West Virginia News

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 ...

Officer wounded, suspect killed in shooting after pursuit

HURRICANE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer was wounded and a suspect fatally shot after a car chase that ended in a crash. Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia told WSAZ-TV police were pursuing a vehicle Sunday night and the driver wrecked. He says a Hurricane police officer ...

5 former jail deputies plead not guilty in inmate’s death

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Five former Kentucky jail deputies have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an inmate's death. The Independent reports Zachary Messer of Ashland, Brad Roberts of Westwood, Colton Griffith of Flatwoods, Jeremy Mattox of Grayson and Alicia Beller of Putnam, ...

Applications taken for 3 West Virginia judicial vacancies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is taking applications for vacancies in three judicial circuits. One vacancy is in the 10th Judicial Circuit, serving Raleigh County. The deadline to apply is Jan. 16 with interviews on Jan. 23. There is also a ...

Peace Corps led Belle native to adventure-filled life abroad

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — In El Salvador in the late 1980s, Bob Holliday remembered taking his children up to the attic to watch military helicopters exchange fire with rebels. "They used to shoot so many rounds the helicopters didn't need their propellers," Holliday said. "They would just sort of ...

West Virginia making upgrades to state’s trout hatcheries

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's trout hatcheries are getting repairs and upgrades that state officials hope will produce more and bigger fish. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that some of the work is already done, some is under way and some is still in the planning stages. One ...

Chico’s Bakery honored for famous Julia’s Pepperoni Rolls

By TIFFANY MORGAN, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sam Chico Sr., an ambitious young man, found himself in Morgantown when he decided to open up a bakery and dairy in the 1920s; but it wasn't an easy road to success. Chico arrived an immigrant with his mother and siblings. At age ...

Board to meet in W.Va. transgender student harassment case

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A county school board in West Virginia is considering whether to suspend an assistant principal for a bathroom incident involving a transgender male student. Fifteen-year-old Michael Critchfield says Liberty High School Assistant Principal Lee Livengood harassed him ...

Officer wounded, suspect killed in shooting after pursuit

HURRICANE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer was wounded and a suspect fatally shot after a car chase that ended in a crash. Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia told WSAZ-TV police were pursuing a vehicle Sunday night and the driver wrecked. He says a Hurricane police officer ...

West Virginia hires Troy’s Brown for 6 years, $19.05 million

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer West Virginia hired Troy's Neal Brown on Saturday to coach the Mountaineers, landing the youngest of six coaches in the FBS who have won at least 10 games each of the last three seasons. The 38-year-old Brown signed a six-year, $19.05 million ...

Judge orders governor’s company to provide financial info

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coal company West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owns has been ordered by a federal court to release financial information to prosecutors. The Charleston Gazette-Mail quotes the U.S. District Court judge's order filed Wednesday as saying attorneys for Justice Energy Co. ...