West Virginia News

House votes to dissolve education and arts department

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has voted to dissolve the Department of Education and Arts and the position of its secretary. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the bill, known as House Bill 4006, passed 60-36 Wednesday with only one Republican voting against ...

West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy taking applications

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Education and Arts Secretary Gayle Manchin says applications are available for the Governor's Honors Academy, to be held at Marshall University this summer. Manchin's office said in a news release that West Virginia students who are now in the 11th ...

Plea agreement reached in 2015 West Virginia strangling case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia man charged in a 2015 strangling death case in West Virginia has taken a plea agreement. The Journal of Martinsburg quotes prosecutor John Lehman as saying the Monday plea deal for 51-year-old Tommie Lee Cummings, of Arlington, Virginia, was developed ...

Northern Arizona elk to relocate to West Virginia

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Dozens of elk rounded up in grasslands of a northern Arizona wildlife area are waiting to be trucked to a new home in West Virginia. Wildlife officials netted 60 elk from the Raymond Wildlife Area about 30 miles southeast of Flagstaff, then used a helicopter sling to ...

Senate hopeful Blankenship schedules third town hall event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Don Blankenship has scheduled a third town hall-style meeting as the former coal company CEO who spent time in prison continues his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Blankenship's campaign says he will meet with voters on Thursday night at the Big Sandy ...

Ex-nursing home employee sentenced in funds theft case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former nursing home in West Virginia has been sentenced to one year and one month in federal prison in an embezzlement case. Thirty-five-year-old Veneford Blankenship was sentenced last week for mail fraud in federal court in Charleston. She also was ordered to pay ...

State House passes bill to let first responders carry guns

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has unanimously passed legislation allowing properly trained first responders to carry firearms. The Intelligencer of Wheeling reports House Bill 2916 passed Thursday, and would allow emergency service personnel, firefighters and ...

Rash of violent incidents leave West Virginia police busy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police department is investigating a rash of violence from over the weekend. The Charleston Gazette-Mail quotes city police Chief Steve Cooper as saying it started Friday. That night, a bullet grazed a man's head while he was out walking. Then, two ...

West Virginia lawmakers vote to end film tax credit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers voted to end the state's film production tax credit Friday following an audit that showed the credit produced little economic benefit for the state. However, during nearly two hours of debate in the House, several delegates argued that the ...

Family escapes West Virginia house fire, 4 people injured

MAYSEL, W.Va. (AP) — Four people have been injured in a West Virginia house fire. WCHS-TV reports the fire happened Friday morning in Clay County. Clay Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Scott says two children and two adults were hospitalized with smoke inhalation and burn ...