W.Va. News

Charleston Civic Center expansion cost climbs by $1.2M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new change order has brought costs for the Charleston Civic Center expansion project up to nearly $93.6 million. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2or1dAD) the Charleston City Council approved the $1.2 million change order Monday. City Manager ...

Ohio dealer who caused West Virginia overdoses sentenced

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man who sold heroin laced with an elephant tranquilizer that caused more than two dozen overdoses in West Virginia was sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison Monday. Bruce Lamar Griggs, of Akron, was "in this just ...

Construction underway for Charleston bicycle lanes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Construction has started for the city of Charleston's long awaited bicycle lanes. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2ohAjMj)reports the bicycle lanes will stretch along Kanawha Boulevard. Assistant city engineer Aaron Morris says crews were working on the ...

West Virginia office confirms complaints at nursing company

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say there have been more than 30 complaints of sexual abuse, neglect and other issues against a nursing company from 2012 to 2016. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2nW6jJM ) the complaints were confirmed by the West Virginia ...

Critics: DuPont spent more on legal fees than chemical tests

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Critics say DuPont has spent too little on testing Ohio and West Virginia residents for contamination from a chemical used to make Teflon, while paying millions to a lawyer overseeing the testing program. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2oik01H ) reports DuPont ...

A Kanawha County man has admitted to stealing mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County man has admitted in federal court that he stole a box of checks and other mail from the Elkview area. Media outlets report 34-year-old Jason Lee Spradling of Pinch pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possessing a large quantity of stolen ...

W.Va. Has Lowest Federal Income Tax Burden; D.C. Highest

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As Tax Day approaches, show some love for the good people who live in the nation's capital. Washington, that swampy den of iniquity that politicians love to scorn, sends the most tax dollars per person to the U.S. government. By a ...

Suicide prevention event planned at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's Department of Social Work will host a suicide prevention event on April 20 at its Huntington campus. The university says the Walk for Hope: Campus Suicide Prevention and Education event will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the university's Memorial ...

Authorities: Woman killed in Oak Hill home invasion

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was shot and killed during an early morning home invasion in the Oak Hill area. News outlets report the Fayette County Sherriff deputies said in a statement that two men wearing ski masks forced their way into the home Sunday. One of the men ...

Construction underway for Charleston bicycle lanes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Construction has started for the city of Charleston's long awaited bicycle lanes. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2ohAjMj)reports the bicycle lanes will stretch along Kanawha Boulevard. Assistant city engineer Aaron Morris says crews were working on the ...

Physician assistants urge Justice to reverse veto

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Physician assistants are urging Gov. Jim Justice to withdraw his veto of legislation that would revise their scope of practice in West Virginia and authorize they work in collaboration rather than under supervision of a doctor. The bill approved by the Legislature ...

Motorcycle rider killed in intersection crash

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man riding a motorcycle suffered fatal injuries in a collision with a pickup truck at an intersection in Huntington. The man was killed Friday night while riding through a three-way intersection. Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says the man's name has not ...

County school official resigns amid embezzlement probe

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — A county school board member in West Virginia being investigated for embezzlement has resigned. Danny Cantley had served on the Boone County school board for more than two decades. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (bit.ly/2oCmRp1) Cantley's reason for resigning was ...

High on Hope takes aim at Mid-Ohio Valley’s addiction crisis

By JEFF SAULTON, The News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — In what organizers hope will be a turning point for the community, the first High on Hope event at Stadium Field encouraged the addicted to seek help and show them there is hope in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Tim Craft, founder of ...

West Virginia law authorizes opioid antidotes at schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new state law authorizes school nurses and other trained and authorized personnel at West Virginia schools to administer drugs to counteract opioid overdoses by students without having to first contact parents. The bill passed unanimously by the House and Senate ...

US rig count rises 8 this week to 847; New Mexico up 7

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 8 this week to 847. A year ago, 440 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Thursday that 683 rigs sought oil and 162 explored for natural gas this week. Two were ...

West Virginians asked to report rattlesnake sightings

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Wildlife officials are asking West Virginians to let them know when they see timber rattlesnakes as part of a scientific project to determine their current distribution in the state. According to the Division of Natural Resources, rattlesnakes are a critical ...

Justice vetoes lawmakers’ budget, criticizes funding cuts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed the state budget approved last weekend by the Republican-controlled Legislature, criticizing the cuts and lawmakers. Justice, who on Saturday night announced he was near a deal with the Senate Republican ...

Justice vetoes revised practice for physician assistants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed legislation that would revise the scope of practice for physician assistants in West Virginia and authorize them to work in collaboration with a doctor rather than under their supervision. The bill approved by the Legislature also would ...

ACLU, residents criticize new city drug ordinance

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and city residents have expressed concern over a new Weirton ordinance that creates a criminal charge for those under the influence of drugs in public. The Intelligencer (http://bit.ly/2nErwIb) reports the ...