West Virginia News

West Virginia Supreme Court replaces chief justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court announced late Friday afternoon it has elected a new chief justice, Margaret Workman, to replace Allen Loughry. Workman issued a brief release through the court saying it's the start of a long process to restore public respect for the ...

Greenbrier teen shoots for future Olympic glory

By JOHN MCCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — For Makayla Scott, it was love at first squeeze — of a trigger, that is. Three years ago, shortly after her brother began shooting in a 4-H shotgun-sports program, she decided to give it a try, too. "I knew after ...

Teachers, public employees planning walkout in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — School teachers and public employees in West Virginia are planning a statewide walkout as they continue to protest low pay, projected hikes in health insurance costs and small proposed pay hikes. Media outlets report that the decision to hold the walkout this ...

West Virginia House votes to boost natural gas drilling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House voted 60-40 on Thursday to allow drilling for natural gas beneath property where 75 percent of owners of its royalty interests agree. The bill now goes to the Senate. Supporters said the bill enables a supermajority of a property's owners to ...

WVU limits social activities, recruiting of 16 fraternities

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN West Virginia University has halted social activities and recruiting by 16 fraternities, saying it will review and strengthen oversight following ongoing problems with drinking, hazing, drugs and sexual assaults. Under the moratorium announced Wednesday evening, WVU said ...

West Virginia Senate OKs new appeals court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has voted 23-11 to create a new intermediate court with six judges that would hear appeals of civil judgments from circuit courts, as well as decisions from family courts and final rulings from state agencies. The judges would be chosen by ...

Man pleads guilty in scheme to sell paintings from art heist

BOSTON (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to pretending he had access to paintings stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history and fraudulently trying to sell them on the internet for millions of dollars. Todd Andrew Desper pleaded guilty in Boston's federal court Thursday to ...

West Virginia Senate OKs outside DNA testing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has unanimously approved legislation intended to speed processing of DNA lab testing by authorizing the State Police to use outside contractors for criminal identification including rape kits. The bill would give the Marshall University ...

West Virginia gets Medicaid OK to treat babies in drug rehab

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia, which has the nation's highest rate of babies born dependent on drugs, will now offer Medicaid coverage to treat those babies. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved treatment services in the ...

Manchin leads challengers with funds for Senate race

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Campaign finance records show Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin with $4.7 million in campaign funds, well ahead of Republican rivals at the start of this election year. Federal Election Commission filings show $1.4 million for Rep. Evan Jenkins, $1.1 million for state ...