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Former Homeland Security analyst appeals gun silencer case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former analyst for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has filed an appeal after being sentenced to 1 ½ years in federal prison for making a gun silencer in his home. Forty-six-year-old Jonathan L. Wienke pleaded guilty to one count of violating the National ...

Ohio man pleads guilty in killing of ex-coal executive

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in southern West Virginia. Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, told a Mingo County circuit judge Tuesday that he had been using drugs and had little sleep over several days before he ...

Manufacturer: ‘Illegal’ ordinance targets chemical spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A chemical manufacturer is suing a county commission over an ordinance that it says is an illegal attempt to recover money more than three years after a spill that contaminated the drinking water supply in nine West Virginia counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

Attorneys: Man jailed since 2013 has served enough time

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for a West Virginia man who admitted to illegally owning guns after being acquitted in a 2013 beating death say their client has spent enough time in jail. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2o0nC8r) 38-year-old Miguel Quinones has been ...

Missing woman’s body found in refrigerator; suspect charged

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man has been arrested after troopers found the body of a missing woman stuffed in a refrigerator. Local media groups report that state police say 65-year-old David Allen Geier of Nicholas County has been charged with first-degree murder ...

West Virginia lawmakers OK water, marijuana, testing bills

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have voted to raise water-pollution limits, legalize medical marijuana, end school standardized testing aligned with the Common Core curriculum and hold a voter referendum this year on ...

Former WVU employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia University employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $87,000 from the school. The U.S. attorney's office in Clarksburg said in a news release that 55-year-old Loretta J. Reckart of Bruceton Mills pleaded guilty Monday to theft ...

West Virginia man guilty of possessing 7 stolen rifles

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession, admitting he broke into a gun dealer's garage and stole seven rifles and a silencer last year. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Jeffrey Phelix, of Sissonville in Kanawha County, admitted to the Oct. 25 ...

Justice calls budget deal close, but lawmakers vote for cuts

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Jim Justice said Saturday night that he was near a deal with the Senate Republican leadership to limit budget cuts and overhaul taxes, but lawmakers later passed a spending plan that closes a projected deficit ...

WVU professor develops tomatoes resistant to fungus, blight

By ANNA TAYLOR, The Charleston Gazette-Mail MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Mannon Gallegly, West Virginia University professor emeritus of plant pathology, has made it his mission to develop a disease-free tomato. In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the university and its first academic ...

West Virginia House backs abortion notification change

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House has followed the Senate and voted to end any doctor's ability to waive the legal requirement to notify parents of an underage daughter's abortion. Under the current law, a doctor other than the one performing an abortion can waive the ...

West Virginia lawmakers OK highway bond referendum

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have agreed to hold a voter referendum this year on issuing $1.6 billion in bonds to rebuild state highways and bridges. The House has adopted the Senate language for the referendum that removes references to specific taxes. The House voted ...

Police undergo training to help with those resisting arrest

By SARAH PLUMMER, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Beckley police officers are receiving defensive training that could help save their lives and the lives of suspects. Every officer, more than 50, will receive the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training by the end of April at Family Martial Arts ...

Weather service: Wildfire danger higher in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service says warm, dry conditions and gusty winds have increased the chances for wildfires in West Virginia. The weather service says in a news release Sunday that outdoor burning is considered extremely dangerous. The statement says residents ...

West Virginia University class trying to detect fake news

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Students at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media are working with computer science students and faculty on an artificial intelligence course to try to detect fake news articles. The university said in a news release that the course includes two projects ...

Volunteers needed to clean up West Virginia highways

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is taking registrations from volunteers who want to help clean up the state's highways. The Adopt-A-Highway Statewide Spring Cleanup is scheduled for April 29. Volunteers have until April 21 to register, and ...

West Virginia office says miner dies following injury

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says that a miner injured in February at the CK Mine No. 5 in Mingo County has died from complications related to his injuries. According to the office, Dennis J. Fillinger of Harts, West Virginia, died ...

West Virginia lawmakers vote to add addiction treatment beds

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers voted to increase beds available at state-supported drug treatment facilities in response to the state's opioid addiction epidemic. The Senate's 34-0 approval Friday followed a previous ...

US rig count increases 15 this week to 839; Texas up 7

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 15 this week to 839. A year ago, 443 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 672 rigs sought oil and 165 explored for natural gas this week. Two were ...

Drug epidemic: 1 small-town mayor takes on pill distributors

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor has joined the ranks of at least 11 communities suing some of the biggest U.S. drug distributors, bidding to make them pay for the damage done by addiction in a state already ravaged by the decades-long decline ...