West Virginia News

Students, auditor’s office team for local government reviews

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University business and economics students are working with the state auditor's office to help local governments operate more efficiently. Auditor John B. McCuskey announced the partnership this week. A news release from the university said the project ...

West Virginia hunters kill 44,455 bucks in firearm season

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 44,455 bucks during the state's two-week firearm season that ended Saturday. The Division of Natural Resources says data from the electronic game checking system shows hunters approached the total of 46,071 ...

West Virginia senators urge extending child health program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators are pushing to reauthorize funding for the 20-year-old Children's Health Insurance Plan, which expired in October. According to health officials, the program covers 21,321 children statewide and about 9 million nationally. It provides ...

Coal mine idled in West Virginia, 260 out of work

BLACKSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A union official says a coal mine in northern West Virginia has been idled, with 260 workers losing their jobs, apparently because of adverse geological conditions and market issues. Phil Smith, spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America, says another 59 ...

Trial begins for 2nd man accused in coal executive’s killing

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — The trial has begun for the second of two men accused in the deadly shooting of a coal executive in West Virginia last year. Monday was the first day of trial for Brandon Lee Fitzpatrick, 20, of Louisa, Kentucky, news outlets report. Fitzpatrick is charged with ...

West Virginia to hold surplus vehicle auction

DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — A state-sponsored surplus vehicle auction is set for this week in West Virginia. The West Virginia Purchasing Division says in a news release that about 45 vehicles will be auctioned off Wednesday at the State Agency for Surplus Property warehouse in Dunbar. Payments ...

Police: Trooper fired at car trying to run over officers

KITCHEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state troopers say a police chase culminated in a trooper firing at a vehicle that attempted to run over officers. News outlets report state police responding to a lookout alert for a reckless driver in Logan County tried to pull 30-year-old Tony Ritchie ...

Fort Polk soldier dies in single-car accident

FORT POLK, La. (AP) — A Fort Polk soldier has died in a single-car accident near the central Louisiana Army base. Capt. Oliver Schuster, in a news release, says 22-year-old Spec. William A. Rhodes, of Hurricane, West Virginia, was one of two soldiers in the car when it crashed Nov. 30. ...

West Virginia Christmas tree lighting set for Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's annual Joyful Night celebration and tree lighting ceremony will be held this week at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. The governor's office says the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the south plaza with performances from West Virginia ...

West Virginia grad student working on diabetes research

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University graduate student is studying an unexplored enzyme that could lead to new diabetes treatments. Stephanie Shumar is a graduate student in WVU's School of Medicine and is studying biochemistry and molecular biology. The university says in a ...