West Virginia News

Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject Blankenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is urging West Virginia voters to reject a former federal convict and coal baron running in the Republican Senate primary, arguing that Don Blankenship he would lose the general election. Trump tweets on Monday: "To the great people of West Virginia ...

West Virginia family featured in CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain’

By GREG JORDAN, Bluefield Daily Telegraph WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Anticipation built up last Sunday evening as Linda and Bob McKinney watched their television and waited for a special show to come on. Thanks to a guest they had over for dinner last October, millions of people were about to visit ...

Service held for victims of 1927 coal mine disaster

By JIM BISSETT, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Henry Russell knew he was going to die, as he crouched in the damp and the smoke and the darkness. So he did the only thing he could. He tore a scrap off a paper bag of concrete, picked up a chunk of coal, and scrawled a message to ...

Police: 2 die in West Virginia; carbon monoxide suspected

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say two people have died in a suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a home near Martinsburg. Media outlets report the bodies of a man and his adult daughter were found Saturday at their home in Baker Heights. Baker Heights Fire Capt. Adam ...

Bald eagle found along West Virginia road dies

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a bald eagle found near a West Virginia highway has died. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports state police and sheriff's deputies found the injured male eagle last week next to U.S. Route 460. Mercer County sheriff's Cpl. J.C. Long says the eagle was ...

West Virginia governor: April revenue ahead of estimates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says revenue collections for last month were above estimates and collections for the year are just shy of year-to-date estimates and above last year. Justice's office said in a news release Friday that April's collections were $535.3 ...

Early GOP primaries shaping up as rightward march with Trump

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press As primary season kicks into high gear, Republicans are engaged in nomination fights that are pulling the party to the right, leaving some leaders worried their candidates will be out of a step with the broader electorate in November. Primaries in four states ...

Service held for victims of 1927 coal mine disaster

By JIM BISSETT, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Henry Russell knew he was going to die, as he crouched in the damp and the smoke and the darkness. So he did the only thing he could. He tore a scrap off a paper bag of concrete, picked up a chunk of coal, and scrawled a message to ...

Retired Marshall professor is winning acclaim for her poetry

By DAVE LAVENDER, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Home to Dogfish Head, one of America's most famous craft breweries, the sleepy town of Milton, Delaware (population 2,879), isn't a place you usually find yourself unless you are a craft beer lover. Or unless you are Mary ...

Land gift more than doubles size of West Virginia preserve

DAVIS, W.Va. (AP) — A land donation will more than double the size of the Bear Rocks Preserve in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that near 2 square miles of land along the Allegheny Front, the eastern rim of the Dolly Sods plateau, has been donated to the Nature ...

Arizona classrooms packed again as 6-day teacher strike ends

By MELISSA DANIELS and TERRY TANG, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Arizona schoolchildren returned to classes Friday, a day after state lawmakers approved a plan to hike teacher salaries to end a historic six-day walkout by educators that shuttered most schools ...

Overdose rates in West Virginia county continue to decrease

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of overdoses in a West Virginia county has decreased in seven of the past eight months. The Herald-Dispatch quotes Cabell County Emergency Medical Services compliance officer Connie Priddy in a Wednesday report as saying the trend had not been anticipated ...

Public hearings on West Virginia insurance funding begin

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public hearings on an insurance program for West Virginia teachers and other public employees have started, and increasing costs, ineffective billing services, funding and other concerns were discussed. The Herald-Dispatch reports roughly two dozen teachers, retirees ...

Man acquitted in politician’s 2005 death accused of robbery

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who was acquitted of murder in the 2005 death of a West Virginia politician is accused of robbing a convenience store. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph cites a criminal complaint that says 38-year-old Tommy Lanson Owens was arrested Tuesday. Welch Police ...

West Virginia deer hunt expansion draws outcry from some

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 20 three-day managed deer hunts will take place in 10 West Virginia state parks this fall, a significant expansion that's drawn sharp criticism from wildlife consultants and biologists. The head of the state's Parks Section, Sam England, tells news outlets ...

Tentative Amtrak deal saves West Virginia’s New River Train

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A tentative agreement with Amtrak officials will keep West Virginia's New River Train service going. The Herald-Dispatch reports Democratic West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced Wednesday that Amtrak and the Collis P. Huntington Society reached a general ...

3 GOP Senate candidates participate in West Virginia debate

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three Republican Senate candidates took turns going after each other in a nationally televised debate, with Rep. Evan Jenkins accusing state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of bringing "New Jersey values" to West Virginia, and ...

West Virginia reaches $2.65M settlement with Volkswagen

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has reached a $2.65 million settlement with Volkswagen AG and two of its affiliates in a lawsuit over the automaker's emissions-rigging scandal, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Tuesday. Morrisey ...

Baptist group ejects church for pastor’s gay rights support

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A church in West Virginia has been voted out of its local Baptist association because its pastor says gays and lesbians should be welcomed. The Times West Virginian reports the Fairmont Baptist Association voted to disfellow the First Baptist Church in early ...