W.Va. News

With black lung fund in jeopardy, taxpayers could foot bill

By DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers ...

Police: Appalachian Power worker killed in W.Va. accident

HARTS, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say an electric company employee has died in an accident at a customer's home. News outlets report the accident happened Wednesday morning in the Harts community of Lincoln County. State police say an Appalachian Power truck with the driver inside ...

Fired West Virginia trooper indicted in excessive force case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia state trooper who was fired after an investigation into a traffic stop beating was indicted in federal court Wednesday. A grand jury indicted 29-year-old Michael Kennedy of Morgantown on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law ...

Gov. Justice appoints doctor to state education board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a doctor to the state board of education. The Republican governor announced Wednesday that Daniel Snavely will fill a vacant seat on the nine-member board. He says Snavely works as the medical director at St. Mary's Regional Wound ...

Alleged gun theft by federal guard prompts call for probe

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former federal guard accused of stealing firearms from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' disposal facility has prompted a U.S. senator to call for an investigation. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that Republican Wisconsin Sen. ...

W.Va. suit accuses diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Catholic diocese and its former bishop in West Virginia knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks on camp and school workers, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the state attorney ...

Assistant principal accused of harassing trans boy loses job

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — An assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student will be out of his job after this school year. The board of education in Harrison County, West Virginia, voted to not renew a probationary contract for Lee Livengood, who allegedly followed a teenager ...

Poling named circuit judge in West Virginia’s Raleigh County

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A new judge has been appointed to West Virginia's 10th Judicial Circuit Court. Gov. Jim Justice named Darl W. Poling of Beckley to the seat, which was vacated by Judge John Hutchison. Hutchison was appointed justice of the state Supreme Court. The 10th Circuit serves ...

Ex-W.Va. security guard accused of firearms theft

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former security guard at a federal facility in West Virginia has been indicted on charges that he stole and sold firearms and ammunition. Prosecutors say a federal grand jury indicted 52-year-old Christopher Lee Yates of Martinsburg related to the thefts from a ...

Court upholds $1.6M judgment against W.Va. consulting firm

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that a West Virginia consulting firm must pay more than $1.6 million in back wages and damages to 70 employees. The U.S. Labor Department says in a news release the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower ...

W.Va. suit accuses diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has sued a local Catholic diocese and its former bishop, claiming they knowingly employed pedophiles. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the suit against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael Bransfield on ...

Judge tosses Ohio’s lawsuit against gas pipeline developer

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan. The lawsuit sought to force the builders of the Rover Pipeline to pay fines for what Ohio regulators said were numerous ...

Lawsuit over sex assault investigation at Marshall settled

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit over how Marshall University handled an investigation into a sexual assault has been settled. A former student sued the West Virginia school last year, arguing that Marshall violated Title IX, related regulations and its own policy. The lawsuit said the ...

Earth Day program scheduled next month in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is having an Earth Day celebration next month. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston. The program is being produced ...

West Virginia education forums set to start

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials are kicking off a series of public hearings as part of preparations for an upcoming special legislative session. The first of seven forums is set for Monday night at Cabell Midland High School in Ona. Others being held this week are ...

Trial set for parents accused in death of neglected child

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a West Virginia couple charged with murder and neglect after authorities said their toddler appeared to have been starved to death. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Christy Moore and Corey Moore are now scheduled to stand trial May ...

West Virginia teen jumps into politics with city council run

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald undefined OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — At 17 years old, Colby Lopez isn't a typical teenager. Instead of the latest trends, gossip and graduation just months away, the teen from Oak Hill has shifted his focus to running for Oak Hill City Council for the city's ...

Manchin only Democratic senator not to endorse LGBT bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is the only Democratic senator who did not co-sponsor an LGBT anti-discrimination bill. The Register-Herald reports 44 Democratic U.S. senators and the two independent senators that caucus with them have signed onto Senate bill 788. The bill ...

Former coal baron Blankenship sues media, claims defamation

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal baron Don Blankenship is suing several news outlets and media personalities, claiming he was defamed during his failed bid for a U.S. senate seat in West Virginia. Blankenship's suit was filed Thursday in Mingo County, West Virginia. It names The ...

Gov. Justice signs budget with teachers’ raises earmarked

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has approved a $4.6 billion state budget that has money earmarked for a potential teachers' pay raise. Justice says he signed the fiscal year 2020 budget on Thursday. State lawmakers passed the budget earlier this month, setting aside ...