West Virginia News

Lawsuit: Teacher sexually abused child, birthed his kids

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man says his middle school teacher sexually abused him for years, gave birth to his children and threatened to take them away if he left her. The Intelligencer reports 28-year-old Christopher Birch is suing former Bridge Street Middle School science ...

Battlefield, historic site volunteer cleanup is this weekend

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Volunteers in West Virginia are needed for cleanup at three battlefield and historic sites in the state as part of the American Battlefield Trust's Park Day. Park Day is scheduled for Saturday. The organization says thousands of volunteers across the country will ...

West Virginia sheriff fined for role in daughter’s hiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff has been fined and reprimanded by an ethics commission for her role in the hiring of her daughter as a deputy. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Logan County Sheriff Sonya Dingess Porter must pay $5,000 and confirm she's trained on the West ...

Golden rainbow trout being stocked in West Virginia waters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A special stocking of golden rainbow trout is returning to West Virginia's lakes and streams. Gov. Jim Justice says in a news release the bright yellow trout is being added to 55 designated locations around the state this week. The Division of Natural Resources ...

W.Va. student opioid abuse awareness contest deadline nears

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's office says a contest deadline is this week for schoolchildren to raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the Kids Kick Opioids contest is open to elementary and middle school ...

Secretary of state’s office will help with annual reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state's office is planning mobile office visits to all 55 counties this month. The visits are to help business owners and entrepreneurs file annual reports on time. State law requires all entities that do business in West Virginia to ...

Spring operating hours in effect at New River Gorge

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — New River Gorge National River has begun its spring operating hours for park facilities. The hours will be in effect from Monday to May 23. Superintendent Lizzie Watts says the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

Marshall planning annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for needy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is conducting an annual fundraiser this month to help feed needy families. The university says in a news release the 16th annual Empty Bowls event will take place April 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntington. Marshall students and ...

Abandoned state forest mine now habitat for threatened bats

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than a century after the last shift of miners and final load of coal exited a hillside portal overlooking Middlelick Branch in what is now Kanawha State Forest, work has resumed at the entrance to the long-abandoned ...

Passion from pain: Finding strength for joy in recovery

By MATT WELCH, The Journal undefined INWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Sitting in a solitary confinement cell inside Jessup Correctional Facility, Tiffany Koch found the strength to make a change. Serving a prison sentence for crimes that stemmed from consistent drug use, Koch overhead correctional ...