West Virginia News

Gov. Justice signs budget with teachers’ raises earmarked

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has approved a $4.6 billion state budget that has money earmarked for a potential teachers' pay raise. Justice says he signed the fiscal year 2020 budget on Thursday. State lawmakers passed the budget earlier this month, setting aside ...

Robotic surgery now common at West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — There's no substitute for a pair of steady hands honed with tens of thousands of hours in the operating room. But since the da Vinci surgical system was approved for use in 2000, hospitals around the world have found the skilled hands of their surgeons can now ...

W.Va. gov to announce plan to repair secondary roads

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is set to announce a plan to speed up repairs on secondary roads in West Virginia. The Republican governor is scheduled to lay out his plan Wednesday, just days after firing his transportation secretary. Justice says secondary roads aren't being ...

West Virginia mayor to resume annual neighborhood walks

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of a West Virginia city is resuming his annual neighborhood walks in an effort to motivate residents to become more active. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams plans to kick off his "Walks with the Mayor" series on March 18 in the city's Westmoreland ...

Volunteers sought to drive W.Va. disabled vets to hospitals

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is seeking volunteer drivers for a partnership to transport disabled veterans to hospital medical appointments. State Veterans Assistance Secretary Dennis Davis tells The Herald-Dispatch the volunteers are needed at least one day per month for the ...

Dates added for West Virginia education forums

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials have announced additional dates for public forums as part of preparations for an upcoming special legislative session. The first of seven forums will be held March 18 at Cabell Midland High School. The Department of Education says ...

Trial set for man accused of killing, dismembering woman

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a West Virginia man accused of killing a woman whose body he hid in pieces. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports jury selection in the trial of 75-year-old Argie Lee Jeffers Sr. is set to start in July. Jeffers was charged with murder ...

West Virginia gov fires transportation secretary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has fired state transportation secretary and highways commissioner Tom Smith. Justice announced Smith's firing in a brief statement Sunday. The governor says he wants "a new direction" for the department, including "a return to the ...

W.Va. regular session ends, overtime on education looms

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia legislature ended its regular session Saturday and is now moving into a legislative overtime where lawmakers plan to debate teacher raises and other education measures that launched strikes this year and ...

Widow of W.Va. miner settles lawsuit over fatal explosion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The widow of a West Virginia coal miner who was among 29 men killed in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion has settled a lawsuit against the federal government for $550,000. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Carolyn Diana Davis recently settled the lawsuit ...