West Virginia News

Supreme Court elections bill advances in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A House of Delegates committee has advance a bill that would require a runoff election for the West Virginia Supreme Court if no candidate receives more than 40 percent of the vote. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday. It now moves to the full ...

West Virginia bill addresses slow left-lane drivers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians have long complained about motorists driving at reduced speeds in the left lane of highways. Now a state lawmaker is doing something about it. Delegate Gary Howell has introduced a bill that would make it illegal to drive in the left lane of a ...

9 Democrats apply for vacant seat in W.Va. Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nine Democrats have applied to fill a vacant seat in the West Virginia Senate. The state Democratic Party released the list of names Wednesday in the 7th District. Sen. Richard Ojeda resigned last week to run for U.S. president. The district's Democratic Executive ...

Democrats meeting to submit names for Richard Ojeda’s successor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrats in a West Virginia Senate district are seeking people interested in filling a vacancy in the state Legislature. The 7th Senate District Democratic Executive Committee is meeting Thursday in Chapmanville to vote on three names to submit to Gov. Jim Justice ...

Officials: Fire that killed 4 children probably accidental

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia fire marshal's office says investigators believe a fire that killed four children was probably accidental. The fire marshal's office said in a news release there were smoke alarms in the house, located in Clay. The news release said "investigators have ...

After scandal, W.Va. Supreme Court submits budget request

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has submitted a budget proposal a year after its spending practices triggered an impeachment scandal. Chief Justice Beth Walker submitted the request Tuesday for $131.15 million in the 2020 fiscal year, compared with appropriations of ...

West Virginia: Proposal to give $10M for Trump’s border wall

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some lawmakers in drug-ravaged West Virginia want to pitch in millions of dollars for President Donald Trump's wall-building effort along the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-led House of Delegates issued a statement Monday that a bill ...

Authorities: 4 foster kids die in West Virginia house fire

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say four foster children have been killed in a house fire. Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic tells news outlets the fire destroyed the home Saturday night in Clay. The state Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Children ...

Health company giving drug disposal kits to West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health care company is donating thousands of disposal kits to help West Virginia residents dispose of unused opioids and other drugs. Gov. Jim Justice announced that UnitedHealthcare will give 10,000 opioid disposal kits to Recovery Point West Virginia to give to ...

West Virginia suspect fatally shot after pursuit identified

HURRICANE, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia have released the name of a suspect who was fatally shot by officers after a car chase that ended in a crash. The Herald-Dispatch reports state police identified the man as 42-year-old Kevin Shawn Hanson of Huntington. Authorities say after ...

West Virginia AG: Medical marijuana faces federal risks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in a new opinion that financial institutions face risks when providing banking services to medical marijuana businesses because the product is illegal under federal law. Morrisey's opinion says the state will have ...

Public high school 4-year grad rate last school year was up

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's public high school four-year graduation rate last school year was 90 percent, up from 89 percent the previous school year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Department of Education released the 2017-18 school year graduation rates ...

Affordable Care Act enrollment in West Virginia down again

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Enrollment plans in West Virginia through the federal online health insurance marketplace have declined again this year. Citing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports about 22,600 West Virginia residents signed up for a ...

Judge issues acquittal for justice on 1 count, denies others

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has issued an acquittal on one of the counts that former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was convicted of at trial last year but denied his request for a new trial on other counts. U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. ruled ...

West Virginia lawmaker to resign, focus on run for president

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired Army paratrooper and West Virginia lawmaker who formalized his campaign for the presidency on Veterans Day is stepping down from the state Senate. Democrat Richard Ojeda told news outlets that he's resigning as of next week because he doesn't want his seat ...

DNA, fingerprints lead to arrest in 1999 kidnapping

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say DNA and fingerprints helped lead to an arrest in the kidnapping of a Pennsylvania girl nearly 20 years ago. Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday provided more details about the investigation that led to the arrest of 50-year-old Timothy Nelson in ...

Groups using Super Bowl in push against Confederate statues

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A coalition of civil rights groups in Atlanta is using this year's Super Bowl to help kick off a renewed "war on the Confederacy," in a fight to remove Confederate monuments around the nation. The groups on Thursday announced a planned Feb. 2 ...

Body found in abandoned home destroyed by West Virginia fire

ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a body has been found in an abandoned Alum Creek home that was destroyed by a fire. Alum Creek Fire Chief James Oldaker tells news outlets that firefighters arrived at the Wednesday morning fire and found the home covered in flames ...

West Virginia Teacher of the Year for 2019 announced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A fifth-grade teacher has been named West Virginia's Teacher of the Year for 2019. The state Education Department said in a news release that Jada Reeves of Bradley Elementary in Mount Hope was presented the award on Thursday. It includes more than $15,000 and the ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to seek re-election in 2020

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Midway through his first term, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says important, long-term matters remain unfinished on his to-do list. So he announced Monday he'll seek re-election in 2020. "The further I go, the more I ...