Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:48:32 GMT
Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Raleigh County judge to serve a temporary term on the state Supreme Court. John A. Hutchison of Beckley will serve until a 2020 special election, with the winner serving the remainder of Justice Allen Loughry's term through 2024. The court had a vacancy after Loughry resigned. In a news release, Justice called Hutchison "one of the most conservative, respected jurists in the state of West Virginia." Hutchinson has served as a circuit judge in Raleigh County for more than two decades and is a member of the state Supreme Court’s Mass Litigation Panel. He has been appointed several times to sit on the high court when a justice has been recused, according to the news release. Loughry's resignation was effective last month, after a federal jury convicted him in October on 11 charges. He was suspended from his seat earlier this year over allegations that he repeatedly lied and used his public office for personal gain. Belinda Biafore, the state Democratic
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:31:44 GMT
Senator Joe Manchin will become the Democrats' top member on the Senate committee devoted to energy issues.
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:20:36 GMT
West Virginia’s poet laureate Marc Harshman won the 20th Annual Blue Lynx Prize. Winning the national poetry competition led to the publication this year of his latest compilation of poetry entitled "Woman in Red Anorak." Harshman spoke from his home in Wheeling.
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:19:12 GMT
The executive director of an office charged with reviewing research on policies that disproportionately affect minority populations says she doesn't plan to step down after a coalition of about 30 members of progressive and racial justice groups held a press conference calling for her removal.
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:13:54 GMT
A plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a West Virginia courthouse. The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 last week to remove the plaque and it has been taken down. Officials have been discussing the plaque's future since a letter requesting its removal was sent to county officials last year immediately following violent protests at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which had been organized in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Some residents with family who fought on the Confederate side of the Civil War argued that the plaque in West Virginia should remain. Commissioner Jane Tabb said she voted for the removal to be sensitive to the African-American community. Officials said it's unclear whether the plaque will be relocated.
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:42:00 GMT
Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET A federal judge sentenced Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison on Wednesday following Cohen's guilty pleas to a number of political and finance crimes. Those three years would be followed by three years of supervised release, and Cohen also is subject to forfeiture of $500,000, restitution of $1.4 million and fines totaling $100,000. Cohen had asked for leniency. He said in court, however, that he accepts responsibility for his actions. "This may be hard to believe, but today is one of the most meaningful days of my life," Cohen said. "Today I get my freedom back." He said he had been "living in personal and mental incarceration ever since I agreed to work for a business mogul." It was "blind loyalty to this man," he said, "that led me to choose a path of darkness, not light." Cohen said the president had been right to call him "weak," but not for the reasons that Trump believes. "I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,"
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:14:51 GMT
Search efforts have entered a fourth day for three missing people at a non-operational coal mine in West Virginia.
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
You might’ve heard Trey Kay, host of WVPB’s podcast Us & Them engage in a conversation during the past several weeks, in a series called “Red State Blue State”, about the culture differences between West Virginia and southern California. In the latest episode of Us & Them, Trey finds kindred spirits in a trio of Latino comedians who call themselves "Culture Clash". Just like Trey, these comedians explore the space between cultural divides. We hear an excerpt of that episode on this West Virginia Morning.
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:23:22 GMT
The West Virginia Autism Training Center based at Marshall University has expanded its programs to Shepherd. Shepherd joins Concord University as the second campus-based satellite site for Marshall’s autism services program.
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:34:02 GMT
A West Virginia judge has agreed to stop presiding over marriages altogether rather than officiate for same-sex couples. The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission issued a warning to Mineral County Judge Lynn Nelson after receiving a complaint from Fairness West Virginia, which advocates for equal treatment of people regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:29:41 GMT
Workers are removing water and pumping fresh air into a nonoperational coal mine in West Virginia as they search for three people stuck inside.
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:55:10 GMT
A federal prosecutor will hold a symposium on marijuana Wednesday in Charleston. The invitation-only event will feature law enforcement officials and researchers opposed to marijuana legalization. Mike Stuart, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, is hosting the event alongside a regional task force aimed at curbing drug trafficking.
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, the petrochemical industry is promising economic development in many Ohio Valley towns where it’s sorely needed. Like East Liverpool, Ohio, near the Pennsylvania border. There, The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant reports, the town’s welcoming this new industry while still living with pollution from decades-old facilities.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:43:16 GMT
The West Virginia School Building Authority has voted to fund more than $72 million in facilities projects statewide. Monday's vote includes construction and renovation projects for public school systems in 19 counties.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:18:52 GMT
A state audit says West Virginia's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management didn't comply with federal regulations, forcing localities to pay for disaster relief.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:04:33 GMT
A bill West Virginia Public Broadcasting followed closely during the 2018 regular state Legislative session could resurface in 2019 – legislation that would offer tuition assistance to in-state students attending a Community and Technical College. Last year, it was often referred to as the "free community and technical college bill," and it would’ve provided the “last dollar in” after all other forms of financial aid had been exhausted.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:45:42 GMT
Atlantic Coast Pipeline developer Dominion Energy stopped construction Friday along the multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline's entire 600-mile route. In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Dominion said it was halting construction following a Friday decision from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:29:05 GMT
Jason Walker spends $50 per month on bottled water. He spends three hours each week standing by the small stream that runs near his house, pumping creek water into a thousand-gallon tank. “You have to catch the creek at the right time, when it’s clear,” Walker said. “Whatever you pump, whatever the creek looks like, is what you’re going to pump, and that’s going to pump right into your house.” Walker, 31, used to get water from a well he shared with his mother, Sherry Walker, who lives next door. But they noticed changes after mountaintop removal mining started nearby. “The coal mine at the top of the ridge here, they let off a blast maybe around 2 in the afternoon. My windows will rattle, my dishes will shake,” he said. “You’ll actually feel the blast.” Over time the Walkers’ well became unusable and then dried up. Communities living near the large-scale surface mines have long suspected the practice was to blame for health problems ranging from asthma to skin conditions to cancer. A
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, a growing body of research shows that people living near mountaintop removal coal mines face increased risks of disease linked to pollutants in air and water. A new report from a human rights group argues that the mining industry has tried to suppress the science about health risks and has forced coalfield communities to take on the industry’s costs. Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Sydney Boles visited residents who are hoping for clear answers and clean water.
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:01:33 GMT
West Virginia lawmakers in the Eastern Panhandle have a long list of issues they hope to tackle in the upcoming state Legislative session, including reintroducing a controversial bill to allow eligible people to carry guns on college campuses.