Fayette Co. residents file suit against CSX for February derailment

WAYNE – Nearly 100 Fayette County residents have filed a lawsuit against CSX over a February trail derailment that resulted in spilled oil and evacuations. The 96 people filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Wayne Circuit Court against CSX Corporation and CSX Transportation Inc. The plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages from the Feb. 16 accident at Mount Carbon near the Kanawha-Fayette county line. Read More »

Cabell woman wants Parole Board to turn over documents, more

CHARLESTON – A Huntington woman currently serving time for embezzling thousands from a former employer has asked a Kanawha County judge to order the West Virginia Parole Board to turn over a recording of her parole hearing, along with other requested documents. Plaintiff Leigh Ann Zappin filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court seeking the recording and documents, after she was denied parole by the board in May. Zappin argues that the board, including its chairwoman, Benita Murphy, is “delib Read More »

Cheney appearance in West Virginia offends union leader

CHARLESTON – This week, former Vice President Dick Cheney is the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, an organization that recently made a point of stating that its members employ more than half of “our state’s workers.” As president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO, on behalf of the thousands of West Virginia working families I represent, I take offense. Read More »

Logan Co. woman wants state to take care of abandoned mine runoff

LOGAN – A Logan County woman wants the state to do something about the effects of abandoned mines on her property. Sue Ann Richardson filed a complaint against the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation and Acting Director Harold Ward. The suit was filed last month in Logan Circuit Court. Richardson, who lives in Chapmanville, says an artesian spring of acid mine drainage with visible levels of aluminum flows out of the ground on h Read More »

Judge tells AG, Gazette-Mail to meet about antitrust petition

WINFIELD – A Putnam County judge has told the state Attorney General’s office and the state’s largest newspaper to talk things over before coming back to his courtroom for the next hearing about a possible antitrust violation. Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers on Tuesday told attorneys from AG Patrick Morrisey’s office and lawyers representing the Charleston Gazette-Mail to meet soon to discuss Morrisey’s petition seeking an investigative subpoena looking into possible state Antitrust Act vi Read More »