Latest West Virginia News

Trial set for 2 men in assault of Capitol officer who died

Jan. 21, 2022 17:38 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A tentative trial date has been set for two men charged in the assault of a police officer who died after defending the U.S. Capitol in January 2021. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday scheduled a June 6 jury trial for George Tanios of...

Man who used shoplifters for resale scheme sentenced

Jan. 21, 2022 17:28 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man was sentenced Friday to eight years and one month in federal prison for organizing a network of shoplifters, many of them addicted to drugs, to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in store merchandise that he then resold on the internet. ...

Demolition begins at historic hotel in Harpers Ferry

Jan. 21, 2022 16:31 PM EST

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — Demolition of a crumbling historic hotel in West Virginia began this week, after more than a decade of court battles. Workers began dismantling and removing some of the structure and contents Wednesday in Harpers Ferry, project spokesperson Margaret...

WVa gov to wait on outcome of anti-school mask mandate bill

Jan. 21, 2022 15:50 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday questioned a bill moving through the Republican-led Legislature that would prohibit mask mandates in public schools in response to the coronavirus, saying that he will wait on the proposal's final outcome before deciding how to...

Deadline next month for WVa teacher environmental awards

Jan. 21, 2022 13:15 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia agency is taking nominations for its Teacher of the Year awards, given for environmental leadership. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 14 for the Make It Shine Environmental Teacher of the Year awards. The awards are given by the...

WVa gov to address lawmakers after COVID-19 bout

Jan. 20, 2022 17:52 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will address lawmakers next week after his State of the State address was postponed when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month. The Republican governor will speak to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 27,...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jan. 20, 2022 15:59 PM EST

Bluefield Daily Telegraph. January 19, 2022. Editorial: A bad idea: W.Va. bill flawed out of the gate It happens just about every year. Once a new legislative session begins, a couple of bad ideas are introduced as bills that leaves the rest of us shaking our heads. ...

Public school parents sue over private school voucher law

Jan. 20, 2022 12:28 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three parents of children who attend public schools in West Virginia have filed a lawsuit challenging the state's private school voucher law. The suit filed Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court contends the law violates the state Constitution and will...

Former West Virginia athletic director Byrd dies at 94

Jan. 20, 2022 11:44 AM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Leland E. Byrd, a former athletic director at West Virginia and the Mountaineers' first 1,000-point scorer in basketball, has died, the university announced. He was 94. Byrd died Wednesday at his home in Morgantown, WVU said in a statement. ...

West Virginia unemployment rate drops to 3.7% in December

Jan. 20, 2022 10:52 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 3.7% in December, the lowest rate for the state on record. Total employment grew by 1,600 over the month, and the number of unemployed state residents...