W.Va. News

US rig count rises this week by 8, to 941; W.Va. unchanged

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by eight this week to 941. A year ago, just 421 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 758 rigs sought oil and 183 explored for natural gas this week. Among major ...

Flint Group Pigments to close West Virginia plant

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Flint Group Pigments is shuttering a West Virginia manufacturing facility because of a decline in demand for a dye used in printing ink. The Herald-Dispatch reports about 50 people will lose their jobs when the Huntington plant closes. The company says the facility ...

Owner of West Virginia drug treatment clinic arrested

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The owner of a West Virginia drug treatment center has been arrested after allegedly issuing a bad check to an employee. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that New Beginnings Drug Treatment Center owner William Mucklow was charged with failing to compensate ...

National Weather Service confirms West Virginia tornado

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have confirmed that a tornado touched down in northern West Virginia as the remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy passed through the state. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said the tornado in Monongalia County had a rating of EF1 , with maximum ...

Sanders joining Midwest bus tour against Senate health bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is traveling to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia this weekend to urge fellow senators to oppose Senate health care legislation and retain the Affordable Care Act. The former Democratic presidential candidate is joining a MoveOn.org bus ...

Oklahoma, West Virginia officials, others dispute California climate claim

By KEN MILLER and KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from Oklahoma and more than a dozen other states have sent two letters to California's insurance commissioner, asking that he stop pressing insurance companies to publicly disclose fossil fuel investments and ...

West Virginia: Cindy’s remnants raise flood threat

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Heavy rain from the remnants of a tropical storm is expected late Thursday in West Virginia and a flash flood watch has been issued for most of the state, where 23 people were killed in flooding last June. The National Weather ...

Police find body in shallow grave, 2 charged

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say detectives searching for a missing person found a body in a shallow grave at a Kentucky residence and took two people into custody. Kentucky State Police said in a statement that their investigation began Wednesday when a West Virginia sheriff asked for ...

$3M federal funding for West Virginia broadband

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says $3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help to provide broadband access in Barbour, Randolph and Upshur counties. According to Capito's office, the grant will be matched with ...

West Virginia man faces prison for gun possession

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 32-year-old West Virginia man could face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal gun possession in federal court. Authorities say Matthew E. Boone, of Clarksburg, pleaded guilty to the single charge. According to prosecutors, Boone was previously ...

Hearings start in West Virginia drug wholesale lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The first hearing has been held in a lawsuit involving drug wholesale distributors accused of fueling West Virginia's heroin epidemic. Local news outlets report that Tuesday in Charleston a legal team for several West Virginia counties argued damages are necessary ...

West Nile virus detected in West Virginia’s Cabell County

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito in Cabell County. News outlets report the Cabell-Huntington Health Department has been trapping mosquitoes and submitting them for tests to monitor the virus. The department's ...

Topless protest planned in West Virginia’s capital city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A topless protest is planned in West Virginia's capital city despite the mayor's request to reschedule. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports nearly 200 people have RSVP'd for "Free the Nip Top Freedom Rally" on Facebook. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones asked organizers ...

Coal company sues HBO’s John Oliver for defamation

NEW YORK (AP) — Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a "false and malicious broadcast" last Sunday evening. It's seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment's "defamatory statements." Oliver's ...

West Virginia diocese closes 2nd Catholic school this year

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese has closed two Catholic schools in a West Virginia county this year, citing low enrollment. Local news outlets report the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced Thursday that All Saints Catholic School in Moundsville will ...

Railroad company CSX lays off 70 at West Virginia facility

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Railroad company CSX says it has cut 70 jobs at a locomotive shop in West Virginia, while 270 others continue to work at the facility. Company spokesman Rob Doolittle says the shop in Huntington will remain open and keep servicing locomotives. Affected employees are ...

West Virginia man pleads guilty to drug and gun charges

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 33-year-old West Virginia man has been convicted of selling methamphetamines and illegal gun possession. Federal authorities say Joseph Nathaniel Hartman, of Petersburg, pleaded guilty to both crimes that occurred in Grant County in August 2015. Investigators say ...

$3M federal funding for West Virginia broadband

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says $3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help to provide broadband access in Barbour, Randolph and Upshur counties. According to Capito's office, the grant will be matched with ...

Memorial, parks honor victims of 2016 West Virginia floods

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Rain falling like it would never end has changed the meaning of summer in this tiny corner of Appalachia. When the downpour finally stopped in White Sulphur Springs on June 23, 2016, five lives had been lost along one road ...

Getaway prizes given to fans of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's tourism agency has given out 21 getaways so far to West Virginia fans who used social media for tweets, posts and uploading photographs showing the state to others. Most daily prizes are weekend getaways at state resorts and cabin retreats. In ...