West Virginia News

West Virginia to hold surplus vehicle auction

DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — A state-sponsored surplus vehicle auction is set for this week in West Virginia. The West Virginia Purchasing Division says in a news release that about 45 vehicles will be auctioned off Wednesday at the State Agency for Surplus Property warehouse in Dunbar. Payments ...

Police: Trooper fired at car trying to run over officers

KITCHEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state troopers say a police chase culminated in a trooper firing at a vehicle that attempted to run over officers. News outlets report state police responding to a lookout alert for a reckless driver in Logan County tried to pull 30-year-old Tony Ritchie ...

Fort Polk soldier dies in single-car accident

FORT POLK, La. (AP) — A Fort Polk soldier has died in a single-car accident near the central Louisiana Army base. Capt. Oliver Schuster, in a news release, says 22-year-old Spec. William A. Rhodes, of Hurricane, West Virginia, was one of two soldiers in the car when it crashed Nov. 30. ...

West Virginia Christmas tree lighting set for Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's annual Joyful Night celebration and tree lighting ceremony will be held this week at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. The governor's office says the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the south plaza with performances from West Virginia ...

West Virginia grad student working on diabetes research

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University graduate student is studying an unexplored enzyme that could lead to new diabetes treatments. Stephanie Shumar is a graduate student in WVU's School of Medicine and is studying biochemistry and molecular biology. The university says in a ...

New River Gorge National River announces winter hours

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — Winter hours are in effect starting this month for New River Gorge National River park facilities. The schedule began last week and will remain in effect through March 31. During the winter, the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

Hundreds gather in Richmond to protest natural gas pipelines

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of people from across Virginia have rallied in Richmond to protest two proposed natural gas pipelines that would cross the state. Landowners, activists, a state lawmaker and two newly elected delegates were among those gathered at Capitol Square on Saturday to ...

Record fatal meth overdoses in 2017 in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State health data shows West Virginia has seen a record number of fatal overdoses from methamphetamine this year, increasing by 500 percent since 2014. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports statistics released by the West Virginia Health Statistics Center show about ...

Nearly half of West Virginia counties seek broadband grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A dozen applications have been submitted for broadband infrastructure improvements in West Virginia after the state Development Office announced an expansion of a block grant program. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports regional development councils and county ...

Ex-coal magnate Blankenship seeks West Virginia Senate seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who went to prison after a mine explosion, plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a spokesman said Wednesday. The formal filing was expected Wednesday, spokesman Greg ...

West Virginia inmate work-release center closing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Corrections is closing an inmate work-release center after an inspection identified structural and fire code problems. The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says in a news release that the 34-year-old Huntington ...

West Virginia health officials urge flu vaccinations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials are encouraging providers to ensure their patients over six months old get flu vaccinations. The Bureau for Public Health plans to kick off National Influenza Vaccination Week on Friday in Charleston with Commissioner Dr. Rahul Gupta ...

2 plead guilty to embezzling from West Virginia youth league

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two women have pleaded guilty to charges that they took thousands of dollars from a West Virginia youth soccer league for personal use. WCHS-TV reports Crystal Lawrence and Kyra Phillips entered pleas to embezzlement Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Court ...

EPA hears worries about climate in heart of coal country

By JOHN RABY and MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After more than four decades as a coal miner, Stanley Sturgill ambled into an ornate room at West Virginia's state capitol Tuesday to deliver a stark message to the Trump administration: Climate change is real and ...

US Supreme Court rejects West Virginia natural gas case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected landowners' request to review the ruling by West Virginia's highest court concluding natural gas companies can deduct post-production costs from the royalties paid landowners for mineral rights. In May, the West Virginia Supreme ...

West Virginians asked to watch for spotted lanternfly

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is asking residents to watch for the appearance of the spotted lanternfly, a destructive insect whose presence was confirmed last week in New Castle County, Delaware. It was first detected in the U.S. in 2014 in ...

West Virginia city gets $6.65M to upgrade water system

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say $6.65 million in federal rural development funding has been approved for building a new treatment plant and other upgrades for the water system in McMechen. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, that's the largest ...

Year closes on first public industrial hemp grown in decades

By MATT COMBS The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — According to “The Columbia History of the World,” the oldest relic of human industry, a small piece of hemp fabric, dates back to approximately 8,000 B.C. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp and, at ...

Recycling industry weighs in on IEI fire

By MICHAEL KELLY The Parkersburg News and Sentinel MARIETTA, W.Va.  — Representatives of the recycling industry have been quick to try to put some distance between their businesses and the Parkersburg site where a week-long industrial fire took place in October. The ...