West Virginia News

Researchers: Fentanyl deaths up 122 percent in W.Va.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University researchers say fentanyl deaths are up 122 percent in the state. The college released the results of a study into the powerful synthetic opioid Tuesday. Analysts looked at all drug-related deaths in West Virginia between 2005 to 2017. They ...

Unknown soldier killed in Korean War identified as W.Va. man

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. soldier killed during the Korean War has been identified nearly 70 years after being buried as an unknown person. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that Army Cpl. Carlos E. Ferguson of Dawson, West Virginia, has been identified. The group says ...

West Virginia National Guardsman dies in training exercise

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — A West Virginia National Guardsman has died in military parachute training exercise at the Suffolk Executive Airport in Virginia. The West Virginia National Guard issued a release about the Wednesday death that said a related press conference is scheduled for ...

Police: ‘High-level’ drug dealer arrested in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a large supplier of drugs has been arrested in Huntington and charged with five felonies. Huntington police on Wednesday announced the arrest of Tyson Davis, labeling him a "high-level target." Officers found more than 100 grams of ...

Correction officer charged in plan to smuggle meth into jail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia correctional officer has been charged in a scheme to smuggle meth into a jail. WCHS-TV reports Wednesday that John Roach II has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance. Citing court documents, the station says Roach ...

WVU Board begins process to extend President Gee’s contract

The West Virginia University Board of Governors began the process Friday of a state-mandated periodic evaluation of President Gordon Gee, and also set guidelines for a possible renewal of his contract beyond its June 30, 2021 expiration. While the state mandates evaluation of presidents ...

Eastern Panhandle among best for business growth in W.Va.

By BREANNA FRANCIS The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County saw the seventh highest growth in business in West Virginia last year, ranking No. 7 among 55 other counties, with Jefferson and Morgan counties close behind. The business growth analysis conducted by Business ...

Construction of WV’s first gas-fired power plant to start this summer

By CHARLES YOUNG NCWV Media CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Following several years of planning, the developers of a natural-gas-fired power plant planned for a site in Clarksburg’s Montpelier Addition hope to begin construction this summer. The plant will be West Virginia’s first gas-fired ...

Woman charged with neglect after grandson takes her meds

WESTOVER, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman is accused of leaving her 2-year-old grandson home alone while she went out to get food, leaving the unsupervised child to swallow her blood pressure medication. The Dominion Post reports the boy was taken to a hospital last month where he ...