W.Va. News

Huntington company challenges sewer rate increase

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Steel of West Virginia is challenging a sewer rate hike by the city of Huntington, saying it lacks legally required public notice. The Huntington-based supplier of structural steel wants an injunction in Cabell County Circuit Court to block a 57 percent rate ...

Ex-legal aid clinic manager in Charleston accused of fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused the former office manager of a legal aid clinic in Charleston of 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 ...

A look at the top 10 West Virginia stories for 2016

By The Associated Press Here are the top 10 West Virginia stories of 2016, according to The Associated Press' poll of editors, news directors and reporters: 1. SEVERE FLOODING: Flooding in late June killed 23 people and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, businesses, roads and ...

West Virginia settling drug suit against 2 more distributors

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two major prescription drug distributors have agreed to settle a West Virginia lawsuit alleging they fueled West Virginia's opioid epidemic with excessively large shipments of painkillers into the state over several years. Boone County ...

Police: Woman sent drunk texts, then ran officer off road

DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a woman who tried to flee from police after running an officer off the road had texted her boyfriend saying she was drunk. WCHS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2iABL9c) court documents show 23-year-old Mikayla J. Miller of Cross Lanes was charged Monday with ...

Huntington company challenges sewer rate increase

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Steel of West Virginia is challenging a sewer rate hike by the city of Huntington, saying it lacks legally required public notice. The Huntington-based supplier of structural steel wants an injunction in Cabell County Circuit Court to block a 57 percent rate ...

Ex-legal aid clinic manager in Charleston accused of fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused the former office manager of a legal aid clinic in Charleston of 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 ...

Man shot by West Virginia deputy dies

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Harrison County sheriff says a man shot by one of his deputies has died. According to authorities, 26-year-old Codey Hardman died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where he was taken after he was shot last week in Stonewood. Sheriff Albert Marano ...

Justice taps head of engineering firm for commerce secretary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's incoming governor has chosen the president of an engineering and architecture firm to be his administration's commerce secretary. Gov.-Elect Jim Justice says Woody Thrasher has experience growing jobs in the state and a passion for serving its ...

Marshall’s ‘Marching Thunder’ headed to Italy for parade

By LACIE PIERSON, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — There's no place like Rome for the holidays for 81 members of Marshall University's Marching Thunder. While the rest of the Tri-State will ring in 2017 stateside with friends and family, band members along with 15 friends, ...

Beekeeping class proposed in Raleigh County

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are proposing a beekeeping course for students in Raleigh County. The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/2hrVDzn) reports that under a partnership between the Raleigh County Beekeepers' Association and Raleigh County Schools the class would be offered through ...

Hinton officials hope for increased tourism

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in Hinton are hoping for an increase in tourism if Amtrak increases its Cardinal line runs from three to seven. Town manager Chris Meadows told The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/2ib6QUl) that it would help officials promote tourism in the community of 2,500 ...

Grandmas helping out Charleston police force

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Charleston Police Department has a new unit made up of grandmas. WOWK-TV (http://bit.ly/2ixEIrf) reports the police department swore in its first Grandma Unit earlier this month. The initiative partners adult abuse victims at the YWCA's Shanklin Center with ...

Official: Progress ‘substantial’ for flood survivors in Clay

By LORI KERSEY, Charleston Gazette-Mail BOMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Joe and Sherry Fasanelli's Clay County home is coming along now, nearly six months after 3 feet of water invaded. Earlier this month, they were still sleeping on cots in the living room, surrounded by their belongings in ...

Woman dead after fire on Christmas Eve

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has died and a man has been injured following a house fire on Christmas Eve. Media report Jumping Branch Fire Chief Eric Jeffries said firefighters arrived at the home in Summers County on Saturday morning to find it already fully engulfed in ...

West Virginia gov-elect plans to keep coaching basketball

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — All eyes in the small room are fixed on West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice. He wants focus. He's asking for better effort and execution. A month before his inauguration, Justice is going strong as the head coach of the boys and ...

Nonprofit leader’s suspension ends after racist Obama post

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — The executive director of a nonprofit group has completed her suspension after she wrote a Facebook post referring to first lady Michelle Obama as an "Ape in heels." The Register-Herald of Beckley reports (http://bit.ly/2heJuJ1 ) the Clay County Development Association ...

West Virginia officials use technology to track new elk herd

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Biologists have put tracking collars on each of the 24 elk recently released in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2hoW8Ks ) the collars can be tracked by satellites using global positioning system transmitters while workers on the ...

Justice names Carl ‘Butch’ Antolini communications director

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Former state Department of Agriculture spokesman Carl "Butch" Antolini has been named director communications for Gov.-elect Jim Justice. The Register-Herald of Beckley reports (http://bit.ly/2hTJqSY ) that Justice cited Antolini's media experience in selecting him as ...

Wood County sheriff’s deputy retires following DUI charges

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Wood county sheriff's deputy charged with drunken driving earlier this year has been granted disability and has retired from the department. The News and Sentinel of Parkersburg reports (http://bit.ly/2hmENlz ) that Cory Six had checked himself into a treatment ...