West Virginia News

DOJ opposes overturning coal baron’s conviction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a federal court should not overturn the conviction of former coal baron Don Blankenship. Prosecutors argued Friday Blankenship has not proved information was withheld from his 2015 trial and opposed Blankenship's request for an ...

West Virginia Education Department rebuilding digital items

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Education Department says digital items that were going into state surplus are instead being rebuilt, refurbished and placed in schools and libraries across the state. It's part of an initiative called SecondLaunchWV. The state says private ...

West Virginia first lady, artists unveiling holiday ornament

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia first lady Cathy Justice is unveiling this year's Governor's Mansion holiday ornament. Justice's office said she will be joined by the artists who help make each of the 500 ornaments. They cost $25 and will be available for sale at the West Virginia ...

Veteran returns to Vietnam for photography perspective

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In 1969, Kimo Williams thought of Vietnam as a "Third World, backward, gloomy environment." He was a senior in high school and an all-star football player with scholarship invitation from Arizona State, but he decided to enlist in the Army that summer. The day ...

3 killed in accident in northern West Virginia

PENTRESS, W.Va. (AP) — Police say three people have died after a truck and an SUV collided in northern West Virginia. The Dominion Post quotes Monongalia County County Sheriff's Deputy Al Kisner as saying the accident occurred Friday on state Route 7 in Pentress. Kisner says the driver and ...

West Virginia University suspends fraternity, students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has suspended a fraternity chapter and several students after a student fell while visiting at the fraternity house. The university said 22-year-old senior finance major David Rusko of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, fell down stairs at the Sigma ...

3 new members appointed to Marshall University board

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University says West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed three people to the university's Board of Governors. They are retired Cabell County schools superintendent William A. Smith, WesBanco executive Geoffrey S. Sheils and BrickStreet Insurance attorney ...

Health official says hepatitis A cases on decline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health official in West Virginia says there's been a drop in the number of hepatitis A cases being reported. The Gazette-Mail reports the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is now helping manage 10 to 15 hepatitis A cases a week, which is down from 50 to 60 cases ...

Tourism officials promoting W.Va. through ‘Fallout’ game

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tourism officials are hoping to promote West Virginia to a wider audience with the launch of Bethesda Game Studios' "Fallout 76" video game. Tourism officials heralded the game's worldwide debut Wednesday with an event at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston. The ...

Robotic pediatric spinal surgery is a first in West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University surgeon has performed the state's first robotic pediatric spinal surgery. WVU Medicine said in a news release Wednesday that Dr. John Lubicky used a robotic surgical guidance system to perform the procedure to treat a genetic disorder that ...

Impeachment focus back on W.Va. court after justice resigns

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Now that an impeached and suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice has resigned, lawmakers are turning their attention to a panel of justices that had cut off pending impeachment trials. After Justice Allen Loughry's resignation, ...

AEP subsidiaries propose revised rate increase in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two American Electric Power subsidiaries in West Virginia are proposing a revised rate increase that would bring a 3 percent revenue boost. Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power filed the request with the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday for a $44 million ...

West Virginia revenue collections up again in October

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has seen another month of revenue collections over estimates, though receipts were not as strong as the last few months. Gov. Jim Justice's office announced over the weekend that General Fund revenue in October was $359.2 million, nearly $2.4 million ...

Special session canceled after West Virginia justice resigns

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The resignation of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges prompted the governor Sunday to cancel a special legislative session that was to consider the justice's removal. It was the latest ...

Dunlevy appointed to West Virginia Board of Education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former West Virginia Board of Education member Robert Dunlevy has been appointed to the board again. Gov. Jim Justice appointed the Wheeling resident to the board late last week. Dunlevy replaces Frank Vitale, whose term expired earlier this month. Dunlevy ...

Court rejects appeal of woman who gave heroin to girl

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled against a woman who was convicted of giving heroin to a 16-year-old girl. The Herald-Dispatch reports , 38-year-old Michelle Kitchen was sentenced in 2016 to serve four to 20 years in prison. She received probation ...

West Virginia men sentenced for gun thefts at pawn shop

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia men have been sentenced for stealing guns from a pawn shop. Twenty-three-year-old Robert Lee Reid was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison, while 18-year-old Jonathan Chafin was sentenced to one year and six months. Both are ...

Man admits embezzling from West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia hospital worker has pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from his employer. Sixty-two-year-old Kevin L. Durst of Point Pleasant pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington last week to embezzling more than $45,000 from Pleasant Valley Hospital ...

Parents charged with neglect of child who seemingly starved

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Two people in West Virginia are accused of starving their child to death. A Mercer County Sheriff's report says the parents told authorities the 21-month-old had a cold for the last two weeks and lost up to 18 pounds. Mercer County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. S.A. ...