West Virginia News

Cancer survivor’s foundation gives tablets to sick kids

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A nonprofit organization established by a two-time survivor of childhood cancer is donating iPads to children's hospitals in West Virginia. Walking Miracles Family Foundation founder Brett Wilson said in a statement the iPads contain apps that help explain procedures ...

West Virginia water company asks to raise prices 24 percent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A company in West Virginia says it's seeking to raise prices for customers by nearly $12 per month. WSAZ-TV reports West Virginia American Water is asking the Public Service Commission to approve the 24 percent rate increase. The increase would add about $32 million ...

Rising pension costs play role in teacher protests across US

By BRIAN EASON, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The loudest rallying cries from Colorado teachers protesting for more education dollars were about dwindling paychecks that are steadily losing ground to the state's rising cost of living. Teachers usually say a persistent funding shortage, ...

Venues set for West Virginia insurance funding hearings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has announced the venues for hearings on an insurance program for West Virginia teachers and other public employees. Justice said Monday there will be 21 public hearings statewide, starting Tuesday night at Point Pleasant High School and Marshall ...

County magistrate arrested on DUI charge in West Virginia

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A county magistrate in West Virginia has been charged with driving under the influence. News outlets cite a criminal complaint that says 57-year-old William Frank Holroyd was arrested Friday evening. The complaint says a Princeton patrolman saw the Mercer County ...

Smoking, vaping banned at parks in West Virginia city

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Smoking and vaping are no longer allowed at parks in a West Virginia city. Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District director Kevin Brady tells news outlets the new tobacco-free policy will limit smoking and vaping to parking lots only. He says the Board of ...

School rebuild plan unveiled after West Virginia flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A mediation team has released a proposal to replace several Nicholas County schools after deadly 2016 floods. Representatives of the state Department of Education, state Board of Education and the Nicholas County Board of Education released the proposal Monday. The ...

Senate candidate out of hospital after mild heart attack

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A Republican candidate in the U.S. Senate primary in West Virginia is out of the hospital after suffering a mild heart attack. Weirton truck driver Jack Newbrough tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that doctors who performed a heart test found a 40 ...

West Virginia roofing business fined for safety violations

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A roofing company in West Virginia has been assessed $57,600 in proposed fines for workplace safety violations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Master Roofers and Builders Inc. of Beckley for 13 violations ...

Lawsuit settled in teen’s drowning at West Virginia pool

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia has approved a $1.75 million settlement of a lawsuit filed in a teenager's drowning at a municipal swimming pool. Media outlets report Harrison County Circuit Judge Chris McCarthy approved the settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit ...

West Virginia national parks group holds songwriting contest

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Parks of Southern West Virginia are marking milestone birthdays this year, and park supporters are looking for someone to write an original song to mark the occasion. Friends of New River Gorge National River Inc. has launched a songwriting competition ...

Pollinator workshop set this week in West Virginia

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — People interested in supporting conservation efforts of local bees can attend a pollinator workshop this week in West Virginia. The West Virginia State University Extension Service is hosting the program in conjunction with the West Virginia Urban Agriculture ...

Ex-con candidate compounding GOP woes in West Virginia

By STEVE PEOPLES and JOHN RABY, Associated Press HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Don Blankenship doesn't care if his party and his president don't think he can beat Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin this fall. This former coal mining executive, an ex-convict released from prison less than a ...

Marshall to show plans for pharmacy building, housing

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University says its pharmacy school has grown and it wants to include the school in the medical campus, so it is planning to build a new facility and graduate student housing there. Marshall is holding an open house next week to show maps and drawings of the ...

Doctor in pill mill case pleads to money laundering

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia doctor has pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge related to pain pills he prescribed. Prosecutors say 64-year-old Dr. John Pellegrini of Huntington entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Beckley. Pellegrini worked at the Beckley location of ...

Police: Dead woman’s father shot at suspect’s kin, lawyer

BRANCHLAND, W.Va. (AP) — The father of a slain 26-year-old woman is accused of shooting at the property of the mother, wife and public defender of the man charged in the killing. The Herald-Dispatch reports that 63-year-old Gregory Allen Adkins was arrested Thursday. Cabell County Sheriff ...

Old Crow Medicine Show returns to an early inspiration

By BILL LYNCH, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Despite what the singer says from the stage, not every concert is special. It might be great for the band to be there, but it was probably great for them to be wherever they were the night before. Saying they're excited to be ...

West Virginia ex-city accountant charged with embezzlement

DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city's former accountant is facing charges of embezzling more than $200,000 from the local government over about two years. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , 39-year-old Reneda Lynn Welch of Hamlin is charged with one embezzlement count in the ...

Mines owned by Gov. Justice missed safety technology cutoff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two mines owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice were among three across the state that missed the deadline for installing life-saving technology to prevent miners from being crushed by machinery in underground coal mines. Violation reports say Pay Car 57 and Pay ...

Election complaint against county commissioner tossed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Election Commission has tossed a complaint against a county commissioner that was brought by the county committee for her own party. The State Journal reports that the election commissioners decided unanimously Tuesday that there's "no reasonable ...