West Virginia News

W.Va. DEP issues compliance order for IEI Plastics

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued an order Thursday to Intercontinental Export Import Inc. demanding information on what materials were stored in the warehouse that burned this week ...

Kentucky engineer picked to head surface mining agency

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration has nominated the head of a Kentucky engineering firm to run the federal agency that regulates and cleans up former surface mines. Steve Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Lexington consulting ...

West Virginia jail rates unchanging; counties owe $13.4M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority has agreed to keep the per diem rate for inmates at $48.25 next year. According to the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the authority board vote this week was unanimous. The ...

Dispute resolution sought in West Virginia school plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state education board says a dispute resolution company out of Massachusetts will come to West Virginia on Monday to find a solution to the dispute over Nicholas County's plan to consolidate schools into a single campus following flood damage. State ...

Mayor resigns after allegations of wrongdoing were revealed

RIVESVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor has resigned after alleged wrongdoings by him and another town employee came to light. The Times West Virginian reports that Town of Rivesville Mayor Trevor Waters and Bill Lawrence resigned on Monday. The town said in a news release that the ...

Police seek inmate, jail staff noticed days later he escaped

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia troopers are searching for a jail inmate who was not discovered missing until nearly two days after he escaped. State police First Sgt. J.T. Findley tells news outlets that 43-year-old Todd Boyes of Caldwell, Ohio, escaped on Wednesday around 5 ...

Former Byrd speechwriter to discuss late senator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Author and former speechwriter for West Virginia's late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd plans to discuss the myths and reality of the influential Senate leader next Thursday in Charleston. David Corbin, who worked for Byrd for 16 years and another decade for other Senate ...

Chiefs warned marshal in 2008 about site of warehouse fire

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two volunteer fire chiefs warned West Virginia officials nearly a decade ago about the potential for major fires at local warehouses, one of which has now been burning for days. Washington Bottom Fire Chief K.C. Linder and Lubeck Fire Chief Mark Stewart wrote a ...

West Virginia portal to test residents’ internet speed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council is asking state residents to use its new test portal to accurately measure the speed of their internet service. The council's mission is to provide affordable and accessible broadband service throughout West ...

West Virginia mayor sues city council for removing him

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of a West Virginia town has sued the city council for putting him on paid administrative leave and preventing him from doing his job while he is being investigated by state auditors. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber filed the ...