West Virginia News

W.Va. mayor, police chief charged with embezzlement

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor, former mayor, police chief and former clerk of a West Virginia city have been charged with embezzlement after an investigation into financial mismanagement and the misuse of federal funds meant to rebuild the city ...

W.Va. Supreme Court extends delay in union case enforcement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has extended a delay in enforcing a lower court ruling that struck down part of a state law allowing workers to stop paying union dues. The Kanawha County ruling came last month in a lawsuit by the state AFL-CIO and other unions. The ...

West Virginia DMV leader who pushed technology retiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed is retiring after a lengthy career in public service. The Register-Herald reports , in her four years at the DMV Reed pushed technology to make automobile registration and driver's license renewals quicker and ...

W.Va. gov signs bill boosting campaign contribution limits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved a bill raising campaign contribution limits in West Virginia political races. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday. The bill almost triples the amount that individuals can donate to candidates from $1,000 to $2,800. It ...

Man must serve at least 50 years for sexual abuse of toddler

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who told police he sexually abused a 3-year-old girl by accident must serve at least 50 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Mercer Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope on Tuesday noted problems the ...

Gov. Justice signs bill reducing tax on steam coal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved a bill to reduce taxes on West Virginia steam coal. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday. The new law will incrementally lower the severance tax from 5 percent to 4 percent on July 1 and then to 3 percent on July 1, ...

Police: Speeding W.Va. driver threatened Trump, Pentagon

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia motorist going nearly twice the speed limit was detained Wednesday after he threatened to kill President Donald Trump and blow up the Pentagon, state police said. The man was taken into custody following a traffic stop along Interstate 68 in ...

West Virginia man gets 5 years in fatal shooting of neighbor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for fatally shooting a neighbor who sprayed insecticide at him during an argument. News outlets report 63-year-old Randall Douglas Woods of Clendenin was sentenced Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit ...

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren't why the money is suddenly available. Texas ...

Reimbursement for W.Va. temporary classrooms announced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district is in line to receive more than $1 million through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program for temporary classrooms purchased after 2016 flooding. Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic ...