West Virginia News

US judge ignores edict to stop civil cases during shutdown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge in West Virginia is ignoring an edict that certain civil cases in his district be suspended during the U.S. government's shutdown. Judge Irene Berger of West Virginia's southern district had granted an order postponing civil cases involving government ...

New interim administrative director named for Supreme Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court has a new interim administrative director. He is Joseph Armstrong, who has been with the court's administrative office since May as director of Division of Human Resources. A news release from the court said Armstrong worked closely with ...

West Virginia professor completes study on telemedicine

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A medical professor at West Virginia University has completed a study that suggests patients may have greater satisfaction with care after surgery through telemedicine. The school says telemedicine allows health care providers to use a computer or tablet to remotely ...

West Virginia county sees sharp drop in drug overdoses

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county saw a more than 40 percent drop in the number of non-fatal drug overdoses last year as compared to 2017. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports just over 1,000 non-fatal overdoses were reported in Cabell County in 2018, whereas more than 1,800 ...

Maryland board votes against natural gas pipeline project

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A board of high-ranking Maryland officials on Wednesday rejected a proposed pipeline across the western part of the state that would carry natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to West Virginia. The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 ...

Beckley to vote on LGBTQ discrimination ordinance

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia city is set to vote on adding protections for LGBTQ people. The Register-Herald reports the city of Beckley will hold a first reading for the ordinance on Jan. 8. If it passes, Beckley would become the 13th city in West Virginia to approve such an ...

Disaster loan deadline approaching for W.Va. nonprofits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The deadline is approaching for private, nonprofit groups in 21 West Virginia counties to apply for disaster loans related to severe storms last February. The U.S. Small Business Administration says in a release the deadline for loan applications is Jan. 17. Loans of ...

Senior judge to temporarily hear cases in Raleigh County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A senior judge has been named to temporarily serve in place of a circuit judge who was appointed to the West Virginia Supreme Court. The West Virginia Supreme Court issued an administrative order for Charles M. Vickers to serve in the 10th Judicial Circuit beginning ...

Judge calls for lost ballots to be counted in city election

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A circuit judge in West Virginia has called for 57 lost ballots to be counted toward a city council election. The Exponent Telegram reports Circuit Court Judge Patrick Wilson decertified the Fairmont City Council election on Wednesday to allow the votes to be counted. ...

West Virginia governor announces turnpike toll hike delay

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says the West Virginia Turnpike toll increases will be delayed until Jan. 15 amid rollout concerns. In a statement earlier Monday, Justice said he has expressed deep concerns to the West Virginia Parkways Authority about potential turnpike traffic ...

West Virginia native pens novel on Vietnam, growing up in Italian family

By WILLIAM DEAN, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Decades after coming home from Vietnam, a West Virginia native and WVU graduate used his experiences from childhood and service overseas to write a novel. "I never expected this to be published," said author John Brown. "It was a ...

Flu cases on rise in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials say flu cases are on the rise. Lauren Spadafora is the flu coordinator for the state Department of Health and Human Resources. She told the Charleston Gazette-Mail last week that there has been a steady increase in positive flu tests ...

‘A little book-nuts’: Bank Books keeps reading personal

By MICHAEL NEARY, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Larry Cavagnaro's quest for books generally leads him in a cluster of colorful directions. "I kind of collect a little bit of everything," said Cavagnaro, of Hedgesville, citing comic books along with books featuring role-playing ...

Authorities arrest 4 who entered West Virginia coal mine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say they've arrested the four people who entered an idle coal mine earlier this month. News outlets report Kayla Williams and Erica Treadway surrendered to authorities Wednesday on charges including entering without breaking. Authorities ...

Retiree finds second career in furniture building, TV show

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — When Jerill Vance retired in 2009, he didn't settle down to a life of leisure. Instead he embarked on a second career as a custom furniture maker and now host of "Appalachian Heritage Woodshop." The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Culloden resident was a hobby ...

Some old bills to get new look in West Virginia Legislature

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some bills that failed in the West Virginia Legislature last year will get a fresh perspective in the upcoming session with the appointment of lawmakers to several key positions. Republican Mitch Carmichael, who returns as Senate ...

West Virginia leads states challenging ruling against cross

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's office says it is leading a group of 30 states in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a case that found a cross honoring World War I veterans violates the U.S. Constitution. According to a news release, the coalition filed a ...

Parkersburg woman gets PorchSwing Ministries off the ground

By JEFF BAUGHAN, The Parkersburg News & Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Christine Fox Parker is a therapist who has an office away from the office; it's her front porch. "I love my front porch," she said. "It's a haven for me. I can be alone there but never lonely. I read and I ...

New West Virginia parents leading by fitness example

By MICHELLE JAMES, The Register-Herald FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — On Oct. 27, Fayetteville residents Wendy and Brad Scott took to the waters of the Tennessee River to compete in the Chattajack 31, a paddling event that features 500 to 600 competitors annually. It was the Scotts' second go ...

Longtime West Virginia circuit judge retiring next year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A longtime West Virginia circuit judge is retiring early next year. The state Supreme Court says 68-year-old Judge Russell M. Clawges Jr. of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Monongalia County plans to retire effective Jan. 31. The court says Clawges has requested to stay ...