West Virginia News

Coopers Rock State Park: More than just a pretty rock face

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. (AP) — The view of Cheat River Canyon from the overlook may be the most obvious thing casual visitors think of when they hear "Coopers Rock." But the state park is just as popular for activities that aren't as easily seen. Every year, while some of the 250,000 ...

Man accused of fatal machete attack on mother’s boyfriend

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man is accused of killing his mother's boyfriend with a machete. Local news outlets report 30-year-old Matthew Lee Wilson was arrested Sunday night in connection with the death of 60-year-old David Matthew Hill, who owned the house ...

Tourism office tasked with helping tell state’s story

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When "The Glass Castle" premiered in Welch on Aug. 11, part of what it showcased — besides the state of West Virginia — was the behind-the-scenes work of the West Virginia Film Office. "We assisted with scouting locations, working with the city to close ...

Group says new health proposal cuts West Virginia Medicaid

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A nonprofit West Virginia research group says the latest attempt by U.S. Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would cut the state's Medicaid funding by $2 billion by 2027. The Center on Budget and Policy says that would undermine coverage for tens of ...

West Virginia man sentenced in sister’s murder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 43-year-old Charleston man has pleaded guilty to murder, admitting he fatally shot his sister in December 2014. An attempted murder charge against Glenn Skidmore was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea. He was accused of shooting his nephew at the Charleston ...

States ask insurers to prioritize non-opioid pain treatment

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys general representing the majority of states asked health insurers Monday to encourage pain treatment through means other than prescriptions for opioid painkillers, which are responsible for tens of ...

GOP lawmakers: Move Appalachian agency out of Washington

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Two powerful Kentucky Republicans have an idea to boost an economic development agency that helps Appalachia: Move it out of the nation's capital. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and veteran Rep. Hal Rogers are sponsoring a bill ...

Ex-coal CEO asks court to toss conviction in mine explosion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have made a last pitch to the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out his conviction connected to a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 miners. Attorneys for Don Blankenship say in the appeal that the high ...

Elk killed in crash as small population settles in

WHITMAN, W.Va. (AP) — State officials say the vehicle crash that killed two elk along U.S. 119 was bound to happen as the small population grows. Earlier this week, two of West Virginia's 24 elk were struck and killed by an ambulance in Logan County. Randy Kelley, elk project leader for ...

Teen death probe details problems at West Virginia facility

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An employee at a West Virginia residential care facility lied about checking on a 13-year-old boy before the youth stole a van and died in a crash in March, a state investigation found. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Office of Health Facility ...

West Virginia DEP switches to LED lighting in headquarters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is saving about $42,000 per year on energy costs by switching to LED from fluorescent light bulbs. The DEP says in a news release that about 10,000 bulbs in the agency's Kanawha City headquarters have been ...

National Guard chief: Protect infrastructure from flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of the West Virginia National Guard says the state needs to set standards to make sure water and sewer plants located in flood plains can withstand flooding. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , Adj. Gen James Hoyer told state lawmakers meeting in ...

West Virginia: Man held, accused of setting woman on fire

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of setting a woman on fire has been captured. WVVA-TV reports that Beckley police took Dwayne Michael Lane into custody Sunday in connection with an incident earlier that day in which a woman was doused in gasoline and set on fire in a ...

3 Ohio suspects face West Virginia charges after carjacking

WEST MILFORD, W.Va. (AP) — Three carjacking suspects from Ohio face felony charges in West Virginia following a Sunday manhunt after the fourth suspect died in an exchange of gunfire with police, authorities said. The man who died Sunday at a hospital in Bridgeport wasn't immediately ...

Auditors urge shutting West Virginia funeral examiners board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Board of Funeral Service Examiners fails to protect the public against unscrupulous operators and should be disbanded, according to the Legislature's auditors. They cited four cases in the past few years where they say the board delayed for many ...

West Virginia governor to stop coaching boys’ basketball

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says he's retiring as a high school boys' basketball coach though he'll continue to guide the girls' team at Greenbrier East High School. The 66-year-old first-term governor, who coached the boys to a 103-48 record over six years, says his first ...

Census data show 17.9% of West Virginians in poverty

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — New federal data show 319,063 West Virginians living below the poverty line last year, a 17.9 percent rate unchanged from the year before and slightly lower than a measured peak in 2011. The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey shows 88,351 children under ...

West Virginia gets $3.7M for drug, mental health services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say 22 health centers and rural health organizations are sharing nearly $3.7 million in federal funding to increase addiction and mental health services. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito say it's for personnel, information ...

West Virginia man admits to fraudulent insurance claim

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a 36-year-old Kearneysville man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, admitting he filed false insurance claims for more than $354,000 in 2013 in Berkeley County. According to prosecutors, Daniel Lichtman could face up to 20 years in prison and ...

Officers cleared after suspect dies during arrest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police department has cleared two officers involved in an arrest where the suspect unexpectedly died. Charleston police cleared Officer Job Ouma and Senior Patrolman Erick Miller after 36-year-old Adam Myers died while being arrested Tuesday ...