West Virginia News

As overdoses climb, gabapentin designated ‘drug of concern’ in WV

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has designated the nerve-pain medication gabapentin — sold under the brand name Neurontin — a “drug of concern” amid a surge of overdoses. The pharmacy board has started to track ...

West Virginia Woman’s March group to protest GOP tax plan in Beckley

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The West Virginia Women’s March will protest the Republican effort to rewrite the tax code at noon Saturday in downtown Beckley. The protest will begin at Rep. Evan Jenkin’s office, 307 Prince St., and will continue to ...

Human rights commission headed to Fairmont voters

By CARTER WALKER Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — Fairmont City Council did not set a public hearing on a proposed repeal of the human rights commission ordinance on Tuesday, sending the issue to a ballot vote in November of 2018. “I don’t think anybody on council was ...

WesBanco expands W.Va. presence with First Sentry acquisition

By JIM ROSS The State Journal HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  — Another bank name could disappear from West Virginia next year as WesBanco, the state’s largest bank, completes its acquisition of Huntington-based First Sentry Bank. The two banks announced the deal last month. It marked a ...

West Virginia’s adult smoker ranks decline

CHARLESTON –The number of adult smokers in the state has declined over the past five years, according to a report released Tuesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health. According to the DHHR’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, ...

West Virginia’s Green Bank scope tracks object for signs of alien design

By RICK STEELHAMMER Charleston Gazette-Mail GREEN BANK, W.Va. — Could a mysterious, cigar-shaped object believed to have come from another star system and now streaking toward Jupiter at speeds approaching 200,000 miles per hour be a probe from a distant civilization? Probably ...

West Virginia teacher fired amid sheriff’s investigation

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A schools superintendent in West Virginia says a teacher has been fired amid an ongoing investigation. News outlets report the Putnam County Board of Education voted Monday to terminate Kevin Neal. County schools Superintendent John Hudson said in a statement that he ...

West Virginia reports decline in adult smokers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State health officials report fewer adults are smoking in West Virginia. The Bureau for Public Health says its survey shows a decline from 28.6 percent in 2011 to 24.8 percent in 2016. Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the bureau, says it's the first evidence of more ...

Panel grants conditional OK on key pipeline approval

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of Virginia environmental regulators granted a conditional permit Tuesday for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, making its approval contingent on getting more information about the project's impact on water quality. The ...

West Virginia pair get prison for taking veterans’ pills

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a West Virginia couple who conspired to steal painkillers from military veterans and sell some has been sentenced to prison. According to prosecutors, 28-year-old Amber Fox of Lesage faces two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty ...

2 plead guilty to gun charges in northern West Virginia

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A woman and man from northern West Virginia have admitted to federal firearms charges involving three guns taken illegally from a store licensed to sell them. Jamie Lynn Huffman of Parsons pleaded guilty to two counts of firearm theft from B.F. Long & Co in ...

Few West Virginians signed up for health insurance plans as deadline nears

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Friday is the final day for West Virginians to buy health insurance during open enrollment on the federal health insurance marketplace, found at Healthcare.gov. Few West Virginians — about 10,000 — had selected plans, ...

Composting idea garners West Virginia couple $10,000 Bedrock Grant

By FRED PACE The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The husband-and-wife team of Chasten and Jaye Toler of Huntington are local gardeners and recyclers who were recently awarded the 2017 Bedrock Grant of $10,000 for their proposal to create an organic food waste hauling program ...

WVU shifts staffing following radio shutdown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says it installed an interim general manager of the student-run U92 radio that was temporarily shut down from a job action by student workers on Thursday. School officials say while their investigation continues, assisted by an outside ...

West Virginia agency OKs funds for school building projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia School Building Authority has voted to fund $59.1 million in facilities projects statewide. Monday's vote includes construction and renovation projects for public school systems in 22 counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports $49.2 million comes ...