West Virginia News

Justice vetoes right-to-work amendment, cites court case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed legislation intended to clarify the West Virginia right-to-work law enacted last year, saying it's currently before the state's top court and that process shouldn't be interfered with. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled ...

West Virginia Senate votes to overhaul state tax system

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has voted to overhaul the state tax system by raising the state sales and use tax to 7 percent and applying it more broadly while cutting state income tax rates. The bill pushed by the chamber's Republicans passed 22-12. The latest revised ...

West Virginia city hires female fire chief

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in Huntington say the city has hired what is believed to be the first female fire chief in West Virginia. Media outlets report the City Council approved Jan Rader's appointment Monday. She will earn nearly $77,000. Rader is a 22-year veteran of the ...

Trial moved for man charged with beating now-WV senator

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — The trial for a man charged with attacking a then-state Senate candidate at a political cookout last year has been moved out of Logan County. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2nrlCGV) reports a judge on Monday granted a request to move 42-year-old Jonathan ...

Help for drug-ravaged West Virginia in bill passed by House

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of beds available at state-run substance abuse treatment facilities would increase in drug-ravaged West Virginia under a bill passed Wednesday by the House. The bill passed on a 99-0 vote. It now moves to the state Senate. West Virginia currently has more ...

A look at how Trump’s moves on coal will affect the industry

By MATTHEW BROWN and MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from job losses, bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from ...

West Virginia House backs abortion notification change

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House voted Tuesday to revise the legal requirement to notify parents of an underage daughter's abortion. The House of Delegates also voted to allow lottery winners of more than $1 million to remain anonymous and backed legislation to bar teens ...

Report: West Virginia schools’ tuition doubles over 15 years

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The average cost of tuition at West Virginia's public universities and colleges has doubled in the past 15 years, according to a new report. The West Virginia Center on Budget Policy released a report Monday showing average tuition has increased by about $4,200 a ...

West Virginia Senate passes bill to ax greyhound funding

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate passed a hotly contested bill Monday to eliminate funding for greyhound racing that industry officials say would cost an estimated 1,700 jobs and doom the industry in the state. After significant debate, the ...

Manchin plans Town Hall meeting with miners

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has announced a Town Hall meeting Friday in the state's southern coal country to meet with miners. Manchin has been pushing legislation to extend health and pension benefits to retired union miners, saying they were ...