West Virginia News

Bridge Day this year marks New River Gorge Bridge’s 40th anniversary

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In 1977, Eddie Miller was among the first people to walk on the New River Gorge Bridge. On Saturday, he’ll do it again, for the first time in 40 years. As it does every year, the bridge will close to vehicular ...

Morgantown council votes unanimously to add LGBT protections

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown has added protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents to a human rights ordinance. “The only thing I’d say is this simply verbalized the kind of community I really hope that we are,” ...

West Virginia Home Rule Board meets at Elkins City Hall

By TIM MacVEAN The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va.  — Members of the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board hosted their quarterly meeting Thursday morning in the Elkins City Hall Council Chamber. The goal of the meeting was to take action on six plans submitted by the city of ...

Legislation introduced to repeal bill hindering DEA

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Congressman Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., introduced legislation Thursday to re-empower the Drug Enforcement Administration to go after irresponsible drug distributors. The legislation would repeal the provisions of the Ensuring ...

PEIA proposes premium increases ranging from slight to significant

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia government and public school employees covered by Public Employees Insurance Agency health insurance can anticipate one-half percent across-the-board premium increases — with more substantial hikes for many ...

For Zatezalo, mine safety nomination follows history as coal executive

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The retired coal company executive from West Virginia chosen by Republican President Trump to oversee U.S. mining safety says his first priority is preventing people from getting hurt and that he replaced the managers of a mine ...

Whiskey barrel plant to be built in flood-ravaged community

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new company that makes whiskey barrels out of white oak wood has been born from efforts to rebuild a devastated West Virginia community following deadly floods. Officials announced at a news conference Thursday that the West Virginia ...

West Virginia posts online medical marijuana survey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials have released an online survey for people interested in obtaining medical marijuana. A Department of Health & Human Resources news release says the survey results will be shared with the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board ...

Lawyer in West Virginia AG’s office leaving for FCC job

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A top member of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is leaving for a job with the Federal Communications Commission. A statement released Thursday by Morrisey's office says Deputy Solicitor General Thomas M. Johnson, Jr. will join the FCC as its ...

Charleston man guilty of having sawed-off shotgun

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge, admitting he possessed an illegal sawed-off shotgun. According to prosecutors, Joe Orville Fooce III, of Charleston, had a shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches long that ...

$120m GM settlement aids Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A $120 million settlement between General Motors and 49 states and Washington, D.C. will bring more than $1 million apiece to Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. State attorneys general said Tennessee will receive $2.1 million, while Kentucky and West Virginia will ...

West Virginia court reinstates terrorism charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's top court has reinstated a terrorism charge against a school custodian accused of threatening to get a gun and shoot people in the school if his workload was increased. The Supreme Court says Brooke County Judge Ronald Wilson wrongly dismissed the ...

West Virginia postal worker admits stealing meth package

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing a mailed package containing methamphetamine. Twenty-five-year-old Turner Connolly of Charleston entered the plea to theft of mail by a postal employee Thursday in federal court in ...

Sen. Joe Manchin assembles campaign team for 2018 election

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has assembled his campaign team for the 2018 election. The West Virginia Democrat announced Wednesday that longtime friend Larry Puccio will serve as his re-election campaign's senior adviser. Puccio served as chief of staff when Manchin was ...

Mayor of West Virginia city resigns after DUI arrest

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of a West Virginia city has resigned following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. Media outlets report that Princeton Mayor Dewey Russell resigned Wednesday but will remain on the city council. Mercer County Sheriff's Deputy T.A. Lacy says Russell ...

Ex-West Virginia school employees sentenced for embezzlement

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Two former West Virginia school system employees have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison apiece for embezzlement. Media outlets report David Bryan Jarrell and Tracy L. Harvey were sentenced Wednesday in Boone County Circuit Court. Jarrell was the transportation ...

WVU facility helps research on impact of inhaling particles

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has established a new Inhalation Facility for researchers to identify particles people breathe and how they affect their health. Timothy Nurkiewicz, a microvascular physiologist in the School of Medicine's Department of Physiology, ...

Parachutists to gather in West Virginia for Bridge Day

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on West Virginia for an annual bridge-jumping event. Saturday's Bridge Day festival in Fayetteville is being held for the 38th year. It is the one day a year that it's legal to jump off the 876-foot high span ...

Doctor at West Virginia hospital admits to drug charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a 60-year-old physician has pleaded guilty to a drug charge, admitting he obtained the powerful painkiller fentanyl by fraudulently entering the name of a patient on whom he didn't intend to use it at a veterans' hospital in West ...

3,000 pumpkins need carvers for West Virginia display

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — With more than 3,000 pumpkins to carve for his West Virginia home's annual Halloween display, Ric Griffith is looking for some volunteers to tackle the task. The Herald-Dispatch reports Griffith has the pumpkins set up in rows ready to be turned into jack-o'-lanterns and ...