W.Va. News

Gov. Justice requests authority for state worker furloughs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is calling for legislation to give him authority to furlough state workers to help address the government's budget deficits. The recently elected Democratic governor earlier proposed tapping the state's rainy day fund to close a projected $123 ...

10-year-old dies in off-road vehicle accident

MONTCALM, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a 10-year-old southern West Virginia boy has died after an off-road vehicle crashed and landed on him. Media report that emergency crews received a call Thursday evening about an accident on private property in Montcalm involving a utility task vehicle, ...

Norton grandmother helps deliver new family member

By BETH HENRY-VANCE, The Inter-Mountain NORTON, W.Va. (AP) — A local grandmother who helped deliver her 14th grandchild in a surprise home birth calls the experience a blessing. Newborn Rylee Annalice Cooper made her grand entrance so quickly that her mother, Trasonda "Toodles" Noel, wasn't ...

Flu outbreak on the rise in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's health officer says the flu outbreak has increased statewide and is expected to peak in a few weeks. Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer and commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health, says flu activity is widespread in the state. The Charleston ...

Official warns of possible cuts to program for disabled

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A program that helps developmentally disabled West Virginians will face a 25 percent cut unless state lawmakers agree to Gov. Jim Justice's proposed budget and its tax increases, a top state official said. Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill ...

Amy Shuler Goodwin announces candidacy for Charleston mayor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former state tourism commissioner Amy Shuler Goodwin is running for mayor of Charleston. Goodwin announced her candidacy at a news conference Thursday. Goodwin says she wants to build small businesses and promote Charleston on a state and national level. The ...

Sunoco building 2 pipelines, not just 1 across Pennsylvania

NEW Pa. (AP) — Sunoco Logistics Partners says there's so much interest in its plans to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across southern Pennsylvania that they'll actually build two pipelines. Philly.com (http://bit.ly/2lOogYJ ) says CEO Michael Hennigan broke the news to industry ...

West Virginia advances curbs on explicit images, inheritance

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate voted Thursday to make it a crime to publicly display, distribute or threaten to disclose sexually explicit or intimate images of someone else without their consent. The bill, approved 31-0, would make it a misdemeanor ...

Yeager Airport, Uber reach tentative contract

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ride-booking service Uber has reached a tentative contract to serve Charleston's Yeager Airport. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2mi16HO ) reports airport director Terry Sayre said he hopes to have Uber operating at the airport by this weekend. Uber and ...

West Virginia district gets $1.9M for flood protection

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing a $1.9 million grant to the state. According to U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the funds will be used by the Nicholas ...

Herpes outbreak forces some wrestlers to wait to compete

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some high school wrestlers will have to wait before competing in this weekend's state tournament in Huntington due to a herpes outbreak at a regional championship last week. News outlets report that decided to postpone wrestling among the Class AAA 145-, 152- and ...

Huntington to hold open house on redevelopment project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The city of Huntington is holding a public meeting next week about proposed recommendations for a neighborhood redevelopment project. An open house is set for Feb. 28 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena to gather input on the final phases of the strategy for former ...

1 in 3 WVU women surveyed report being sexually assaulted

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Most students say they feel safe on West Virginia University's main campus, but 1 in 3 women surveyed reported being sexually assaulted, and ten percent of the female students responding said they'd been raped. Unfortunately, ...

West Virginia funeral home settles complaint over contracts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia attorney general's office has settled a complaint with the operators of a Putnam County funeral home over its business practices. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the settlement Wednesday. Morrisey filed a complaint in 2015 alleging ...

West Virginia State Police: Man with knife fatally shot

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a man who refused demands by two troopers to drop a large knife and then lunged with it at one of the officers has been fatally shot. A police statement says 26-year-old Kyle Copson died at the scene of the encounter with the two ...

Former guard accused of 2 assaults at West Virginia jail

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have accused a former jail guard of assaulting and injuring two suspects who were awaiting trial in 2015 at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Barbour County. An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges 26-year-old Adam Joseph Neal Graham, of Elkins, with ...

Father and son killed in Mercer County house fire

BLUEWELL, W.Va. (AP) — A father and son have died in a Mercer County house fire that started in a downstairs bedroom. Kathy Hamm tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2lslQOs) that her 89-year-old father Hubert Stepp and her 54-year-old brother Benjamin Stepp died in the blaze ...

Liens show governor’s companies owe his state $4.4 million

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice still owe his cash-strapped state $4.4 million in unpaid taxes due at least a year ago, tax liens show. The liens, filed in Raleigh County where parent company Southern Coal ...

West Virginia secretary of state defends firing 16 employees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has defended his decision to fire 16 longtime employees upon taking office and promptly hire 22 new staffers. Warner told the Senate Finance Committee on Monday that cutting about one-third of his office's staff last month ...

West Virginia House OKs fundraiser reporting, litter fines

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers would have to promptly report fundraising events held while the Legislature is in session under a bill approved by the House of Delegates. The bill approved 98-0 on Monday would require disclosing all campaign donors ...