West Virginia News

West Virginia drug plan calls for limiting prescriptions

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State health officials are proposing a multifaceted plan for confronting the drug crisis killing hundreds of West Virginians each year, one that would require action by everyone from lawmakers to doctors to judges to emergency ...

A hope for Helen: Community looks to preserve coal camp

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald HELEN, W.Va. (AP) — Donald Moore was born in Helen in 1946 during the height of the coal camp that featured a company store, boarding house, grill and movie theater. "We had two mines going then or maybe three at one time," Moore said. "I just remember ...

Second body found after vehicle sinks in West Virginia flood

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say a second body has been found after a vehicle sank in floodwaters. Media outlets report the body of 56-year-old Robert Smith Jr. was recovered Saturday in Laurel Creek outside Parkersburg. Smith's daughter, 18-year-old Topanga Smith, was ...

Friends show support after embezzlement by ex-schools worker

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — At least three people wrote letters in support of a former West Virginia school system employee who was released from jail when a judge changed his sentence for embezzlement. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports former Boone County School system employees David Bryan ...

Ex-coal CEO to hold town meeting in US Senate candidacy

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company CEO who went to prison is hosting a town hall meeting for voters next week as he revs up his U.S. Senate candidacy. Ex-Massey Energy boss Don Blankenship's campaign said in a news release Wednesday the meeting will be Jan. 18 at the Chief Logan ...

Approval likely for West Virginia chemical spill settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Approval of a $151 million dollar class-action settlement related to the 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill that left 300,000 people without water for nine days seems likely. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the settlement has received no formal objections ...

West Virginia county program to decrease spread of disease

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A health department in West Virginia will begin offering comprehensive harm reduction services with goals that include decreasing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The Register-Herald reports the Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department program will offer ...

Justice urges state pay raises with improving economy

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday called for pay raises for West Virginia's jail guards, teachers and other workers in the next fiscal year with the state's economy and tax revenues now on the upswing. Addressing the Legislature, ...

Coal executive’s ‘wish list’ finds success under Trump

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations. "We ...

Legislative auditors to audit West Virginia Supreme Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legislative auditors have set their sights on the West Virginia Supreme Court. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports auditors notified the legislative Post-Audits Committee on Sunday that they planned to audit the state Supreme Court this year. Legislative Auditor ...