West Virginia News

West Virginia crews sent to Michigan to reduce wildfire risk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Forestry has sent a crew of 20 to Michigan to help reduce the risk of wildfires. The division says in a news release 12 trained division foresters and eight civilian firefighters left West Virginia on Wednesday. Some will be stationed at ...

Mother, boyfriend face charges in death of infant

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia couple is facing charges in the death of an 8-month-old girl. News outlets cited a criminal complaint in reporting that Kanawha County sheriff's deputies were called to a St. Albans home on June 23 and found the baby unresponsive. She later died at a ...

West Virginia reports 540 cases of hepatitis A

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials say 540 confirmed cases of hepatitis A have been reported in the state. The Herald-Dispatch reports the Department of Health and Human Resources said 297 of the cases are in Kanawha County. The totals are from Friday. In Cabell County, ...

Escaped Kentucky jail inmate captured in West Virginia

INEZ, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky jail inmate accused of assaulting a deputy jailer and escaping in a stolen police car has been captured in West Virginia. News outlets reported Saturday that authorities said Mark Allen Crouch was apprehended in Wayne County, West Virginia. The sheriff's office ...

Melody Potter re-elected West Virginia GOP chief

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Melody Potter has been re-elected as chairwoman of West Virginia's Republican Party. The state GOP says in a news release that Potter was elected Saturday by members of the Republican State Executive Committee at their summer meeting in Wheeling. The South Charleston ...

West Virginia lawmakers resume hearings on Supreme Court

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers resumed hearings Thursday to consider whether to recommend impeachment proceedings for state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry, who was indicted in federal court three weeks ago. Loughry pleaded not guilty ...

States with laws still on the books that would ban abortion

By The Associated Press President Donald Trump's appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has raised the prospect that a new conservative court majority might consider overturning or weakening the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion. Four ...

Feds change rule so drugmakers must justify need for opioids

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has approved a rule change requiring drugmakers to identify a legitimate need for opioids to justify their production in an attempt to rein in their diversion for illicit purposes. The DEA announced Wednesday that the final ...

Police: Parents starve, bind, cage 21-year-old disabled son

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The mother and stepfather of a 21-year-old man with a genetic disability that prevents him from speaking are accused of beating, binding and caging him. News outlets report 40-year-old Christina Boyles and 39-year-old Herbert Boyles, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, ...

Lawmakers discuss West Virginia disaster housing rift

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have met again to discuss an embattled housing program aimed at helping 2016 flood victims. The meeting on the RISE West Virginia program was held Thursday at the state Capitol in Charleston. The $150 million housing assistance program has ...

Trump approves disaster declaration in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration in West Virginia after flooding, mudslides and high winds ravaged parts of the state. Trump on Thursday approved the declaration for state and local governments and certain nonprofit groups for the ...

Pollution controls help red spruce rebound from acid rain

By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press STOWE, Vt. (AP) — The gray trunks of red spruce trees killed by acid rain once heavily scarred the mountain forests of the Northeast. Now those forests are mostly green, with the crowns of red spruce peeking out of the canopy and saplings thriving below. A ...

West Virginia high court Justice Ketchum to resign, retire

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum plans to resign and retire two years before his term ends, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. Justice said in a news release he received a letter from Ketchum saying he would step down ...

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is advancing a proposal that would replace President Barack Obama's principal attempt to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions with a new rule expected to go easier on the ailing coal industry. The Environmental ...

Grants to aid adult students recovering from substance abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials have awarded nearly $100,000 in funding for college campus support services for adults who are recovering from substance abuse. The Department of Health and Human Resources announced the funding Tuesday to expand the statewide resource ...

West Virginia inmate pleads not guilty to killing cellmate

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia prison inmate charged with first-degree murder in the 2016 death of his cellmate has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness. The Intelligencer of Wheeling reports 33-year-old Jonathan M. Jordan entered the plea Monday to a lesser charge of ...

More than $47M going to states to help veterans find jobs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs. Recipients in Tennessee were awarded more than $906,000, Kentucky awards totaled almost $775,000 and West Virginia will receive $165,000. The Labor Department ...

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is advancing its plan to replace the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts against global warming with a new rule expected to be friendlier to the coal industry. The Environmental Protection Agency ...

Lawsuit: Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies broke contract

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit charges that two coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice breached a contract with an exporting company. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Monday that a redacted, "public version" of the lawsuit was filed in federal court last week. The May ...

Former West Virginia volunteer firefighter enters plea deal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia volunteer firefighter has pleaded guilty to starting a fire, but his sentencing has been placed on hold in a deferral agreement with prosecutors. The Herald-Dispatch reports that if 19-year-old Allen Black successfully completes a three-year ...