West Virginia News

New crayfish species named after West Virginia professor

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) — A biology professor in West Virginia who studies crayfish now has a new species named after him. West Liberty University says in a news release that the blue, burrowing crayfish species is named after professor Zachary Loughman. The statement says the new species ...

W.Va. Senate rejects amendment expanding free tuition bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has rejected an amendment that would have included four-year colleges in a bill to provide free tuition at community and technical colleges to state residents. The Republican-led Senate rejected the amendment along party lines Tuesday. The ...

West Virginia city to add LGBTQ to list of protected groups

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia city has voted to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its list of protected minorities. The Register-Herald reports the Beckley Common Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to add LGBTQ discrimination protections to the city's code. Mayor Rob ...

W.Va. firefighter charged with DUI after responding to call

EAST BANK, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia firefighter has been charged with drunken driving after responding to a call in his personal car and hitting a police cruiser. WCHS-TV reports 28-year-old David McGuire of East Bank was charged Tuesday. According to a criminal complaint, Kanawha ...

Deputies making welfare check at W.Va. home find 2 bodies

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia are investigating the discovery of the bodies of two women near Charleston. News outlets report the bodies were found Tuesday at a home in Sissonville. Kanawha County sheriff's deputies say they were asked to check on the home's ...

2 abandoned bobcat kittens get permanent home at W.Va. zoo

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Two bobcat kittens found abandoned in West Virginia have been given a permanent home at the Oglebay Good Zoo. The zoo in Wheeling says in a news release the two female kittens named Bobbi and Gina were found in rural Marshall County. They now are in the nursery at the ...

West Virginia governor pulls bill on 911 fees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he has decided to pull a bill that proposed lowering 911 fees after some counties expressed concerns that it would hurt emergency operations. Justice said in a statement on Monday that his intent for the bill was to ensure the ...

Furloughed employees volunteer at Meals on Wheels

By KELSIE LEROSE, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A group of furloughed federal employees volunteered this past Tuesday with the Meals on Wheels program in Berkeley County in order to give back to the community while out of work. "We wouldn't be here without our volunteers," said ...

Secretary of State launches new, easier to use website

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Secretary of State's Office has launched a new website to make it easier to access information, services and resources. Secretary of State Mac Warner says in a release that the website has a new look and is more user-friendly with easy navigation ...

Marshall University opens food pantry to federal workers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University says its Department of Dietetics has opened the doors of its food pantry to federal employees affected by the government shutdown. A statement from the school says the food pantry opened Saturday for federal workers and will remain open as long as ...

West Virginia Gov. picks family’s lobbyist for Senate seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Jim Justice is filling a West Virginia Senate vacancy with a Democrat who works as a lobbyist for his family's companies. Paul Hardesty replaces Democrat Richard Ojeda, who resigned to mount a long-shot run for the U.S. presidency. Justice announced ...

Sheriff: Deputies fired after investigation of traffic stop

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff says two deputies have been fired after an internal investigation of a traffic stop involving two state police troopers and a sheriff's deputy in which a teenage motorist was seen being beaten. Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller told The ...

Proposed resolution supports congressional term limits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A House Delegate has sponsored a resolution that would add West Virginia to states that are signing up to support a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits. Delegate Jeffrey Pack sponsored the resolution on Thursday and it has been assigned to the ...

Complaint: Teacher gave alcohol to teens involved in a crash

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A teacher is accused of giving alcohol and the keys to her vehicle to two West Virginia students who were later involved in a crash. News outlets report 31-year-old Kandace Dick is accused of providing alcohol Wednesday to a 17-year-old and 15-year-old while at her ...

Judge asked to block evidence in crash near playground

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia magistrate has been asked to block prosecutors from introducing evidence or witnesses during the trial of a man who overdosed in a car that crashed near a crowded playground. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 33-year-old Bradley Stephen Wyrick ...

Supreme Court elections bill advances in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A House of Delegates committee has advance a bill that would require a runoff election for the West Virginia Supreme Court if no candidate receives more than 40 percent of the vote. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday. It now moves to the full ...

West Virginia bill addresses slow left-lane drivers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians have long complained about motorists driving at reduced speeds in the left lane of highways. Now a state lawmaker is doing something about it. Delegate Gary Howell has introduced a bill that would make it illegal to drive in the left lane of a ...

9 Democrats apply for vacant seat in W.Va. Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nine Democrats have applied to fill a vacant seat in the West Virginia Senate. The state Democratic Party released the list of names Wednesday in the 7th District. Sen. Richard Ojeda resigned last week to run for U.S. president. The district's Democratic Executive ...

Democrats meeting to submit names for Richard Ojeda’s successor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrats in a West Virginia Senate district are seeking people interested in filling a vacancy in the state Legislature. The 7th Senate District Democratic Executive Committee is meeting Thursday in Chapmanville to vote on three names to submit to Gov. Jim Justice ...