W.Va. News

Churches adapting to the digital age

By JEFF BAUGHAN, Parkersburg News and Sentinel undefined PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — You leave the house, get in the car and head out to work when you realize you have forgotten your phone. What do you do? If you're not too far away, you go back to get it. That's because so much of what ...

Grandmother returns from first deployment in National Guard

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sixteen years ago at age 41, Monica Willis, then a member of the Cross Lanes-based Army Reserve's 261st Ordnance Co., was looking forward to what was to have been a deployment to Iraq. Instead, she and the other 49 ...

1 woman killed, 1 injured in wrong-way crash on interstate

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a wrong-way crash on an interstate in western Pennsylvania killed one woman and injured another. The Washington County coroner's office says the crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday on I-79 South near Exit 45 in Canonsburg. Officials said a ...

West Virginia mother charged in false abduction report

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman who told police that an Egyptian man had tried to kidnap her daughter from a West Virginia shopping mall was jailed Friday after the accusation unraveled, a police detective said. Barboursville Police Detective Greg ...

Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice reports to prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice at the center of an impeachment scandal has reported to federal prison for his two-year sentence. The Bureau of Prisons says Allen Loughry reported to a South Carolina prison on Friday. Loughry was sentenced earlier this ...

Lawsuit: Teacher sexually abused child, birthed his kids

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man says his middle school teacher sexually abused him for years, gave birth to his children and threatened to take them away if he left her. The Intelligencer reports 28-year-old Christopher Birch is suing former Bridge Street Middle School science ...

Battlefield, historic site volunteer cleanup is this weekend

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Volunteers in West Virginia are needed for cleanup at three battlefield and historic sites in the state as part of the American Battlefield Trust's Park Day. Park Day is scheduled for Saturday. The organization says thousands of volunteers across the country will ...

West Virginia sheriff fined for role in daughter’s hiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff has been fined and reprimanded by an ethics commission for her role in the hiring of her daughter as a deputy. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Logan County Sheriff Sonya Dingess Porter must pay $5,000 and confirm she's trained on the West ...

Golden rainbow trout being stocked in West Virginia waters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A special stocking of golden rainbow trout is returning to West Virginia's lakes and streams. Gov. Jim Justice says in a news release the bright yellow trout is being added to 55 designated locations around the state this week. The Division of Natural Resources ...

W.Va. student opioid abuse awareness contest deadline nears

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's office says a contest deadline is this week for schoolchildren to raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the Kids Kick Opioids contest is open to elementary and middle school ...

Secretary of state’s office will help with annual reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state's office is planning mobile office visits to all 55 counties this month. The visits are to help business owners and entrepreneurs file annual reports on time. State law requires all entities that do business in West Virginia to ...

Spring operating hours in effect at New River Gorge

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — New River Gorge National River has begun its spring operating hours for park facilities. The hours will be in effect from Monday to May 23. Superintendent Lizzie Watts says the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

Marshall planning annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for needy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is conducting an annual fundraiser this month to help feed needy families. The university says in a news release the 16th annual Empty Bowls event will take place April 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntington. Marshall students and ...

Abandoned state forest mine now habitat for threatened bats

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than a century after the last shift of miners and final load of coal exited a hillside portal overlooking Middlelick Branch in what is now Kanawha State Forest, work has resumed at the entrance to the long-abandoned ...

Passion from pain: Finding strength for joy in recovery

By MATT WELCH, The Journal undefined INWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Sitting in a solitary confinement cell inside Jessup Correctional Facility, Tiffany Koch found the strength to make a change. Serving a prison sentence for crimes that stemmed from consistent drug use, Koch overhead correctional ...

W.Va. mayor, police chief charged with embezzlement

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor, former mayor, police chief and former clerk of a West Virginia city have been charged with embezzlement after an investigation into financial mismanagement and the misuse of federal funds meant to rebuild the city ...

W.Va. Supreme Court extends delay in union case enforcement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has extended a delay in enforcing a lower court ruling that struck down part of a state law allowing workers to stop paying union dues. The Kanawha County ruling came last month in a lawsuit by the state AFL-CIO and other unions. The ...

West Virginia DMV leader who pushed technology retiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed is retiring after a lengthy career in public service. The Register-Herald reports , in her four years at the DMV Reed pushed technology to make automobile registration and driver's license renewals quicker and ...

W.Va. gov signs bill boosting campaign contribution limits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved a bill raising campaign contribution limits in West Virginia political races. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday. The bill almost triples the amount that individuals can donate to candidates from $1,000 to $2,800. It ...

Man must serve at least 50 years for sexual abuse of toddler

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who told police he sexually abused a 3-year-old girl by accident must serve at least 50 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Mercer Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope on Tuesday noted problems the ...