West Virginia News

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 ...

DNA, fingerprints lead to arrest in 1999 kidnapping

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say DNA and fingerprints helped lead to an arrest in the kidnapping of a Pennsylvania girl nearly 20 years ago. Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday provided more details about the investigation that led to the arrest of 50-year-old Timothy Nelson in ...

Groups using Super Bowl in push against Confederate statues

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A coalition of civil rights groups in Atlanta is using this year's Super Bowl to help kick off a renewed "war on the Confederacy," in a fight to remove Confederate monuments around the nation. The groups on Thursday announced a planned Feb. 2 ...