West Virginia News

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 ...

Justice makes appointments to miners’ health safety office

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has made three appointments to the state's Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Justice said in a news release that he appointed Eugene White to replace the retiring Greg Norman as the ...

Official: Discipline issues led to Whitey Bulger’s transfer

By DENISE LAVOIE and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Disciplinary issues prompted the transfer of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger to the federal prison where he was beaten to death within hours of his arrival, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday. An official ...

Man pleads not guilty in crash that killed 2 teens

RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded not guilty in Kentucky to murder and assault after a police chase ended in a crash that killed two teenagers. The News-Enterprise reports 36-year-old Shawn Welsh of Marion, West Virginia, appeared in Hardin Circuit Court Thursday with a ...

West Virginia early ballots surpass last midterm election

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More West Virginians have cast more early ballots this year than in the last midterm election. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported 121,679 ballots had been cast Thursday morning and early voting doesn't end until Saturday. In 2014, the last nonpresidential election ...

Violence plagued West Virginia prison before Bulger’s murder

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, lawmakers, advocates and even prison guards had been sounding the alarm about dangerous conditions there. But there has been no ...

Official: Mafia hit man suspected in Whitey Bulger’s slaying

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — A Mafia hit man who is said to hate "rats" is under suspicion in the slaying of former Boston crime boss and longtime FBI informant James "Whitey" Bulger, who was found dead hours after he was transferred to a West ...

Suspended WVa justice wants federal convictions overturned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice who was convicted of 11 federal criminal charges has requested a new trial. News outlets reported Allen Loughry filed the request last week in a motion that was sealed. Prosecutors acknowledged his request in a brief ...

Abortion, judiciary budget measures on West Virginia ballot

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Separate constitutional measures on West Virginia's Nov. 6 ballot would allow lawmakers to restrict or ban tax-payer funded abortions and have some control over the state judiciary's budget. The Republican-led Legislature earlier this ...