West Virginia News

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. ...

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 ...