West Virginia News

Researchers: Fentanyl deaths up 122 percent in W.Va.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University researchers say fentanyl deaths are up 122 percent in the state. The college released the results of a study into the powerful synthetic opioid Tuesday. Analysts looked at all drug-related deaths in West Virginia between 2005 to 2017. They ...

Unknown soldier killed in Korean War identified as W.Va. man

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. soldier killed during the Korean War has been identified nearly 70 years after being buried as an unknown person. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that Army Cpl. Carlos E. Ferguson of Dawson, West Virginia, has been identified. The group says ...

West Virginia National Guardsman dies in training exercise

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — A West Virginia National Guardsman has died in military parachute training exercise at the Suffolk Executive Airport in Virginia. The West Virginia National Guard issued a release about the Wednesday death that said a related press conference is scheduled for ...

Police: ‘High-level’ drug dealer arrested in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a large supplier of drugs has been arrested in Huntington and charged with five felonies. Huntington police on Wednesday announced the arrest of Tyson Davis, labeling him a "high-level target." Officers found more than 100 grams of ...

Correction officer charged in plan to smuggle meth into jail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia correctional officer has been charged in a scheme to smuggle meth into a jail. WCHS-TV reports Wednesday that John Roach II has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance. Citing court documents, the station says Roach ...

WVU Board begins process to extend President Gee’s contract

The West Virginia University Board of Governors began the process Friday of a state-mandated periodic evaluation of President Gordon Gee, and also set guidelines for a possible renewal of his contract beyond its June 30, 2021 expiration. While the state mandates evaluation of presidents ...

Eastern Panhandle among best for business growth in W.Va.

By BREANNA FRANCIS The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County saw the seventh highest growth in business in West Virginia last year, ranking No. 7 among 55 other counties, with Jefferson and Morgan counties close behind. The business growth analysis conducted by Business ...

Construction of WV’s first gas-fired power plant to start this summer

By CHARLES YOUNG NCWV Media CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Following several years of planning, the developers of a natural-gas-fired power plant planned for a site in Clarksburg’s Montpelier Addition hope to begin construction this summer. The plant will be West Virginia’s first gas-fired ...

Woman charged with neglect after grandson takes her meds

WESTOVER, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman is accused of leaving her 2-year-old grandson home alone while she went out to get food, leaving the unsupervised child to swallow her blood pressure medication. The Dominion Post reports the boy was taken to a hospital last month where he ...

Questions over coverage plague rural broadband expansion

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press There is a way around the notoriously sluggish internet in West Virginia. You just need a car and some time. Kelly Povroznik can tell you, when she happens to get a good signal. She teaches an online college course so hampered by unreliable connections ...

West Virginia park trail welcomes magical inhabitants

By BEN CONLEY, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — According to Mason-Dixon Historical Park Superintendent J.R. Petsko, one of the park's trails is taking on a decidedly mythical quality thanks to a number of local artists. On April 27, the park will officially open its new Fairy ...

W.Va. deputies fired after traffic stop set to return

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two fired West Virginia sheriff's deputies are set to return to work after a sheriff declined to appeal their reinstatement related to a traffic stop in which a handcuffed teenage boy was kicked and punched. News outlets report Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller ...

West Virginia University to hike in-state tuition by $120 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University plans to increase its in-state tuition at its Morgantown campus by about $120. The school's Board of Governors voted Friday to approve the tuition hike for the next academic ...

Road near New River Gorge Bridge in W.Va. to undergo repairs

LANSING, W.Va. (AP) — A road construction project will cause delays for some visitors to the New River Gorge National River in southern West Virginia. The National Park Service says in a news release the project is set to start Monday along Fayette Station Road next to the New River Gorge ...

West Virginia ramp farmer looking for successor

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Glen Facemire, owner of what may be the world's only ramp farm and West Virginia's top promoter, educator and product developer of the aromatic, early spring herb, is planning to hang up his ramp hoe. "I will be passing my ...

West Virginia University board approves slight tuition hike

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Board of Governors has approved increases for the upcoming academic year that include a $120 rise in annual tuition for in-state undergraduate students in Morgantown. Media report university officials are calling the 1 percent increase ...

West Virginia woman sentenced to 3 years for bank fraud

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who admitted taking out loans and opening accounts in bank customers' names without their knowledge has been sentenced to three years in prison. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said in a statement that 46-year-old Karen Kinsley of Grafton received the ...

Driver found not guilty in crash that killed boy, 2, in road

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A driver charged in a crash that killed a 2-year-old boy has been found not guilty by a West Virginia jury. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 51-year-old Michael Dicker was acquitted Thursday in Mercer County court. Ayden Jayce Knight had left his home nearby when ...

West Virginia park trail welcomes magical inhabitants

By BEN CONLEY, The Dominion Post undefined MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — According to Mason-Dixon Historical Park Superintendent J.R. Petsko, one of the park's trails is taking on a decidedly mythical quality thanks to a number of local artists. On April 27, the park will officially open its new ...