West Virginia News

West Virginia early ballots surpass last midterm election

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More West Virginians have cast more early ballots this year than in the last midterm election. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported 121,679 ballots had been cast Thursday morning and early voting doesn't end until Saturday. In 2014, the last nonpresidential election ...

Violence plagued West Virginia prison before Bulger’s murder

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, lawmakers, advocates and even prison guards had been sounding the alarm about dangerous conditions there. But there has been no ...

Official: Mafia hit man suspected in Whitey Bulger’s slaying

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — A Mafia hit man who is said to hate "rats" is under suspicion in the slaying of former Boston crime boss and longtime FBI informant James "Whitey" Bulger, who was found dead hours after he was transferred to a West ...

Suspended WVa justice wants federal convictions overturned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice who was convicted of 11 federal criminal charges has requested a new trial. News outlets reported Allen Loughry filed the request last week in a motion that was sealed. Prosecutors acknowledged his request in a brief ...

Abortion, judiciary budget measures on West Virginia ballot

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Separate constitutional measures on West Virginia's Nov. 6 ballot would allow lawmakers to restrict or ban tax-payer funded abortions and have some control over the state judiciary's budget. The Republican-led Legislature earlier this ...

Bike patrols start at West Virginia Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police at the state Capitol in Charleston have started bicycle patrols. Seven officers recently completed 40 hours of training. The regular patrols launched by the Division of Protective Services will occur on the 18-acre Capitol campus. They will also happen at the ...

City gets $1M for first responder mental health services

HUNGTINGON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city has been awarded $1 million to provide in-house mental health services to first responders on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. The Herald-Dispatch reports Huntington won the funding through the 2018 U.S. Mayor's Challenge, which encourages ...

Beth Walker to become West Virginia chief justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Beth Walker will become the West Virginia Supreme Court's chief justice on Jan 1. The court announced the unanimous decision Monday following an administrative conference. As chief justice, she'll become the administrative leader of the state's judiciary system, ...

ACLU: City vagrancy proposal discriminates against homeless

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia says a city's proposed vagrancy ordinance is unconstitutional and discriminates against people for being homeless. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the local ACLU sent a letter to St. Albans officials Friday ...

High school dual-credit enrollments boost Marshall numbers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Freshman enrollment at Marshall University is down this fall, but overall enrollment has increased from last year to 13,178, thanks to some high school students. The Herald-Dispatch reports that figure is up 168 students from 2017. President Jerome Gilbert attributed ...

World War II Marine buried in West Virginia

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — A U.S. Marine from West Virginia whose remains were identified more than a half-century after he was killed during a World War II battle on a Pacific island has been buried with full military honors. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Joe Lukie was buried Saturday in Oak Hill. ...

Future remains in doubt, but Railroad Days returns

By MATT COMBS, Register-Herald HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — On a cold October morning, as the church bells rang the noon hour and tourists and locals alike roamed Temple Street in Hinton bundled in coats and winter hats, Railroad Days was in full effect. Two weekends a year, the town at the ...

Company adding 290 coal-mining jobs in 3 states

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Bluestone Resources says it is hiring 290 more workers for its coal-mining operations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. In West Virginia, the company says new jobs will be created at Keystone Surface Mine and at Bishop Surface Mine, which is reopening. Bluestone ...

Panel recommends $10 million funding boost for colleges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education has recommended a $10 million annual funding increase for West Virginia's smaller colleges. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that it's the first recommendation approved by the commission. The ...

National forest readies fire tower for public rental

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail SOUTHERN, W.Va. (AP) — For nearly 50 years, from the roomy cab of a fire tower perched atop the 3,704-foot summit of Red Oak Ridge, observers scanned the densely wooded slopes forming the headwaters of the Monongahela National Forest's Williams ...

West Virginia diocese to release names of accused priests

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Roman Catholic archdiocese in West Virginia announced Wednesday it plans to release the names of all priests and deacons who have been "credibly accused" of child sexual abuse since 1950. None of the individuals who will be listed ...

A guide to the Nov. 6 general election in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginian voters in the Nov. 6 midterm general election will decide who gets seats up for grabs in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, the Legislature and the state Supreme Court. There also are two ballot issues. Early voting in West ...

West Virginia has registered 29,000 students to vote

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Among the more than 92,000 new voters in West Virginia in the last 20 months, Secretary of State Mac Warner says there are more than 29,000 high school students. Warner said in a news release that the November election is the first general election in which all of ...

Cooler weather brings out fall foliage in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Fall color in higher elevations of the eastern mountains of West Virginia are past their peak, but state officials say there are still many parts of the state that are green with color beginning to show. One area where color is showing after cooler weather is ...

West Virginia man gets jail time for hanging dog with chain

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to jail for hanging a pit bull from a tree near a set of railroad tracks in Charleston. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 23-year-old John D. Copening Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to one to five years in jail, with an ...