W.Va. News

Education official giving up salary to save teachers’ jobs

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Raleigh County Schools Board of Education President Cindy Jafary says she is committed to reducing position cuts for teacher and service personnel and will give up her $9,000 board member salary as long as budget problems continue. News outlets report that Jafary on ...

Unemployment rates rise in 20 of 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in 20 of West Virginia's 55 counties in December. WorkForce West Virginia says the unemployment rate fell in 31 counties and was unchanged in four others. Jefferson County's 2.6 percent unemployment rate was the lowest in the state, followed ...

Corrections officer accused of bringing contraband into jail

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia corrections spokesman says a Western Regional Jail officer has been fired after she allegedly was seen entering a cell where drug contraband was later found. Twenty-eight-year-old Brittney Branham of Louisa, Kentucky, was being held Thursday in the ...

Justice selects former miner to lead state safety agency

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a former coal miner and union official to lead the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety & Training. Greg Norman, who is currently the deputy director of the agency, joined the office in 2006 as an inspector. Justice says ...

Debris cleared from landslide on road below Yeager Airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A road has been cleared of debris from a 2015 landslide at Yeager Airport's safety-overrun area. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2jSYjE1 ) reports the last of the debris has been removed from the Kanawha County road below the hilltop airport. Officials are ...

Coal CEO attorneys seek more time to file rehearing petition

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for Don Blankenship are seeking more time to file a petition for a rehearing in order to consult with the convicted former Massey Energy CEO in prison. Blankenship's attorneys filed a brief Wednesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, ...

Settlement under review in 2014 West Virginia water crisis

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A proposed settlement was filed Wednesday in the state investigation of West Virginia American Water's role in a chemical spill and resulting water crisis in the Charleston area three years ago. Thousands of ...

Bankruptcy halts auction of marooned Elkview mall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A last-minute bankruptcy filing has halted the sale of an Elkview shopping center that has been marooned and shuttered since a crucial access bridge was washed away by flooding last summer. News outlets report a group was forming on the steps of the Kanawha County ...

Ex-West Virginia teacher accused of 40 counts of sex abuse

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a former McDowell County teacher has been charged with 40 counts of sex abuse involving children. Police tell the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2jRaDEX) that 60-year-old Anthony Harris, of Northfork faces charges from abuse ...

Dying from cancer: Could your location determine your fate?

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found. In parts of the country that are relatively poor, ...

Justice names 3 educators to state school board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has announced three appointments to openings on the state Board of Education, who will be sworn in at the next meeting in February. They are Miller Hall, who has been a teacher, dean, principal and administrator in the Raleigh County school system; ...

Lockdown lifted at West Virginia prison after killing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia corrections officials say the lockdown has been lifted at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex where a 66-year-old inmate died after an apparent assault Sunday evening. Authorities said Eugene Robert Anderson was fatally injured in an outdoor recreation ...

Huntington works to avoid layoffs, cut spending

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington leaders have yet to draft a plan for addressing the city's $4.8 million budget deficit, but Mayor Steve Williams says he will do everything he can to avoid layoffs. The deficit, which was just recently brought to the public's attention, was caused by ...

New Belle police chief named amid investigation of ex-chief

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Belle town council members have named a new police chief and demoted the former chief, who is now the subject of a federal investigation. Belle Mayor Buck Chestnut tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2jaG6jw) that Robert Glenn was named police chief at a town ...

New state education department head fires 4 employees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Newly appointed secretary of the Department of Education and the Arts Gayle Manchin has fired one-third of the department's central office staff in a sweeping reorganization. Missy Phalen, Manchin's executive assistant, confirmed Monday to the Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

Ex-legal aid clinic manager in Charleston guilty of fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former office manager of a legal aid clinic in Charleston has admitted fraudulently taking $1.5 million over 12 years. Authorities say Kim Cooper, of St. Albans, oversaw daily operations at the Mountain State Justice office, including bank deposits. The ...

Board of ed member White tapped for minority affairs post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a director of the office of minority affairs. Justice says in a news release that Bill White will leave his position on the state Board of Education to lead the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs. White has served on the ...

Plans unveiled for space beneath Charleston’s I-64 overpass

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Charleston group is proposing development opportunities for the space beneath the Interstate 64 overpass near downtown. Last week, the program director for Charleston Main Streets West Side presented a set of conceptual renderings for Gallery 64, a long-term ...

West Virginia board has yet to start superintendent search

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four months after West Virginia schools Superintendent Michael Martirano announced he will step down at the end of the school year, the state school board has yet to begin looking for a successor. And Martirano is having second thoughts about his decision. The ...

1 person dead in Huntington vacant house fire

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Firefighters found one person dead while responding to a blaze at a vacant Huntington house. Huntington Interim Fire Chief Jan Rader tells local media that a passer-by noticed the flames shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire shooting ...