W.Va. News

Comment period ending on West Virginia impaired waterways

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A public comment period on a draft list of the state's impaired streams and lakes is coming to an end. The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting public comments through Monday on its draft list of impaired waters. The DEP is required to update its ...

Manchin says he will not leave Senate to join administration

FAIRLEA, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he will not join Republican President Donald Trump's administration. The Register-Herald reports Manchin addressed speculation that Trump was considering appointing him as energy secretary during a town hall meeting at the State ...

Capito criticizes Trump, says he should unite the country

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Republican U.S. senator from one of Donald Trump's most popular states says the president's comments about the violent white supremacist rally in Virginia has created a firestorm and that he should unite the country against racism. West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore ...

West Virginia office that supervises sex offenders will end

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia office that has supervised sex offenders for nearly a decade will end. The Herald-Dispatch reports the Intensive Supervision Office will end in September. The move comes after West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Justice Allen Loughry signed ...

Spartan Race comes to West Virginia for first time

By TYLER JACKSON, The Register-Herald GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — For the first time since its inception in 2007, the Spartan Race is coming to West Virginia. The Spartan Race will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean Aug. 26-27, with a dinner on Aug. 25 for the athletes who will ...

Trump orders money available for West Virginia flood victims

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has made federal funding available to help people in four West Virginia counties recover from severe flooding, landslides and mudslides. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the money is available for people in Harrison, Marion, ...

State workers can attend conference at governor’s resort

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Ethics Commission says state employees can attend a business conference at a resort owned by the Republican governor. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the commission says state workers can attend the conference at The Greenbrier, but they can't ...

West Virginia Gov. Justice names Mike Hall chief of staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed state Sen. Mike Hall as his new chief of staff. Justice says in a news release that the Putnam County Republican "has a reputation for being able to work with everybody.". Hall replaces Nick Casey, a former state ...

West Virginia funding announced for 3 drug treatment sites

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three substance use disorder programs in West Virginia are receiving $1.6 million in funding from the state. The funding was announced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities. The funding ...

Judge approves settlement for Century Aluminum retirees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge in West Virginia has approved a $23 million settlement that will provide health care benefits for retired workers at Century Aluminum. Media outlets report U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver on Monday approved the settlement reached in February, ...

Former officer pleads guilty to bribing woman with sex

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A former police officer in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to bribery in an official manner for having sex with a woman in exchange for not giving her a ticket. The Times West Virginian reports that Marcus Slauer, a former officer with the Farmington Police ...

Woman dies in West Virginia house fire

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Fire officials have released the name of a woman killed in a house fire in West Virginia. The Exponent Telegram reports Clarksburg Fire Chief Rick Scott identified the victim as 45-year-old Vanessa Jean McNemar. City fire inspector Chris Magee says Sunday's fire ...

Ex-West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cleckley, 77, dies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Franklin D. Cleckley, the West Virginia Supreme Court's first black justice, has died at age 77, the court announced Tuesday. The court said in a news release that Cleckley died at his Morgantown home on Monday. No cause of death was given. A civil rights attorney, ...

City council moves forward with nuisance cat ordinance

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A city council in West Virginia has approved the second reading of an ordinance that would stop people within its limits from keeping cats that create a nuisance. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the Princeton City Council unanimously approved the second reading ...

Hearings in September on West Virginia power station plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The public will have a chance to comment on two power companies' proposal to purchase the Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia from Allegheny Energy Supply. The Public Service Commission is holding three hearings next month. The first will be Sept. 6 in ...

West Virginia medical marijuana program board set to meet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A board that will help develop a medical marijuana program in West Virginia is holding its first meeting. The advisory board is set to meet Wednesday at the University of Charleston. Among the topics for discussion is a work plan for the program's first year. The ...

West Virginia county to allow students out early for eclipse

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Students in at least one West Virginia county will be allowed to get out of school early to watch next week's solar eclipse. The Herald-Dispatch reports that Cabell County Schools Superintendent Ryan Saxe said at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday that parents will ...

W.Va.-based Group estimates 34,000 gallons of oil spilled off Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — An analysis of satellite imagery by a U.S.-based nonprofit organization suggests at least 34,000 gallons of oil have leaked out during a spill off the coast of Kuwait. West Virginia-based SkyTruth says satellite photos from the day of the spill off southern Kuwait show it ...

West Virginia governor family’s coal firm sues regulators

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A coal company run by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family has sued two Kentucky regulators individually, claiming they're to blame for the company's reclamation delays that could result in $4.5 million in fines. The Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky Fuel ...

West Virginia group to call for removing Confederate statue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents are planning to gather at a statue of Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson on the grounds of the state Capitol in Charleston and call for its removal. The move planned for Sunday evening comes on the heels of a violent white ...