West Virginia News

Flood warning continues along Potomac River in West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Flood warnings continue along the Potomac River in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle after several days of heavy rains. The National Weather Service says the river at Shepherdstown was more than 2 feet above flood stage Sunday morning and was expected to fall below ...

Regulators: No foul play suspect in West Virginia fish kill

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia natural resources officials say no foul play is suspected after hundreds of dead fish were found in a private pond. Media outlets report the fish were found in a pond in Milton on Saturday. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says high waters ...

Baylous sworn in as US marshal in Charleston ceremony

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia State Police officer has been sworn in as U.S. marshal. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Michael Baylous took the oath of office on Friday in Charleston. He will serve in the Southern District of West Virginia. Baylous is a former ...

Interpretive garden planting begins at Grave Creek Mound

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The public can help plant an interpretive garden at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in West Virginia. Planting was getting started over the weekend and will continue to June 2 at the Moundsville complex. The program is free and open to the public. The ...

West Virginia governor calls lawmakers into special session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has called lawmakers into special session beginning Sunday with a handful of items on the agenda. One item on the call is a bill that would establish the Department of Arts, Culture and History, with the curator of arts, culture and ...

Feds OK 55 West Virginia ‘opportunity zones’ under tax law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials have approved 55 locations across West Virginia to become "opportunity zones," an economic development designation created under President Donald Trump's tax law. In a news release Friday, Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito ...

West Virginia counties declare state of emergency

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two counties in West Virginia have declared a state of emergency over flash-flood risks in the area. The Journal of Martinsburg reports the declaration in Jefferson and Berkeley counties comes after four days of torrential rains and storms hit the area, flooding ...

Lawmakers calls for release of study on toxic chemicals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's senators are calling on the Trump administration to release a study on toxic chemicals that DuPont used to make Teflon and other non-stick products at a factory in the state. A Politico article this week says the government is block the study because ...

Ex-parks official charged with embezzlement in West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A former county parks official in West Virginia faces charges of embezzling $18,500 after law enforcement officers say she admitted to writing herself and another county worker unauthorized pay raises. According to The Register-Herald , former Raleigh County Parks and ...

Camp uses West Virginia’s coal as creative tool

By WHITNEY BROWNING, Bluefield Daily Telegraph KIMBALL, W.Va. (AP) — Found in the hills and valleys of McDowell County lies a rarity of art originating from West Virginia's rich coal history. Coal Camp Creations, located in Kimball, takes what was once used for heating homes and uses it as ...

Senators tout $3 million grant for opioid treatment center

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators have announced federal approval of nearly $3 million for a new substance abuse treatment center in Ohio County. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the grant to Heart 2 Heart. Manchin said the funding was "a good first ...

Officials to say why man accused of assault has license

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Board of Medicine officials are set to explain why a doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients still has a valid medical license. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that lawmakers question why Steven Matulis was allowed to retain his ...

After 46 years, bluegrass Mountaineer Opry House to close

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Mountaineer Opry House in Milton is set to close its doors permanently next month. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the new owner, medical provider Valley Health, will then take over the property. Eighty-three-year-old Larry Stephens has managed the bluegrass ...

Federal inmate has 3 ½ years added to sentence for assault

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal inmate in West Virginia has had 3 ½ years added to his sentence for assaulting an inmate last year. The U.S. attorney's office in Clarksburg said 39-year-old Norman Hinton was sentenced Thursday to 42 months to be served consecutively to his current ...

West Virginia drug court participants learn about nutrition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says its Extension Service has been working with drug court programs to help recovering drug users with support and education. Health educator Kandi Messinger of Cabell County Extension Service teaches nutrition and cooking basics. Her ...

Poll: Half of Americans approve of legal sports betting

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 ...

Mountain Valley Pipeline cited for environmental violations

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has been cited for failing to control erosion at two work sites just two months after construction started on the more than 300-mile (483-kilometer) pipeline through Virginia and West Virginia. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that ...

Official: Most pipeline work can go on despite tossed permit

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators declined to stop work Wednesday on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after an appeals court invalidated a key permit for the multistate project. The decision came over the objections of environmental groups that insist the ...

Man sentenced for fraudulent stolen art sale scheme

BOSTON (AP) — A West Virginia man who pleaded guilty to trying to sell paintings he didn't have access to and falsely claimed were stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history has been sentenced. Todd Andrew Desper was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release, three months ...

Employee at restaurant diagnosed with hepatitis A

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health department says an employee at a restaurant in West Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. A Kanawha-Charleston Health Department news release says an O'Charley's employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A. The health department says this is the third ...