West Virginia News

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 ...

West Virginia crime lab reduces pending cases

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say the West Virginia State Police Forensic Lab has reduced pending cases by more than half. News outlets report a statement from police says the backlog at the end of 2016 was nearly 5,000 cases but that has been reduced to 2,300 cases. West ...

W.Va. to receive $14.6M from feds to fight opioid addiction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive $14.6 million in federal funds to fight opioid addiction. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding in a news release Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant funding is used by ...

Hoops fans line up to bet (legally) on March Madness tourney

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — College basketball fans lined up at casinos and racetracks or furiously tapped smartphone screens Thursday to get down bets on March Madness, many in states where it is legal for the first time. Joe Palumbo of West Babylon, New ...

Video shows teen’s beating during West Virginia traffic stop

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police dashcam video released Thursday shows a West Virginia police officer kicking and punching a handcuffed teenage boy on the ground and kneeling on his shoulder during a November traffic stop. Berkeley County Prosecutor Catie ...

Free job fair planned in West Virginia city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is hosting a job fair with more than 270 employers at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Toyota, Amazon, Northrop Grumman, Gestamp, N3 and other companies will be on hand for the free ...