West Virginia News

Priest donates to miners affected by Blackjewel bankruptcy

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A priest in Kentucky handed out more than $20,000 on Monday to miners struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. People crowded Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Harlan as Father Jim Sichko signed checks for more than 100 ...

Man charged with murder in death he blamed on overdose

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who blamed his wife's death on an overdose is now charged with killing her. News outlets report 44-year-old Frank Jay Cantley was arrested this weekend and charged with first-degree murder. A criminal complaint says Cantley called 911 Saturday ...

West Virginia woman is accused of locking child in basement

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been accused of beating her children and locking them in a basement. The Journal reports 35-year-old Amy Elizabeth Foley was charged Thursday with child abuse stemming from an incident in 2018. Court documents say Foley is accused of ...

West Virginia youth basketball coach charged with sex abuse

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A youth basketball coach in West Virginia has been charged with sexually abusing one of his players. News outlets cite court documents that show 48-year-old Brian Eugene Kidd of Beckley was charged with six counts of sexual abuse by a parent or custodian. According to ...

Local university removed from probation by accreditor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A university in West Virginia is no longer on probation from its accreditor. The State Journal reports Alderson Broaddus University received the notification from the Higher Learning Commission last week but the school is still on notice because of its financial ...

WV teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to a teachers union that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education ...

West Virginia working to bring back bobwhite quail

HOLDEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials are hoping to bring back the bobwhite quail, which disappeared from the state in the late 1970s thanks to a combination of habitat destruction and harsh winters. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports , wildlife officials think the birds are ...

Miners worried about pay during Blackjewel coal bankruptcy

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some Virginia miners for the coal company Blackjewel LLC say their paychecks are bouncing and they remain out of work as the company goes through bankruptcy proceedings. The Roanoke Times reports some workers say they're unsure if they still have jobs after reportedly ...

Foul play not indicated in death of man found by W.Va. creek

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say they have found a dead man in a wooded area near Deckers Creek. Morgantown police say they found the man Wednesday morning after responding to a report of an unresponsive man at the Deckers Creek Rail Trail near Elk Street. He was ...

Loaded handgun found in woman’s bag at West Virginia airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says officers stopped a West Virginia woman with a gun in her carry-on bag at Yeager Airport. The TSA on Wednesday said the woman told officers she forgot she had the loaded .357-caliber handgun on her when she tried to get ...