West Virginia News

West Virginia considering work requirements for Medicaid

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is considering adding employment requirements for roughly 170,000 people covered by a component of the Affordable Care Act. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports state Health and Human Resources Deputy Secretary Jeremiah Samples said Friday the ...

Nuclear detonation app lets you target your own hometown

By RUSTY MARKS, The Exponent Telegram CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With current talk of the threat of nuclear war with North Korea, did you ever wonder what would happen if someone dropped a nuclear weapon on your hometown? There's an app for that. Nukemap, which can be found at ...

West Virginia school enrollment drops for 5th straight year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Education officials say public school enrollment in West Virginia has fallen for the fifth consecutive year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports enrollment fell about 2,460 students in the 2017-18 school year to 270,708. That's down 4.1 percent from five years ...

Postal contractor relief driver admits stealing mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has admitted to possessing stolen mail. Thirty-eight-year-old Richard Thomas Morris Jr. of Washington in Wood County pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston last week. Prosecutors say Morris was a relief driver for a U.S. Postal Service ...

Frustration sets in after coal mine health study suspended

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press GLEN DANIEL, W.Va. (AP) — Chuck Nelson spent his life in this corner of Appalachia, working for years in the coal mines — a good job in the economically depressed area. But he says the industry that helped him earn a living cost him his health, and his ...

State: Schools won’t make up 5 days lost in industrial fire

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials say schools won't have to make up five days lost because of a massive warehouse fire. According to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel , state Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine granted Wood County schools a waiver for the days ...

West Virginia drops push for exemption from teacher test

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have dropped a push to exempt certain graduates with bachelor's degrees in education from a basic knowledge test to become a public school teacher. According to The Charleston Gazette-Mail , the West Virginia Board of Education proposed the ...

West Virginia road bonds vote saw 10 percent turnout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's secretary of state says 10 percent of the state's 1.2 million registered voters cast ballots in last month's road bonds election. According to The Register-Herald , Secretary of State Mac Warner's office released official results Friday showing ...

Police: West Virginia homeless man shot and killed

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say they are investigating the fatal shooting of a homeless man in the encampment on a hill where he lived. According to WSAZ-TV , police say 46-year-old Ronald Lee Boggs was shot in the chest and found dead Friday morning. They say he was with ...

West Virginia town, city share $27M for water, sewers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say two municipalities are sharing almost $27 million in loans and grants from the Department of Agriculture for improving their water and wastewater systems. According to Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, the town of ...

West Virginia police officer charged with battery is fired

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer has been fired 18 months after he was placed on paid administrative leave in a battery case. Nitro Police Chief Bobby Eggleston tells media outlets that Sgt. Timothy Jarrell was served a termination letter for a violation of department ...

West Virginia mall faces lawsuit over $100M loan default

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The owners of a West Virginia mall have been sued for breaching contract by defaulting on a multimillion-dollar loan. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the U.S. Bank National Association filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Charleston Town Center on ...

Appeals court lets conviction stand in 1987 murder

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The decision to grant a new trial to a man convicted of killing a fast-food restaurant manager nearly 30 years ago in West Virginia has been overturned. The Herald-Dispatch reports the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruling filed Thursday says 53-year-old ...

West Virginia signs investment pact with China Energy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials announced an agreement on Thursday with China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd. for the company to invest $83.7 billion in shale gas development and chemical manufacturing in West Virginia over 20 years. State Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher and ...

West Virginia education board proposes grade, course changes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Course grading scales in West Virginia public schools would get tweaked and graduation credit requirements would get reduced under changes proposed by the state Board of Education. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board voted Wednesday to put the proposals up ...

West Virginia police officer pleads in fatal wreck

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police officer in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to failing to use his cruiser's lights and sirens in an accident that killed a motorist. Media outlets report 27-year-old Charleston police officer Stephen Doss entered the plea Wednesday at a preliminary hearing ...

West Virginia GOP chair Conrad Lucas to seek US House seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican Party chairman says he's running for the state's 3rd District U.S. House seat. Media outlets report Conrad Lucas made the announcement Wednesday. Lucas will seek the office held by Republican Evan Jenkins, who is running next year for the ...

Officials: Warehouse fire could cost county $1.5M

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — County officials say the cost of the response to a warehouse fire in West Virginia is already more than $1 million. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel quotes Wood County Commission president Blair Couch in a Tuesday report as saying that bills received from agencies ...

Trial begins over death of woman shot by deputies in 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A civil trial over the death of a woman who was shot by deputies in West Virginia has started, The Exponent Telegram report ed. Christie Cathers, 45, was shot in June 2015 during a pursuit involving Monongalia County Sheriff's deputies. The deputies were responding ...

Kroger employees in West Virginia approve contract

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kroger employees have ratified a new union contract covering 4,200 workers at 34 grocery stores in West Virginia, three in Ohio and two in Kentucky. WVVA-TV reports that about 1,000 members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 voted Monday in Charleston ...