West Virginia News

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 ...