W.Va. News

Ground broken for methanol plant in West Virginia

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — Ground has been broken on a methanol plant in West Virginia. Officials on Wednesday celebrated the start of construction on the US Methanol plant in Institute. Gov. Jim Justice says the plant will convert natural gas to methanol for use by existing chemical ...

West Virginia House member announces resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates says she is resigning to tend to her family and her business. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that House Delegate Nancy Reagan Foster announced Friday that she is stepping down. The Putnam County Republican beat ...

West Virginia drug czar wants rising death toll stopped

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The director of West Virginia's new Office of Drug Control Policy starts his job on Tuesday, and he wants to get out into communities to see what they're doing and to offer the state's help in fighting the opioid epidemic. Jim Johnson tells Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

West Virginia National Guard to monitor election systems

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner says his office is partnering with the West Virginia Air National Guard to protect state election systems from potential computer threats. Warner says in a news release that a National Guard member specializing in cyber ...

West Virginia state parks to have electric charging units

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charging stations for electric vehicles are expected to be installed at all West Virginia state park guest lodges by the end of the year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports nine of the state's 10 park lodges already have at least three Tesla electric vehicle ...

9-year-old driver hits police cruiser in West Virginia

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a 9-year-old boy drove a pickup truck before striking an officer's cruiser. The Morgan County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that a deputy responded to a report of a minor driving south of Berkeley Springs at about 2:30 ...

Trooper accused of witness sex relationship won’t be charged

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia trooper facing allegations about a sexual relationship with a witness in a murder case he investigated will have no charges filed against him. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney Sean "Corky" Hammers said ...

Pence pushes tax overhaul at West Virginia business summit

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touched on Texas and taxes in his Wednesday address to the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual business summit at the Greenbrier resort. The vice president outlined President Donald Trump's tax overhaul plan and called on ...

Obese America Report: 1 in 3 US adults are beyond overweight

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — While a third of American adults and one in six children are obese, a report Thursday suggests the rate of increase could be stabilizing in some states. Citing statistics collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

West Virginia University course to detect ‘fake news’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is offering a new course to provide student consumers with tools for separating media fact from fiction. Noting the phrase "fake news" has been widely heard since last year's presidential election and is now used in commentary by both ...

Mall owner sues West Virginia’s Department of Transportation

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — The owner of a West Virginia mall has filed a lawsuit against the state's Department of Transportation, alleging that the state should have been responsible for repairs to the mall's access bridge, which was washed out during a 2016 flood. The Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

Economic roadmap for West Virginia outlined

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's state university and commerce officials say plastics and chemical manufacturing, cybersecurity, higher-end tourism and automotive assembly are sectors where the state can turn its lagging economy around. In an address Thursday to business leaders at ...

Official: Trooper resigns amid sex relationship allegations

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia State Police official says a trooper has resigned amid allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a witness in a homicide case he investigated. State Police chief of field services Maj. V.S. Deeds told The Herald-Dispatch that Trooper W.G. ...

Man charged with abduction after 2 girls found safe

PETERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia girls who became the subjects of an Amber Alert have been found safe, and a man wanted in connection with their disappearance has been arrested. News outlets report that 45-year-old Carl Ray Fortney was apprehended Wednesday near Petersburg ...

Federal judge reviews $151 million chemical spill settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A revised class-action settlement plan is back before a federal judge deciding how to pay victims of a chemical spill that left people without tap water for up to 9 days. The drinking water of about 300,000 people in the greater Charleston area was contaminated in ...

West Virginia gets 3 federal environmental grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say the Environmental Protection Agency has approved $430,000 in grants for three projects in the state. The Upshur County Commission will get $200,000 to clean up the Upshur County Youth Camp's half-acre tar pit, where the Buckhannon ...

West Virginia police: Woman branded with horseshoe, fork

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man allegedly branded a woman with a horseshoe and a fork. News outlets report Ervin Harold of Bluefield was charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault. Bluefield Police Detective J.B. Fox says Harold allegedly held the woman ...

West Virginia man gets jail for giving inmate marijuana

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a former worker at a federal prison in West Virginia has been sentenced to eight months behind bars for providing an inmate with marijuana. According to prosecutors, 32-year-old Cody Tyler Layman of Terra Alta, West Virginia, pleaded guilty ...

State regulators fine company in West Virginia miner’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After a shuttle car operator was killed at a West Virginia coal mine public documents show its operator has been cited and fined by state regulators. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports eight pages made public Monday during a state Coal Mine Health and Safety board ...

West Virginia explains new hunting regulations in summary

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — New West Virginia hunting regulations for fall hunting of deer, bear and wild turkey have been included in a summary now available at Division of Natural Resources district offices, from hunting and fishing license agents and on the division's website. Hunting ...