West Virginia News

Gauley rafting season water releases set in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A rainy summer means there will be plenty of water for the fall rafting season on West Virginia's Gauley River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin lowering Summersville Lake to its winter level through releases at the Summersville Dam starting Sept. 7. The ...

Parents open up to discuss exoneration fight of sons

By COURTNEY HESSLER, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — While very religious, Tammy Barnett hasn't walked into a church very often since her sons were imprisoned more than a decade ago after being convicted of murder. When one son was granted bond recently because of new ...

Judge sends suspect in sheriff death back to mental facility

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff in 2013 is returning to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation. Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller tells The Herald-Dispatch that a Cabell County circuit judge Thursday returned Tennis Melvin ...

West Virginia State University honors NASA mathematician

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University has honored NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday. Six of Johnson's grandchildren revealed the statue during a ceremony Saturday on the West Virginia State ...

CDC director plans visit to West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to discuss the opioid epidemic in West Virginia. The Herald-Dispatch reports Dr. Robert Redfield plans to visit Huntington on Monday. Redfield is set to speak at a conference at Cabell ...

Ex-West Virginia Supreme Court justice pleads guilty

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired West Virginia Supreme Court justice is now a convicted felon. Menis Ketchum pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a felony count of fraud related to his personal use of a state vehicle and gas fuel card in a scandal ...

West Virginia gov wants panel to focus on 4-year colleges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice doesn't want to make two-year community and technical colleges a high priority for a group reviewing West Virginia's higher education system. Justice says in a news release Wednesday the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education will ...

Governor claims missing payments to water authority

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says an investigation is underway regarding more than $1 million in missed loan payments to the state Water Development Authority by the landlord of an office building. News outlets report the missing payments go back to 1999 and ...

West Virginia House reconvening next week to choose speaker

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates is reconvening next week to elect a speaker to succeed Republican Tim Armstead, who resigned to run for the Supreme Court. Speaker Pro Tem John Overington called the delegates back into session at 9 a.m. next Wednesday. Armstead ...

West Virginia high school closed for week for cleanup

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school is closed for the rest of the week for additional cleaning and testing for mold. Capital High School in Kanawha County has been awaiting delayed final mold testing results for 15 rooms. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the school said ...