West Virginia News

Mines owned by Gov. Justice missed safety technology cutoff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two mines owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice were among three across the state that missed the deadline for installing life-saving technology to prevent miners from being crushed by machinery in underground coal mines. Violation reports say Pay Car 57 and Pay ...

Election complaint against county commissioner tossed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Election Commission has tossed a complaint against a county commissioner that was brought by the county committee for her own party. The State Journal reports that the election commissioners decided unanimously Tuesday that there's "no reasonable ...

Chemical not found in treated water in West Virginia, Ohio

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says a little-studied chemical compound has not been found in treated drinking water that came from contaminated wells in Ohio and West Virginia. The Parkersburg News & Sentinel reports the agency had requested Chemours to ...

Marshall University employees to see 5 percent raise

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia university's operating budget that includes a 5 percent raise for university employees has been approved. News outlets reported Wednesday the Marshall University Board of Governors approved the school's fiscal year 2019 operating budget, which also ...

Jury awards $67M to ex-miners who used defective dust masks

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — Two former coal miners in Kentucky who claimed defective dust masks led to their debilitating black-lung disease were awarded $67.5 million in damages in their civil lawsuit. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday that a Knott County jury awarded $62.5 million in ...

Alternative programs cut costs for West Virginia county jail

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in one West Virginia county say they're spending less on jail by routing some offenders through alternative programs instead. The Journal of Martinsburg reports Berkeley County's bill for the Eastern Regional Jail was down to nearly $646,000 for the three ...

GOP candidates rip Manchin, praise Trump at Senate forum

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican candidates hoping to oust U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin in the fall took repeated turns attacking the incumbent Democrat's record while aligning themselves with President Donald Trump during a forum in West Virginia on Monday ...

Woman whose daughter disappeared found guilty of murder

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman whose 3-year-old daughter went missing in 2011 in West Virginia has been convicted of murder and other charges. The Exponent Telegram reports a Lewis County Circuit Court jury reached the verdict Monday in the trial of Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway. The ...

AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

By CAROLE FELDMAN and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise. The findings of the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Fox News hosting debate in West Virginia GOP Senate primary

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Fox News Channel is kicking off its midterm election series with a debate in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary race. The network said in a news release that candidates who reach a threshold of 10 percent in a Fox News poll being released this week will be ...

West Virginia agencies participating in Drug Take Back Day

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in West Virginia are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take Back Day. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said it will have deputies stationed at each detachment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Deputies ...

Committee members picked for search of new state chancellor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission board has named the members of a search committee to find a successor to the current chancellor of the 4-year college oversight agency. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board Monday picked members for the ...

Mylan lays off 15 percent of West Virginia workforce

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A pharmaceuticals company has laid off 15 percent of its workforce at a West Virginia manufacturing facility. Mylan Pharmaceuticals released a statement Friday saying the "right-sizing" is consistent with discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ...

Group dedicates 50th wooden bridge built for flood survivors

IVYDALE, W.Va. (AP) — A disaster response group says it has completed its 50th private bridge in West Virginia as part of a rebuilding project after severe flooding in recent years. The West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, and its partners celebrated the ...

West Virginia county declares state of emergency over roads

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county has declared a state of emergency over "deplorable" road conditions. The Dominion Post cites a release from the Preston County Commission that says Thursday's proclamation asks the state to address several roads that "pose a danger for motorists, ...

Most West Virginia community colleges to hike fees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — All but one of West Virginia's public community and technical colleges are planning to increase tuition and fees for associate's degrees. West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission official Matt Turner tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the Community and ...

Prison time turns West Virginia man from addict to counselor

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — While a lifetime of bad decisions and mistakes can lead some down a path to self-destruction, Bill Dickey found himself crawling right back up that road late in life. Dickey's bad decisions would eventually lead to his own ...

A guide to the May 8 primary election in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Candidates in West Virginia's May 8 primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party's nominations for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House or the Legislature. Early voting in West Virginia runs from April 25 through May 5. Here is a ...

Group dedicates 50th wooden bridge built for flood survivors

IVYDALE, W.Va. (AP) — A disaster response group says it has completed its 50th private bridge in West Virginia as part of a rebuilding project after severe flooding in recent years. The West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, and its partners celebrated the ...

Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout to protest pay

By MELISSA DANIELS, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding, marking a key step toward a first-ever statewide strike that builds on a movement for higher pay in other Republican-dominant states. A grassroots group ...