West Virginia News

Grandparents from W.Va. shocked by reports of 13 starved grandchildren

By BRIAN MELLEY and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago. "They were just like any ordinary family," said Betty Turpin, the ...

Convicted ex-coal CEO to start US Senate bid with town hall

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company CEO who served a one-year prison term on charges related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades is kicking off his U.S. Senate campaign with a town hall meeting for voters. Ex-Massey Energy boss Don Blankenship is scheduled to attend the ...

West Virginia library system to limit patrons to 3 bags

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia public library system will soon limit the number of personal items patrons can bring into facilities. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that starting Feb. 1, the Kanawha County Public Library system will limit patrons to three bags and will ban ...

West Virginia homeless programs get more than $8.3M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say more than $8.3 million in federal funding has been approved for 63 programs across the state that help homeless people. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the Department of Housing and Urban Development money ...

Medicaid savings to apply to other West Virginia programs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch says $160 million in savings from the state's Medicaid program will be applied to other programs. Crouch cites program changes that have improved efficiencies in the program providing health care coverage ...

West Virginia drug plan calls for limiting prescriptions

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State health officials are proposing a multifaceted plan for confronting the drug crisis killing hundreds of West Virginians each year, one that would require action by everyone from lawmakers to doctors to judges to emergency ...

A hope for Helen: Community looks to preserve coal camp

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald HELEN, W.Va. (AP) — Donald Moore was born in Helen in 1946 during the height of the coal camp that featured a company store, boarding house, grill and movie theater. "We had two mines going then or maybe three at one time," Moore said. "I just remember ...

Second body found after vehicle sinks in West Virginia flood

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say a second body has been found after a vehicle sank in floodwaters. Media outlets report the body of 56-year-old Robert Smith Jr. was recovered Saturday in Laurel Creek outside Parkersburg. Smith's daughter, 18-year-old Topanga Smith, was ...

Friends show support after embezzlement by ex-schools worker

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — At least three people wrote letters in support of a former West Virginia school system employee who was released from jail when a judge changed his sentence for embezzlement. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports former Boone County School system employees David Bryan ...

Ex-coal CEO to hold town meeting in US Senate candidacy

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company CEO who went to prison is hosting a town hall meeting for voters next week as he revs up his U.S. Senate candidacy. Ex-Massey Energy boss Don Blankenship's campaign said in a news release Wednesday the meeting will be Jan. 18 at the Chief Logan ...