, Yeager airport ...

Frontier resolving more West Virginia speed complaints

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says Frontier Communications has increased internet speeds for more than one-third of nearly 28,000 customers covered by the settlement to resolve complaints over slow service. The December 2015 agreement requires Frontier ...

Whistleblower lawsuit settled against a West Virginia agency

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by two former West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources employees who said they faced retaliation for whistleblowing has been settled. News outlets report former department executives Susan Perry and Jennifer Taylor filed a lawsuit in ...

Kroger ends senior citizen discount program, cuts prices

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Supermarket chain Kroger has announced that it will discontinue its senior discount program in many of its stores but will also be cutting prices on thousands of items. Media outlets report Kroger said in a news release that its Mid-Atlantic division will no longer ...

Flood recovery meeting set in White Sulphur Springs

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents recovering from last summer's floods can explore available resources at a meeting in White Sulphur Springs. The meeting will be held Thursday evening at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center. Among those expected to attend are ...

Police: Charges to be sought in school vandalism

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — State police say criminal charges will be pursued against nine students in a break-in at a southern West Virginia high school. Sgt. D.M. McMillan tells WVVA-TV (http://bit.ly/2qsFL3q) that as much as $10,000 in property damage occurred at Summers County High School in ...

Rep. Jenkins says spending bill adds Appalachia funds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins says the spending bill passed Wednesday by the House will increase investments in Appalachia and help with economic development in the mining communities hurt by the downturn in the coal industry. The bill will include permanent ...

Wheeling City Council mulls height requirement for buildings

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Wheeling City Council is considering an ordinance that would establish a three-story minimum building height for new structures in the downtown district. News outlets report city council members heard the first reading of the ordinance during a meeting Tuesday. ...

Gov. Justice calling lawmakers back to resolve budget

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says he's calling the Legislature back to Thursday's special budget session to specifically consider four bills that would resolve their disagreements on spending cuts and taxes. The Democratic governor two weeks ago vetoed the $4.1 billion general ...

West Virginia coal, gas taxes show ongoing industry uptick

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's tax collections from coal and natural gas production continued climbing in April, exceeding budget estimates by almost $11 million and prompting state officials to predict an energy sector uptick continuing into next year. The gain in mineral ...

Environmentalists urge Justice to limit budget session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmentalists are urging Gov. Jim Justice to limit the special legislative session starting Thursday to budget issues and not recently passed but conflicting legislation that would raise pollution limits. The West Virginia Rivers Coalition and 13 other ...

More high school grads choosing college in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A report says more high school graduates in West Virginia pursued a college education last year. The report released Tuesday by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and West Virginia Community and Technical College System found 266 more students ...

West Virginia to hold series of meetings on education plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Education plans to hold a series of meetings as it develops a state replacement plan for the No Child Left Behind Act. States must submit their plans this year to the U.S. Department of Education on the Every Student Succeeds Act, ...

School board cuts nearly 60 positions for next school year

FOSTER, W.Va. (AP) — The Boone County school board has voted to eliminate the equivalent of 58 positions for the next school year. News outlets report Boone schools Superintendent Jeff Huffman said Monday's vote meant 58 "full-time equivalent" positions are being cut. The move comes as ...

Marshall University to make safety improvements on campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University has begun taking steps to increase security measures around campus after a survey revealed students felt less safe walking outside at night. News outlets report the university has begun a series of on-campus improvements in response to a survey ...

Pennsylvania-based Sheetz wants to hire 3,400 more workers

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania-based Sheetz convenience store chain wants to hire 3,400 full- and part-time workers at its 550 shops. Open interviews for the jobs begin Wednesday. The Altoona-based chain also has stores in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West ...

Lawmakers: Budget deal fixes retired miner health benefits

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — More than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage was set to expire this month will instead see that coverage extended permanently under the new congressional spending plan, West Virginia lawmakers said ...

West Virginia University volunteers create greenspace

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University faculty and student volunteers held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Falling Run Greenspace. News outlets report the Falling Run Trail opened Sunday with 16 biking and hiking paths connecting the downtown campus to ...

West Virginia attorney general seeks input on card skimming

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has sent a letter to gas stations and convenience stores across the state asking for information on ways to raise awareness and prevention among businesses and consumers against skimming credit and debit card information. In the ...

Powerball ticket worth $1M sold in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in north-central West Virginia is worth $1 million from the latest drawing. The West Virginia Lottery says on its website that a ticket sold at a convenience store in Shinnston matched the first five numbers in Saturday's drawing. The winner ...