West Virginia News

MU community’s resilience extolled at plane crash ceremony

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Through speeches and song Tuesday, the pattering of water against the copper tubing of the Marshall University Memorial Fountain could be heard until the last drop fell, signifying the end of 75 lives the copper ...

Surface owners’ group asks for different approach to co-tenancy

By JIM ROSS The Exponent Telegram CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A legislative interim committee delved into the details of gas drilling law Tuesday as it heard from lawyers who explained the complicated process of how land owners are paid for gas that comes from their property. The last ...

WV lawmakers hear update on college rules

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s major universities have been slowly implementing new rules in light of two major higher education laws the Legislature passed in its most recent session. One bill gives colleges greater flexibility when ...

Interims: Error in Road Fund legislation will cost WV revenue

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An error in legislation increasing taxes and fees to raise about $140 million a year for the state Road Fund will cost West Virginia revenue, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow told legislators Tuesday.   Intended ...

West Virginia sheriff calls drug bust department’s biggest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city known for its struggles with drug crimes has seen what a sheriff calls the largest bust in the department's history. The Herald-Dispatch reports that Cabell County sheriff's deputies Monday seized 4.5 pounds (2,041 grams) of suspected heroin, 2.5 ...

Senators from 2 states want to change opioid grant funding

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. senators from New Hampshire and West Virginia have introduced a bill to prioritize federal funding for states that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. It would require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to take into account ...

Jury rules in favor of county in woman’s shooting death

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A jury has ruled in favor of county authorities in a civil trial over the death of a woman who was shot by deputies in West Virginia. News outlets report the jury found that Monongalia County was not negligent in the death of 45-year-old Christie Cathers. After less ...

Corporate sponsors sought for West Virginia Turnpike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Parkways Authority is seeking corporate sponsors for the West Virginia Turnpike. The agency announced plans Tuesday to launch the program for the 88-mile (142-kilometer) toll road in southern West Virginia. Parkways Authority general manager Gregg ...

Official: West Virginia’s vehicle lease tax left unchanged

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state official says West Virginia will miss out on revenue gains from an omission on sales taxes increases approved by the Legislature. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow told lawmakers during interim meetings Tuesday a bill ...

West Virginia county considers needle exchange program

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county is exploring a needle exchange program amid a spike in cases of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. WVVA-TV reports that the Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department board is considering adding a needle exchange as part of a number of harm reduction ...