West Virginia News

Shots for food workers urged in 2 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials are urging hepatitis A vaccinations for restaurant and food service employees in two West Virginia counties. The Bureau for Public Health made the recommendation Wednesday for such employees in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Eight food establishments ...

Mountain Valley pipeline protester comes down after 57 days

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — After 57 days and a food blockade orchestrated by law enforcement, the Mountain Valley Pipeline protester known as Nutty has descended from her perch atop a pole in Virginia. The Roanoke Times reports Nutty left the platform suspended from a 50-foot pole blocking a ...

West Virginia pharmacy technician admits role in theft

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has admitted her role in the theft of controlled substances from a pharmacy. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says in a news release that 60-year-old Marcia Evans of Gilbert pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute Suboxone. Evans ...

West Virginia lawmakers seek answers on flood victim program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The leaders of the West Virginia House and Senate are asking a legislative committee to examine a program created to help flood victims obtain housing assistance. Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead wrote the letter Wednesday ...

West Virginia welcomes its 42nd annual Vandalia Gathering

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is gearing up for its 42nd annual Vandalia Gathering in Charleston. The free celebration of traditional arts, music, dance and food kicks off Friday evening at the state Culture Center with an awards ceremony for quilt and wall hangings followed by a ...

Settlements from chemical spill not ready to be paid out

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawyer for West Virginia residents affected by a 2014 chemical spill says they will not receive settlements until a judge's final approval, and administrators finish processing the over 95,000 claims. Attorney Anthony Majestro tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail no ...

West Virginia lawmakers hear audit reports during interims

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers learned about audit reports on state purchasing cards and about missing Homeland Security assets during interim meetings Tuesday. The Legislature concluded the meetings after finishing a two-day special session ...

Another Mountain Valley Pipeline protester takes to trees

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Another protester is occupying an aerial blockade along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. The Roanoke Times cites an Appalachians Against Pipelines release that says 30-year-old Fern MacDougal on Monday ascended a platform suspended from ropes ...

West Virginia physician indicted on 20 drug, fraud charges

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A physician in West Virginia has been indicted on 20 drug distribution and fraud charges. WVVA-TV reports Manuel C. Barit was indicted Thursday on charges including distribution of Schedule II controlled substances outside of the bounds of a legitimate medical practice. ...

Raffety confirmed as US marshal in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — J.C. Raffety has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a second stint as U.S. marshal for West Virginia's northern district. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito announced Raffety's confirmation Tuesday. President Donald Trump had nominated Raffety, who served in the ...

West Virginia Lottery revenue continued to increase in April

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Lottery revenue continued to increase in April, as more money spent on video lottery and traditional online and scratch-off games had offset declining revenue at racetrack casinos. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports traditional lottery sales are up 7 ...

FBI honors West Virginia officers who died while on duty

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The FBI has honored West Virginia law enforcement officers who died while on duty. News outlets report a memorial ceremony for the officers was held Tuesday by the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg. Among those commemorated was ...

Pipeline construction halted in Virginia amid severe erosion

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Following heavy rains, construction at a Mountain Valley Pipeline site in Virginia has been suspended until erosion control measures are established. The Roanoke Times reports the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is investigating how dams and other measures ...

Audit looks further into West Virginia Supreme Court travel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An audit has looked further into West Virginia Supreme Court employees' travel expenses. The audit was released Sunday during legislative interim meetings in Charleston. It found Justice Robin Davis reserved a court vehicle seven times where a destination was ...

Flood warning continues along Potomac River in West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Flood warnings continue along the Potomac River in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle after several days of heavy rains. The National Weather Service says the river at Shepherdstown was more than 2 feet above flood stage Sunday morning and was expected to fall below ...

Regulators: No foul play suspect in West Virginia fish kill

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia natural resources officials say no foul play is suspected after hundreds of dead fish were found in a private pond. Media outlets report the fish were found in a pond in Milton on Saturday. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says high waters ...

Baylous sworn in as US marshal in Charleston ceremony

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia State Police officer has been sworn in as U.S. marshal. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Michael Baylous took the oath of office on Friday in Charleston. He will serve in the Southern District of West Virginia. Baylous is a former ...

Interpretive garden planting begins at Grave Creek Mound

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The public can help plant an interpretive garden at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in West Virginia. Planting was getting started over the weekend and will continue to June 2 at the Moundsville complex. The program is free and open to the public. The ...

West Virginia governor calls lawmakers into special session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has called lawmakers into special session beginning Sunday with a handful of items on the agenda. One item on the call is a bill that would establish the Department of Arts, Culture and History, with the curator of arts, culture and ...

Feds OK 55 West Virginia ‘opportunity zones’ under tax law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials have approved 55 locations across West Virginia to become "opportunity zones," an economic development designation created under President Donald Trump's tax law. In a news release Friday, Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito ...