Latest West Virginia News

Former student who reported rape says college betrayed her

Jun. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The warnings came in text messages from her friends: He's outside the dorm. He's at the student center. He's at Starbucks. But for Alicia Gonzales, sometimes it didn't matter where he was. She would often hide away in her room on the campus of Marshall University, overcome with...

Local governments seek negotiating power in opioid lawsuit

Jun. 14, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers suing over the toll of opioids asked a judge Friday to allow a structure for all 25,000 municipal and county governments in the U.S. to be paid — if a settlement can be reached with companies that make and distribute powerful prescription painkillers. The approach, if...

Trump looms large as West Virginia GOP leaders squabble

Jun. 14, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In a state where President Donald Trump's name is still gold, Republican leaders are fighting in a public and caustic way over who's his best friend. On one side, Gov. Jim Justice says he and Trump are "bound at the hip." On the other, Senate Republican leaders argue the governor...

W.Va. governor's companies faced with tax issues in 2 states

Jun. 13, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — A real estate company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family has avoided a tax sale in Virginia by paying more than $400,000, while a county attorney in Kentucky says he's planning to sue the family's coal company for unpaid taxes. Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley filed a...

Ohio River set for cleanup this weekend

Jun. 13, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Ohio River is set to get a scrubbing this weekend. The West Virginia environmental department has announced that the 31st annual Ohio River Sweep is scheduled for this Saturday. Volunteers from 11 West Virginia counties will be among 21,000 people who will remove trash and...

Flames: Passenger carry-on bag ignites at airport checkpoint

Jun. 12, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities at a West Virginia airport say a passenger's carry-on bag ignited as it was going through a security checkpoint. The Yeager Airport in Charleston says two lithium batteries attached to a charger in the bag caused a small explosion Wednesday. Airport police extinguished...

Marshall expels convicted student facing 2 more rape charges

Jun. 12, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University in West Virginia on Wednesday expelled a student who had been allowed to remain enrolled despite a conviction for a 2016 attack where he was accused of raping a female schoolmate. The college's decision comes as 22-year-old Joseph Chase Hardin faces new sexual...

Principal accused of copying Kutcher speech is suspended

Jun. 12, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school's graduating class has been suspended without pay for five days. The News and Sentinel reports that Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss was suspended Tuesday at a Board of...

Student convicted of campus attack accused in 2 more cases

Jun. 11, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A student allowed to stay at Marshall University in West Virginia after a conviction for attacking a female student on campus in 2016 is now facing charges of sexually assaulting two more women, court documents show. Joseph Chase Hardin, 22, has been indicted on second-degree...

3 of ousted West Virginia bishop's top priests resign jobs

Jun. 11, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three priests have lost their high-ranking positions in West Virginia after a church investigation reportedly accused them of enabling predatory and harassing conduct and financial mismanagement by the former leader of the state's Roman Catholic Church. Archbishop William Lori...