West Virginia News

Ex-parks official charged with embezzlement in West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A former county parks official in West Virginia faces charges of embezzling $18,500 after law enforcement officers say she admitted to writing herself and another county worker unauthorized pay raises. According to The Register-Herald , former Raleigh County Parks and ...

Camp uses West Virginia’s coal as creative tool

By WHITNEY BROWNING, Bluefield Daily Telegraph KIMBALL, W.Va. (AP) — Found in the hills and valleys of McDowell County lies a rarity of art originating from West Virginia's rich coal history. Coal Camp Creations, located in Kimball, takes what was once used for heating homes and uses it as ...

Senators tout $3 million grant for opioid treatment center

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators have announced federal approval of nearly $3 million for a new substance abuse treatment center in Ohio County. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the grant to Heart 2 Heart. Manchin said the funding was "a good first ...

Officials to say why man accused of assault has license

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Board of Medicine officials are set to explain why a doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients still has a valid medical license. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that lawmakers question why Steven Matulis was allowed to retain his ...

After 46 years, bluegrass Mountaineer Opry House to close

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Mountaineer Opry House in Milton is set to close its doors permanently next month. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the new owner, medical provider Valley Health, will then take over the property. Eighty-three-year-old Larry Stephens has managed the bluegrass ...

Federal inmate has 3 ½ years added to sentence for assault

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal inmate in West Virginia has had 3 ½ years added to his sentence for assaulting an inmate last year. The U.S. attorney's office in Clarksburg said 39-year-old Norman Hinton was sentenced Thursday to 42 months to be served consecutively to his current ...

West Virginia drug court participants learn about nutrition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says its Extension Service has been working with drug court programs to help recovering drug users with support and education. Health educator Kandi Messinger of Cabell County Extension Service teaches nutrition and cooking basics. Her ...

Poll: Half of Americans approve of legal sports betting

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 ...

Mountain Valley Pipeline cited for environmental violations

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has been cited for failing to control erosion at two work sites just two months after construction started on the more than 300-mile (483-kilometer) pipeline through Virginia and West Virginia. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that ...

Official: Most pipeline work can go on despite tossed permit

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators declined to stop work Wednesday on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after an appeals court invalidated a key permit for the multistate project. The decision came over the objections of environmental groups that insist the ...