West Virginia News

West Virginia Gov. picks family’s lobbyist for Senate seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Jim Justice is filling a West Virginia Senate vacancy with a Democrat who works as a lobbyist for his family's companies. Paul Hardesty replaces Democrat Richard Ojeda, who resigned to mount a long-shot run for the U.S. presidency. Justice announced ...

Sheriff: Deputies fired after investigation of traffic stop

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff says two deputies have been fired after an internal investigation of a traffic stop involving two state police troopers and a sheriff's deputy in which a teenage motorist was seen being beaten. Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller told The ...

Proposed resolution supports congressional term limits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A House Delegate has sponsored a resolution that would add West Virginia to states that are signing up to support a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits. Delegate Jeffrey Pack sponsored the resolution on Thursday and it has been assigned to the ...

Complaint: Teacher gave alcohol to teens involved in a crash

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A teacher is accused of giving alcohol and the keys to her vehicle to two West Virginia students who were later involved in a crash. News outlets report 31-year-old Kandace Dick is accused of providing alcohol Wednesday to a 17-year-old and 15-year-old while at her ...

Judge asked to block evidence in crash near playground

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia magistrate has been asked to block prosecutors from introducing evidence or witnesses during the trial of a man who overdosed in a car that crashed near a crowded playground. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 33-year-old Bradley Stephen Wyrick ...

Supreme Court elections bill advances in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A House of Delegates committee has advance a bill that would require a runoff election for the West Virginia Supreme Court if no candidate receives more than 40 percent of the vote. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday. It now moves to the full ...

West Virginia bill addresses slow left-lane drivers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians have long complained about motorists driving at reduced speeds in the left lane of highways. Now a state lawmaker is doing something about it. Delegate Gary Howell has introduced a bill that would make it illegal to drive in the left lane of a ...

9 Democrats apply for vacant seat in W.Va. Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nine Democrats have applied to fill a vacant seat in the West Virginia Senate. The state Democratic Party released the list of names Wednesday in the 7th District. Sen. Richard Ojeda resigned last week to run for U.S. president. The district's Democratic Executive ...

Democrats meeting to submit names for Richard Ojeda’s successor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrats in a West Virginia Senate district are seeking people interested in filling a vacancy in the state Legislature. The 7th Senate District Democratic Executive Committee is meeting Thursday in Chapmanville to vote on three names to submit to Gov. Jim Justice ...

Officials: Fire that killed 4 children probably accidental

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia fire marshal's office says investigators believe a fire that killed four children was probably accidental. The fire marshal's office said in a news release there were smoke alarms in the house, located in Clay. The news release said "investigators have ...

After scandal, W.Va. Supreme Court submits budget request

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has submitted a budget proposal a year after its spending practices triggered an impeachment scandal. Chief Justice Beth Walker submitted the request Tuesday for $131.15 million in the 2020 fiscal year, compared with appropriations of ...

West Virginia: Proposal to give $10M for Trump’s border wall

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some lawmakers in drug-ravaged West Virginia want to pitch in millions of dollars for President Donald Trump's wall-building effort along the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-led House of Delegates issued a statement Monday that a bill ...

Authorities: 4 foster kids die in West Virginia house fire

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say four foster children have been killed in a house fire. Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic tells news outlets the fire destroyed the home Saturday night in Clay. The state Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Children ...

Health company giving drug disposal kits to West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health care company is donating thousands of disposal kits to help West Virginia residents dispose of unused opioids and other drugs. Gov. Jim Justice announced that UnitedHealthcare will give 10,000 opioid disposal kits to Recovery Point West Virginia to give to ...

West Virginia suspect fatally shot after pursuit identified

HURRICANE, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia have released the name of a suspect who was fatally shot by officers after a car chase that ended in a crash. The Herald-Dispatch reports state police identified the man as 42-year-old Kevin Shawn Hanson of Huntington. Authorities say after ...

West Virginia AG: Medical marijuana faces federal risks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in a new opinion that financial institutions face risks when providing banking services to medical marijuana businesses because the product is illegal under federal law. Morrisey's opinion says the state will have ...

Public high school 4-year grad rate last school year was up

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's public high school four-year graduation rate last school year was 90 percent, up from 89 percent the previous school year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Department of Education released the 2017-18 school year graduation rates ...

Affordable Care Act enrollment in West Virginia down again

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Enrollment plans in West Virginia through the federal online health insurance marketplace have declined again this year. Citing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports about 22,600 West Virginia residents signed up for a ...

Judge issues acquittal for justice on 1 count, denies others

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has issued an acquittal on one of the counts that former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was convicted of at trial last year but denied his request for a new trial on other counts. U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. ruled ...

West Virginia lawmaker to resign, focus on run for president

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired Army paratrooper and West Virginia lawmaker who formalized his campaign for the presidency on Veterans Day is stepping down from the state Senate. Democrat Richard Ojeda told news outlets that he's resigning as of next week because he doesn't want his seat ...