state of emergency

PSC opens investigation into Charleston’s West Side gas outage 

BY: - November 17, 2023

The West Virginia Public Service Commission said Friday it has opened an investigation into a gas outage that left more than a thousand residents on Charleston’s West Side without heat, hot water or the ability to cook.  The announcement came a day after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in Kanawha […]

Kanawha County Commission: 2 houses destroyed, nearly 50 others damaged in floods

BY: - September 1, 2023

During Monday morning’s flash floods, two Kanawha County homes were destroyed and nearly 50 others sustained major or minor damage, according to surveys completed so far by residents in affected communities.  So far, 103 weather damage surveys from residents have been recorded, according to a Thursday news release from the Kanawha County Commission. Of the […]

Flooding leads to state of emergency in five West Virginia counties 

BY: - August 28, 2023

Five West Virginia counties are under a state of emergency after heavy rain throughout the weekend and Monday morning caused “significant flooding,” damaging homes, bridges and roads. Gov. Jim Justice’s office issued the emergency declaration for Kanawha, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay and Roane counties.  Between one to four inches of rain fell in Boone, central Kanawha, […]

Justice signs six corrections bills passed during WV special session

BY: - August 14, 2023

Gov. Jim Justice joined officials from the state Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Monday to sign a suite of bills aimed at confronting staffing shortages and other issues in the state’s jail systems. The bills — passed by the Legislature in last week’s special session — will implement pay raises and bonuses for correctional […]

Lawsuit filed over state’s crowded, understaffed correctional facilities 

BY: - August 9, 2023

A federal lawsuit filed this week seeks to require the state of West Virginia to fix overcrowding, understaffing and deferred maintenance at correctional facilities across the state.  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, lists as plaintiffs Thomas Sheppheard, an inmate at Mt. Olive Correctional […]