W.Va. News

West Virginia State inaugurating Jenkins as president

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University is inaugurating Anthony L. Jenkins as its 11th president this week. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Friday in Ferrell Hall. A ceremonial tree planting will be held at about 3:30 p.m., and a reception in honor of Jenkins and celebrating ...

Bernie Sanders event Sunday in West Virginia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Former presidential candidate and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming to the coal country of southern West Virginia for a Town Hall meeting about the needs of rural Americans. Sanders will speak Sunday afternoon at Mount ...

Gas pipeline draws support, opposition, in West Virginia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents were divided during the final state public hearing on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas down the center of West Virginia for 195 miles. Several urged state permit ...

West Virginia legislators OK bills on motorcycles, antlers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has passed legislation to make annual motorcycle registration fees due based on the month they were initially registered instead of February. Senators have also approved a bill to permit the trade and barter of naturally shed deer antlers. ...

US rig count increases 12 this week to 768; Louisiana up 5

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 768. A year ago, 480 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 617 rigs sought oil and 151 explored for natural gas this week. Louisiana ...

State lifts ban on bringing ‘celebration’ food into schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have lifted the statewide ban on bringing foods like cupcakes into public school classrooms for celebrations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2nb2cZF ) that the decision to allow people to bring outside non-nutritional food into ...

Cabell, Kanawha counties sue drug distributors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two of the state's most populous counties have become the latest to file lawsuits accusing prescription drug distributors of fueling the local opioid epidemic by shipping too many pain pills. Media outlets report the commissions for Cabell and Kanawha counties filed ...

West Virginia lawmakers draft budget with more cuts

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Although some West Virginia lawmakers drafted a budget proposal for the coming year emphasizing government cuts, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday that the Legislature's Republican leadership has failed so far to produce its spending plan halfway ...

Advocacy groups: Pipeline assessment lacks real analysis

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three advocacy groups in Virginia want federal regulators to rescind or revise an environmental assessment of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline because they say it lacks meaningful analysis. The groups made their arguments in a filing this week with the Federal Energy ...

Senate Republicans reject move to restore appointments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Senate Republicans have rejected a move to restore the appointments of two women with Democratic ties, saying neither gender nor political affiliation led them to block the confirmations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2mN1Urh ) reports ...

Former United Way employee admits $10,000 fraud at charity

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a former employee of the United Way of Central West Virginia has pleaded guilty to credit card fraud, admitting she used the charity's credit cards to charge goods and services for herself. According to prosecutors, 49-year-old Rhonda Kelley ...

Mohawk Industries to close West Virginia wood flooring plant

HOLDEN, W.Va. (AP) — Mohawk Industries Inc. says it is closing a wood flooring manufacturing plant in southern West Virginia, idling 111 workers. Media outlets reports the plant at the Buck Harless Wood Products Industrial Park in Holden will close by May 7 and its operations will be moved ...

West Virginia attorney general settles with car dealer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has reached a court settlement with a Cabell County used car dealer requiring he stand behind warranties, post unaltered buyer's guides and ensure each vehicle sold will pass state safety inspection. It requires owner Shawn Dunfee to ...

West Virginia board scraps new school accountability system

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Board of Education has voted to stop using an accountability system that gives A through F grades to public schools. The board on Wednesday followed through on a call from Gov. Jim Justice to scrap the school grading system that started in November. The ...

Bill to eliminate Courtesy Patrol advances to full House

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legislation that would eliminate a state-funded roadside assistance program has been forwarded to the full House of Delegates. The House Finance Committee voted Wednesday to move $3.4 million that pays a nonprofit group to operate the Courtesy Patrol back into a ...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting exec says layoffs planned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Public Broadcasting's executive director says 15 employees are expected to be laid off by the end of the month. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2m3W0OE ) reports Scott Finn told the House Finance Committee on Wednesday the layoffs will occur ...

2 Boone County school employees accused of embezzlement

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — State Police say two employees of the Boone County school system have been charged with stealing at least $20,000. Media outlets report transportation director David Bryan Jarrell and mechanic Tracy Harvey surrendered to State Police on Wednesday. State Police Sgt. ...

Unemployment rates rise in all 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in all 55 of West Virginia's counties in January. WorkForce West Virginia says Jefferson County's 3.4 percent unemployment rate remains the lowest in the state, followed by Berkeley County at 3.9 percent and Monongalia County at 4.3 ...

West Virginia tax revenues in February top estimates

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's tax collections for February exceeded estimates by $10.3 million but still left the government's projected budget shortfall at $123 million for the current fiscal year, according to revenue data released Monday. Sales, ...

Senate bill to exempt mass hunter info release advances

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would exempt the mass release of West Virginia hunters' contact information to the public is making its way through the state Legislature. With little debate, the Senate Natural Resources Committee forwarded the bill Monday to the Senate Judiciary ...