West Virginia News

West Virginia veteran exits from 2020 presidential race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — While other Democrats around the country are preparing for presidential runs, a retired Army paratrooper and former West Virginia lawmaker became the first to call off his White House bid after about two months as a candidate Friday. Richard Ojeda says he isn't ...

WVa lawmakers forward bill despite teachers’ concerns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Senate committee has forwarded a draft bill to revamp the state's education system. The Republican-led Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 along party lines Friday to send the draft to the Senate Finance Committee. Two committee members were ...

Driver charged in GOP train crash challenging evidence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A lawyer for a garbage truck driver charged in a deadly 2018 crash with a train carrying Republican lawmakers is challenging evidence collected by police in Virginia. William Tanner, an attorney for Dana William Naylor Jr., filed a motion Tuesday asking an ...

Drug overdose reversal kits distributed in West Virginia

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Four West Virginia counties considered "high-risk" are receiving kits to temporarily reverse drug overdoses. Hundreds of naloxone kits for use by law enforcement personnel, emergency responders and others are going to Fayette, Mercer, Raleigh and Wyoming ...

West Virginia mall sold for $35 million to financial group

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mall has been sold for $35 million to a financial group who sued a previous owner of the mall for defaulting on a loan. News outlets report U.S. Bank National Association purchased Charleston Town Center mall at an auction Thursday. The mall's ...

W.Va. Senate passes free tuition bill for community colleges

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents could attend community and technical college for free under a bill passed by the state Senate for the second straight year. The bill approved unanimously Wednesday now moves to the House of Delegates, where it ...

McVey named W.Va. secretary of administration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Allan L. McVey as secretary of administration. Justice announced the appointment in a news release Wednesday. McVey replaces John Myers, who was appointed state lottery director in September. McVey has served as state ...

W.Va. city reports overdose deaths doubled in 2018

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths doubled in one West Virginia community last year. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports figures released Tuesday by Wheeling police show officers responded to 13 overdose deaths last year, compared with six in 2017 and three in ...

New crayfish species named after West Virginia professor

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) — A biology professor in West Virginia who studies crayfish now has a new species named after him. West Liberty University says in a news release that the blue, burrowing crayfish species is named after professor Zachary Loughman. The statement says the new species ...

W.Va. Senate rejects amendment expanding free tuition bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has rejected an amendment that would have included four-year colleges in a bill to provide free tuition at community and technical colleges to state residents. The Republican-led Senate rejected the amendment along party lines Tuesday. The ...

West Virginia city to add LGBTQ to list of protected groups

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia city has voted to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its list of protected minorities. The Register-Herald reports the Beckley Common Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to add LGBTQ discrimination protections to the city's code. Mayor Rob ...

W.Va. firefighter charged with DUI after responding to call

EAST BANK, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia firefighter has been charged with drunken driving after responding to a call in his personal car and hitting a police cruiser. WCHS-TV reports 28-year-old David McGuire of East Bank was charged Tuesday. According to a criminal complaint, Kanawha ...

Deputies making welfare check at W.Va. home find 2 bodies

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia are investigating the discovery of the bodies of two women near Charleston. News outlets report the bodies were found Tuesday at a home in Sissonville. Kanawha County sheriff's deputies say they were asked to check on the home's ...

2 abandoned bobcat kittens get permanent home at W.Va. zoo

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Two bobcat kittens found abandoned in West Virginia have been given a permanent home at the Oglebay Good Zoo. The zoo in Wheeling says in a news release the two female kittens named Bobbi and Gina were found in rural Marshall County. They now are in the nursery at the ...

West Virginia governor pulls bill on 911 fees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he has decided to pull a bill that proposed lowering 911 fees after some counties expressed concerns that it would hurt emergency operations. Justice said in a statement on Monday that his intent for the bill was to ensure the ...

Furloughed employees volunteer at Meals on Wheels

By KELSIE LEROSE, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A group of furloughed federal employees volunteered this past Tuesday with the Meals on Wheels program in Berkeley County in order to give back to the community while out of work. "We wouldn't be here without our volunteers," said ...

Secretary of State launches new, easier to use website

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Secretary of State's Office has launched a new website to make it easier to access information, services and resources. Secretary of State Mac Warner says in a release that the website has a new look and is more user-friendly with easy navigation ...

Marshall University opens food pantry to federal workers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University says its Department of Dietetics has opened the doors of its food pantry to federal employees affected by the government shutdown. A statement from the school says the food pantry opened Saturday for federal workers and will remain open as long as ...

West Virginia Gov. picks family’s lobbyist for Senate seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Jim Justice is filling a West Virginia Senate vacancy with a Democrat who works as a lobbyist for his family's companies. Paul Hardesty replaces Democrat Richard Ojeda, who resigned to mount a long-shot run for the U.S. presidency. Justice announced ...