West Virginia News

Kentucky schools close as teachers rally against governor

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Classes were canceled around Kentucky on Friday as teachers planned to clog the halls of the Capitol once again, this time calling on lawmakers to defy the governor's budget cuts and restore increases in education funding. Schools ...

Fact: Ex-coal baron Blankenship funds ‘fact-check’ site

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — There's a new fact-checking operation in West Virginia, and it buries one fact — that it's run by U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship's campaign. The website www.factcheckwv.com explores issues in the Senate Republican primary that ...

West Virginia AG files lawsuit over Equifax data breach

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Equifax over a data breach last year that the lawsuit says affected about 740,000 West Virginia residents. The lawsuit alleges Atlanta-based Equifax ignored warnings to secure its system, failed to safeguard ...

City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A city has finalized its decision to purchase the Black Knight Country Club from the company that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owns. Mayor Rob Rappold tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail the Beckley Building Commission approved the ordinance to purchase the property ...

West Virginia man pleads guilty in 2017 double slaying

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty in a 2017 double slaying. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 43-year-old Bobby Gene Hall pleaded guilty Wednesday two second-degree murder charges in the deaths of 55-year-old Timothy Jett and 38-year-old Audrey ...

Report: Unsecure wall killed miner in West Virginia

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — A federal report says the wall that crushed a miner to death in West Virginia earlier this year wasn't properly supported. The U.S. Department of Labor report released Thursday says the February 6 death of 52-year-old Leonard W. Griffith was the result of an ...

Oklahoma teacher walkout to match length of West Virginia

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's two largest school districts will close for the ninth consecutive day because of a teacher strike, matching the length of a walkout in West Virginia earlier this year that started a rebellion of teachers in some Republican-led states. Oklahoma City Public ...

Amtrak working to continue New River Train in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say Amtrak is working to keep the New River Train service in southern West Virginia running this fall. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins announced in a statement that he and Gov. Jim Justice chief of staff Mike Hall spoke Wednesday with Amtrak President Richard ...

Pharma firm seeks to shield CEO from questioning in lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The largest prescription drug distributor in the U.S. is trying to shield its CEO from being deposed in West Virginia's lawsuit over its opioid epidemic. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports lawyers for McKesson Corp. filed a motion last week saying "burdening" ...

Courthouse closes after ‘black mold’ is found

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Hopes of keeping a West Virginia courthouse open as mold remediation takes place have been dashed with an announcement that the building would be closed through the end of the week. County Commission President Shane Ashley tells The Register-Herald of Beckley that ...

Study: South should spend on schools, train homegrown talent

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — As teachers in multiple states protest for better pay, a new study warns that the fast-growing South region must invest more in public schools and higher education to ensure its homegrown talent shares in its economic prosperity. The ...

West Virginia reading, math scores below national average

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia fourth-grade students showed slight improvements in math and reading scores on the latest Nation's Report Card but remain below the national average. Results released Tuesday on the National Assessment of Educational Progress show fourth-graders in the ...

West Virginia ex-delegate pleads guilty to child porn charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia delegate has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. The Charleston Gazette-Mail cites a statement Monday statement from U.S. Attorney Michael Stuart that says 59-year-old Stephen Craig Sluss acknowledged receiving videos of prepubescent ...

Ground broken on $10M manufacturing plant in West Virginia

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A company based in Italy has broken ground for a West Virginia facility that will manufacture insulation and drainage systems. TeMa North America held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the $10 million facility in Kearneysville. The state Department of ...

Officials: Work to widen turnpike expected to start in July

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say work to widen a section of a turnpike is expected to start in a few months and continue for years, courtesy of $800 million in general obligation bonds. The Register-Herald reports work is expected to begin in July and will widen the 8-mile ...

Amtrak decision jeopardizes West Virginia train tradition

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — For much of Bobby Cox's life, two weekends in October in his hometown of Hinton have been devoted to Railroad Days. The festival brings in thousands of visitors who travel in by antique rail car from Huntington to the city at the ...

New Miss West Virginia United States sets education platform

By KAITLYN NEFF, Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Miss West Virginia United States 2018 Chelsi Rose shared her experience being crowned last Saturday at Fairmont State University and her hopes for the year ahead. Rose has been competing in pageants since the early age of 6, and ...

West Virginia beagle enthusiast struggles to protect rabbits

By JOHN MCCOY, The Charleston Gazette-Mail ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — It's hard for a rabbit to make a living in West Virginia. Prime rabbit habitat has become scarce. But even where habitat is good, predators can wreak havoc on cottontail populations. Ballard Slone has seen it happen. ...

West Virginia’s elk herd could top 100 by summer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's elk herd could rise to more than 100 by early summer, after this year's calves are born, according to the state's elk project leader. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that so far this year, the Division of Natural Resources has imported 51 elk from ...

Lawsuit: Agency didn’t do enough to stop mine disaster

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a miner's widow says the Mine Safety and Health Administration didn't do enough to stop the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Carolyn Diana Davis filed the lawsuit Thursday that says MSHA didn't do its job as a ...