West Virginia News

Group criticizes ‘orphaned’ wells, calls for more scrutiny

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Advocates in West Virginia say major drilling companies are failing to responsibly plug oil and gas well in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Dave McMahon, a lawyer and co-founder of the West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization, said Tuesday ...

State: Hunters kill 13K bucks on 1st day of firearm season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources cites preliminary harvest data as saying state hunters killed about 13,000 bucks on the opening day of the traditional buck firearm season. The season opened on Monday and will last until Dec. 1. Agency Chief of ...

Magazine letters lead to meeting of WWII sailors’ relatives

By PAUL LAPANN, The Parkersburg News & Sentinel DAVISVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Two letters in Reader's Digest led to a meeting between a Wood County man and a Tennessee woman whose fathers survived Japanese attacks against the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill during World War II. Joe ...

West Virginia holiday trees set to go up at Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Holiday trees are set to go up outside at the West Virginia Capitol complex. Spokeswoman Courtney Johnson of the state Purchasing Division says crews are scheduled to put spruce trees in place Tuesday on the north and south plazas outside the Capitol in Charleston. ...

State settles lawsuits alleging illegal firing over politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state of West Virginia has settled wrongful-termination lawsuits with six more former employees of the Secretary of State's office who say they were fired for their political beliefs. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Board of Risk and Insurance ...

Inmate writes letter confessing to 29-year-old killing

MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia prison inmate has written a letter confessing to a cold case homicide. The Exponent Telegram reported Monday that it became aware of an investigation into the killing when the inmate in his 60s wrote it a letter. The newspaper quotes his letter as ...

DOJ opposes overturning coal baron’s conviction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a federal court should not overturn the conviction of former coal baron Don Blankenship. Prosecutors argued Friday Blankenship has not proved information was withheld from his 2015 trial and opposed Blankenship's request for an ...

West Virginia Education Department rebuilding digital items

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Education Department says digital items that were going into state surplus are instead being rebuilt, refurbished and placed in schools and libraries across the state. It's part of an initiative called SecondLaunchWV. The state says private ...

West Virginia first lady, artists unveiling holiday ornament

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia first lady Cathy Justice is unveiling this year's Governor's Mansion holiday ornament. Justice's office said she will be joined by the artists who help make each of the 500 ornaments. They cost $25 and will be available for sale at the West Virginia ...

Veteran returns to Vietnam for photography perspective

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In 1969, Kimo Williams thought of Vietnam as a "Third World, backward, gloomy environment." He was a senior in high school and an all-star football player with scholarship invitation from Arizona State, but he decided to enlist in the Army that summer. The day ...

3 killed in accident in northern West Virginia

PENTRESS, W.Va. (AP) — Police say three people have died after a truck and an SUV collided in northern West Virginia. The Dominion Post quotes Monongalia County County Sheriff's Deputy Al Kisner as saying the accident occurred Friday on state Route 7 in Pentress. Kisner says the driver and ...

West Virginia University suspends fraternity, students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has suspended a fraternity chapter and several students after a student fell while visiting at the fraternity house. The university said 22-year-old senior finance major David Rusko of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, fell down stairs at the Sigma ...

3 new members appointed to Marshall University board

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University says West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed three people to the university's Board of Governors. They are retired Cabell County schools superintendent William A. Smith, WesBanco executive Geoffrey S. Sheils and BrickStreet Insurance attorney ...

Health official says hepatitis A cases on decline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health official in West Virginia says there's been a drop in the number of hepatitis A cases being reported. The Gazette-Mail reports the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is now helping manage 10 to 15 hepatitis A cases a week, which is down from 50 to 60 cases ...

Tourism officials promoting W.Va. through ‘Fallout’ game

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tourism officials are hoping to promote West Virginia to a wider audience with the launch of Bethesda Game Studios' "Fallout 76" video game. Tourism officials heralded the game's worldwide debut Wednesday with an event at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston. The ...

Robotic pediatric spinal surgery is a first in West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University surgeon has performed the state's first robotic pediatric spinal surgery. WVU Medicine said in a news release Wednesday that Dr. John Lubicky used a robotic surgical guidance system to perform the procedure to treat a genetic disorder that ...

Impeachment focus back on W.Va. court after justice resigns

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Now that an impeached and suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice has resigned, lawmakers are turning their attention to a panel of justices that had cut off pending impeachment trials. After Justice Allen Loughry's resignation, ...

AEP subsidiaries propose revised rate increase in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two American Electric Power subsidiaries in West Virginia are proposing a revised rate increase that would bring a 3 percent revenue boost. Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power filed the request with the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday for a $44 million ...

West Virginia revenue collections up again in October

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has seen another month of revenue collections over estimates, though receipts were not as strong as the last few months. Gov. Jim Justice's office announced over the weekend that General Fund revenue in October was $359.2 million, nearly $2.4 million ...