West Virginia News

Kentucky lawyer who vanished pleads not guilty to escape

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawyer who vanished for six months to elude prison time in a Social Security fraud case now faces a much harsher sentence that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life, his attorney acknowledged Wednesday. Eric ...

Regulators want more information on pipeline

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another state permit needed for a proposed natural gas pipeline in eastern North Carolina is being slowed. The state Department of Environmental Quality asked Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers this week for more information for an air quality permit for a compressor ...

Police: Man in stolen vehicle dies in West Virginia crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a man driving a stolen vehicle was killed when he crossed the center line and struck another vehicle in Charleston. Kanawha County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Humphreys says in a news release that 20-year-old Joseph William Dustin of St. Albans ...

West Virginia turkey hunters take fewer birds

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 948 turkeys during the 2017 season, only 54 percent of the birds taken last year. The Division of Natural Resources says the number was 23 percent below the five-year average. Mike Peters, the division's game ...

West Virginia weighs permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators Wednesday announced two public hearings on issuing a construction stormwater permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry natural gas southeast from the center of the state. The 600-mile pipeline would extend almost ...

Votes by citizen legislators sometimes have personal benefit

By LIZ ESSLEY WHYTE and RYAN J. FOLEY, Center for Public Integrity and Associated Press A recent change in Iowa's tax code spared Mark Chelgren's machine shop, welding company and wheelchair-parts plant from paying sales tax when buying certain supplies such as saws and cutting fluid. The ...

West Virginia pharmacy board: Gabapentin, ‘drug of concern’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A surge of overdoses has led the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy to designate the nerve-pain medication gabapentin, sold under the brand name Neurontin, as a "drug of concern." The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board's acting executive director, Mike Goff,  ...

Axes and ales: West Virginia deli to add ax throwing, beer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sandwich shop in West Virginia's capital plans to expand next week to add craft beer and ax throwing. Chadrick Harper, owner of the Lucky Dill Deli, tells WSAZ-TV the addition will be called "Axes and Ales" and will allow customers to hurl real axes into a wooden ...

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 ...