Latest West Virginia state government News

WVa getting 8 accessible minivans to help with mobility

Oct. 05, 2022 04:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has helped some agencies in the state procure eight accessible minivans that can be used to take people in rural areas to medical appointments and other places. The state Department of Transportation Division of Multimodal Transportation...

W.Va. Supreme Court hears arguments in school voucher case

Oct. 04, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A voucher program that would provide West Virginia parents state money to pull their children out of K-12 public schools is blatantly unconstitutional and would disproportionately impact poor children and those with disabilities, a lawyer representing parents who sued the...

Regulators propose $125K settlement with coal company

Oct. 04, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators have proposed a $125,000 settlement of a penalty order with a Kentucky coal company for alleged water pollution violations, according to a published report. The state Department of Environmental Protection says Lexington Coal Co....

Funding will remove abandoned, dilapidated structures in WVa

Oct. 03, 2022 04:14 AM EDT

MATOAKA, W.Va. (AP) — Grants totaling $9.2 million are going to 21 West Virginia communities to remove abandoned and dilapidated structures, officials said. The funds will be given as reimbursement for demolition projects and qualified associated expenses, Gov. Jim Justice's office...

Marshall Univ. gets state funding boost for baseball stadium

Sep. 30, 2022 04:08 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is getting a $13.8 million funding boost from the state of West Virginia to help finish construction of a baseball stadium. Gov. Jim Justice announcing the contribution Thursday from the state Water Development Authority’s Economic...

Temporary WVa bridge installation starts next week

Sep. 28, 2022 04:08 AM EDT

PARSONS, W.Va. (AP) — Installation of a temporary replacement for a West Virginia bridge that was closed for safety reasons is expected to start next week, the state Department of Transportation said. The Laneville Bridge provides access to the community of Laneville in Parsons...

Protester arrested following passage of W.Va. abortion ban

Sep. 26, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A protester who was forcefully removed from the West Virginia House of Delegates gallery after disrupting debate on a bill to ban abortion earlier this month was arrested more than a week after she and others rallied against the ban at the state Capitol. ...

West Virginia Women's Commission gets new executive director

Sep. 26, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Women's Commission has a new executive director beginning Monday. Jill S. Upson replaces Julie Palas, who has served as interim director since 2016, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources. The Women's Commission...

In GOP legislatures, a gender divide emerges over abortion

Sep. 24, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Outside the chambers of the West Virginia Legislature, the marble foyer was packed with young women in T-shirts, ripped jeans, and gym shorts holding signs with uteruses drawn in colored marker. “Bans off our bodies,” the signs said. “Abortion is...

West Virginia circuit judge retiring after 13 years on bench

Sep. 23, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia circuit judge is retiring at the end of the year. Judge Phillip D. Gaujot will retire from the 17th Judicial Circuit, which covers Monongalia County, on Dec. 31, the Supreme Court said. Then-Gov. Joe Manchin appointed Gaujot...