West Virginia News

Tourism office tasked with helping tell state’s story

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When "The Glass Castle" premiered in Welch on Aug. 11, part of what it showcased — besides the state of West Virginia — was the behind-the-scenes work of the West Virginia Film Office. "We assisted with scouting locations, working with the city to close ...

Group says new health proposal cuts West Virginia Medicaid

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A nonprofit West Virginia research group says the latest attempt by U.S. Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would cut the state's Medicaid funding by $2 billion by 2027. The Center on Budget and Policy says that would undermine coverage for tens of ...

West Virginia man sentenced in sister’s murder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 43-year-old Charleston man has pleaded guilty to murder, admitting he fatally shot his sister in December 2014. An attempted murder charge against Glenn Skidmore was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea. He was accused of shooting his nephew at the Charleston ...

States ask insurers to prioritize non-opioid pain treatment

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys general representing the majority of states asked health insurers Monday to encourage pain treatment through means other than prescriptions for opioid painkillers, which are responsible for tens of ...

GOP lawmakers: Move Appalachian agency out of Washington

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Two powerful Kentucky Republicans have an idea to boost an economic development agency that helps Appalachia: Move it out of the nation's capital. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and veteran Rep. Hal Rogers are sponsoring a bill ...

Ex-coal CEO asks court to toss conviction in mine explosion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have made a last pitch to the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out his conviction connected to a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 miners. Attorneys for Don Blankenship say in the appeal that the high ...

Elk killed in crash as small population settles in

WHITMAN, W.Va. (AP) — State officials say the vehicle crash that killed two elk along U.S. 119 was bound to happen as the small population grows. Earlier this week, two of West Virginia's 24 elk were struck and killed by an ambulance in Logan County. Randy Kelley, elk project leader for ...

Teen death probe details problems at West Virginia facility

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An employee at a West Virginia residential care facility lied about checking on a 13-year-old boy before the youth stole a van and died in a crash in March, a state investigation found. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Office of Health Facility ...

West Virginia DEP switches to LED lighting in headquarters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is saving about $42,000 per year on energy costs by switching to LED from fluorescent light bulbs. The DEP says in a news release that about 10,000 bulbs in the agency's Kanawha City headquarters have been ...

National Guard chief: Protect infrastructure from flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of the West Virginia National Guard says the state needs to set standards to make sure water and sewer plants located in flood plains can withstand flooding. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , Adj. Gen James Hoyer told state lawmakers meeting in ...