West Virginia News

Fungal disease found on milksnake in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife authorities say an Eastern Milksnake in Kanawha County has tested positive for snake fungal disease in the first contemporary occurrence in the state. Kevin Oxenrider, Division of Natural Resources wildlife biologist, says dramatic ...

Virginia woman admits stealing hospital patient information

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman accused of taking hospital patients' information has pleaded guilty to identity theft. Forty-one-year-old Angela Roberts of Stephenson, Virginia, entered the plea Monday in federal court in Martinsburg. Roberts admitted using someone else's ...

Capito says she’ll vote for Senate to debate health overhaul

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she'll vote for the Senate to go forward and debate legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Capito, in a statement Tuesday, says she'll make decisions that are "in the best interests of ...

Coach accused of soliciting girl in West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school football coach who led his team to three state championships faces felony charges in a solicitation case. Media outlets report 34-year-old Bridgeport High coach Josh Nicewarner was arraigned Friday in Harrison County Magistrate Court on ...

Lawsuit against county officials in West Virginia settled

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man alleging that several former West Virginia county officials forced his guilty plea to a drug charge has settled his lawsuit for $90,000. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Sunday that Albert Childress Jr. filed a lawsuit including allegations against a ...

Trump to visit Boy Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America says President Donald Trump will visit the 2017 National Scout Jamboree next week in West Virginia. On Monday, Trump will become the eighth U.S. president to attend a Jamboree. More than 40,000 Scouts, their leaders and volunteers are at the ...

Mine company owned by West Virginia governor’s family cited

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mine owned by the family of Gov. Jim Justice has been cited for safety violations after a worker's death at a coal preparation plant in February. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says in a news release that two safety violations were ...

Kanawha County magistrate resigns amid complaint

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County magistrate has resigned a day after a state Supreme Court administrator accused her of stealing from an association where she serves as treasurer. Media outlets reports Magistrate Julie Yeager resigned Thursday. On Wednesday, state Supreme Court ...

Deputies: 5-year-old, 2-year-old crash family car

RED HOUSE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old took their mother's car for a 3-mile (5 kilometers) ride before crashing it. News outlets report the boys took the car from their mother's house Monday. One child steered the vehicle while the other child ...

West Virginia unit cites $1.3M of improper disability claims

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says its unit targeting Social Security disability fraud helped save nearly $1.3 million in improper claims during the second quarter of this year. Two investigators and an analyst have been working with the Social Security ...

Timetable described for West Virginia road projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom Smith says the Justice administration's road and bridge reconstruction initiative will start with about $350 million of road resurfacing in the next few months originally scheduled for 2018 and 2019. The Charleston ...

Capito opposes health care repeal without replacement

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Tuesday that she won't vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement that meets the needs of the people in her state. All the Senate Republican ...

Boaters call black vultures a destructive menace

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — Boaters and wildlife officials say black vultures have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage the last several years at two state park marinas in southern Ohio. The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/2vh84Rb ) these scavengers with 60-inch wing spans have targeted ...

West Virginia State Fair to run 10 days in August

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has announced plans for this year's 10-day State Fair at the fairgrounds in Fairlea, Greenbrier County. The fair is scheduled Aug. 10-19. The department has posted a calendar. The department says it will host wine ...

West Virginia commission weighs fishing, hunting regulations

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission plans to consider next year's hunting and fishing regulations when it meets next week at Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs. State officials say the public is invited to attend and make comments. The ...

County commission president arrested for DUI

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county commissioner who authorities say crashed his car while driving under the influence has been arrested. Ed Hawkins was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding. Hawkins is president of the Monongalia County Commission. According to a criminal ...

West Virginia woman injured in Maryland boating accident

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Natural Resources police say a 22-year-old West Virginia woman was injured after falling off a rented pontoon boat in Assawoman Bay. Local news outlets report that Alexa Delatorre, of Morgantown, was treated at a Salisbury hospital for deep cuts to her back, ...

Manchin, Capito announce almost $10M in Head Start funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators say almost $10 million is being awarded to Head Start programs in the state. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources on Friday. The individual ...

West Virginia joins lawsuit alleging generic price fixing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has joined three other states and the District of Columbia to sue six generic drugmakers, alleging they conspired to hike prices for a common antibiotic and a diabetes medication. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the allegations ...

West Virginia officer suspended following argument with gun

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — A police officer in West Virginia has been suspended after video surfaced on Facebook showing him holding a gun while arguing with people when he was off duty. Media outlets report 49-year-old Richard Foster with the Nitro Police Department now faces a misdemeanor ...