West Virginia News

WVU researcher sees shooter status threat in mass killings

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University researcher says there likely will be more mass shootings at U.S. schools and that apparent underlying issues include shooters' perceived threat to their "masculine status" and their sense of entitlement. WVU's Research Center on Violence ...

West Virginia superintendent says teacher walkout unlawful

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With teachers and other public workers planning a statewide walkout Thursday and Friday over pay and benefits, Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine says they deserve more but work stoppages by public employees are unlawful in West Virginia. In a statement Tuesday, ...

West Virginia Supreme Court cancels trip to Morgantown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has canceled its annual trip to Morgantown scheduled for next week and will hear cases in Charleston instead that day. The court said in a news release that the two cases were scheduled for Tuesday at West Virginia University College ...

Grand jury to see case of man accused of shooting officer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The case of a Tennessee man accused of shooting a West Virginia police officer is being sent to a grand jury. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston Detective Richard Basford testified at a hearing for Bryan Lee Ogle, of Tennessee, Tuesday. He says Montgomery ...

West Virginia city may end recreation centers if bill passes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor says he may close his city's recreation centers or disallow school programming in them if a Senate gun bill becomes law. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston Attorney Paul Ellis says Senate Bill 244 appears to allow guns in ...

Judge refuses to delay hearing on pipeline land acquisition

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to postpone a hearing in a lawsuit brought by developers seeking possession of land in several Virginia counties for a controversial pipeline project. Atlantic Coast Pipeline is seeking possession of several properties in Augusta, Bath, ...

Authorities: At least 2 juveniles accused of school threats

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say at least two juveniles have been identified for allegedly posting social media threats aimed at a West Virginia high school. Fayette County school officials acknowledged they were informed of "threatening Snapchat messages" that circulated through ...

West Virginia House panel backs more insurance funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With teachers and other public workers planning a statewide walkout Thursday and Friday over pay and benefits, West Virginia's House Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would dedicate part of annual budget surpluses to help fund their health ...

Librarian of Congress giving presentation at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will be making a presentation at Marshall University this week, and the school says its satellite libraries will operate on a modified schedule for the day. The schedule changes for Wednesday are to allow library faculty and staff ...

FirstEnergy plans to close power plant if no buyer found

ST. MARYS, W.Va. (AP) — FirstEnergy says if it doesn't find a buyer for a West Virginia coal-fired power plant, it will close the facility at the beginning of next year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that deactivating the Pleasants Power Station in Willow Island would affect about 190 ...

Couple foster a response to children of an epidemic

By WENDY HOLDREN, The Register-Herald of Beckley ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) — Seated on a plush sofa under a cursive sign that says "family," Christy and Brian Beaver cradle 7-month-old identical twins. One boy, one girl. The little girl gently tugs on Brian's white and gray beard, while the little ...

Michael Baylous confirmed as US marshal in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia state police lieutenant has been confirmed as U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says the Senate confirmed Michael T. Baylous for the post. He was nominated by President Donald Trump last ...

Flooding leads to state of emergency in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has issued a state of emergency for West Virginia's 55 counties due to flooding. Justice issued the state of emergency early Saturday after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations. The National Weather Service says rain mixed with snow ...

Kentucky 2030? Could Korea export its rural Olympic gamble?

By CLAIRE GALOFARO and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — A coal mine stands on the mountain exactly as it was the day it was abandoned, now a rusting relic of blue-collar glory lost to a globalized world. It towers over this Korean coal community that is much ...

Federal prosecutors seek to have coal boss case dismissed

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have decided not to retry a West Virginia coal boss whose case ended in mistrial on charges of campaign finance fraud. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell of the Northern District of West Virginia said in a statement Friday that prosecutors have filed a ...

West Virginia Supreme Court replaces chief justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court announced late Friday afternoon it has elected a new chief justice, Margaret Workman, to replace Allen Loughry. Workman issued a brief release through the court saying it's the start of a long process to restore public respect for the ...

Greenbrier teen shoots for future Olympic glory

By JOHN MCCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — For Makayla Scott, it was love at first squeeze — of a trigger, that is. Three years ago, shortly after her brother began shooting in a 4-H shotgun-sports program, she decided to give it a try, too. "I knew after ...

Teachers, public employees planning walkout in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — School teachers and public employees in West Virginia are planning a statewide walkout as they continue to protest low pay, projected hikes in health insurance costs and small proposed pay hikes. Media outlets report that the decision to hold the walkout this ...

West Virginia House votes to boost natural gas drilling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House voted 60-40 on Thursday to allow drilling for natural gas beneath property where 75 percent of owners of its royalty interests agree. The bill now goes to the Senate. Supporters said the bill enables a supermajority of a property's owners to ...

WVU limits social activities, recruiting of 16 fraternities

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN West Virginia University has halted social activities and recruiting by 16 fraternities, saying it will review and strengthen oversight following ongoing problems with drinking, hazing, drugs and sexual assaults. Under the moratorium announced Wednesday evening, WVU said ...