West Virginia News

Girls’ team expected to head home after W.Va. bus crash

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia girls' high school basketball team is expected to return home a day after its charter bus rolled over. Berkeley County School officials said in a statement 14 people taken to hospitals Saturday night were medically cleared. The bus carrying the ...

Library exhibit displays WVU’s E. Gordon Gee’s bowties

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — If you know of WVU President Gordon Gee, you've probably at least heard of his extensive bow tie collection. Or witnessed the man himself sporting one of the colorful ties around his neck. Now, those ties will be displayed in a special exhibit at the WVU Evansdale ...

Monument placed at 83-year-old officer’s unmarked grave

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A gravesite in Bluefield that has been unmarked and barren for more than 83 years now has a monument. On Friday, family members of West Virginia State Trooper Farley Kirk Litton Sr., the only State Police officer from Bluefield to die in the line of duty and one of ...

EMS director in West Virginia suspended after Facebook post

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — An emergency services director in West Virginia says a deputy director has been suspended after a post on social media about a proposed border wall drew outrage. News outlets report Raleigh County 911 director John Zilinski says in a statement that deputy director Mark ...

WVU: Students threw bottles at officers during snow day

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University officials students threw glass bottles at officers during what had started as a "playful time in the snow." News outlets report that multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a public disturbance involving hundreds of students Friday ...

School groups say they’re ready to act against W.Va. bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three groups critical of an education reform bill moving through the West Virginia Senate say they're ready to take statewide action. The West Virginia Education Association, West Virginia School Service Personnel Association and American Federation of Teachers say ...

Educator makes it her business to bring books back to life

By PAUL LAPANN, The News & Sentinel of Parkersburg PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Heather Royer wants to preserve books. That is why she started the business A Stitch in Time Bookbindery in 2017. She repairs Bibles and other books that are special to people. "I love the idea of preserving ...

Jobless rates rise in 41 of 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in 41 of West Virginia's 55 counties in December. WorkForce West Virginia says jobless rates dropped in nine counties and remained steady in five others. Jefferson County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3 percent was the lowest ...

West Virginia agency seeks wildlife art for calendar

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is looking for original art for its 2020 wildlife calendar. The state says color wildlife paintings may depict popular game and fish species or the state's other wildlife, including snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, ...

WVU researchers awarded $1M to fight opioid trafficking

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers at West Virginia University will receive $1 million over three years to develop artificial intelligence technologies to fight opioid trafficking. A statement from the school says the National Institute of Justice awarded the grant to Yanfang "Fanny" Ye, ...

Volunteers make West Virginia home for rescue owl named Jeff

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A rescue owl in West Virginia named Jeff now has a home of his own thanks to volunteers with The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and AmeriCorps. ACCA board member Katie Fallon tells The Dominion Post that Jeff's home will allow him to take part in the ...

Bill puts W.Va. teachers back on edge a year after strike

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia public school teachers are back on edge after the introduction of a bill aimed at revamping the state's education system took aim at unions less than a year after a lengthy strike resulted in better pay. The draft ...

West Virginia veteran exits from 2020 presidential race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — While other Democrats around the country are preparing for presidential runs, a retired Army paratrooper and former West Virginia lawmaker became the first to call off his White House bid after about two months as a candidate Friday. Richard Ojeda says he isn't ...

WVa lawmakers forward bill despite teachers’ concerns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Senate committee has forwarded a draft bill to revamp the state's education system. The Republican-led Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 along party lines Friday to send the draft to the Senate Finance Committee. Two committee members were ...

Driver charged in GOP train crash challenging evidence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A lawyer for a garbage truck driver charged in a deadly 2018 crash with a train carrying Republican lawmakers is challenging evidence collected by police in Virginia. William Tanner, an attorney for Dana William Naylor Jr., filed a motion Tuesday asking an ...

Drug overdose reversal kits distributed in West Virginia

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Four West Virginia counties considered "high-risk" are receiving kits to temporarily reverse drug overdoses. Hundreds of naloxone kits for use by law enforcement personnel, emergency responders and others are going to Fayette, Mercer, Raleigh and Wyoming ...

West Virginia mall sold for $35 million to financial group

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mall has been sold for $35 million to a financial group who sued a previous owner of the mall for defaulting on a loan. News outlets report U.S. Bank National Association purchased Charleston Town Center mall at an auction Thursday. The mall's ...

W.Va. Senate passes free tuition bill for community colleges

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents could attend community and technical college for free under a bill passed by the state Senate for the second straight year. The bill approved unanimously Wednesday now moves to the House of Delegates, where it ...

McVey named W.Va. secretary of administration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Allan L. McVey as secretary of administration. Justice announced the appointment in a news release Wednesday. McVey replaces John Myers, who was appointed state lottery director in September. McVey has served as state ...

W.Va. city reports overdose deaths doubled in 2018

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths doubled in one West Virginia community last year. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports figures released Tuesday by Wheeling police show officers responded to 13 overdose deaths last year, compared with six in 2017 and three in ...