W.Va. News

Federal suit in West Virginia cites subcontractor kickbacks

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials have filed a civil complaint against 15 people and 12 companies, alleging they participated in a kickback scheme while working on two federally-funded laboratory projects in West Virginia. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that a former special ...

West Virginia county sues 3 drug distributors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county has sued three prescription drug distributors alleging they fueled the local opioid epidemic by shipping far too many painkillers there. The McDowell County Commission filed the suit Friday that names Cardinal Health, McKesson Corp. and ...

Gas company wants new ruling on West Virginia royalties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A natural gas producer has asked West Virginia's highest court to reconsider its ruling that would bar gas companies from deducting post-production costs from the royalties paid to landowners for mineral rights. EQT Production Co., based in Pittsburgh, wants the ...

Judge-elect pops question during swearing-in ceremony

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newly sworn Kanawha County Family Court judge is already awaiting a verdict — from his girlfriend, to whom he proposed during his swearing-in ceremony. With about 50 people gathered for the ceremony, Judge-Elect Jim Douglas asked Phyllis Taylor Veith to marry ...

Ex-coal miners to be hired for apple tree planting project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say displaced coal miners and veterans will be hired as part of an apple tree-planting project. The state Department of Environmental Protection says in a news release that the Patriot Guardens Golden Delicious Apple Project will receive $5.3 million. ...

WVU, Marshall get funds from chem exposure court settlement

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University and Marshall University are splitting $6.2 million left from a court settlement related to a chemical exposure case. The schools announced the transfer of the funds Thursday. A Marshall County circuit judge issued an order last month that ...

2 new films profile NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson

By NATALIE SCHREYER, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One West Virginia woman's story will be told in two new films. But this is no ordinary West Virginian. Katherine Johnson, a 98-year-old native of White Sulphur Springs, was hired as a mathematician for the ...

Union issues strike notice at Morgantown hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A union representing 950 service workers at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown has issued a 10-day notice that it plans to strike unless a tentative contract settlement is reached. The Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/2he7eAq ) reports the Laborers' International ...

School resource officer accused of ‘sexting’ student

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A grand jury will decide whether to indict a Berkley County sheriff's deputy and school resource officer accused of sending inappropriate messages and photos to a student. The Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2huBCEt ) a magistrate determined Wednesday there was ...

Grant spending approved for old West Virginia mine sites

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia conservation officials say several remediation projects at or adjacent to old mine sites have received approvals to start spending federal grants. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, Congress authorized the money to accelerate ...

Jury: DuPont should pay Ohio man $2M in chemical lawsuit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal jury says DuPont should pay $2 million to an Ohio man who says he got testicular cancer because of a chemical used to make Teflon. Jurors in Columbus determined compensatory damages Wednesday in the lawsuit of Washington County resident Kenneth Vigneron Sr. ...

Ex-coal miners to be hired for apple tree planting project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say displaced coal miners and veterans will be hired as part of an apple tree-planting project. The state Department of Environmental Protection says in a news release that the Patriot Guardens Golden Delicious Apple Project will receive $5.3 million. ...

West Virginia wildflowers displayed in free calendar

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia conservation officials are offering a free 2017 calendar featuring photographs of wildflowers along roadsides. Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection, the calendar contains 12 pictures of flowers growing naturally along West ...

DHS analyst who took a gun to work pleads to weapons charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Department of Homeland Security analyst has pleaded guilty to making illegal silencers after taking a gun and other weapons into his agency's building in Washington. Jonathan Wienke pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to ...

Officials to shift funds to save McDowell deputies’ jobs

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — McDowell County officials have voted to shift funds in an effort to keep six deputies slated to be laid off by the end of the year. Before the County Commission's vote Tuesday, Sheriff Martin West told officials that if the deputies are laid off, the department would ...

Application approved to resettle refugees in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Organizers say the U.S. State Department has approved an application to resettle some international refugees in Charleston. Episcopal Migration Ministries, a national organization, and the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry submitted an application in ...

West Virginia deputy shoots man with pellet gun

STONEWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — The Harrison County sheriff says one of his deputies shot a 26-year-old man wielding a pellet gun when authorities tried to serve him with a warrant. Sheriff Albert Marano tells The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/2h2o2Hl ) that Codey Hardman was shot Tuesday ...

Justice chooses former sheriff as his public safety chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov.-elect Jim Justice has made his first Cabinet selection, choosing former Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy to be his secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. A former special agent in the U.S. Treasury Criminal Investigations Division, ...

Parkersburg closer to allowing Sunday morning alcohol sales

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Parkersburg is closer to joining other home rule cities to pass a so called "brunch bill" to allow alcohol sales before 1 p.m. on Sunday. The News and Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2hd5dWG ) reports that the City Council passed the ordinance in its final reading Tuesday ...

Wheeling council passes anti-discrimination LGBT ordinance

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Wheeling has become West Virginia's 11th city to pass a policy protecting the housing and employment rights for LGBT citizens. News outlets report the Wheeling City Council voted 7-0 to establish new anti-discrimination protections in the city's human rights ...