West Virginia - the best personalized free web-based Email en en West Virginia Man charged in scheme to sell paintings from $500M art heist BOSTON (AP) — A West Virginia man tried to fetch millions for two oil paintings he did not have access to and falsely claimed were stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history, federal authorities said Monday. Todd Desper, of Beckley, West Virginia, was arrested Monday at his home on wire fraud charges. He will appear first in a federal court in West V... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:52:00 GMT 2017-05-22T23:52:00Z TV's Judge Judy gives commencement speech in West Virginia SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Syndicated television's Judge Judy has told graduating high school seniors in West Virginia to fill their lives and work with passion. Media outlets report Judy Sheindlin gave the keynote address Saturday at the commencement for South Charleston High School graduates at the Charleston Civic Center. The ret... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:51:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:51:00Z Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul strongly opposed the Department of Justice directive, which reverses an ... Sat, 13 May 2017 07:59:00 GMT 2017-05-13T07:59:00Z Lawyer, CEO want charge dropped against journalist CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia journalist arrested after repeatedly asking U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question said he did nothing wrong, and his attorney and the media outlet's founder want the charge dropped. Reporter Daniel Ralph Heyman, who works for the independent Public News Service, was arrested by police at the... Thu, 11 May 2017 08:11:00 GMT 2017-05-11T08:11:00Z US mine blast: Ex-coal CEO Blankenship at end of prison term CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal executive Don Blankenship jumped back on Twitter on Wednesday, renewing his feud with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on the day Blankenship was to finish a one-year prison sentence arising from the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in decades. Even before the U.S. Bureau of Prisons listed Blankenship as leaving a halfway house in A... Wed, 10 May 2017 22:28:00 GMT 2017-05-10T22:28:00Z Reporter arrested while trying to question Cabinet member CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia's Capitol arrested a journalist who they said was trying "aggressively" to get past Secret Service agents and yelling questions at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. It happened as Price and senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway came to the state Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday to learn... Wed, 10 May 2017 21:43:00 GMT 2017-05-10T21:43:00Z Arrested Journalist: 'I Was Trying to Do My Job' The West Virginia journalist who was arrested as he tried to ask questions to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says he was just trying to... Wed, 10 May 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-05-10T20:46:00Z GOP Rep. Evan Jenkins to challenge Democratic Sen. Manchin CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican congressman Evan Jenkins announced Monday that he will challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia in next year's midterm election. Jenkins' candidacy ensures the West Virginia race will be one of the top Senate contests of 2018 as Manchin tries to hang onto his seat in a deeply red state. ... Mon, 08 May 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-05-08T22:11:00Z NTSB: 2 dead, no distress call in UPS cargo crash CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The crew of a propeller plane carrying UPS cargo made no distress call before the small aircraft landed hard enough to gouge the runway and break into pieces on Friday, a federal investigator said. Both the pilot and co-pilot were killed as their plane went off the edge of a steep, wooded hillside. There was no fire, but responder... Sat, 06 May 2017 01:36:00 GMT 2017-05-06T01:36:00Z Lawmakers: Congress close to deal on coal miners' benefits WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is close to a deal to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire Sunday, coal-state lawmakers said Wednesday. A "permanent" fix will be included in a measure to keep the government open, said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and other lawmakers. The fix would cost $1.3... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-04-26T17:52:00Z Just a minute: FIU baseball tops Marshall in a speedy finish BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Who says baseball is slow? Florida International and Marshall played for 69 seconds on Sunday morning, before FIU got a 4-3 victory. The Conference USA game was suspended Saturday night after fog rolled in with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. So the teams came back Sunday morning — and on the fourth pitch, FIU... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:46:00 GMT 2017-04-23T14:46:00Z In West Virginia, greyhound racing's days could be numbered NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — At one of the last remaining greyhound tracks in the U.S., dogs with names such as Terracuda and Flyin Jawbreaker outnumber the people watching in the stands. The race bettors and spectators at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in West Virginia stopped showing up long ago. Soon, the greyhounds could be gone, too. That... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:21:00 GMT 2017-04-05T20:21:00Z Can't afford to bury loved ones? Often, states can't help CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Belinda Crookshanks' son and daughter-in-law died of drug overdoses on the same day in April 2015 at age 35, her grief was compounded by a stark financial fact: Despite the family's limited resources, the state's indigent burial fund wasn't going to help pay to bury them. In another part of West Virginia that month, Carol Nay... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 15:52:00 GMT 2017-04-01T15:52:00Z Home confinement: Ex-sheriff took drugs from police storage SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — A newly elected West Virginia sheriff who acknowledged a meth addiction and taking the drug from a police evidence area for his own use was sentenced to up to 10 years of home confinement Tuesday. After apologizing in a courtroom one floor above his former office, Bo Williams was sentenced for his January guilty plea to a felony char... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:30:00 GMT 2017-03-28T19:30:00Z The Latest: Arizona's loss means three 2-seeds are out KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 1:05 a.m. Xavier's upset of Arizona wrapped up Thursday's four-game slate, sending the Musketeers into the Elite Eight as a surprise team alongside high seeds Gonzaga, Kansas and Oregon. That made Arizona the third No. 2 see... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:14:00 GMT 2017-03-24T05:14:00Z Top-seeded Gonzaga survives for 61-58 win over West Virginia SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jevon Carter fired up two potential tying 3-pointers only to see them go off-target and Gonzaga didn't allow West Virginia to get off a third. A defensive stop was a fitting way for this offensively challenged Sweet 16 matchup to end. Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-s... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:51:00 GMT 2017-03-24T04:51:00Z Mountaineers clinch Sweet 16 berth with win over Notre Dame BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Don't be fooled by the Mountaineers referring to themselves as "Press" Virginia as a result of their relentless defensive pressure. This team can score. Led by Jevon Carter's 24 points, the Mountaineers outshot the Fighting Irish in an 83-71 win on Saturday to clinch their third Sweet 16 berth since 2010. ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:57:00 GMT 2017-03-18T20:57:00Z Maryland women host Big 12 champs West Virginia in NCAAs COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Brionna Jones remembers walking off the court, inconsolable after Maryland's premature exit from the NCAA Tournament. Jones was a junior last year when the Terrapins were striving to make a third straight appearance in the Final Four. After breezing to victory in the opening round, Maryland stumbled through a 74-65 upset loss at home against Washington. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:41:00 GMT 2017-03-18T18:41:00Z A look at what could happen in the women's NCAA Tournament NEW YORK (AP) — It's been pretty easy to pick UConn to win the title the last few years. While the path may be more difficult this season, the result will be the same. The question is what will happen in the other 57 games in the women's bracket that may not be so obvious. Here's one look at what could happen over the next three weeks: The bracket breakdo... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:02:00 GMT 2017-03-17T00:02:00Z Huggins enjoying West Virginia's return to Buffalo BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Be it basketball or fishing, Bob Huggins has no trouble recalling the fond memories he's had during his previous trips to Buffalo. They're a lot better than any recollection the West Virginia coach has of Brooklyn. A year after the Mountaineers were upset by 14th-ranked Stephen F. Austin in a first-round NCAA Tourna... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-03-15T22:58:00Z No. 23 Iowa State beats No. 11 W Virginia for Big 12 title KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Everybody on the Iowa State bench got a snippet of net from the Big 12 Tournament. Monte Morris got just about the whole thing. It was only fitting the most valuable player in the Big 12 Tournament, the senior guard who kept willing the No. 23 Cyclones to victory, got to hang the net around his neck. Morris scored 17 points in the title game Saturday ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 02:34:00 GMT 2017-03-12T02:34:00Z AP All-Big 12: Kansas wins another title, sweeps AP awards For only the second time while winning 13 consecutive Big 12 titles, the Kansas Jayhawks have both The Associated Press conference player and coach of the year in the same season. Kansas senior guard Frank Mason III, the league's leading scorer at 20.5 points a game, was the unanimous pick as the league's top player in the AP All-Big 12 voting revealed Monday. Bill Self is t... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:27:00 GMT 2017-03-06T20:27:00Z Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages NEW YORK (AP) — From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early agenda. Some Democrats prefer to connect with constituents over the telephone or using social media. Others are ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:16:00 GMT 2017-02-24T14:16:00Z After Huggins' scary moment, No. 12 WVU beats Texas 77-62 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bob Huggins fell to his knees and clutched his chest during a scary moment just before halftime. West Virginia players picked up their coach, got him to the bench and made his job easier by maintaining a comfortable lead the rest of the way Monday night. Jevon Carter had 24 points and Lamont West had a career-hi... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:25:00 GMT 2017-02-21T05:25:00Z WVU's Huggins falls in apparent health scare, stays on bench MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Bob Huggins dropped to his knees on the court during an apparent health scare while the 12th-ranked Mountaineers faced Texas on Monday night. Huggins went down during a timeout just before halftime, and his players quickly came to his aid. Huggins stood, briefly massaged his chest and stayed on the sideline. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:00:00 GMT 2017-02-21T04:00:00Z Trump supporters cheer his combative stance with the media CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Critics of President Donald Trump saw in his news conference a combative, thin-skinned chief executive who continues to blame the media for the controversies roiling his administration. His supporters saw something else: A champion of Middle America who is taking on the establishment and making good on his campaign promises to put... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:45:00 GMT 2017-02-17T08:45:00Z No. 3 Kansas rallies to beat No. 9 West Virginia 84-80 in OT LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham never felt as though the game was over, even when they huddled around coach Bill Self with less than four minutes to go and Kansas trailing West Virginia by 14 points. "We just talked about staying in it. 'We can do it.' Coach kept telling us we were going to step up and make plays," Graham said lat... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:51:00 GMT 2017-02-14T05:51:00Z APNewsBreak: Feds say Justice coal cos. owe $4.6M in fines MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Mining operations controlled by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice haven't paid $4.6 million in safety fines and penalties, according to federal authorities. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said that was the unpaid balance as of Wednesday. Most of it is at the Treasury Department for collection. Some opera... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:44:00 GMT 2017-01-27T20:44:00Z Blackjack player pleads guilty to leaving casino to rob bank CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has admitted to leaving a casino to rob a bank before returning to continue gambling. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports ( 52-year-old Kerry Johnson of Charleston pleaded guilty Wednesday to a robbery charge. Johnson had been at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro for hours ... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:06:00 GMT 2017-01-26T13:06:00Z No. 18 West Virginia beats No. 2 Kansas 85-69 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Esa Ahmad had hoped to improve his defense entering a matchup with No. 2 Kansas. He ended up with a career scoring night. Ahmad got plenty of open looks at the basket and broke out of a shooting slump with a career-high 27 points to lead No. 18 West Virginia to an 85-69 victory Tuesday, snapping the Jayhawks' 18-game winning streak. ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:20:00 GMT 2017-01-25T05:20:00Z