West Virginia News

Roller derby enthusiasts find camaraderie in sport

By JEAN TARBETT HARDIMAN, The Herald-Dispatch CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — When Mindy Parsley was a kid growing up on a farm outside Clarksburg, West Virginia, she spent a lot of time at the local roller rink. There were a lot of Friday and Saturday nights when she could be found skating in ...

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of cookies

By VICTORIA L. CANN, The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — It's that time of year again when girls with green sashes go door-to-door to sell cookies, but this year is different. This year the Girl Scouts are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the cookie sale. Local troops began ...

Parents charged after toddler found walking in road alone

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say the parents of a 23-month old girl are facing neglect charges after their child was found walking alone in a road, wearing only a diaper. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said the toddler was seen walking on a road in Jefferson on Saturday. ...

W.Va. left with 1 abortion clinic after facility closes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia women are down to one in-state choice if they want an abortion. Kanawha Surgicenter, which was one of the state's two abortion providers, closed its doors Tuesday, according to a note posted on the door of the Kanawha City clinic, The Charleston ...

Kanawha County considering lawsuit against drug wholesalers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Kanawha County Commission is considering seeking damages from opioid wholesalers, who they say helped to fuel the area's drug epidemic by shipping millions of painkillers to the county. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2iU5tGg) that ...

Mother sues to stop Bible classes in West Virginia schools

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A kindergartner's mother sued her public school system in West Virginia, saying a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes violates the U.S. and state constitutions. The woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in the federal ...

Bluefield man pleads guilty to murder in 2014 shooting

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A Bluefield man has pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree murder with a recommendation of mercy in the 2014 shooting death of his estranged wife. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2jy3ucD) 27-year-old Michael Eugene Neel entered his guilty plea ...

US rig count jumps 35 this week to 694; Texas up 17

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. leaped by 35 this week to 694. A year ago, 637 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 551 rigs sought oil and 142 explored for natural gas this week. One was ...

Despite West Virginia economic woes, WVU Medicine is booming

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In a state with above-average unemployment, West Virginia's premier hospital system is booming. WVU Medicine hired 2,228 staff last year, has openings for 699 more and expects further expansion in its high-level ...

Funds to train workers in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is receiving a $1.3 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to train community health workers in coal counties in eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and parts of West Virginia. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia announced the ...