W.Va. News

Memo: Chief told officers to harass ‘cockroaches’

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A prosecutor is reviewing a former West Virginia police chief's instruction for officers to harass and put fear into "any suspected cockroach" in the community. The Inter-Mountain (http://bit.ly/2lDuAyA ) reports that in a memorandum, Elkins Police Chief Craig Cross said ...

Police charge 3 after bottle rocket shot toward officers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington police say three people face felony charges after a bottle rocket was shot off from an apartment complex toward police officers. The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2kleY1I ) reports 35-year-old Jennifer Denise Blevins and 29-year-old Lila Marie Norris of ...

Gun found in bag at West Virginia airport

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says a loaded handgun was discovered in a carry-on bag at Yeager Airport in Charleston. The agency says airport police cited a South Charleston woman on a state weapon's charge Sunday. TSA officers saw the .22-caliber ...

WVU replacing former fieldhouse with business school complex

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is tearing down a former basketball fieldhouse where Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley thrived to make way for a business school complex. The university says in a news release that the College of Business and Economics complex will be located ...

Virginia GOP, big utilities back a costly green energy idea

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Virginia have maintained a go-slow approach to renewable energy for years, saying a conservative path has helped keep electricity costs under control as the state figures out how best to harness solar or wind ...

Local youth group enjoys political arena

By JIM MCCONVILLE, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Heated political arguments may not only be for grown-ups. Case in point: nearly two dozen Martinsburg high school students meet after school each Monday afternoon to voice — sometimes adamantly- their views on a variety of hot ...

3 Glenville State presidential finalists to visit campus

GLENVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Glenville State College is bringing in three presidential finalists for on-campus interviews. The college says in a news release that each candidate will have two-day visits later this month. The finalists are Penn State Greater Allegheny chancellor and chief ...

New Roane sheriff appointed after previous sheriff resigned

SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — The Roane County Commission has appointed Interim Sheriff Todd Cole to serve as sheriff for two more years. Media outlets report Cole filled a vacancy created when newly elected Sheriff Matthew "Bo" Williams resigned Jan. 18 as part of a plea agreement related to the ...

Driver dies delivering coal in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia mine safety authorities say a 54-year-old coal truck driver has died from injuries he suffered last week in Logan County. The Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says the loaded truck driven by Franklin Vannoy Jr. of Delbarton unexpectedly ...

Justice’s budget, economic proposals get anti-tax pushback

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice's call for small tax increases on both sales and business revenues got immediate pushback from key lawmakers. Other proposals to limit sales tax exemptions and eventually end the state income tax found a warmer ...

Juror gets probation for lying to judge, causing mistrial

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A juror in a murder trial who went to the scene of the killing on her own, causing a mistrial, has admitted she lied to a judge about being there. Media outlets report 32-year-old Taniqra Payne pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of making a false statement. She was ...

Richwood students protest against school consolidation

CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — About 60 Richwood High School students held a peaceful protest against consolidation and conditions at their temporary school. The Register-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2kXLmvx) the students stood outside the former Cherry Creek Elementary School on Wednesday, ...

West Virginia court disciplines judge-elect for false fliers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's highest court has disciplined an attorney elected circuit judge last fall for using campaign fliers falsely claiming his opponent partied with President Barack Obama while coal miners lost jobs. The Supreme Court agreed with the Judicial Hearing Board ...

Activists crowd meeting on proposed pipeline under Potomac

By DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press HANCOCK, Md. (AP) — Environmental activists crowded a TransCanada open house Thursday in western Maryland, blocking access to displays about the company's proposed pipeline beneath the Potomac River to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to West ...

Competition for Mountaineer Mascot is during Saturday’s game

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has narrowed its search for the Mountaineer Mascot to four candidates, who will be judged during a cheer-off competition at Saturday's men's basketball game against visiting Kansas State. A committee of faculty, staff and students chose the ...

Gov. Justice unveils initiatives and first budget proposal

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In his first State of the State address, Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday proposed government cuts and incremental tax increases to close a projected $500 million West Virginia budget deficit next year. The newly elected Democrat, ...

West Virginia House requires committee witness oaths

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House of Delegates had amended its rules to require all witnesses appearing before its committees must be sworn in before testifying or answering lawmakers' question. The amended rule requires every house committee to administer oaths to anyone ...

Revamped West Virginia state school board meets

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In the West Virginia school board's first meeting with several new members, it was clear that the newcomers face a learning curve. Tom Campbell opened his first regular meeting as president, then realized his microphone hadn't been ...

Marshall med school dedicates surgery simulation laboratory

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Surgical residents at Marshall University have a new tool in a simulation laboratory just unveiled. Marshall said in a news release the lab is intended to provide learning opportunities for residents and enhance patient outcome. School of Medicine Dean Joseph I. ...

Ex-mine purchasing agent gets probation in kickback scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal employee in Logan County has been sentenced to five years' probation for his role in a kickback scheme. Thirty-five-year-old Chadwick Lusk of Davin was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Charleston for his guilty plea to a charge of honest services ...