W.Va. News

Marshall to hold panel discussion on fake news

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications is hosting a panel discussion examining fake news. The symposium is set for Thursday afternoon at the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's campus in Huntington. Marshall says in a news release that ...

House of Delegates considers change for gas-drilling rights

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House is considering Senate-passed legislation to authorize natural gas producers to drill when three-fourths of those with royalty rights agree. At a House hearing Monday, witnesses were divided over whether the bill would unconstitutionally involve ...

Ex-doctor sentenced for writing bogus pain pill prescription

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former physician in West Virginia has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for writing a bogus prescription to get pain pills. Fifty-two-year-old Gregory Donald Chaney was sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington to obtaining a controlled substance ...

Coal miner Peabody emerging from bankruptcy

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest coal producer, Peabody Energy Corp., said Monday that it has emerged from bankruptcy protection after a year. The St. Louis company said it reduced costs and slashed its debt load by more than $5 billion in the past year. CEO Glenn Kellow said that the ...

Police: Carjacking suspect fatally shoots man, kills self

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — State police say a carjacking suspect fatally shot a man before apparently killing himself in southern West Virginia. State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says in a news release that troopers responded to a report of a shooting Monday in the Spruce Mountain area ...

West Virginia law to lower interest rate on court judgments

Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians will pay less in interest on court judgments starting next year under a new law signed by Gov. Jim Justice. The measure, approved by the House and Senate, will set the rate at 2 percent above an annually set Federal Reserve rate, ...

Police: Ohio man threatened officer, magistrate

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say an Ohio man allegedly threatened a magistrate and a police officer and his family after a chase. The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2o2YUXV ) reports 31-year-old Aaron LeVaughn Brown of Columbus, Ohio was stopped by Huntington police on ...

Drury stepping down as WVU marching band director

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jay Drury is stepping down as the leader of West Virginia University's marching band. The university says in a news release that Drury has resigned as director of athletic bands and associate director of bands effective June 1. WVU School of Music director Keith ...

US judge tosses suit in 1968 mine explosion in West Virginia

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge in West Virginia has tossed out a lawsuit filed by relatives of 78 miners killed in a 1968 mine explosion. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2nZQpNp ) reports U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley in Clarksburg ruled Friday that laws at the time ...

Meshea Poore takes over as West Virginia State Bar president

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Meshea Poore is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the West Virginia State Bar. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2nOrtaY ) reports Poore was set to be sworn in Sunday for a one-year term, succeeding John R. McGhee Jr. She was named ...

Speaker will discuss Marshall’s confirmation to high court

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Biographer and journalist Wil Haygood is speaking this week at Marshall University on the late Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. Marshall was confirmed to the court 50 years ago this year. Haygood has written a book looking at the struggle to get Marshall ...

Secretary of state names field rep for Eastern Panhandle

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state's office has added a field representative for the state's Eastern Panhandle. Secretary of State Mac Warner's office said in a news release that Darrell Shull will serve Pendleton, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley ...

Can’t afford to bury loved ones? Often, states can’t help

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Belinda Crookshanks' son and daughter-in-law died of drug overdoses on the same day in April 2015 at age 35, her grief was compounded by a stark financial fact: Despite the family's limited resources, the state's indigent burial ...

West Virginia lawmakers back limits on nursing home lawsuits

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Patients suffering medical injuries at nursing homes or assisted-living facilities would face a shorter deadline to sue and limits on individual mistreatment claims under legislation approved Friday by West Virginia ...

Missing 2-year-old girl found in West Virginia creek dies

WALTON, W.Va. (AP) — Fire department officials say a 2-year-old girl has died after she was found in a creek in West Virginia. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2nrcPTR ), Walton Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Kelley says the girl went missing Friday evening from ...

West Virginia House passes bill to ax greyhound funding

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House on Saturday voted to eliminate funding for greyhound racing, which industry officials say would doom the industry in the state and cost an estimated 1,700 jobs. The bill was approved 56-44 in the House of Delegates ...

Manchin, colleagues propose national painkiller monitoring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and two colleagues have introduced legislation that would require all states getting certain federal funding to establish electronic prescription drug monitoring and share information across state lines. In their ...

West Virginia Senate votes for medical marijuana

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has voted to legalize the use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions. The bill, approved 28-6, now goes to the House for possible consideration. It would establish a state commission to issue identification cards to patients and ...

West Virginia man gets life in prison for ex-lover’s death

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole in the fatal shooting of a woman with whom he previously had an affair. Media outlets report 35-year-old Philip David Casto was sentenced Thursday in Putnam County Circuit ...

Inmate sentenced for threatening to blow up buildings

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge in West Virginia has added more than two years to the sentence of a federal inmate who pleaded guilty to threatening to blow up government buildings. The U.S. attorney's office in Clarksburg said Wednesday that 37-year-old Jeremy E. Smith was ...