West Virginia News

Amy Shuler Goodwin announces candidacy for Charleston mayor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former state tourism commissioner Amy Shuler Goodwin is running for mayor of Charleston. Goodwin announced her candidacy at a news conference Thursday. Goodwin says she wants to build small businesses and promote Charleston on a state and national level. The ...

Sunoco building 2 pipelines, not just 1 across Pennsylvania

NEW Pa. (AP) — Sunoco Logistics Partners says there's so much interest in its plans to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across southern Pennsylvania that they'll actually build two pipelines. Philly.com (http://bit.ly/2lOogYJ ) says CEO Michael Hennigan broke the news to industry ...

West Virginia advances curbs on explicit images, inheritance

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate voted Thursday to make it a crime to publicly display, distribute or threaten to disclose sexually explicit or intimate images of someone else without their consent. The bill, approved 31-0, would make it a misdemeanor ...

Yeager Airport, Uber reach tentative contract

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ride-booking service Uber has reached a tentative contract to serve Charleston's Yeager Airport. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2mi16HO ) reports airport director Terry Sayre said he hopes to have Uber operating at the airport by this weekend. Uber and ...

West Virginia district gets $1.9M for flood protection

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing a $1.9 million grant to the state. According to U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the funds will be used by the Nicholas ...

Herpes outbreak forces some wrestlers to wait to compete

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some high school wrestlers will have to wait before competing in this weekend's state tournament in Huntington due to a herpes outbreak at a regional championship last week. News outlets report that decided to postpone wrestling among the Class AAA 145-, 152- and ...

Huntington to hold open house on redevelopment project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The city of Huntington is holding a public meeting next week about proposed recommendations for a neighborhood redevelopment project. An open house is set for Feb. 28 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena to gather input on the final phases of the strategy for former ...

1 in 3 WVU women surveyed report being sexually assaulted

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Most students say they feel safe on West Virginia University's main campus, but 1 in 3 women surveyed reported being sexually assaulted, and ten percent of the female students responding said they'd been raped. Unfortunately, ...

West Virginia funeral home settles complaint over contracts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia attorney general's office has settled a complaint with the operators of a Putnam County funeral home over its business practices. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the settlement Wednesday. Morrisey filed a complaint in 2015 alleging ...

West Virginia State Police: Man with knife fatally shot

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a man who refused demands by two troopers to drop a large knife and then lunged with it at one of the officers has been fatally shot. A police statement says 26-year-old Kyle Copson died at the scene of the encounter with the two ...

Former guard accused of 2 assaults at West Virginia jail

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have accused a former jail guard of assaulting and injuring two suspects who were awaiting trial in 2015 at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Barbour County. An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges 26-year-old Adam Joseph Neal Graham, of Elkins, with ...

Father and son killed in Mercer County house fire

BLUEWELL, W.Va. (AP) — A father and son have died in a Mercer County house fire that started in a downstairs bedroom. Kathy Hamm tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2lslQOs) that her 89-year-old father Hubert Stepp and her 54-year-old brother Benjamin Stepp died in the blaze ...

Liens show governor’s companies owe his state $4.4 million

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice still owe his cash-strapped state $4.4 million in unpaid taxes due at least a year ago, tax liens show. The liens, filed in Raleigh County where parent company Southern Coal ...

West Virginia secretary of state defends firing 16 employees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has defended his decision to fire 16 longtime employees upon taking office and promptly hire 22 new staffers. Warner told the Senate Finance Committee on Monday that cutting about one-third of his office's staff last month ...

West Virginia House OKs fundraiser reporting, litter fines

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers would have to promptly report fundraising events held while the Legislature is in session under a bill approved by the House of Delegates. The bill approved 98-0 on Monday would require disclosing all campaign donors ...

Beckley group seeks National Register status for mill

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A water-powered mill in Beckley will soon be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2lk5Ii8) the mill was built in 1838 by Alfred Beckley, the City of Beckley's founder and namesake. Few ...

West Virginia University survey examines safety, assaults

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Most West Virginia University students surveyed last year say they feel physically safe on campus, though 18 percent say they experienced some unwanted sexual contact and 10 percent said someone tried to have oral, anal or vaginal sex without their consent. Among ...

West Virginia Supreme Court to hear 3 cases in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court justices will hear cases next week at West Virginia University's College of Law. Justices are scheduled to hear arguments in three cases on Feb. 28 in the law school's Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. Among the cases include a certified ...

Justice touts highways construction plan in statewide tour

SLAB FORK, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice touted his highways construction program that would be financed by higher taxes and fees as he launched a statewide tour to promote the plan that he says would create tens of thousands of jobs in West Virginia. Justice told a crowd in Slab Fork that ...

Producers participating in Mountain State Maple Day March 18

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Maple houses across West Virginia are opening to allow visitors to see how maple sap is collected, processed and bottled during the second annual Mountain State Maple Day on March 18. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says 11 maple houses are participating, ...