West Virginia News

West Virginia: Man held, accused of setting woman on fire

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of setting a woman on fire has been captured. WVVA-TV reports that Beckley police took Dwayne Michael Lane into custody Sunday in connection with an incident earlier that day in which a woman was doused in gasoline and set on fire in a ...

3 Ohio suspects face West Virginia charges after carjacking

WEST MILFORD, W.Va. (AP) — Three carjacking suspects from Ohio face felony charges in West Virginia following a Sunday manhunt after the fourth suspect died in an exchange of gunfire with police, authorities said. The man who died Sunday at a hospital in Bridgeport wasn't immediately ...

Auditors urge shutting West Virginia funeral examiners board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Board of Funeral Service Examiners fails to protect the public against unscrupulous operators and should be disbanded, according to the Legislature's auditors. They cited four cases in the past few years where they say the board delayed for many ...

West Virginia governor to stop coaching boys’ basketball

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says he's retiring as a high school boys' basketball coach though he'll continue to guide the girls' team at Greenbrier East High School. The 66-year-old first-term governor, who coached the boys to a 103-48 record over six years, says his first ...

Census data show 17.9% of West Virginians in poverty

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — New federal data show 319,063 West Virginians living below the poverty line last year, a 17.9 percent rate unchanged from the year before and slightly lower than a measured peak in 2011. The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey shows 88,351 children under ...

West Virginia gets $3.7M for drug, mental health services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say 22 health centers and rural health organizations are sharing nearly $3.7 million in federal funding to increase addiction and mental health services. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito say it's for personnel, information ...

West Virginia man admits to fraudulent insurance claim

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a 36-year-old Kearneysville man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, admitting he filed false insurance claims for more than $354,000 in 2013 in Berkeley County. According to prosecutors, Daniel Lichtman could face up to 20 years in prison and ...

Officers cleared after suspect dies during arrest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police department has cleared two officers involved in an arrest where the suspect unexpectedly died. Charleston police cleared Officer Job Ouma and Senior Patrolman Erick Miller after 36-year-old Adam Myers died while being arrested Tuesday ...

West Virginia man fatally shot by state troopers

ROSEDALE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say troopers fatally shot a man inside a house after he charged at them with a knife. WCHS-TV reports the Thursday morning incident in the Rosedale area began with a report of shots fired Wednesday night at another residence. Police say ...

New initiative seeks to boost economy in Appalachia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Four U.S. senators and the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center on Wednesday proposed 19 measures to boost the economy in Appalachia, including expanded broadband and telemedicine and tapping the region's "vast" natural gas ...