West Virginia News

Bike patrols start at West Virginia Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police at the state Capitol in Charleston have started bicycle patrols. Seven officers recently completed 40 hours of training. The regular patrols launched by the Division of Protective Services will occur on the 18-acre Capitol campus. They will also happen at the ...

City gets $1M for first responder mental health services

HUNGTINGON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city has been awarded $1 million to provide in-house mental health services to first responders on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. The Herald-Dispatch reports Huntington won the funding through the 2018 U.S. Mayor's Challenge, which encourages ...

Beth Walker to become West Virginia chief justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Beth Walker will become the West Virginia Supreme Court's chief justice on Jan 1. The court announced the unanimous decision Monday following an administrative conference. As chief justice, she'll become the administrative leader of the state's judiciary system, ...

ACLU: City vagrancy proposal discriminates against homeless

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia says a city's proposed vagrancy ordinance is unconstitutional and discriminates against people for being homeless. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the local ACLU sent a letter to St. Albans officials Friday ...

High school dual-credit enrollments boost Marshall numbers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Freshman enrollment at Marshall University is down this fall, but overall enrollment has increased from last year to 13,178, thanks to some high school students. The Herald-Dispatch reports that figure is up 168 students from 2017. President Jerome Gilbert attributed ...

World War II Marine buried in West Virginia

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — A U.S. Marine from West Virginia whose remains were identified more than a half-century after he was killed during a World War II battle on a Pacific island has been buried with full military honors. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Joe Lukie was buried Saturday in Oak Hill. ...

Future remains in doubt, but Railroad Days returns

By MATT COMBS, Register-Herald HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — On a cold October morning, as the church bells rang the noon hour and tourists and locals alike roamed Temple Street in Hinton bundled in coats and winter hats, Railroad Days was in full effect. Two weekends a year, the town at the ...

Company adding 290 coal-mining jobs in 3 states

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Bluestone Resources says it is hiring 290 more workers for its coal-mining operations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. In West Virginia, the company says new jobs will be created at Keystone Surface Mine and at Bishop Surface Mine, which is reopening. Bluestone ...

Panel recommends $10 million funding boost for colleges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education has recommended a $10 million annual funding increase for West Virginia's smaller colleges. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that it's the first recommendation approved by the commission. The ...

National forest readies fire tower for public rental

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail SOUTHERN, W.Va. (AP) — For nearly 50 years, from the roomy cab of a fire tower perched atop the 3,704-foot summit of Red Oak Ridge, observers scanned the densely wooded slopes forming the headwaters of the Monongahela National Forest's Williams ...