West Virginia News

Getting more ‘wolflike’ is the key to the future for coyotes

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The future of the coyotes that roam forests, cities and suburbs from Newfoundland to Virginia could hinge on the animals becoming the "wolves" of the East Coast. And humans better get used to them. Coyotes have lived in the East ...

Mooney bill to cut safety disclosures advances

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Regular disclosures to investors about publicly traded mining companies' safety violations and worker deaths would no longer be required under legislation sponsored by West Virginia Republican Rep. Alex Mooney. The bill was advanced this week by the House Financial ...

Group opposing anti-discrimination ordinance files petition

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — An organization opposing a West Virginia city's newly reinstated human rights commission ordinance has obtained enough signatures on a petition to place the issue back on the city council's agenda. News outlets report that Keep Fairmont Safe filed a petition with the ...

Judge won’t impose deadline in gas pipeline suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge tells developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline he won't order all landowners in its West Virginia lawsuit to respond by Dec. 4 to motions for summary judgment for rights of way available under federal regulations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports ...

Public employees objecting to proposed benefits cuts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of teachers, public employees and retirees in West Virginia is objecting to proposed health insurance benefits cuts. The group expressed its concerns Wednesday evening to the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board at the last of five public hearings ...

WVU hospital plans more capacity for children’s services

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's affiliated hospital system on Thursday announced plans to build a new 10-story tower at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital to increase capacity to provide services and treatment to children. According to WVU Hospitals, the $152 million tower in ...

Contents, safety sheets posted in Parkersburg warehouse fire

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental and safety authorities have posted online more information on the contents of industrial warehouse that burned for a week in Parkersburg as well as safety data. The blaze began Oct. 21 in the 420,000-square-foot (39,000-square-meter) ...

3 arrested after shots fired at cruiser in West Virginia

PRATT, W.Va. (AP) — Three people who police say fired multiple shots at a police cruiser have been arrested in West Virginia. News outlets report a police chase started Wednesday, around 4:50 p.m., when Pratt police tried to make a traffic stop. Kanawha County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. ...

Mobile mammograms offered in new West Virginia bus

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A new mobile mammography vehicle will be offering screenings in West Virginia later this week. The 45-foot vehicle called Bonnie's Bus will visit Ritchie County on Friday, a service of West Virginia University Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute. The bus will be at ...

Chief Justice says justices misled about costs of office renovations

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry said he was misled about the cost of office furnishings and other accoutrements in an ongoing $3.7 million renovation project for the state Supreme Court. According ...

MU community’s resilience extolled at plane crash ceremony

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Through speeches and song Tuesday, the pattering of water against the copper tubing of the Marshall University Memorial Fountain could be heard until the last drop fell, signifying the end of 75 lives the copper ...

Surface owners’ group asks for different approach to co-tenancy

By JIM ROSS The Exponent Telegram CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A legislative interim committee delved into the details of gas drilling law Tuesday as it heard from lawyers who explained the complicated process of how land owners are paid for gas that comes from their property. The last ...

WV lawmakers hear update on college rules

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s major universities have been slowly implementing new rules in light of two major higher education laws the Legislature passed in its most recent session. One bill gives colleges greater flexibility when ...

Interims: Error in Road Fund legislation will cost WV revenue

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An error in legislation increasing taxes and fees to raise about $140 million a year for the state Road Fund will cost West Virginia revenue, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow told legislators Tuesday.   Intended ...

West Virginia sheriff calls drug bust department’s biggest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city known for its struggles with drug crimes has seen what a sheriff calls the largest bust in the department's history. The Herald-Dispatch reports that Cabell County sheriff's deputies Monday seized 4.5 pounds (2,041 grams) of suspected heroin, 2.5 ...

Senators from 2 states want to change opioid grant funding

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. senators from New Hampshire and West Virginia have introduced a bill to prioritize federal funding for states that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. It would require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to take into account ...

Jury rules in favor of county in woman’s shooting death

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A jury has ruled in favor of county authorities in a civil trial over the death of a woman who was shot by deputies in West Virginia. News outlets report the jury found that Monongalia County was not negligent in the death of 45-year-old Christie Cathers. After less ...

Corporate sponsors sought for West Virginia Turnpike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Parkways Authority is seeking corporate sponsors for the West Virginia Turnpike. The agency announced plans Tuesday to launch the program for the 88-mile (142-kilometer) toll road in southern West Virginia. Parkways Authority general manager Gregg ...

Official: West Virginia’s vehicle lease tax left unchanged

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state official says West Virginia will miss out on revenue gains from an omission on sales taxes increases approved by the Legislature. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow told lawmakers during interim meetings Tuesday a bill ...

West Virginia county considers needle exchange program

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county is exploring a needle exchange program amid a spike in cases of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. WVVA-TV reports that the Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department board is considering adding a needle exchange as part of a number of harm reduction ...