Latest West Virginia state government News

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...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Sep. 22, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. September 18, 2022. ' Editorial: Thank God for Mississippi “Thank God for Mississippi” is a phrase, heavy with sarcasm, that is commonly recognized among West Virginians. It’s mostly used when any kind of nationwide...

WVa officials embark on bobwhite quail restoration effort

Sep. 22, 2022 04:01 AM EDT

ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials have embarked on an effort to restore the northern bobwhite quail population. Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that 12,000 bobwhite quail have been added at wildlife management areas across the state. The goal is to...

WVa Transportation Department hiring trainees, inspectors

Sep. 21, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Transportation is taking applications for workers in Marshall County through Oct. 8. The openings are for entry-level transportation engineering technician trainees and bridge inspectors, the department said in a news...

W.Va. announces $147M opioid settlement with CVS, Walmart

Sep. 20, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Walmart and CVS Pharmacy have settled with the state of West Virginia for a combined total of $147 million in a lawsuit over the companies' roles in contributing to the oversupply of prescription drugs that fueled the opioid epidemic in the country's most impacted state,...

West Virginia lawmakers OK abortion ban with few exceptions

Sep. 16, 2022 22:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Legislature passed a sweeping abortion ban with few exceptions Tuesday, approving a bill that several members of the Republican supermajority said they hope will make it impossible for the state’s only abortion clinic to continue to offer the...

After climate bill passage, WVa natural gas plant unveiled

Sep. 16, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Maryland company announced Friday it will build a natural gas power plant designed to capture climate-changing carbon in West Virginia. Officials said it was made possible by a recently signed law embraced by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin that gives tax breaks for...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signs abortion ban into law

Sep. 16, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Jim Justice on Friday signed into law a ban on abortions at all stages of pregnancy, making West Virginia the second state to enact a law prohibiting the procedure since the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling overturning its constitutional protection. ...