West Virginia News

Driver charged following Parkways Authority fatal crash

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials have charged a man involved in an August crash that killed two West Virginia Parkways Authority employees. West Virginia State Police Sgt. C.F. Kane tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that 52-year-old truck driver James Richard Crandall of ...

Facade Program helps businesses spruce up store fronts

By JEFF MCCULLOUGH, The Exponent Telegram MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Downtown Morgantown is set to receive a facelift with the help of the new Facade Program from Main Street Morgantown. The program will give out forgivable loans to applying downtown businesses to help make repairs and ...

Witness recalls moving state-owned couch from judge’s home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A messenger for West Virginia's Supreme Court has testified at Justice Allen Loughry's criminal trial that he helped the judge move a state-owned couch and a desk from Loughry's home in late 2017. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the court messenger, Paul Mendez, ...

Former mayor indicted on drug distribution charges

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former mayor in West Virginia on drug distribution charges. A U.S. Attorney's office news release says 63-year-old Kevin Mark Simms was charged with offenses that include one count of distribution of oxycodone and three counts of ...

Court expert says federal opioid lawsuit should move forward

CLEVELAND (AP) — A court-appointed expert in a case with national implications for addressing the opioid epidemic is recommending that a pivotal lawsuit move forward. Drug makers, distributors and pharmacies had argued that a lawsuit filed by Summit County, Ohio, should be dismissed. The ...

Eyes on The Five: A look at the deciding votes on Kavanaugh

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The eyes of the polarized nation are riveted on three Republican and one Democratic senator who aren't saying, so far, whether they are ayes or nays on the politically fateful question of whether Brett Kavanaugh should sit on the Supreme ...

Tricky time for GOP female senators facing Kavanaugh vote

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump era has, at times, been uncomfortable for Republican women, especially the six senators who will be asked to vote for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation by week's end. On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump ...

2 more West Virginia casinos to start sports betting in fall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The parent company of two West Virginia casinos says they will launch sports betting this fall. Delaware North says in a news release it has chosen Miomni Gaming to handle sports books at Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling and Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro. Hollywood ...

Justice asked to step aside from natural gas case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newly sworn-in West Virginia Supreme Court justice is being asked to disqualify himself from a lawsuit against natural gas giant Antero Resources Corp. by residents who say its operations are making life unbearable in their community. The Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

Foliage continues to provide color show in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Fall foliage is continuing to produce vibrant colors in West Virginia. The state Tourism Office and Division of Forestry say trees in most areas are starting to turn. It says trees in Canaan Valley are nearing peak color and trees at higher elevations in Greenbrier ...

West Virginia registers more than 5,000 to vote in September

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state's office says county clerks registered more than 5,000 people to vote last month. The office says all 55 counties registered new voters during September, which is National Voter Registration Month. Secretary of State Mac Warner ...

Witnesses testify in trial against doctor accused of assault

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Witnesses are testifying in a trial against a West Virginia doctor charged with sexually assaulting and abusing patients. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the trial against Dr. Steven Matulis started Monday, and witnesses have so far included patients, hospital ...

Retired W. Virginia judge asks for impeachment trial delay

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired West Virginia Supreme Court justice has asked her impeachment trial be delayed until after the November election. WCHS-TV reports the West Virginia Senate is scheduled to hold an impeachment trial for retired Justice Robin Davis on Oct. 29. The election is ...

West Virginia man settles police excessive force suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man will receive a $75,000 settlement in an excessive force lawsuit filed against the city of Hinton and its former police chief. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the settlement was reached Thursday in the federal lawsuit filed by Robert McPherson ...

WVU official to lead entrepreneurship efforts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University official who has offered guidance to students looking to start their own businesses has been hired for an administrative job on campus that focuses on entrepreneurship. WVU Provost Joyce McConnell says Carrie White, the former director of ...

Police: Man who fell out of boat found dead

LAVALETTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state police say a man who fell out of his boat has been found dead. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 67-year-old William Taylor fell out of his boat in Beech Fork Lake Saturday afternoon. State police Sgt. E. A. Blankenship says Taylor was with a ...

Manchin backs FBI investigation of claims against Kavanaugh

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of the few Senate Democrats who remains undecided on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court is backing calls for an FBI investigation of sexual misconduct claims against the nominee. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said senators need to slow down on ...

Motion filed to avert judge’s testimony in impeachment trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission has filed a motion to prevent its chairman from having to testify in an impeachment trial in the state Senate. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the commission's attorneys filed a motion to squash a subpoena ...

Attorney files 2 lawsuits against jail in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia attorney has filed two lawsuits against authorities at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, saying the combination of understaffing and overcrowding is affecting inmates' safety. The Herald-Dispatch reports attorney Kerry Nessel filed the ...

Ex-West Virginia justice blames impeachment on gender bias

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An impeached former West Virginia Supreme Court justice has filed a federal lawsuit accusing elected officials of gender bias and other violations. Former Justice Robin Davis' 40-page lawsuit filed Wednesday said she would not have ...