West Virginia News

Lawsuits over West Virginia warehouse fire in federal court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three lawsuits seeking damages following the industrial warehouse fire that burned for a week in Parkersburg have been moved from state to federal court. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the defendants sought the transfer from Wood County Circuit Court ...

Sheriff: Man left children surrounded by trash, animal waste

WRISTON, W.Va. (AP) — Deputies in West Virginia say they have arrested a man who left two children younger than 10 years old surrounded by bags of trash, animal feces, bugs and moldy food. Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley tells The Register-Herald that deputies on Monday arrested ...

Loaded gun found in man’s luggage at West Virginia airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say they found a loaded gun in a man's carry-on luggage on Thanksgiving day at the security checkpoint in a West Virginia airport. According to a U.S. Transportation Security Administration news release, a TSA officer spotted the .380 caliber ...

Judge gives initial OK to $4m settlement in diesel spill

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has given preliminary approval to a $4 million class action settlement over a January 2015 tanker truck diesel fuel spill in southern West Virginia that briefly shut down tap water supplies for about 12,000 people. According to The Register-Herald , Greenbrier ...

Shark attack survivor recalls how Jesus saved her life

TAYLOR STUCK, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Tiffany Johnson came up out of the ocean after a shark tore off her right arm, the first thing she shouted was "Help me, Jesus, help me!" "Our God is able," Johnson said. "It says in Romans 8:26 that the Holy Spirit helps us in ...

Man accused of setting fire to house in argument with wife

LANARK, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is accused of setting a house on fire during a dispute with his wife. News outlets report 54-year-old Ronald Lee Morton was charged with first-degree arson of a dwelling house and fleeing while driving under the influence Monday. Cpl. B.J. Adkins ...

West Virginia fish hatcher gets federal funds for repairs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery set to receive $213,000 in federal funds to repair damage from last year's flooding. West Virginia's U.S. senators say the money from the Department of Transportation will be used to repair damage done to trails and ...

4 people indicted in insurance fraud scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man, his ex-wife and two sons are accused of burning down two West Virginia homes and pocketing over $550,000 in insurance claims. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 66-year-old Windel Lester, his ex-wife, 41-year-old Georgetta Lester, and his sons, 40-year-old ...

Voters in West Virginia reject $5.8M bond for new school

PETERSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A bond that would build a new school has been rejected for the second time this year by voters in West Virginia. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Monroe County voters rejected the $5.8 million bond with Saturday's unofficial total of 1,223 to 877. The bond ...

4 found dead in West Virginia home; carbon monoxide cited

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia's eastern panhandle say four people died over the weekend apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning in their home. Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty tells WCHS-TV that the two adults, teenager and toddler were found dead about ...

West Virginia settlement bars security company

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has reached a settlement with a company selling home security systems that bars it from operating within the state. It settles a lawsuit alleging Trio Alarm LLC and manager Tyler Ignatowski engaged in deceptive sales practices in West ...

Atlantic Coast Pipeline secures another key federal permit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has cleared another key regulatory hurdle. The U.S. Forest Service granted approval Friday for the natural gas pipeline to run through the George Washington National Forest and Monongahela National Forest. About 21 miles (33 ...

Firearm season for deer opens in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's buck firearm season is underway. Tens of thousands of hunters are expected to head into the woods this week for the deer gun season, which lasts through Dec. 2. Monday's start of the buck gun season coincided with the start of the antlerless deer ...

Company planning synthetic fuel plant gets $29M in bonds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Economic Development Authority has authorized more than $29 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to a company planning to build a synthetic fuel plant. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a reimbursement resolution and a cap allocation application ...

Power utility asks to roll back its property tax assessment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power Co. is asking to roll back its property tax assessment in West Virginia for the 2018 tax year, citing a combination of a mild winter followed by a mild summer that has hurt business. "The utility business tends to be a weather business," Thomas ...

New design team joins Blenko Glass in Milton

FRED PACE, The Herald-Dispatch MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — Continuing a long tradition of engaging exceptional designers, Blenko Glass, of Milton, has joined forces with a dynamic new design team of Emma Walters and Andrew Shaffer, according to Dean Six, vice president of marketing for Blenko ...

Superintendent of West Va. schools for deaf, blind fired

ROMNEY, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has fired the superintendent that runs the state's schools for blind and deaf students. Martin Keller Jr.'s attorney says Keller is planning to file a federal lawsuit to get his job back and seek punitive damages. The state school ...

Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the summer of 1969, a scruffy ex-convict with a magnetic hold on young women sent some of his disciples into the night to carry out a series of gruesome killings in Los Angeles. In so doing, Charles Manson became the leering face of evil ...

Getting more ‘wolflike’ is the key to the future for coyotes

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The future of the coyotes that roam forests, cities and suburbs from Newfoundland to Virginia could hinge on the animals becoming the "wolves" of the East Coast. And humans better get used to them. Coyotes have lived in the East ...

Mooney bill to cut safety disclosures advances

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Regular disclosures to investors about publicly traded mining companies' safety violations and worker deaths would no longer be required under legislation sponsored by West Virginia Republican Rep. Alex Mooney. The bill was advanced this week by the House Financial ...