Latest West Virginia News

Former West Virginia railroad designated as national trail

Jun. 13, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Greenbrier River Trail has been designated as a national recreation trail, federal officials said. The trail adds more 78 miles to the National Trails System, a network of more than 1,300 existing trails across the U.S., a...

West Virginia man graduates from the Naval Academy

Jun. 13, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

SPRING MILLS, W.Va. (AP) — Nick Elekes always felt a pull to be part of one of the country’s military academies, a dream that eventually led him to the Naval Academy. However, Elekes never considered what that would mean for him once he graduated, the Spring Mills High graduate recently...

W.Va. community says coal dust is taking its breath away

Jun. 12, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

EUNICE, W.Va. (AP) — Eunice should have been Becky Rectenwald’s place to settle. The dust settled there instead. Rectenwald, 58, moved to the former Raleigh County mining town from Marmet nearly four years ago for cleaner air and a larger yard for...

Heavy rains soak parts of Appalachia, northern Mississippi

Jun. 11, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Storms with soaking rains drenched a wide swath of Appalachia and northern Mississippi this week, swamping farmland, flooding bridges, stranding people in their homes and damaging cars and residences. Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and West...

Redistricting committees named in West Virginia legislature

Jun. 11, 2021 04:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia legislative leaders on Thursday named the committees in charge of the state's redistricting process. Members of the Senate and House redistricting committees will host public hearings across the state this summer to hear feedback...

ACLU in West Virginia sues House over open meetings law

Jun. 11, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is seeking to void four laws that it claims were passed in violation of open meetings laws during the pandemic. A lawsuit filed this week argues lawmakers knowingly violated a transparency law...

In West Virginia, 60% of eligible are partially vaccinated

Jun. 10, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is about five percentage points away from meeting its goal of at least partially vaccinating 65% of all eligible residents before a mask mandate drops on June 20. “We’ve crossed a milestone. ... Now we’re at 60.1% that have...

Coal plants in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio to shut down

Jun. 10, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The owner of three coal-fired power plants in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio said Thursday that it will shut them down. Houston-based GenOn Holdings LLC said it will shut down a generating unit at both Avon Lake station on Lake Erie near...

Distributors, regulators cast blame for opioid epidemic

Jun. 10, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Opioid distribution companies and federal regulators pointed the finger at each other as a contributing factor in the nation's opioid epidemic during a landmark civil trial in West Virginia. A former Drug Enforcement Administration official and...

Lawmakers form group to help struggling coal communities

Jun. 10, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As West Virginia prepares for the closure of another coal mine, state lawmakers announced the formation of a group to find ideas aimed at revitalizing coal communities around the state. Republican State House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Democratic...