West Virginia News

New WV House speaker’s ties to gas highlight legislative ethics loopholes

Editor’s Note: This article was produced in partnership with the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. By KEN WARD JR. and KATE MISHKIN Charleston Gazette-Mail House Speaker Roger Hanshaw makes a point during a Judiciary Committee meeting in 2017, when he was the lead sponsor of ...

Virginia pastor accused of molesting girl in West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia pastor has been accused of molesting a girl in West Virginia. The Harrison County Sheriff's Office tells The Exponent Telegram that 76-year-old Daniel Houston Shafer is jailed in Dublin, Virginia and that he's waived extradition. Detective ...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting chief named

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Chuck Roberts has been named executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. News outlets report the state Educational Broadcasting Authority made the announcement Wednesday. Roberts had been named interim director in April after Scott Finn left to become ...

W.Va. company sent to arbitration over health coverage clash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered an aluminum processing company in West Virginia into arbitration over health coverage for retired employees. News outlets report U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston on Wednesday granted an injunction to prevent Constellium Rolled Products ...

West Virginia gov declares state holiday, day of remembrance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he's giving state employees the day off Wednesday as a day of remembrance for former President George H.W. Bush. Justice made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter. The Republican governor calls Bush "a true American military ...

W.Va. gov makes public employee insurance recommendations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A task force subcommittee studying fixes to a health insurance program for West Virginia public employees has forwarded recommendations made by Gov. Jim Justice to the full committee. The recommendations made by Justice on Tuesday would give employees in counties ...

Site of 2014 West Virginia chemical spill to be auctioned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former site of a company that spilled chemicals into a West Virginia river is going up for auction. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Monday the former Freedom Industries site will be available at an auction next week. A chemical known as Crude MCHM spilled ...

Ex-WVU interim president to leave nearly $1M to school

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former interim president of West Virginia University is leaving nearly $1 million to the school in his will. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that C. Peter Magrath announced the gift Nov. 14 during the university's second annual Day of Giving. Magrath served as ...

17 apply for Loughry’s seat on West Virginia Supreme Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Seventeen people have applied for a vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court following the resignation of Justice Allen Loughry. Gov. Jim Justice's office released the list Tuesday. Interviews are scheduled for Dec. 11. Among the applicants are Kanawha County ...

Police: Woman’s remains recovered 35 years after slaying

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say they have recovered the remains of a slain woman last seen in 1983. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin announced Monday that authorities located the remains of 21-year-old Leslie Diane Marty last ...

Police: Man flees from officer, arrested in chest-deep creek

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A court filing says a West Virginia man ran from the back seat of a police officer's cruiser and jumped into a creek before he was apprehended in the chest-deep water. The Exponent Telegram quotes the criminal complaint as saying 22-year-old Daniel Matthew Brown was ...

‘hillbilly:’ Documentary draws discussion of regional portrayal

By MATT COMBS The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Interweaving historical footage, modern-day interviews and familial interactions in eastern Kentucky, the recently released documentary “hillbilly” shows the complexity of the people of Appalachia against the single-minded, often ...

WVU showcase focuses on sustainable economic development from natural gas

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As an energy-producing state that has experienced its share of boom-bust cycles, West Virginia has struggled to create an energy economy with stable, good paying jobs for its residents. The Center for Innovation for Gas Research and Utilization at West ...

Mountain State to begin collecting internet sales taxes

By CONOR GRIFFITH NCWV Media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As a result of a U.S. Supreme Court case, the 2018 holiday season will be the last in which shoppers in the Mountain State can take advantage of tax-free shopping for online retail giants such as Amazon or eBay. Beginning in January, ...

Bomb dogs sweep stands for explosives before every WVU game

By WILLIAM DEAN, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Before 60,000 or more screaming fans fill the seats at Mountaineer Field to cheer the football team, to a trio of noses works hard to make sure Milan Puskar Stadium is safe for all. Ginger, a 7-year-old field golden retriever; ...

Quilt mural adds color to West Virginia town

By TIM MACVEAN, The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Kiana Hartman, 21, spent the better part of a year — using more than a dozen different colors — to create a quilt mural at Space-ial Places Storage Units on Randolph Avenue in Elkins. "I kind of went by a design that I found online ...

GOP majority renominates Hanshaw as W.Va. House speaker

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Majority Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates have renominated Roger Hanshaw as speaker. The House says in a news release the move occurred Sunday during a private caucus meeting at the state Capitol. The full House will vote on a speaker on the first ...

West Virginia Christmas tree lighting set for Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's annual Joyful Night celebration and tree lighting ceremony will be held this week at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the south plaza with performances from West Virginia high school bands. Gov. Jim ...