West Virginia News

California Tops ‘Judicial Hellhole’ List

California isn’t just a warm place to live, which is often the case even in winter, but it turns out the state is considered a “judicial hellhole.” The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its annual “Judicial Hellholes” report on Tuesday, and …

Disaster Declaration Issued for 18 W.Va. Counties in Wake of Sandy

President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration to help 18 counties recover from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The declaration announced Tuesday by the White House makes federal funding available to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit groups …

West Virginia Tops State Farm’s Deer-Vehicle Crash List

State Farm says West Virginia continues to be the state where a vehicle is most likely to hit a deer.The Mountain State tops State Farm’s annual list for the sixth consecutive year. The Bloomington, Ill.-based insurer released the latest list …

FEMA OKs Storm Recovery Aid for 16 W.Va. Counties

Federal disaster assistance is available for residents and business owners in 16 West Virginia counties hit by a June windstorm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the individual assistance can be used to pay for home repairs, rental assistance, disaster-related …

Officials: 3 West Virginia Deaths Attributed to June Storm

West Virginia health officials believe three people died as a result of derecho storm that swept through the state during a major heat wave in June. Dr. Marian Swinker, state commissioner for public health, says a review of hospital records …

USDA Awards $2.8M for Fayette County, W.Va., Flood Project

A flood mitigation project in Fayette County, West Virginia, is getting $2.8 million in federal funding. The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be used to buy flood-prone properties in Dunloup Creek’s 100-year flood plain. The buyout program …

NCCI Proposes 9.1% Cut in West Virginia Workers’ Comp Rates

West Virginia employers can look forward to another reduction in their workers’ compensation rates after state officials welcomed a National Council on Compensation proposed statewide average 9.1 percent decrease in loss cost rates. Ever since West Virginia moved from operating …

16,000 W.Va. Customers Set to Receive Rebates From Health Insurers

Health insurance companies will give rebates totaling $2.7 million to more than 16,000 customers in West Virginia this year.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says most of the rebates will go people who buy their own health insurance.

Va. Motorist Settling Lawsuits in W.Va. Festival Death; Insurer Will Pay $500K

A Virginia driver who crashed into a tent filled with sleeping women at a West Virginia music festival last summer wants to settle three wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits. Documents filed in U.S. District Court last week show Clay …

OSHA Urges W.Va. Outdoor Workers to Stay Safe, Prevent Heat Illness

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking employers to make sure their workers are taking necessary precautions to prevent heat illness while working in hot conditions.OSHA said in a release that outdoor employees in the …