West Virginia News

W.Va. Supreme Court extends delay in union case enforcement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has extended a delay in enforcing a lower court ruling that struck down part of a state law allowing workers to stop paying union dues. The Kanawha County ruling came last month in a lawsuit by the state AFL-CIO and other unions. The ...

West Virginia DMV leader who pushed technology retiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed is retiring after a lengthy career in public service. The Register-Herald reports , in her four years at the DMV Reed pushed technology to make automobile registration and driver's license renewals quicker and ...

W.Va. gov signs bill boosting campaign contribution limits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved a bill raising campaign contribution limits in West Virginia political races. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday. The bill almost triples the amount that individuals can donate to candidates from $1,000 to $2,800. It ...

Man must serve at least 50 years for sexual abuse of toddler

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who told police he sexually abused a 3-year-old girl by accident must serve at least 50 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Mercer Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope on Tuesday noted problems the ...

Gov. Justice signs bill reducing tax on steam coal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved a bill to reduce taxes on West Virginia steam coal. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday. The new law will incrementally lower the severance tax from 5 percent to 4 percent on July 1 and then to 3 percent on July 1, ...

Police: Speeding W.Va. driver threatened Trump, Pentagon

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia motorist going nearly twice the speed limit was detained Wednesday after he threatened to kill President Donald Trump and blow up the Pentagon, state police said. The man was taken into custody following a traffic stop along Interstate 68 in ...

West Virginia man gets 5 years in fatal shooting of neighbor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for fatally shooting a neighbor who sprayed insecticide at him during an argument. News outlets report 63-year-old Randall Douglas Woods of Clendenin was sentenced Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit ...

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren't why the money is suddenly available. Texas ...

Reimbursement for W.Va. temporary classrooms announced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district is in line to receive more than $1 million through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program for temporary classrooms purchased after 2016 flooding. Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic ...

West Virginia crime lab reduces pending cases

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say the West Virginia State Police Forensic Lab has reduced pending cases by more than half. News outlets report a statement from police says the backlog at the end of 2016 was nearly 5,000 cases but that has been reduced to 2,300 cases. West ...

W.Va. to receive $14.6M from feds to fight opioid addiction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive $14.6 million in federal funds to fight opioid addiction. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding in a news release Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant funding is used by ...

Hoops fans line up to bet (legally) on March Madness tourney

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — College basketball fans lined up at casinos and racetracks or furiously tapped smartphone screens Thursday to get down bets on March Madness, many in states where it is legal for the first time. Joe Palumbo of West Babylon, New ...

Video shows teen’s beating during West Virginia traffic stop

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police dashcam video released Thursday shows a West Virginia police officer kicking and punching a handcuffed teenage boy on the ground and kneeling on his shoulder during a November traffic stop. Berkeley County Prosecutor Catie ...

Free job fair planned in West Virginia city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is hosting a job fair with more than 270 employers at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Toyota, Amazon, Northrop Grumman, Gestamp, N3 and other companies will be on hand for the free ...

West Virginia Ethics Commission offering training session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Anyone wanting to learn more about the West Virginia Ethics Act and Open Meetings Act can attend a training session next month in Charles Town. The West Virginia Ethics Commission says the event will be at the Charles Washington Hall at 7 p.m. April 10. Registration ...

With black lung fund in jeopardy, taxpayers could foot bill

By DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers ...

Police: Appalachian Power worker killed in W.Va. accident

HARTS, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say an electric company employee has died in an accident at a customer's home. News outlets report the accident happened Wednesday morning in the Harts community of Lincoln County. State police say an Appalachian Power truck with the driver inside ...

Fired West Virginia trooper indicted in excessive force case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia state trooper who was fired after an investigation into a traffic stop beating was indicted in federal court Wednesday. A grand jury indicted 29-year-old Michael Kennedy of Morgantown on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law ...

Gov. Justice appoints doctor to state education board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a doctor to the state board of education. The Republican governor announced Wednesday that Daniel Snavely will fill a vacant seat on the nine-member board. He says Snavely works as the medical director at St. Mary's Regional Wound ...

Alleged gun theft by federal guard prompts call for probe

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former federal guard accused of stealing firearms from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' disposal facility has prompted a U.S. senator to call for an investigation. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that Republican Wisconsin Sen. ...