West Virginia News

White House called toxins contamination ‘PR nightmare’

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at ...

Lawmakers ask for harsher drug laws after crash near park

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are calling for harsher drug laws following a possible overdose-related car crash that stopped feet away from a playground. Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, tells The Huntington Herald-Dispatch that he wants to create a "punishment that fits the ...

West Virginia man sentenced in fatal burning of girlfriend

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who admitted to setting his girlfriend ablaze in front of her daughter and niece has been sentenced to life in prison. The Register-Herald reports a judge ordered Monday no mercy for 48-year-old Dwayne Michael Lane, meaning he won't have the ...

City councilman, WVU professor relieved of teaching duties

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The deputy mayor of Morgantown has been relieved of his teaching duties at West Virginia University after police were called to his home for a noncriminal matter. The Dominion Post reports Mark Brazaitis has been banned from West Virginia University's campus except ...

State archaeologists gather to unearth causes of declining participation

Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Archaeological Society has not published an annual journal in seven years, and last year, for the first time in its 68 years of existence, failed to have an annual meeting due to a lack of speakers willing to give presentations ...

West Virginia’s two technology parks paving the way to the future

Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly everyone has heard of California’s Silicon Valley and North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle Park. But other innovative research communities can be seen in virtually every region of the country. They may not be as big or well-known ...

Federal officials halt Atlantic Coast pipeline construction

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials have ordered that construction be halted on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, days after a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for building the 600-mile natural gas pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the order in a ...