West Virginia News

Arizona classrooms packed again as 6-day teacher strike ends

By MELISSA DANIELS and TERRY TANG, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Arizona schoolchildren returned to classes Friday, a day after state lawmakers approved a plan to hike teacher salaries to end a historic six-day walkout by educators that shuttered most schools ...

Overdose rates in West Virginia county continue to decrease

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of overdoses in a West Virginia county has decreased in seven of the past eight months. The Herald-Dispatch quotes Cabell County Emergency Medical Services compliance officer Connie Priddy in a Wednesday report as saying the trend had not been anticipated ...

Public hearings on West Virginia insurance funding begin

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public hearings on an insurance program for West Virginia teachers and other public employees have started, and increasing costs, ineffective billing services, funding and other concerns were discussed. The Herald-Dispatch reports roughly two dozen teachers, retirees ...

Man acquitted in politician’s 2005 death accused of robbery

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who was acquitted of murder in the 2005 death of a West Virginia politician is accused of robbing a convenience store. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph cites a criminal complaint that says 38-year-old Tommy Lanson Owens was arrested Tuesday. Welch Police ...

West Virginia deer hunt expansion draws outcry from some

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 20 three-day managed deer hunts will take place in 10 West Virginia state parks this fall, a significant expansion that's drawn sharp criticism from wildlife consultants and biologists. The head of the state's Parks Section, Sam England, tells news outlets ...

Tentative Amtrak deal saves West Virginia’s New River Train

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A tentative agreement with Amtrak officials will keep West Virginia's New River Train service going. The Herald-Dispatch reports Democratic West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced Wednesday that Amtrak and the Collis P. Huntington Society reached a general ...

3 GOP Senate candidates participate in West Virginia debate

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three Republican Senate candidates took turns going after each other in a nationally televised debate, with Rep. Evan Jenkins accusing state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of bringing "New Jersey values" to West Virginia, and ...

West Virginia reaches $2.65M settlement with Volkswagen

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has reached a $2.65 million settlement with Volkswagen AG and two of its affiliates in a lawsuit over the automaker's emissions-rigging scandal, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Tuesday. Morrisey ...

Baptist group ejects church for pastor’s gay rights support

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A church in West Virginia has been voted out of its local Baptist association because its pastor says gays and lesbians should be welcomed. The Times West Virginian reports the Fairmont Baptist Association voted to disfellow the First Baptist Church in early ...