Latest West Virginia News

Teacher brings W.Va. history to life through animated videos

May. 16, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Milton Middle School teacher is changing the way West Virginia history is taught, two minutes at a time. Brian Casto has taught an eighth-grade West Virginia Studies class at the school for the past four years, but has recently ventured down...

World War II veteran from W.Va. becomes oldest organ donor

May. 15, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A World War II veteran who passed away recently has proven that it’s possible to keep helping others by giving the gift of life and becoming the oldest recorded organ donor in United States history. Cecil F. Lockhart of Welch was 95 years old when...

West Virginia relaxes mask mandate in line with CDC guidance

May. 14, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia followed new federal guidance in excluding fully vaccinated people Friday from the statewide mask mandate. Gov. Jim Justice praised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for issuing guidance Thursday that fully vaccinated...

Report: Drug executive emails mocked Appalachians

May. 14, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emails to and from a drug company executive presented at a landmark West Virginia trial against three large opioid distributors used terms like “pillbillies” to mock Appalachians, according to a published report. The emails were presented...

3 West Virginia students named Presidential Scholars

May. 14, 2021 04:44 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three high school students from West Virginia have been named 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars, officials said. Kendra Goeddert from Greenbrier East High School, Nicholas Murphy from Parkersburg South High School and Zara Zervos from John...

Federal funding approved for winter storms in 5 counties

May. 14, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five West Virginia counties have qualified for federal funding as a result of severe winter storms this year, the state Emergency Management Division said. The counties are Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne, the Federal Emergency...

Manchin courtship: WVa senator joins Jill Biden at clinic

May. 13, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The White House's courtship of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin continued Thursday as the moderate Democrat joined first lady Jill Biden on a visit to West Virginia, days after he met with President Joe Biden. Manchin, with newfound clout in a Democratic...

West Virginia trial puts spotlight on sprawling opioid cases

May. 13, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

A corner of West Virginia wrenched by opioid addiction is getting the chance to argue in a courtroom that some of the corporate giants it blames for a public health crisis that left hundreds of people dead deserve to be held accountable. The city of Huntington and...

West Virginia mayor reelected two days after arrest

May. 13, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

WAR, W.Va. (AP) — A southern West Virginia mayor has been reelected despite facing criminal charges. Robert Beavers, the incumbent mayor of War in McDowell County, defeated challenger Grover Mahone on Tuesday by a vote of 123-40, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported....

Legionella bacteria no longer at West Virginia hospital

May. 13, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Recent tests show bacteria that causes the severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease is no longer found at a West Virginia-run hospital two weeks after it was detected, hospital officials said. Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in...