West Virginia News

West Virginia man pleads guilty in 2016 shooting death

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a shooting death last year. WSAZ-TV reports 29-year-old Bobby Thompson of Lesage was sentenced Thursday to 15 years. He had been indicted on charges of murder and wanton endangerment. The case ...

West Virginia airport awaits $8M federal grant to fix runway

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After a landslide collapsed a runway safety overrun area in 2015 airport officials in West Virginia's capital city expect the Federal Aviation Administration to notify them within the next few weeks on whether an $8 million emergency grant will be given to rebuild ...

$350M project offers new road connecting West Virginia towns

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A nearly 13-mile long $350 million road project connecting two West Virginia communities has been completed after 20 years of discussion and work. WSAZ-TV reports state officials opened Wednesday nearly 7 miles of final upgrades on West Virginia Route 10 between Logan ...

Jobless rates drop in 31 of 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates dropped in 31 of West Virginia's 55 counties in July. WorkForce West Virginia says the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate rose in 13 counties and did not change in 11 others. Jefferson County's unemployment rate of 3 percent was the lowest in ...

2 West Virginia men admit child-pornography crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia men face at least five years in federal prison after admitting sending and receiving child pornography. Authorities say 39-year-old Steven Lee Rhodes, of Clendenin, and 29-year-old Kenneth Frederick Stier, of Spencer, separately entered guilty pleas ...

Charleston dentist agrees to repay Medicaid for false bills

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Charleston dentist has agreed to pay $738,000 in restitution and $2.2 million in treble damages for fraudulently billing Medicaid for procedures he didn't perform on patients and for more involved services than he provided. According to federal prosecutors, ...

A year after floods, grocery reopening at West Virginia mall

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — A grocery store is reopening at a West Virginia shopping center that was marooned and shuttered a year ago after flooding washed away an access bridge. The Kanawha County Commission says in a news release that the Kroger store at Crossings Mall in Elkview is reopening ...

Flood relief office opening in Fairmont for businesses

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Small Business Administration plans to open a center Friday in northern West Virginia to help businesses hurt by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in late July. The SBA says applications for low-interest, long-term disaster loans for property ...

West Virginia magistrate faces judicial misconduct charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia magistrate is facing state judicial misconduct charges. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Judicial Investigation Commission has charged Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley with 12 violations of judicial conduct. The charges are related to ...

West Virginia labor commissioner resigns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Jim Justice says West Virginia's labor commissioner has resigned. Spokesman Butch Antolini told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that David Mullins resigned effective Friday. Mullins is a Democrat. Justice switched his party affiliation from Democrat ...