West Virginia News

W.Va. Senate refuses to immediately take up teacher raises

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has decided not to immediately consider a bill to raise pay for teachers, school service workers and state police. The Republican-led Senate on Saturday rejected a motion to take up the bill that the House of Delegates passed ...

Marshall University building to keep Confederate name

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A building at Marshall University will retain its name after a Confederate Army general. The Marshall Board of Governors on Thursday voted to keep the building as Jenkins Hall, named after Marshall Academy graduate Albert Gallatin Jenkins. The announcement came ...

Appalachian Regional Commission funding W.Va. projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission says it is funding eight projects in West Virginia as part of job retention and expansion efforts in coal communities. The commission announced $22.8 million in funding for 33 projects in nine Appalachian states Thursday. The ...

Art center to exhibit ‘Appalachia USA’ photos

By AUDREY STANTON-SMITH, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly 37 years ago, critically acclaimed photographer Builder Levy stepped into a Stotesbury home and captured an image that would capture the heart of Appalachia. It was a Sunday morning, Memorial Day weekend, and Levy — ...

2-day teacher strike over in West Virginia: School to resume

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unions for West Virginia teachers ended their two-day strike Wednesday night after lawmakers did not act on a doomed, broad-based education bill. Leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel said at a news ...

3 inmates charged in beating death at West Virginia jail

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say they have charged three Southern Region Jail inmates with murder in the beating death of a fourth inmate. Senior State Trooper E.W. Boothe told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that Kevin Whittaker of Princeton was found unresponsive in his ...

Board of Education approves security guards for 12 schools

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school board has approved placing security guards at 12 schools. News outlets report the Cabell County Board of Education approved placing security guards at several schools that don't have man-trap entry Tuesday. A handful of buildings do not have ...

High court rules for retired US marshal in W.Va. tax dispute

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state of West Virginia unlawfully discriminated against a retired U.S. marshal when it excluded him from a more generous tax break given to former state law enforcement officers. West Virginia ...

Reward offered for suspect in shooting of Virginia officer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $10,000 reward is being offered for a West Virginia man who is a suspect in the shooting of a Virginia police officer. The U.S. Marshals Service offered a $5,000 reward and said Wednesday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives matched the ...

4 WVU Mountaineer mascot candidates to compete in finals

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Four finalists have been selected for the chance to become West Virginia University's next Mountaineer mascot. The university says the finalists will participate in a cheer-off competition Monday night at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown during the men's basketball ...

EQT gas company to pay $53M to settle lawsuit over royalties

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Court documents say the second-largest natural gas producer in West Virginia will pay $53.5 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit over royalty payments to residents and businesses. News outlets report the deal's terms were unsealed Wednesday. ...

Safety board makes recommendations after W.Va. tank car leak

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal safety board has issued five recommendations after a 2016 liquid chlorine leak from a railroad tank car that injured eight people in West Virginia. The National Transportation Safety Board announced the recommendations Thursday after completing an ...

Raccoon killed by 2 dogs in W.Va. tests positive for rabies

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia say a raccoon that was killed by two dogs in the Cheat Lake area has tested positive for rabies. The Dominion Post reports the Monongalia County Health Department says in a news release the raccoon was killed Feb. 7. A state lab ...

University seniors begin campaign to ‘Beautify the Bell’

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Though it hasn't been rung in some time, the Victory Bell is still an identifying landmark of Fairmont State University's campus. With the bell now entering its 80th year on campus, Raychel Fitzwater noticed that it could use an ...

Feds requiring regional response teams to oil train wrecks

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal transportation officials are requiring railroads to establish regional response teams along oil train routes following a series of fiery derailments. The new rule announced Thursday is aimed at having crews and equipment ready ...

Library presents major show of objects in Wheeling’s history

By LINDA COMINS, The Intelligencer WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Wheeling 250 observance is providing a perfect opportunity for the Ohio County Public Library to showcase many treasures from its large archival collections. Wheeling 250 is a year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the ...

Police: Man grabbed woman’s buttocks, punched her husband

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks, punching her husband, ripping her shirt and burning her with hot coffee. The Exponent Telegram reported Wednesday that David Alexander Gabbert has been charged with felony malicious assault and ...

Mountain Valley Pipeline subject of criminal probe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. The natural gas pipeline's parent company said in recent corporate filings with the SEC that it has been informed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western ...

Guard fired, inmate charged following accidental release

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A supervisor for a Kentucky detention center has been fired following an investigation surrounding the accidental release of an inmate. Boyd County Jailer Bill Hensley says the guard — whose name is not being released — did not follow proper release protocol that ...

Dozens speak against education bill in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of speakers crammed two public hearings Monday to speak against a complex education bill in West Virginia that teachers unions claim is retaliation for a nine-day strike last year. Teachers, parents, education and union ...