West Virginia News

Grandparents from W.Va. shocked by reports of 13 starved grandchildren

By BRIAN MELLEY and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago. "They were just like any ordinary family," said Betty Turpin, the ...

Convicted ex-coal CEO to start US Senate bid with town hall

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company CEO who served a one-year prison term on charges related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades is kicking off his U.S. Senate campaign with a town hall meeting for voters. Ex-Massey Energy boss Don Blankenship is scheduled to attend the ...

West Virginia library system to limit patrons to 3 bags

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia public library system will soon limit the number of personal items patrons can bring into facilities. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that starting Feb. 1, the Kanawha County Public Library system will limit patrons to three bags and will ban ...

West Virginia homeless programs get more than $8.3M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say more than $8.3 million in federal funding has been approved for 63 programs across the state that help homeless people. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the Department of Housing and Urban Development money ...

Medicaid savings to apply to other West Virginia programs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch says $160 million in savings from the state's Medicaid program will be applied to other programs. Crouch cites program changes that have improved efficiencies in the program providing health care coverage ...

West Virginia drug plan calls for limiting prescriptions

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State health officials are proposing a multifaceted plan for confronting the drug crisis killing hundreds of West Virginians each year, one that would require action by everyone from lawmakers to doctors to judges to emergency ...

A hope for Helen: Community looks to preserve coal camp

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald HELEN, W.Va. (AP) — Donald Moore was born in Helen in 1946 during the height of the coal camp that featured a company store, boarding house, grill and movie theater. "We had two mines going then or maybe three at one time," Moore said. "I just remember ...

Second body found after vehicle sinks in West Virginia flood

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say a second body has been found after a vehicle sank in floodwaters. Media outlets report the body of 56-year-old Robert Smith Jr. was recovered Saturday in Laurel Creek outside Parkersburg. Smith's daughter, 18-year-old Topanga Smith, was ...

Friends show support after embezzlement by ex-schools worker

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — At least three people wrote letters in support of a former West Virginia school system employee who was released from jail when a judge changed his sentence for embezzlement. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports former Boone County School system employees David Bryan ...

Ex-coal CEO to hold town meeting in US Senate candidacy

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company CEO who went to prison is hosting a town hall meeting for voters next week as he revs up his U.S. Senate candidacy. Ex-Massey Energy boss Don Blankenship's campaign said in a news release Wednesday the meeting will be Jan. 18 at the Chief Logan ...

Approval likely for West Virginia chemical spill settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Approval of a $151 million dollar class-action settlement related to the 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill that left 300,000 people without water for nine days seems likely. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the settlement has received no formal objections ...

West Virginia county program to decrease spread of disease

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A health department in West Virginia will begin offering comprehensive harm reduction services with goals that include decreasing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The Register-Herald reports the Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department program will offer ...

Justice urges state pay raises with improving economy

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday called for pay raises for West Virginia's jail guards, teachers and other workers in the next fiscal year with the state's economy and tax revenues now on the upswing. Addressing the Legislature, ...

Coal executive’s ‘wish list’ finds success under Trump

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations. "We ...

Legislative auditors to audit West Virginia Supreme Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legislative auditors have set their sights on the West Virginia Supreme Court. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports auditors notified the legislative Post-Audits Committee on Sunday that they planned to audit the state Supreme Court this year. Legislative Auditor ...

West Virginia counties plan network of new trails

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A proposed trial for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders could breathe new life into a nearly forgotten railroad in West Virginia. Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer tells The Bluefield Daily Telegraph that both Mercer and Summers counties are working to develop ...

Police: 2 bodies found at business in West Virginia

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state police say the bodies of a worker and his girlfriend have been found at a business in an apparent murder-suicide. State Police say in a news release a business owner discovered the bodies upon arriving for work Monday in Elkins. The statement says it ...

West Virginia woman admits stealing fire department funds

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has admitted stealing more than $75,000 from a volunteer fire department. Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old Kathy Sue Gwinn of Hurricane pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Huntington to theft from a program receiving federal ...

West Virginia judge refuses to move woman’s murder trial

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia has denied a defense motion to move the upcoming murder trial for a woman charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter. Media outlets report that a Lewis County circuit judge Monday denied the bid by attorneys for 35-year-old Lena Marie ...

West Virginia college to pay $250K in discrimination lawsuit

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has entered a $250,000 judgment against West Virginia Wesleyan College in a discrimination lawsuit. The Exponent Telegram reports a circuit judge in Upshur County made the ruling recently in a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the college. The order cited ...