West Virginia News

West Virginia governor says Kentucky debts will be paid

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says companies linked to him won't shirk millions of dollars owed in Kentucky but he didn't say when payments would be made. Justice announced Monday that coal companies linked to his family have paid all the delinquent taxes they owe in ...

State Treasurer returns nearly $18M in unclaimed property

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue says his office found the owners of nearly $18 million of unclaimed property during the 2018 fiscal year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Perdue says in a release that the agency was able to return about half of what was ...

Coal miners’ union picks fiery president to serve 6th term

TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America has elected Cecil Roberts to a sixth term as head of the coal miner's union. Roberts, 71, is known as a fiery, passionate speaker and has battled in recent years to protect retired union worker pensions as the coal industry has slumped. ...

Man accused of robbing business dies of suspected overdose

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of robbing a business in West Virginia and leading authorities on a chase has died from a suspected drug overdose after being apprehended. News outlets report 36-year-old Justin Brafford was pronounced dead at a hospital Tuesday. Cabell ...

17 houses built under West Virginia flood recovery program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An official with West Virginia's National Guard says the state's troubled disaster recovery program has completed construction on 17 homes. State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. James Hoyer tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that another home is expected to be completed ...

West Virginia attorney general warns of fake check scam

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning residents about a fake check scam. Morrisey says in a news release his office's consumer protection division has received reports of consumers receiving counterfeit checks in the mail, including several in ...

West Virginia gov: Tax debts with family coal firms resolved

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice said Monday his family-owned coal businesses have resolved all tax disputes with the state of West Virginia and its counties. Justice said at a news conference his companies have paid millions to resolve outstanding ...

Appeals court tosses key permits for Atlantic Coast pipeline

By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday threw out two key permits for the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a ruling environmental groups said should halt construction on the 600-mile natural gas pipeline, but project developers insisted should ...

Troopers search for escaped West Virginia inmate

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Troopers say an inmate has escaped in West Virginia and is considered armed and dangerous. State Police tell news outlets in a statement that 39-year-old Charles Wentz escaped Sunday from the Stevens Correctional Center in McDowell County. The statement says Wentz was ...

Installation of solar panel project underway at nonprofit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The installation of the largest solar panel project in a West Virginia city is underway at a nonprofit that helps the homeless. News outlets reported this week that the installation of the solar panel project is underway at Harmony House in Huntington. Bill ...