W.Va. News

More than 1,000 line Charleston street to protest Trump ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 1,000 people have attended a peaceful demonstration in Charleston to protest President Donald Trump's now-blocked executive order temporarily limiting immigration. Passing cars honked and demonstrators waved Sunday along a street outside the state Capitol. ...

West Virginia farmers invited to meeting with ag officials

ELEANOR, W.Va. (AP) — Agriculture officials are inviting West Virginia farmers to discuss programs and services available to them. The West Virginia State University Extension Service says in a news release that the meet-and-greet is set for Monday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in the ...

Louisville, Lexington eye banks to merge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The state's two eye banks in Louisville and Lexington are merging to better coordinate with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and other eye banks around the country. The eye banks procure donor tissue and distribute corneas for transplant to patients. The Kentucky Lions ...

West Virginia State Tax Department no longer sending 1099s

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia taxpayers will no longer receive copies of 1099-G and 1099-INT statements that the state files with the Internal Revenue Service, except by request. The statements will be available for download at https://mytaxes.wvtax.gov . Tax Commissioner Dale W. ...

Investors want to renovate Huntington buildings for retirees

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of investors is hoping to beef up Huntington's older population. The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2lcaivY ) reports a group called Retire Huntington wants to renovate several downtown buildings with the help of tax credits for historic structures. The ...

Harpers Ferry mayor says city sales tax beneficial

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of Harpers Ferry says the Eastern Panhandle community has brought in $60,000 over six months from the implementation of a city sales and use tax after being granted home rule status. The Journal (http://bit.ly/2kvMhAL ) reports Harpers Ferry Mayor ...

Trump seeks an ally, or at least an ear, in W.Va. Democrat

By LISA LERER and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The caller needed no introduction — except, perhaps, to Sen. Joe Manchin. "He says, 'Joe, this is Donald.' And I'm thinking, 'Donald who?'" the West Virginia Democrat remembered from the first time Donald Trump called his ...

Afghan interpreter fearful for future in US under Trump

By ANDREW BROWN, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ziaullah Zia Anwari sat in a balcony at the West Virginia Capitol watching as newly elected senator Richard Ojeda was sworn in along with the other state lawmakers. The 23-year-old native of Afghanistan had driven more ...

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 ...