W.Va. News

Lawyers still working on terms of water-crisis settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than three months after a tentative settlement was announced, lawyers are still trying to work out documents to spell out terms of a $151 million deal resolving a class-action lawsuit over a West Virginia chemical spill that tainted a local water system. Lawyers ...

West Virginia revenues in January fall short of estimates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State revenue figures show West Virginia's tax collections for January missed estimates by $18 million. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2jOsH0Y ) reports that while the budget deficit is growing, it's doing so at a slower pace. Deputy Revenue Secretary ...

Police shootings leave 1 dead, 1 wounded in West Virginia

GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two shootings by police officers in West Virginia in two days have left one person dead and another wounded. News media outlets quote Taylor County Prosecutor John Bord as saying that 38-year-old Daniel McMasters was fatally shot Friday when the Taylor County Sheriff's ...

2 more West Virginia agencies cut state vehicles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two more state agencies in West Virginia say they are reducing their fleets of vehicles to save money. The Division of Highways says it will auction off 122 vehicles in May and October and optimize use of those remaining. The Division of Corrections says it's ...

West Virginia commission OK’s blind trust

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Ethics Commission has approved a blind trust agreement for Woody Thrasher, president of an engineering and architecture firm chosen by Gov. Jim Justice to be the state's new commerce secretary. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2k1aDkQ ) ...

New president for West Virginia school board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has elected a new president and vice president, replacing two members who resigned Tuesday. President Tom Campbell is a former member of the House of Delegates from Greenbrier County who chaired the Education Committee and was ...

Top West Virginia legislator sees government cuts coming

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Cuts in government services and tax revisions are on the agenda for the legislative session starting next week, according to the leader of West Virginia's House of Delegates. Speaker Tim Armstead said Thursday that a budget ...

West Virginia Corrections Commissioner Rubenstein fined

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Ethics Commission has fined and reprimanded Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein, a day after his retirement was announced. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2jBA0Oa ) reports the commission on Wednesday ordered Rubenstein to pay $7,000 ...

Head of West Virginia beverage control retiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The commissioner of the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration says he'll retire later this month after 28 years with the state. Commissioner Ronald Moats joined the agency in 1989 and has been deputy commissioner and director of operations. He was a ...

Morrisey leads AGs supporting Gorsuch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says he's leading Republican attorneys general from 20 states in support of President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. Morrisey's office said in a news release that the group sent ...

Manchin says he opposes education nominee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he plans to vote against President Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Manchin, who has supported several other Trump nominees, says he has "serious concerns" ...

West Virginia Corrections Commissioner Rubenstein retiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein is retiring this spring. The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety issued a news release Wednesday night announcing Rubenstein's retirement effective April 1. He has been commissioner ...

West Virginia school board president, vice president resign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The president and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education resigned Tuesday night, effective immediately. The state Department of Education issued a release that included statements from departing President Michael Green and Vice President Lloyd ...

Federal grant awarded for health care in coal communities

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health professor and researcher at Marshall University has received a $1.3 million federal grant to continue health care work in areas affected by coal in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. The university said the recipient is Richard D. Crespo of the Department of ...

Judge: Dad, 92, not competent for trial in daughter’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 92-year-old West Virginia man charged with shooting his 68-year-old daughter to death is not competent to stand trial. Kanawha County deputies say William Stuck called 911 last October and told a dispatcher he had shot his daughter, Sandra ...

Man gets jail time for assaulting West Virginia trooper

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A Georgia man will serve time behind bars for assaulting a West Virginia State Trooper in 2015. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2jRHH1m) 55-year-old Michael Wayne Lowery of Carrolton, Georgia, was sentenced Monday to two to five years for the ...

West Virginia town fights back: Drug wholesalers face suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia town seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse is suing out-of-state drug distributors, and another community plans to file a similar suit. Media outlets report the Mingo County community of Kermit filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Mingo ...

Maguire named West Virginia DEP environmental advocate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Edward Maguire II has been appointed environmental advocate for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. DEP Secretary Austin Caperton announced Maguire's appointment Tuesday. Maguire replaces Wendy Radcliff, who was let go last week in a move that ...

West Virginia girl, 8, killed when car goes into river

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in northcentral West Virginia say an 8-year-old girl has died after a car she was riding in went over an embankment and into the West Fork River. Lewis County sheriff's Chief Deputy R.W. Hyre says in a statement that Payden Farnsworth was pronounced dead at ...

Walk-in services scaled back at West Virginia tax offices

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Tax Department employees won't be able to prepare state tax returns for walk-in customers because of budgetary and staffing constraints. The agency said in a news release walk-in services are being scaled back at locations across the ...