CHARLESTON – Democratic lawmakers are asking Republican Gov. Jim Justice to veto a bill that would reform state campaign finance laws. Senate Bill 622 would increase numerous caps on campaign contributions for individuals and political action committees. It also would allow federal PACs to continue to receive contributions from undisclosed donors.
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CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Darl W. Poling of Beckley to become Raleigh Circuit Court's newest judge. The opening was created when Justice appointed lifelong friend John Hutchison to the state Supreme Court to fill former Justice Allen Loughry's seat. Retired judge Charles M. Vickers has been filling Hutchison’s seat in Raleigh County.
PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a lawsuit alleging the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese and a former bishop, saying they knowingly employed pedophiles.
NEW MARTINSVILLE – A dental hygienist claims she was the victim of a retaliatory firing and discrimination. Karen Ullom, 56, filed her complaint March 19 in Wetzel Circuit Court against Dr. Andrea Lockhart, Adam Pendleton and New Martinsville Dental.
CHARLESTON – A federal court has ordered a West Virginia-based natural gas pipeline construction management company to pay $3.7 million for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
WILLIAMSON – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has filed a $12 billion lawsuit claiming saying national media outlets and leading Republicans intended to defame him in his 2018 U.S. Senate bid.
CHARLESTON – The federal investigation into the state Supreme Court is over. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart issued a statement March 14 announcing the conclusion of the probe that has lasted for more than two years.
MORGANTOWN – The parents of a former West Virginia University student have filed a civil lawsuit against the women who struck and killed their daughter last year.
CHARLESTON – The state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is accepting applications for the pending McDowell Circuit Court judicial vacancy. Current Judge Booker T. Stephens has announced his retirement, effective May 31.
CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group is blaming House leadership for a lack of meaningful legal reform during the recently completed legislative session.
CHARLESTON – The state Senate wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state Supreme Court ruling that ended last fall’s impeachment proceedings. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a petition March 11 with the U.S. Supreme Court. The House of Delegates filed a similar request in January.
WHEELING – A dermatologist has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting a former employee. Jerry Hahn and Ganzer-Hahn Dermatology Associates were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed March 11 in Ohio Circuit Court by Ashley George.
On March 7, the House of Delegates voted 58-42 to pass Senate Bill 318. It would move the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from the state Department of Health and Human Resources to the Attorney General’s office.
Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Debra Scudiere of Morgantown as the new circuit judge in Monongalia County and Debra McLaughlin of Berkeley Springs as the new circuit judge in the 23rd Circuit, which includes Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties.
CHARLESTON – Longtime Kanawha County Magistrate Kim Aaron has retired, and has asked that her replacement be a person of color.
CHARLESTON – A Washington, D.C., political consultant says former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry lacks humility and that he should have accepted responsibility for his actions.
CHARLESTON – A Kanawha Circuit judge has ruled major parts of the state’s 2016 right-to-work law are illegal.
CHARLESTON — The state Senate has passed a bill that would move the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to be housed in the state Attorney General's office. On a 26-8 vote, the Senate voted Feb. 27 to pass Senate Bill 318. The bill now will go to the House of Delegates, where a similar bill already was introduced.
CHARLESTON – Three circuit judge openings remain vacant, and the governor's deadline to fill one of them has passed.