West Virginia News

West Virginia University suspends fraternity, students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has suspended a fraternity chapter and several students after a student fell while visiting at the fraternity house. The university said 22-year-old senior finance major David Rusko of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, fell down stairs at the Sigma ...

3 new members appointed to Marshall University board

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University says West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed three people to the university's Board of Governors. They are retired Cabell County schools superintendent William A. Smith, WesBanco executive Geoffrey S. Sheils and BrickStreet Insurance attorney ...

Health official says hepatitis A cases on decline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health official in West Virginia says there's been a drop in the number of hepatitis A cases being reported. The Gazette-Mail reports the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is now helping manage 10 to 15 hepatitis A cases a week, which is down from 50 to 60 cases ...

Tourism officials promoting W.Va. through ‘Fallout’ game

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tourism officials are hoping to promote West Virginia to a wider audience with the launch of Bethesda Game Studios' "Fallout 76" video game. Tourism officials heralded the game's worldwide debut Wednesday with an event at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston. The ...

Robotic pediatric spinal surgery is a first in West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University surgeon has performed the state's first robotic pediatric spinal surgery. WVU Medicine said in a news release Wednesday that Dr. John Lubicky used a robotic surgical guidance system to perform the procedure to treat a genetic disorder that ...

Impeachment focus back on W.Va. court after justice resigns

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Now that an impeached and suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice has resigned, lawmakers are turning their attention to a panel of justices that had cut off pending impeachment trials. After Justice Allen Loughry's resignation, ...

AEP subsidiaries propose revised rate increase in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two American Electric Power subsidiaries in West Virginia are proposing a revised rate increase that would bring a 3 percent revenue boost. Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power filed the request with the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday for a $44 million ...

West Virginia revenue collections up again in October

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has seen another month of revenue collections over estimates, though receipts were not as strong as the last few months. Gov. Jim Justice's office announced over the weekend that General Fund revenue in October was $359.2 million, nearly $2.4 million ...

Special session canceled after West Virginia justice resigns

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The resignation of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges prompted the governor Sunday to cancel a special legislative session that was to consider the justice's removal. It was the latest ...

Dunlevy appointed to West Virginia Board of Education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former West Virginia Board of Education member Robert Dunlevy has been appointed to the board again. Gov. Jim Justice appointed the Wheeling resident to the board late last week. Dunlevy replaces Frank Vitale, whose term expired earlier this month. Dunlevy ...

Court rejects appeal of woman who gave heroin to girl

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled against a woman who was convicted of giving heroin to a 16-year-old girl. The Herald-Dispatch reports , 38-year-old Michelle Kitchen was sentenced in 2016 to serve four to 20 years in prison. She received probation ...

West Virginia men sentenced for gun thefts at pawn shop

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia men have been sentenced for stealing guns from a pawn shop. Twenty-three-year-old Robert Lee Reid was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison, while 18-year-old Jonathan Chafin was sentenced to one year and six months. Both are ...

Man admits embezzling from West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia hospital worker has pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from his employer. Sixty-two-year-old Kevin L. Durst of Point Pleasant pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington last week to embezzling more than $45,000 from Pleasant Valley Hospital ...

Parents charged with neglect of child who seemingly starved

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Two people in West Virginia are accused of starving their child to death. A Mercer County Sheriff's report says the parents told authorities the 21-month-old had a cold for the last two weeks and lost up to 18 pounds. Mercer County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. S.A. ...

GOP loses leaders, maintains majorities in W.Va. Legislature

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teacher Cody Thompson has worked second jobs over the years to help make ends meet. He has another one to look forward to — as a state legislator. The Democrat was the top vote-getter Tuesday in a House of Delegates ...

Screening slated for film that examines hillbilly stereotype

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A documentary film that examines the hillbilly stereotype will be given a free screening in West Virginia next week. Marshall University is presenting the film "hillbilly" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Room 154 of Smith Hall on the school's Huntington campus. The ...

WVa gives county, community, teacher environment awards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has awarded prizes for clean counties and communities as well as environmental teachers of the year. The teachers of the year are Amanda Morris of Pleasant Valley Elementary in Calhoun County, Penni Harris of ...

Body found last month identified as West Virginia man

CROSS LANES, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have identified the remains of a West Virginia man found last month by a property owner doing yard work behind a home. The Kanawha County sheriff's department identified the man as 22-year-old Bodie Walter Beier, who was from Huntington. WCHS-TV reports ...

Path to power: Senate races to watch on election night

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have a huge advantage as they seek to hold or expand their 51-49 Senate majority, with the battle for control running mostly through states that President Donald Trump won in 2016. Out of the 35 Senate contests taking place ...

Baseball player, 17, waits on kidney, gets surprise at WVU

By JESSICA FARRISH, The Register-Herald MT HOPE, W.Va. (AP) — Alex Shiflett, 17, got a hero's welcome at Hometown Subaru. As Woodrow Wilson High School Flying Eagles' marching band played and Shiflett's baseball teammates watched, Shiflett got the news that he will have a first-class ...