West Virginia News

US rig count drops by 1 this week to 935

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 935. That's still up from the 511 rigs that were active a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 744 rigs sought oil and 190 explored for natural gas ...

Man arrested following dumpster explosion in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is accused of setting off an explosion that shook a nearby police cruiser. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the 45-year-old was arrested after police saw him toss something into a dumpster before a loud blast erupted and he retreated into his ...

Sessions returns to West Virginia to discuss opioid crisis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has returned to West Virginia for the second time in four months to discuss efforts to stop the nation's opioid epidemic. At an event Thursday in Charleston, Sessions said it's wrong to assume that drug abuse is a private choice or ...

Name released of man fatally shot by police in West Virginia

WEST MILFORD, W.Va. (AP) — State Police in West Virginia have released the name of an Ohio carjacking suspect who was fatally shot by officers during a weekend manhunt. Sgt. Mark Kiddy tells media outlets that 21-year-old Brian Ziro of Columbus, Ohio, had shot at Harrison County sheriff's ...

Judge tentatively approves revised chemical spill settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has tentatively approved a revised settlement to a class-action lawsuit over a West Virginia chemical spill that left up to 300,000 people without tap water for up to nine days. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver on Thursday scheduled a final hearing ...

Disease found in dead deer in 8 West Virginia counties

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Deer in eight West Virginia counties have died from a disease that causes extensive bleeding. The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease was confirmed in the deer found in Boone, Brooke, Hancock, Lincoln, ...

West Virginia couple sentenced to life in 3-year-old’s death

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia couple has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of the woman's 3-year-old son. Media outlets report a Cabell County Circuit Court jury found 24-year-old Mariya Ajena Jones and 33-year-old Aaron Brendon Miles guilty Thursday of ...

Woman dies in West Virginia blaze

CRAWLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a woman has died in a fire in West Virginia. According to media, the blaze was reported Thursday afternoon  at a home in Greenbrier County. The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office said in a statement that the victim was a 77-year-old female. Her name ...

Coopers Rock State Park: More than just a pretty rock face

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. (AP) — The view of Cheat River Canyon from the overlook may be the most obvious thing casual visitors think of when they hear "Coopers Rock." But the state park is just as popular for activities that aren't as easily seen. Every year, while some of the 250,000 ...

Man accused of fatal machete attack on mother’s boyfriend

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man is accused of killing his mother's boyfriend with a machete. Local news outlets report 30-year-old Matthew Lee Wilson was arrested Sunday night in connection with the death of 60-year-old David Matthew Hill, who owned the house ...

Tourism office tasked with helping tell state’s story

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When "The Glass Castle" premiered in Welch on Aug. 11, part of what it showcased — besides the state of West Virginia — was the behind-the-scenes work of the West Virginia Film Office. "We assisted with scouting locations, working with the city to close ...

Group says new health proposal cuts West Virginia Medicaid

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A nonprofit West Virginia research group says the latest attempt by U.S. Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would cut the state's Medicaid funding by $2 billion by 2027. The Center on Budget and Policy says that would undermine coverage for tens of ...

West Virginia man sentenced in sister’s murder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 43-year-old Charleston man has pleaded guilty to murder, admitting he fatally shot his sister in December 2014. An attempted murder charge against Glenn Skidmore was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea. He was accused of shooting his nephew at the Charleston ...

States ask insurers to prioritize non-opioid pain treatment

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys general representing the majority of states asked health insurers Monday to encourage pain treatment through means other than prescriptions for opioid painkillers, which are responsible for tens of ...

GOP lawmakers: Move Appalachian agency out of Washington

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Two powerful Kentucky Republicans have an idea to boost an economic development agency that helps Appalachia: Move it out of the nation's capital. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and veteran Rep. Hal Rogers are sponsoring a bill ...

Ex-coal CEO asks court to toss conviction in mine explosion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have made a last pitch to the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out his conviction connected to a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 miners. Attorneys for Don Blankenship say in the appeal that the high ...

Elk killed in crash as small population settles in

WHITMAN, W.Va. (AP) — State officials say the vehicle crash that killed two elk along U.S. 119 was bound to happen as the small population grows. Earlier this week, two of West Virginia's 24 elk were struck and killed by an ambulance in Logan County. Randy Kelley, elk project leader for ...

Teen death probe details problems at West Virginia facility

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An employee at a West Virginia residential care facility lied about checking on a 13-year-old boy before the youth stole a van and died in a crash in March, a state investigation found. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Office of Health Facility ...

West Virginia DEP switches to LED lighting in headquarters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is saving about $42,000 per year on energy costs by switching to LED from fluorescent light bulbs. The DEP says in a news release that about 10,000 bulbs in the agency's Kanawha City headquarters have been ...

National Guard chief: Protect infrastructure from flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of the West Virginia National Guard says the state needs to set standards to make sure water and sewer plants located in flood plains can withstand flooding. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , Adj. Gen James Hoyer told state lawmakers meeting in ...