West Virginia News

Crews in West Virginia mine rescue honored

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has recognized those who rescued several adults from an inactive coal mine. Justice gave certificates of recognition to state Miners' Health, Safety and Training office director Eugene White and more than a dozen others Wednesday during ...

Panel delays vote on pipeline compressor station

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia air pollution panel delayed a closely watched vote Wednesday on whether to approve a key permit for a planned multistate natural gas pipeline. The State Air Pollution Control Board decided instead to open up another public ...

Group to drive W.Va. disabled vets to hospital trips

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is resuming a partnership with a nonprofit to drive disabled veterans to VA Hospital medical appointments. Gov. Jim Justice announced in a news release the partnership with the group Disabled American Veterans starting next July for trips to hospitals ...

History app receives $81,000 from humanities organization

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded over $81,000 to Marshall University Research Corp. to upgrade a website and mobile app that provide information on nearby historical and cultural landmarks. The program is called Clio after the ancient muse of ...

West Virginia gov gives state employees extra time off

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state employees are getting some extra time off during the upcoming holidays. Gov. Jim Justice has issued proclamations declaring Dec. 24 and Jan. 31 as full-day state holidays for public employees. Both fall on a Monday and were previously listed as ...

8 inmates accused in jail escape attempt with hole in wall

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia jail escape was thwarted last month and eight inmates were arrested. News outlets cite the criminal complaint in Monday reports that details the alleged escape plan. State troopers discovered an 18-inch (46-centimeter) hole in a cell wall ...

Official suspended, accused of harassing transgender student

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school assistant principal who told a transgender male student "you freak me out" and questioned his choice of bathrooms has been suspended — a move the American Civil Liberties Union said didn't go far ...

West Virginia jobless rate unchanged in November

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.2 percent in November. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents fell by 200 last month to 40,300. It's the lowest seasonally adjusted total in more than a year. ...

Deadline to file claim in mortgage servicer settlement nears

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents affected by a settlement with a large mortgage servicer have about six more weeks to file a claim for their part of the settlement. The West Virginia attorney general's office said in a news release that a $45 million settlement with New ...

Man rescued from coal mine faces previous mine theft charges

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — One of four adults who recently made it safely out of an inactive West Virginia coal mine faces theft charges related to another mine, while two of the others have drug charges pending, according to court records. Eddie Williams of Artie was indicted in May in Raleigh ...

Board of Education recommends more funding for teachers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state's Board of Education is recommending more funding for teachers, counselors and nurses as well as increased funding for career technical education and "adequate" funding for facilities. The State Journal reports the recommendations are a product of a select ...

After 2 years, hunter who fell makes return to tree stand

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Joel Miller finally could breathe a sigh of relief. He found the body of the 9-point buck he'd shot with an arrow a short while before. More important, though, he left behind a fear that had nagged him for more than two years. On Oct. 5, 2015, Miller slipped and fell ...

Floodwall mural remembers 1967 Ohio River bridge collapse

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — A mural has been painted on an Ohio River community's floodwall in West Virginia in remembrance of a highway bridge collapse that killed 46 people. News outlets report Jesse Corlis painted the mural in Point Pleasant depicting where the Silver Bridge crossed the ...

WVU seeks input on update to tobacco-free campus rules

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is seeking public input on a new proposal to tighten its tobacco-free campus rules. School officials say the new rules will be available for public comment from Monday through Jan. 21. Officials say the proposal would clarify that the ban ...

3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said. The three were located Wednesday inside Elk Run Coal's Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek, the state Office of Miners' Health, ...

West Virginia governor appoints friend to Supreme Court

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lifelong friend of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was appointed to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to fill the seat of convicted former Justice Allen Loughry. Justice made Raleigh County Circuit Judge John A. Hutchison his third ...

Confederate plaque removed from West Virginia courthouse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a West Virginia courthouse. The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 last week to remove the plaque and it has been taken down. Officials have been discussing the plaque's future ...

Minority affairs office official: no plans to step down

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The executive director of an office charged with reviewing research on policies that disproportionately affect minority populations says she doesn't plan to step down after a coalition of about 30 members of progressive and racial justice groups held a press ...

West Virginia’s Manchin gains key role on energy panel

By ELANA SCHOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia's Joe Manchin will become the Democrats' top member on the Senate energy committee, giving the coal-state lawmaker a prominent position to shape policy. Manchin's prospective ascension to the top Democratic spot on the energy ...

Person shot, killed at park and ride in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A person has been killed at a park and ride in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets that a group of people were meeting to exchange goods at the park and ride Tuesday around 12:30 a.m. A sheriff's office statement says an altercation ...