West Virginia News

West Virginia school hit by flood getting band equipment

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia school that was destroyed by severe flooding last year is receiving musical instruments for its band. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the nonprofit group Music Rising is giving $64,000 in band instruments to Herbert Hoover High School in ...

West Virginia warehouse fire produced initial hazardous soot

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia emergency officials say federal guidance following the warehouse fire that smoldered for more than a week in South Parkersburg shows spikes in the soot initially detected in the air. The blaze began early on Oct. 21 in the 420,000-square-foot ...

Warehouse facilities inspected after weeklong fire

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Multiple warehouse facilities belonging to a group of companies that owned the West Virginia warehouse that burned for more than a week have been inspected. West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina told The ...

Gas pipeline developers suing hundreds of landowners

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline are suing hundreds of landowners in two states to gain rights of way granted by federal regulations. Mountain Valley Pipeline lawyers filed federal court complaints in Charleston, West Virginia and Roanoke, Virginia to ...

US rig count down by 11 this week to 898; Oklahoma loses 8

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 11 this week to 898. That's up from the 569 rigs that were active a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 729 rigs sought oil and 169 explored for natural gas this ...

Daughter’s addiction changed former officer’s perspective

By JIM MCCONVILLE, The Journal SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kevin Simmers knows the feeling of helplessness in fighting heroin addiction first hand. For Simmers, a retired Hagerstown police officer, that helplessness developed into frustration as he and his then 18 year-old daughter Brooke ...

World War II, Korean War veteran to lead Veterans Day parade

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — At nearly 93 years old, Claude Walker Jr.'s handshake is still full and firm. The longtime postmaster at the Fairdale Post Office isn't slowed by his age — he still drives himself around and even mows his own lawn. On the wall of ...

Air National Guard frequent flyer to war zones

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As he stood inside a C-130 cargo plane on a tarmac at a West Virginia airport, Chief Master Sgt. Dave Boyles recalled the times he had been strapped in at his tail-window post watching rocket fire rip through the night skies of ...

West Virginia cities sue accrediting group over painkillers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several West Virginia municipalities are suing The Joint Commission, claiming the Chicago-based health care accreditation group downplayed the dangers of prescription painkillers and helped fuel addictions. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the cities of ...

Lawsuit over college president search filed in wrong court

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's high court says a lawsuit over Fairmont State University's search for a new president was filed in the wrong court. The state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Marion County Circuit Court judge wrongly interpreted state code, which requires all ...