Latest West Virginia state government News

W Virginia food producers can join state directory program

Dec. 10, 2019 4:16 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia food producers who want to be listed in a state directory have until the end of the week to join the program and be included. The directory will feature the stories of West Virginia Grown members and the things they produce, the state Department of Agriculture said in...

W Virginia Capitol Christmas tree lighting set for Tuesday

Dec. 9, 2019 4:27 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's annual holiday celebration and tree lighting ceremony will be held this week at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. The Joyful Night event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the south plaza with performances from West Virginia high school bands. Gov. Jim...

WV House to return for special session later this month

Dec. 6, 2019 5:25 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates will reconvene later this month to continue the second special legislative session, officials said Friday. Republican House Speaker Roger Hanshaw on Friday issued a call for the chamber to meet Monday, Dec. 16, at noon. A spokesman for the House...

3 fired from WV agency after apparent Nazi salute photo

Dec. 6, 2019 3:04 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three people have been fired and 34 suspended after a photo surfaced of a West Virginia corrections officer trainee class giving what appears to be the Nazi salute, officials said Friday. West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy said two...

Lawsuit: W.Va. department put child in sexually abusive home

Dec. 6, 2019 1:18 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman says in a lawsuit that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource knowingly placed her in an abusive and unsafe home where her father impregnated her when she was 11 years old. The woman, who is now 21, says in her lawsuit that the agency was negligent and...

Aircraft engine manufacturer plans $30M W Virginia expansion

Dec. 6, 2019 4:39 AM EST

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — The aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney plans to invest $30 million in a West Virginia facility. The company on Thursday announced its plans to invest the money in an engine services facility in Bridgeport, news outlets report. The expansion is expected to create about...

Apparent Nazi salute photo leads to suspensions in WV agency

Dec. 5, 2019 8:43 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After a photo surfaced of West Virginia correction officer trainees giving what appears to be the Nazi salute, state officials quickly suspended some employees and the governor ordered the firing of those involved. The image, showing more than two dozen trainees with their arms...

WV pol claims legislative immunity in racist sign outburst

Dec. 5, 2019 1:34 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia politician claimed Thursday that an obscure state law shields him from criminal charges after his violent outburst over a racist display at the Capitol. Del. Mike Caputo's pretrial court hearing took an unexpected turn when his attorney asked that the misdemeanor...

Lawsuit filed over death of inmate at West Virginia jail

Dec. 4, 2019 12:33 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mother of a man who died hours after being booked into a West Virginia jail has filed a lawsuit. WDTV-TV reports the lawsuit says Zachary Bailey was subdued by several correctional officers when he arrived at North Central Regional Jail in July. It says one officer laid on top...

Lawmaker in racist signs outburst running for WV Senate

Dec. 3, 2019 4:31 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Veteran West Virginia Del. Mike Caputo, who was criminally charged after a recent controversy involving racist signs at the state Capitol, announced Tuesday he will seek a state Senate seat next year. The Democrat announced his candidacy for the state Senate’s 13th District...