West Virginia News

Group criticizes ‘orphaned’ wells, calls for more scrutiny

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Advocates in West Virginia say major drilling companies are failing to responsibly plug oil and gas well in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Dave McMahon, a lawyer and co-founder of the West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization, said Tuesday ...

State: Hunters kill 13K bucks on 1st day of firearm season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources cites preliminary harvest data as saying state hunters killed about 13,000 bucks on the opening day of the traditional buck firearm season. The season opened on Monday and will last until Dec. 1. Agency Chief of ...

Magazine letters lead to meeting of WWII sailors’ relatives

By PAUL LAPANN, The Parkersburg News & Sentinel DAVISVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Two letters in Reader's Digest led to a meeting between a Wood County man and a Tennessee woman whose fathers survived Japanese attacks against the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill during World War II. Joe ...

West Virginia holiday trees set to go up at Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Holiday trees are set to go up outside at the West Virginia Capitol complex. Spokeswoman Courtney Johnson of the state Purchasing Division says crews are scheduled to put spruce trees in place Tuesday on the north and south plazas outside the Capitol in Charleston. ...

State settles lawsuits alleging illegal firing over politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state of West Virginia has settled wrongful-termination lawsuits with six more former employees of the Secretary of State's office who say they were fired for their political beliefs. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Board of Risk and Insurance ...

Inmate writes letter confessing to 29-year-old killing

MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia prison inmate has written a letter confessing to a cold case homicide. The Exponent Telegram reported Monday that it became aware of an investigation into the killing when the inmate in his 60s wrote it a letter. The newspaper quotes his letter as ...

DOJ opposes overturning coal baron’s conviction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a federal court should not overturn the conviction of former coal baron Don Blankenship. Prosecutors argued Friday Blankenship has not proved information was withheld from his 2015 trial and opposed Blankenship's request for an ...

West Virginia Education Department rebuilding digital items

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Education Department says digital items that were going into state surplus are instead being rebuilt, refurbished and placed in schools and libraries across the state. It's part of an initiative called SecondLaunchWV. The state says private ...

West Virginia first lady, artists unveiling holiday ornament

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia first lady Cathy Justice is unveiling this year's Governor's Mansion holiday ornament. Justice's office said she will be joined by the artists who help make each of the 500 ornaments. They cost $25 and will be available for sale at the West Virginia ...

Veteran returns to Vietnam for photography perspective

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In 1969, Kimo Williams thought of Vietnam as a "Third World, backward, gloomy environment." He was a senior in high school and an all-star football player with scholarship invitation from Arizona State, but he decided to enlist in the Army that summer. The day ...