West Virginia News

Principal: I accidentally plagiarized Ashton Kutcher speech

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school's graduating class says he didn't mean to use someone else's work. The News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss issued a statement Wednesday ...

Free guided hikes set for Saturday in parks across W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — National Trails Day is being celebrated with free guided hikes in West Virginia forests and parks. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that National Trails Day events will be held Saturday at more than a dozen spots across the state. Kanawha State Forest is holding ...

West Virginia governor appoints new judge in McDowell County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a new judge to the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court, which serves McDowell County. Edward J. Kornish, of Welch, is set to fill the seat that will be vacated by Judge Booker T. Stephens upon his retirement from the bench, ...

Trooper charged in beating was previously cleared by agency

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia trooper federally charged in the beating of a teenager was previously cleared of wrongdoing in the case by his department. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a recently released West Virginia State Police internal investigation says Trooper Michael ...

Critics say FCC report overstates broadband availability

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission's broadband report is being hammered by critics who say it paints too rosy a picture of high-speed internet availability in the U.S. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined two ...

W.Va. dog euthanized for biting despite prominent backers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A dog whose case inspired an outpouring of support from politicians in West Virginia amid a long legal battle has been euthanized for biting two children multiple times. House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw says Jasper the dog was put to death Wednesday. Hanshaw ...

Ahead of debate, Senate leader boosts GOP education plan

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The leader of the West Virginia Senate on Thursday boosted his broad-based education proposal ahead of the special legislative session debate. GOP Senate President Mitch Carmichael urged support of his plan at a press ...

Mega Millions ticket worth $2M sold in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Mega Millions ticket worth $2 million has been sold in West Virginia. The West Virginia Lottery says in a news release the ticket for Tuesday's drawing matched five numbers and missed the Mega Ball number. The ticketholder also paid an extra $1 for the Megaplier ...

Officials investigate inmate death at West Virginia jail

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — An official says authorities are investigating a death at the Western Regional Jail in West Virginia. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina told The Herald-Dispatch that 28-year-old Brittney Horner suffered a "medical ...

West Virginia woman sentenced for taking disaster funds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who embezzled disaster benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after heavy flooding more than two years ago has been sentenced to 10 months in prison. The U.S. attorney's office says in a statement that 57-year-old Pamela Taylor of ...