West Virginia News

West Virginia counties plan network of new trails

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A proposed trial for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders could breathe new life into a nearly forgotten railroad in West Virginia. Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer tells The Bluefield Daily Telegraph that both Mercer and Summers counties are working to develop ...

Police: 2 bodies found at business in West Virginia

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state police say the bodies of a worker and his girlfriend have been found at a business in an apparent murder-suicide. State Police say in a news release a business owner discovered the bodies upon arriving for work Monday in Elkins. The statement says it ...

West Virginia woman admits stealing fire department funds

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has admitted stealing more than $75,000 from a volunteer fire department. Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old Kathy Sue Gwinn of Hurricane pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Huntington to theft from a program receiving federal ...

West Virginia judge refuses to move woman’s murder trial

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia has denied a defense motion to move the upcoming murder trial for a woman charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter. Media outlets report that a Lewis County circuit judge Monday denied the bid by attorneys for 35-year-old Lena Marie ...

West Virginia college to pay $250K in discrimination lawsuit

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has entered a $250,000 judgment against West Virginia Wesleyan College in a discrimination lawsuit. The Exponent Telegram reports a circuit judge in Upshur County made the ruling recently in a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the college. The order cited ...

100 million people affected by East Coast’s deep freeze

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — About 100 million people faced a new challenge after the whopping East Coast snowstorm: a gusty deep freeze, topped Saturday by a wind chill close to minus 100 on New Hampshire's Mount Washington that vied for world's coldest ...

Polar plungers brave icy waters to bring in the new year

By WENDY HOLDREN, The Register-Herald of Beckley FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — It was "far and away" the coldest year yet for the Fayette Station Polar Plunge, but the well-below-freezing temperatures didn't stop a couple dozen locals from taking part in the New Year's Day tradition. After ...

Dominion-SCANA merger could mean pipeline expansion

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy's planned merger with a South Carolina energy company could open the door for an expansion of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, both supporters and opponents of the natural gas project say. In a conference call about ...

West Virginia judge suspended for code of conduct violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has been suspended for 45 days without pay for violations in two cases in which the defendants died. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week to suspend Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley. The ...

Jobless rates rise in all 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in all 55 West Virginia counties in November. WorkForce West Virginia says Jefferson County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3 percent was the lowest in the state, followed by Doddridge, Monongalia and Pendleton counties at 3.4 ...