West Virginia News

Investigators scour scene of Bahamas chopper crash for clues

By NATALIE SCHACHAR and TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press Accident investigators in the Bahamas are going well below the surface of the water to try to figure out what went wrong in the moments before a helicopter crashed after takeoff and killed seven people, including West Virginia coal magnate ...

Experts warn of ‘dead zone’ in Chesapeake Bay from pollution

By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) — When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt ...

Biologist uses tiny radios to track endangered crayfish

By JOHN McCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined PINEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Standing in the shallows of a rushing mountain stream, Nicole Sadecky held a radio receiver up to her ear and listened for a faint signal. "I hear one," she said, gesturing toward a flat rock just under the water's ...

2 killed, 3 injured when SUV flips on I-95 in Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia men have died and three others were injured after their SUV crashed on Interstate 95 in central Virginia. Virginia State Police said Saturday that a 2004 Ford Explorer ran off the shoulder and hit a guardrail Friday afternoon on the northbound ...

Researchers hoping to reduce water use at power plants

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers at West Virginia University are testing an idea to help save freshwater resources by combining wastewater from power plants with wastewater from fracking. The Dominion Post reports the power industry is the biggest water user in West Virginia. Nationally, ...

Flash flooding in parts of West Virginia from severe storms

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Severe weekend thunderstorms caused flash flooding that knocked homes off their foundations and washed out roads in several mountainous counties of West Virginia, prompting Gov. Jim Justice to announce plans Sunday to declare a state of emergency in the region. The ...

Heirloom corn connects distillery to area history, flavor

HARMAN, W.Va. (AP) — Still Hollow Distillery isn't close to any interstate exit. It's in Randolph County, West Virginia, not far from the Pendleton County line, and it's nestled in the high Allegheny mountains. You can only get there by driving curvy two-lane roads. And like many former ...

Marshall University moving forward on aviation program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is eying a fall 2021 start date for new aviation programs. According to The Herald-Dispatch , Marshall's board of governors voted Friday on an intent to plan two new degrees in aviation sciences to train commercial airplane and helicopter ...

West Virginia man sentenced in theft from ex-employer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to one year and six months in federal prison for stealing $135,000 from a former employer. Fifty-eight-year-old Robert Casdorph of Charleston was sentenced last week for mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says in a news ...

NASA to hold formal ceremony to rename W.Va. facility

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — NASA is holding a formal ceremony to rename a West Virginia facility after a mathematician whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth. The ceremony is set for Tuesday in Fairmont for the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation ...