W.Va. News

West Virginia suspends ex-education secretary’s law license

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The law license of West Virginia's former education secretary has been suspended by the state's supreme court. Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2qRyQOT ) Clay County attorney Barbara Harmon-Schamberger's license to practice law was suspended in a court ...

Ex-coal CEO seeks vindication in blast after year in prison

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After finishing a one-year prison sentence, a former West Virginia coal executive has wasted no time resuming a campaign for vindication in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. In a phone interview Friday, ex-Massey ...

TV’s Judge Judy gives commencement speech in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Syndicated television's Judge Judy has told graduating high school seniors in West Virginia to fill their lives and work with passion. Media outlets report Judy Sheindlin gave the keynote address Saturday at the commencement for South Charleston High School ...

Event honoring ‘Rosie the Riveters’ set in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A celebration of U.S. working women during World War II is set for this week in West Virginia. The event is scheduled for Thursday evening at the Women's Club of Charleston. It is free and open to the public. Millions of women worked at defense plants to supply the ...

Drug company probing lawsuit allegations at union’s request

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At a union's request, a California-based drug wholesaler is looking into allegations in a 2016 lawsuit that the company flooded West Virginia with prescription pain pills. McKesson Corp. spokeswoman Kristin Hunter told the Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

West Virginia school district’s motion to dismiss challenged

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A group suing Mercer County schools over its "Bible in the Schools" programs has filed a response to the school system's motion to dismiss. Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2qCIp4e) the Freedom from Religion Foundation Inc. filed their response in the ...

Mine shuttle car operator killed in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State authorities say a 44-year-old shuttle car operator has been killed at a mine in southern West Virginia. The Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says Luches Rosser of Man, West Virginia, was operating a locomotive when the incident occurred after 11 ...

Planned West Virginia methanol plant gets EDA loan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Economic Development Authority has approved a $10 million loan to help develop a methanol production facility west of Charleston. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2qCnxMi ) reports the state development authority gave preliminary approval ...

US rig count rises 16 this week to 901; Texas up 8

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 16 this week to 901. A year ago, 404 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 720 rigs sought oil and 180 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as ...

West Virginia’s senators urge Appalachian natural gas hub

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators are urging federal officials to consider building a major natural gas storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region. In a letter Thursday to National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, the senators say the White House should ...

Fayette board OKs school closings, grade reconfigurations

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — Fayette County would close several existing school buildings under a plan approved by the county Board of Education. Media outlets report the board agreed on the plan Tuesday to close schools, transfer students and reconfigure grade levels to reduce the number of ...

West Virginia lawmakers call it a day after Justice appeal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have adjourned for the third straight day without resolving an impasse with Gov. Jim Justice on overhauling state taxes and closing a projected $500 million state budget gap. Justice, a Democrat, has made a direct appeal in the ...

West Virginia agency refuses gas pipeline appeal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Justice administration has refused to schedule a hearing on an appeal of the Mountain Valley Pipeline's authorization. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2qtnwul ) Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton signed a letter ...

West Virginia Senate backs revised tax overhaul

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday passed another tax bill backed by Democratic Gov. Jim Justice that would cut all state income tax rates while raising the sales tax. The latest bill is similar to two previous measures rejected by the ...

Ex-coal mining CEO asks Trump to resist punishing coal execs

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal mining executive jailed for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards has asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to resist attempts in Congress to enhance criminal penalties for coal executives who violate mine ...

West Virginia jobless rate dips to 4.8 percent in April

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.8 percent in April. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed residents dropped by 900 to 37,200. Employment gains included 400 in trade, transportation and utilities, 400 in ...

Deputy state schools superintendent announces retirement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's deputy state schools superintendent has announced her retirement as the state superintendent eliminates another position. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2qqvOTn ) Cindy Daniel's retirement is effective May 31. Her announcement ...

Group says rural West Virginians could lose Medicaid

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A research group that examines how government policies affect low-income Americans says the latest proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act will particularly hurt rural communities including those in West Virginia. The Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy ...

West Virginia spring hunters take more than 11,000 turkeys

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 11,539 turkeys this spring, up 11 percent from last year. The Division of Natural Resources says that's the largest harvest since 2006. The counties where the most birds were taken were Preston with 475, ...

Volunteers sought to clean up West Virginia’s Sutton Lake

SUTTON, W.Va. (AP) — Volunteers are being sought to help clean up Sutton Lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says in a news release that trash and debris will be picked up next Saturday. The statement says the first 100 people who sign up will receive a T-shirt and volunteers will be ...