West Virginia News

Report: WV governor’s companies owe $2M Virginia tax debt

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's companies owe almost $2 million in delinquent taxes in Virginia, according to records obtained by WDBJ-TV . The Roanoke-based station reported Wednesday that companies owned by the Republican governor owe $1.9 million in taxes to several ...

Judge tosses college assault suit amid more rape charges

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge said a lawsuit brought by a former Marshall University student failed to show the West Virginia school could be held legally liable for its handling of an on-campus rape case. District Judge Robert C. Chambers on ...

Auction set for bankrupt coal producer Blackjewel’s assets

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An auction is set for the assets of bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC. A notice filed in federal bankruptcy court in West Virginia said the auction is scheduled for Thursday morning at the Cincinnati law office of attorneys ...

Vaping ban begins at West Virginia University

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A ban on electronic cigarettes and vaping products has started at West Virginia University. The WVU Board of Governors in February approved the ban that took effect Thursday. The policy applies to WVU properties in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser. The only exception ...

Big crowds expected at airport as World Scout Jamboree ends

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Transportation officials are warning of large crowds at Charleston's airport later this week as the World Scout Jamboree comes to a close. The Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday said thousands of scouts from 152 countries will start heading home ...

Big question in opioid suits: How to divide any settlement

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The roughly 2,000 state and local governments suing the drug industry over the deadly opioid crisis have yet to see any verdicts or reach any big national settlements but are already tussling with each other over how to divide any money they collect. The ...

FBI assists probe of human remains found on W.Va. mountain

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The FBI is assisting local authorities with an investigation into human remains found on a West Virginia mountain over the summer. McDowell County Sheriff's Chief Deputy James E. Muncy Jr. told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Friday that the FBI has since discovered more ...

Businesses in 2 W.Va. counties eligible for disaster loans

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Some small businesses in two West Virginia counties are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans as a result of storms last year. The U.S. Small Business Administration said the loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, ...

Mine rescue teams to compete in West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Members of mine rescue teams from across the country will be in West Virginia this week to compete in readiness tests. West Virginia University says the National Mine Rescue Association Post 5 contest will begin Tuesday and run through Thursday at Mylan Park in ...

West Virginia airport unveils new military operations center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials at the Charleston, West Virginia, airport have unveiled a new armed forces operations center named after the state's last surviving Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. The 2,000-square-foot (186-square-meter) facility at Yeager Airport ...

Judge orders W.Va. gov to provide docs in residency case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered lawyers for the governor of West Virginia to hand over documents requested in an ongoing lawsuit over his residency. News outlets report Judge Charles King rejected a dismissal motion Wednesday by Gov. Jim Justice's attorneys and ordered the ...

2 West Virginia airports receiving $4.1M for improvements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia airports are receiving more than $4.1 million from the federal government to make improvements. The state's U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, announced the funding from the Department of Transportation. A news ...

Prescription disposal site permanently housed at WV Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A permanent prescription drug disposal site is being placed at the West Virginia Capitol so people wanting to dispose of medication can do so all year. There has already been a collection site at the Capitol for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, but the new ...

West Virginia mothers, children to benefit from health funds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mothers and children in West Virginia will benefit from more than $1.5 million in federal funding that was just announced. The state's U.S. senators, Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin, said in a news release Thursday that West Virginia's ...

Applications being accepted for W.Va. state park deer hunts

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications for controlled deer hunts at six state parks. A DNR statement says the deadline for applications is Aug. 25. A drawing will be held the next day and successful applicants will be notified ...

Priest donates to miners affected by Blackjewel bankruptcy

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A priest in Kentucky handed out more than $20,000 on Monday to miners struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. People crowded Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Harlan as Father Jim Sichko signed checks for more than 100 ...

Man charged with murder in death he blamed on overdose

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who blamed his wife's death on an overdose is now charged with killing her. News outlets report 44-year-old Frank Jay Cantley was arrested this weekend and charged with first-degree murder. A criminal complaint says Cantley called 911 Saturday ...

West Virginia woman is accused of locking child in basement

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been accused of beating her children and locking them in a basement. The Journal reports 35-year-old Amy Elizabeth Foley was charged Thursday with child abuse stemming from an incident in 2018. Court documents say Foley is accused of ...

West Virginia youth basketball coach charged with sex abuse

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A youth basketball coach in West Virginia has been charged with sexually abusing one of his players. News outlets cite court documents that show 48-year-old Brian Eugene Kidd of Beckley was charged with six counts of sexual abuse by a parent or custodian. According to ...

Local university removed from probation by accreditor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A university in West Virginia is no longer on probation from its accreditor. The State Journal reports Alderson Broaddus University received the notification from the Higher Learning Commission last week but the school is still on notice because of its financial ...