West Virginia News

Schedules show West Virginia governor largely absent in job

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — He's a billionaire who owns mines, farms and the swankiest resort in all of West Virginia. But how Jim Justice spends his time as the state's 36th governor has largely been a mystery. Since he took office a little more than two ...

Warren’s opioids message applauded in hard-hit West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press KERMIT, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's plan to battle the nation's drug addiction problem drew an enthusiastic response Friday in a small West Virginia community waging its own fight against opioid abuse. Warren outlined her ...

6 Judicial Investigation Commission members replaced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An official says a majority of West Virginia's Judicial Investigation Commission has been replaced a year after investigating Supreme Court justices over allegations of judicial ethics violations. Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy told the Charleston ...

West Virginia county declares emergency over road conditions

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia county has declared a state of emergency over poor road conditions. News outlets report Hancock County commissioners made the declaration Thursday in hopes of expediting state money to make improvements. Hancock County Commission President Joe ...

12-year-old reporter gives commencement speech at university

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A 12-year-old reporter who runs a newspaper in Pennsylvania has delivered the commencement address at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media. Hilde Kate Lysiak has run the Orange Street News in since 2014 in Selinsgrove, 150 miles northwest of ...

Elizabeth Warren to host community event in West Virginia

KERMIT, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hosting a community meeting Friday at a West Virginia firehouse. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports people can RSVP for the Kermit Fire and Rescue Station "community conversation" on Warren's campaign ...

WVa House appoints new education chair after resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates education committee has a new chairman after its previous leader stepped down because he was having an affair with an intern. News outlets report Monday that Republican Del. Paul Espinosa will be chairing the committee on an ...

Florida man sentenced for W.Va. bank fraud

Florida man sentenced for W.Va. bank fraud WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to five months in prison for stealing personal information from bank customers to make purchases. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Roger Ernesto Ballester Caser of Hialeah, Florida was sentenced ...

83-year-old West Virginia student is commencement speaker

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — An 83-year-old student of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will deliver the school's commencement address this week. The university said in a news release that Sharon O'Neill of Parkersburg is the eldest community and technical college graduate since the West ...

Fire kills 2, injures 1; juvenile in custody

DAVISVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Fire officials say a juvenile is in custody in connection with a blaze that left two people dead at a West Virginia home. Chief Deputy Jason Baltic of the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that fire crews responded to the call ...

Missouri man accused of Trump threat sentenced in W.Va.

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An armed Missouri man accused of threatening President Donald Trump during a traffic stop in West Virginia was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail. Eric Leonardo Charron of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty in Preston County ...

WVa House chairman resigned over relationship with intern

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia delegate who resigned as chairman of the House education committee says he was asked to step down because he was having a relationship with a female intern. Republican Del. Danny Hamrick on Wednesday issued a statement describing the relationship as ...

WVa jail workers accused of using unlawful force on detainee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say two former West Virginia jail workers have been charged with using unlawful force on a pretrial detainee. The FBI, federal prosecutors and the Justice Department's civil rights division announced in a news release 64-year-old Austin Garland ...

Man on Detroit’s ‘Most Wanted List’ arrested in W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man on Detroit's Most Wanted List has been arrested in West Virginia. Police in Huntington say Michael Christian Hopkins was arrested Wednesday and charged with being a fugitive from justice. Hopkins also goes by the name Robert Pace and has an ...

WVa project to give ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ a destination

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A "Bridge to Nowhere" in southern West Virginia will have a destination in a few years. Gov. Jim Justice held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the start of work on a 3.8-mile (6.1-kilometer) addition to the King Coal Highway. The addition will make use of a ...

Ethane storage seen as key to revitalization of Appalachia

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Plans are underway in Appalachia to create two underground facilities to store ethane, a byproduct of natural gas drilling seen as integral to revitalizing a region still struggling from the loss of industrial and manufacturing jobs decades ...

Case of paralyzing polio-like illness is found in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has confirmed a case of a polio-like illness that can cause paralyzing symptoms and prove fatal. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports this is the first confirmed case in the state this year and only the ...

Official accused of harassing trans student gets job back

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student won an appeal to get his job back Monday. The Harrison County Board of Education voted to reinstate Lee Livengood after voting unanimously last month not to renew his contract at the end ...

Calls for official accused of domestic violence to be fired

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates are calling for the ouster of a state official recently charged with battery against his ex-wife at her Florida home. Several delegates on Monday issued a statement demanding that Division of Natural Resources ...

WVa woman cited after loaded gun detected at airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been cited after a loaded handgun was detected in a bag at an airport. The Transportation Security Administration says in a news release TSA officers spotted the handgun Saturday at Charleston's Yeager Airport. The statement says the woman ...