W.Va. News

Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court affirmed the criminal conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

Sheriff accused of meth theft pleads to felony, resigns

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newly elected West Virginia sheriff who admitted he was a meth addict and was charged with stealing the drug from a police locker pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned from office Wednesday, a prosecutor said. Bo Williams entered ...

Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces. So-called right-to-work laws could get votes ...

Man sentenced to prison for transporting minor for sex

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New York man has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison for transporting a minor from West Virginia to Virginia for sex. In a statement, U.S. Attorney Carol Casto said 27-year-old Ian Michael Cramer, of Amherst, New York, was sentenced ...

Justice cuts back vehicles used by the governor’s staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he's cutting five vehicles that were previously used by the governor's staff. According to the governor's office, that's intended to set an example for every department in the state government now facing a budget crisis. Spokesman ...

Former water lab worker sentenced in false sampling scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former water testing lab employee was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for participating in a false sampling scheme for southern West Virginia coal mines. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2jozkIH) that U.S. District Judge Irene Berger ...

Residents demand thorough investigation of 2014 water crisis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of Kanawha Valley residents is demanding a full investigation of West Virginia American Water's role in a 2014 chemical spill and a resulting water crisis. Thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent leaked from a Freedom Industries storage tank into the ...

West Virginia Secretary of State’s son receives Purple Heart

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The son of new West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has received a Purple Heart, more than six years after he was injured in Afghanistan. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/2iDaKl4 ) report that retired Army captain Steven Warner ...

West Virginia attorney general joins federal rule challenges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined 17 Republican counterparts from other states urging Congress adopt stop federal regulation overreach. In a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and congressional leaders, they are calling for job-impact ...

West Virginia senator backs Justice on education overhaul

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael says he supports new Gov. Jim Justice's proposal to cut the state government's education bureaucracy. Carmichael, leader of the Republican-controlled Senate, says it's "encouraging" to see a governor ready to make ...

West Virginia husband, wife claim $2M Powerball winnings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Princeton husband and wife have won a $2 million prize in a Powerball drawing. Martha and Tom Robinson claimed their winnings Tuesday at a news conference at West Virginia Lottery headquarters in Charleston. Their ticket matched five numbers and missing the ...

West Virginia, 12 other states sue to block Obama coal mining rule

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and 12 other states have asked a federal court to block final rules from President Barack Obama's administration designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton petitioned a Washington-based appeals court for an injunction ...

West Virginia murder suspect enters plea in woman’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Putnam County man has entered a plea to a murder charge in a woman's shooting death. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2jtzVeB ) reports 34-year-old Philip David Casto made a Kennedy plea Tuesday in Putnam County Circuit Court in the September 2015 death ...

Lawsuit against Subaru heading to trial in Kanawha County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly eight years after a car wreck claimed the lives of a mother and two teens in Cabell County, a trial is set to begin in a lawsuit against Subaru. The trial is slated for Jan. 23 in Kanawha County, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

No outside agency probing fatal Charleston police wreck

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston police have not asked any outside agency to investigate a wreck in which a woman died after her car collided with a city police cruiser that apparently did not have its sirens on. Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster told the Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

West Virginia woman charged with tossing dog from car window

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A West Virginia woman is charged with animal cruelty after her sister said the woman tossed a puppy from a moving car near Spartanburg. A sheriff's department report said 26-year-old Tracy Nicole Carr of Charleston, West Virginia, was charged with mistreatment of ...

Justice takes office as West Virginia governor

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal magnate Jim Justice was sworn in Monday as West Virginia's governor, the 34th man to hold the post over a century and a half. Elected as a Democrat in his first run for statewide office at age 65, Justice then outlined some ...

WVU Cancer Institute gets new director

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Dr. Richard Goldberg, a gastrointestinal cancer expert, has been named the new director of the WVU Cancer Institute. Goldberg comes from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, where he is the Klotz Family Professor of Cancer Research, physician-in-chief of ...

West Virginia receives $285,000 in funding for food program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has received $285,000 in funding for a federal program aimed at helping low-income elderly people. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program will help distribute food to people in need. Along with the funding, he ...

Boy, 14, sees Wyoming County racing toward the future

By DANIEL TYSON, The Register-Herald PINEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — At 14, Joe Watson has an idea that could draw hundreds, if not thousands, of people to Wyoming County. Cognizant of the county's struggles — a prolonged downturn in the coal industry, population decline and a dwindling economic ...