West Virginia News

Swilled Dog brewing West Virginia hard cider

By MICHELLE DILLON, Times West Virginian FRANKLIN, W.Va. (AP) — A new option for people who enjoy alcoholic beverages crafted in the state of West Virginia is available. Swilled Dog is a new hard cider company that just started its operations in September 2016 in Franklin in Pendleton ...

West Virginia jails photocopy mail and destroy originals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say the regional jail system has revamped its inmate mail policy so inmates receive photocopies of all mail from family friends and businesses and the originals are shredded. According to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, ...

West Virginia department accepting home heating applications

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources says it will accept applications for emergency low-income energy assistance starting Monday until funds are exhausted. The federally funded program helps eligible residents who have a termination notice in ...

Maryland woman convicted in fatal drunken driving wreck

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Maryland woman has been found guilty in a drunken driving accident in West Virginia that killed two women. Media outlets report a Berkeley County jury on Friday convicted 34-year-old Clairesse S. Felipe of Columbia, Maryland, of multiple counts, including DUI ...

Pence: Health care overhaul setback ‘won’t last very long’

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that President Donald Trump's administration is refusing to accept defeat on health care. A day after legislation was pulled off the House floor that would have unraveled former ...

Former Massey Energy CEO moved to halfway house

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been moved to a halfway house as he nears the completion of his federal prison sentence. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2o3PIQH ) reports that Blankenship has been placed in a halfway house in Phoenix, ...

It’s not just lunch: Groups gear up for Empty Bowls Project

By MICHELLE JAMES, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — To most people, it's simply lunch. A nice, hot bowl of soup at the midday hour. The day's second meal that will tide them over until the evening. For others however, the contents of that bowl are the day's only food. And that's if ...

Bomb squad builds Easter eggs for visually-impaired students

By GIUSEPPE SABELLA, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The sizzling sound of wires under hot metal filled a training room at the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office on March 20. Eight members of the bomb squad formed an assembly line and pieced together 24 plastic eggs to use ...

48 arrested in West Virginia drug bust in Eastern Panhandle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say 48 people were arrested in a drug bust that dismantled a heroin trafficking network in the Eastern Panhandle. The Journal (http://bit.ly/2o3KQv3 ) reports that the drug trafficking network spanned across the Eastern Panhandle and ...

History all around: Market owners seek prospective buyers

By ADRANISHA STEPHENS, The Journal HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — Jerry and Wanda Mason-Ballenger are the owners of the Bakerton Market located at 834 Carver Ave. and have worked together in unison for more than 23 years. "We love the community, we love the area. There is history all around," ...

WVU experimental rocketry team preparing for test flight

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's experimental rocketry team is planning a test next month on its 12-foot fiberglass rocket leading up to international competition later this year. The team will travel to Maryland in April for the first test flight at a Tripoli Rocketry ...

US rig count increases 20 this week to 809; Texas up 8

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 20 this week to 809. A year ago, 464 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 652 rigs sought oil and 155 explored for natural gas this week. Two were ...

Man gets 20 years for deadly Charleston bar shootout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a deadly shootout at a Charleston bar. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2nw3T39) reports a judge handed down the maximum prison sentence Thursday to 26-year-old Jacques Slade of Gastonia, ...

Woman pleads guilty to charges in 2014 double slaying

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A McDowell County woman has pleaded guilty to charges in the shooting deaths of two men whose bodies were found in a burning pickup truck. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2o0e1iz) reports that 46-year-old Sheila Bailey of Crumpler pleaded guilty Thursday to ...

West Virginia Senate votes to end Common Core tests

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate on Friday narrowly passed legislation to replace the state's standardized tests aligned to the Common Core curriculum with other tests that would be subject to lawmakers' approval. The 18-16 ...

Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal ...

Justice: 6 Dems, no Republicans, join in private budget talk

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Only six legislators, all Democrats, showed up in response to Gov. Jim Justice's invitation to meet Wednesday behind locked doors to resolve the state budget crisis, according to the governor's office. The first-year Democratic governor said ...

3 West Virginia schools superintendent finalists named

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Board of Education is set to meet to interview three finalists for state schools superintendent. The board plans to meet Thursday in Charleston and interview each finalist privately. The finalists are former state schools Superintendent Steve Paine, ...

2 Detroit men fatally shot at home in northern West Virginia

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Police in northern West Virginia say two Detroit men have died in a shooting at a home in Fairmont. Media outlets report Fairmont Police Chief Steve Shine identified the victims in a news release as 31-year-old Jemiez Weathersby and 21-year-old Earnest Cole Jr. Shine ...

Drug firm seeks to dismiss McDowell County pain pill suit

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A major prescription drug distributor is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the company fueled West Virginia's opioid epidemic with excessively large shipment of painkillers. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2no3nUC ) an attorney for ...