West Virginia News

West Virginia lab to eliminate backlog of untested rape kits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says the state is set to eliminate its backlog of untested rape kits this year. News outlets report the state launched an initiative in 2015 to start testing its nearly 2,400 shelved rape kits, some ...

Sentencing set for ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice is due in court for sentencing for using a state vehicle and gas fuel card for a golf trip to Virginia. Ex-Justice Menis Ketchum's sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court in ...

Bill to allow concealed carry on W.Va. campuses fails

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legislation to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on West Virginia college campuses has been defeated. The Senate judiciary committee voted Tuesday night by a narrow margin to keep the measure from going to the full Senate. The House of ...

HIV cluster confirmed in West Virginia county

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia heath officials say an active HIV cluster has been confirmed in Cabell County. A statement from the West Virginia Department of Public Health says there are 28 known cases, primarily among intravenous drug users. Officials told The Herald-Dispatch the ...

Expected opening for 2 West Virginia schools delayed again

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The expected opening of two West Virginia schools that had been severely damaged by flooding nearly three years ago has been delayed again. News outlets report the Kanawha County school board said Herbert Hoover High School and Clendenin Elementary won't be completed ...

Morrisey among attorneys general seeking robocall measure

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general is joining with others around the country to support federal legislation to help cut down on illegal robocalls. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a news release that his office receives frequent calls from residents ...

West Virginia finishes February with more than $12M surplus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says West Virginia has added $12.2 million in revenue to the state coffers last month. Justice announced February's revenue collections Monday. He says the state is "knocking it out of the park" but adds that "we still have a lot of people to ...

Agency: Coal dust may be blackening West Virginia stream

HELEN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says coal dust from an abandoned mine might be what's blackening a stream that runs through Helen. The Register-Herald reports the agency says the discolored water staining the Berry Branch stream is coming from a ...

Facebook to help expand internet in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Facebook says it's going to help expand broadband internet in West Virginia. The social media company announced a plan Monday to build a high-capacity fiber optic cable network in the state that internet providers will then be able to access. "It's almost like an ...

A year after teacher strikes, some lawmakers ready for fight

By ADAM BEAM and ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — On the day a Republican state lawmaker was to present his bill on how teacher pension funds would be managed, Kentucky teachers closed six public school districts so they could pack the committee room in ...

Ex-West Virginia staffer disputes making anti-Muslim comment

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Capitol staffer is disputing anti-Muslim comments a lawmaker said she made in response to an Islamophobic display outside the House of Delegates chamber. Anne Lieberman issued a statement Sunday on Facebook, two ...

Anti-Muslim signs at W. Va. Capitol roil state, draw outrage

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An anti-Muslim poster outside the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber falsely connecting a freshman congresswoman to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has drawn strong rebukes from local and national lawmakers, while causing ...

West Virginia House passes $4.6 billion budget bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed its version of the state budget for 2019-2020 that includes funding for teacher raises. The House voted 92-5 Saturday afternoon on the $4.6 billion spending bill. The Charleston Gazette Mail reports a key difference ...

W.Va. Supreme Court to hold civics education docket

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court will conduct a civics education program next month in Berkeley County. The court says in a news release the justices will hear arguments in two cases April 9 at the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs. The arguments also ...

W.Va. gov sends help to county with poor road conditions KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has directed a highways agency to assess poor road conditions in a county that declared a state of emergency last year. Justice says in a news release that a team from the Division ...

New hearing rejected for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday denied a request to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Dominion to ask Supreme Court to hear pipeline appeal

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy said Tuesday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court refused to reconsider a ruling tossing out a permit that would have allowed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national ...

House set to vote on expanding mental health care in schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House is set to vote on a bill to expand mental health services in schools. Delegates are expected to take up the measure Wednesday. Roane County Del. Martin Atkinson's bill would require counties to hire at least one school psychologist for every ...

West Virginia to receive $1.4M in federal funds to fix roads

NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government has provided $1.4 million to repair West Virginia roads that were damaged in storms last spring. The funding is through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's public assistance grant program. The repairs are to be made to roads in ...

Round 2 of teacher strikes looks beyond pay and funding

By CAROLYN THOMPSON and JOHN RABY, Associated Press Teachers in Oakland, California, hit the picket lines just as West Virginia teachers went back to class in a kind of coast-to-coast tag-team display of the national teacher unrest that in many places has moved beyond pay to politics, tackling ...