West Virginia News

Bill to allow W.Va. schools to host military funerals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would let West Virginia schools host funerals has been sent to the governor. The House of Delegates unanimously gave final passage to the bill Thursday. The Senate approved it earlier. Putnam County Sen. Glenn Jeffries sponsored the bill after the ...

West Virginia lab to eliminate backlog of untested rape kits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says the state is set to eliminate its backlog of untested rape kits this year. News outlets report the state launched an initiative in 2015 to start testing its nearly 2,400 shelved rape kits, some ...

Sentencing set for ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice is due in court for sentencing for using a state vehicle and gas fuel card for a golf trip to Virginia. Ex-Justice Menis Ketchum's sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court in ...

Bill to allow concealed carry on W.Va. campuses fails

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legislation to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on West Virginia college campuses has been defeated. The Senate judiciary committee voted Tuesday night by a narrow margin to keep the measure from going to the full Senate. The House of ...

HIV cluster confirmed in West Virginia county

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia heath officials say an active HIV cluster has been confirmed in Cabell County. A statement from the West Virginia Department of Public Health says there are 28 known cases, primarily among intravenous drug users. Officials told The Herald-Dispatch the ...

Expected opening for 2 West Virginia schools delayed again

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The expected opening of two West Virginia schools that had been severely damaged by flooding nearly three years ago has been delayed again. News outlets report the Kanawha County school board said Herbert Hoover High School and Clendenin Elementary won't be completed ...

Morrisey among attorneys general seeking robocall measure

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general is joining with others around the country to support federal legislation to help cut down on illegal robocalls. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a news release that his office receives frequent calls from residents ...

West Virginia finishes February with more than $12M surplus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says West Virginia has added $12.2 million in revenue to the state coffers last month. Justice announced February's revenue collections Monday. He says the state is "knocking it out of the park" but adds that "we still have a lot of people to ...

Agency: Coal dust may be blackening West Virginia stream

HELEN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says coal dust from an abandoned mine might be what's blackening a stream that runs through Helen. The Register-Herald reports the agency says the discolored water staining the Berry Branch stream is coming from a ...

Facebook to help expand internet in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Facebook says it's going to help expand broadband internet in West Virginia. The social media company announced a plan Monday to build a high-capacity fiber optic cable network in the state that internet providers will then be able to access. "It's almost like an ...