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Democrats want Justice to veto campaign finance reform bill

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 20, 2019

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.

Yeager pleads guilty to embezzlement

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 15, 2019

CHARLESTON — Former magistrate Julie Yeager pleaded guilty today to felony counts of embezzlement by a public official and fraudulent schemes.

W.Va. pipeline construction company ordered to pay $3.7M in back wages, damages

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2019

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.

Blankenship says national media, GOP leaders worked together to defame him in '18 primary

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2019

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.

WV CALA blames House leadership for lack of meaningful legal reform this session

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 13, 2019

CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group is blaming House leadership for a lack of meaningful legal reform during the recently completed legislative session.

Bill moving Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to AG's office awaits governor's signature

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 8, 2019

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.

Gray looks forward to serving as West Virginia State board member

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

INSTITUTE — Newly appointed West Virginia State University Board of Governors member Kenneth D. Gray is looking forward to serving on the board and helping the school move forward.

West Virginia Bar Association to host networking event for attorneys, judges

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

CLARKSBURG — The West Virginia Bar Association is hosting a networking event later this month that doubles as a continuing legal education credit event.

Manchin voices opposition to Readler nomination to federal appeals court

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said this week he was opposed to President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, Chad Readler.

Ketchum sentenced to probation, no jail time

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 6, 2019

CHARLESTON — Former state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum was sentenced today in federal court to three years probation after pleading guilty in August to a federal wire fraud charge.

Court letter from D.C. consultant says Loughry lacks humility, should accept responsibility

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 28, 2019

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.

Kanawha Circuit judge voids most of 2016 right-to-work legislation

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 28, 2019

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha Circuit judge has ruled major parts of the state’s 2016 right-to-work law are illegal.

A month after commission interviews, three circuit judge spots remain vacant

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 27, 2019

CHARLESTON – Three circuit judge openings remain vacant, and the governor's deadline to fill one of them has passed.

Ohio Co. judge denies teacher's request for immediate injunction, but says he'll conduct hearing later

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 25, 2019

WHEELING – An Ohio County judge has denied a teacher's request for immediate injunctive relief regarding the county school board's decision to go into executive session to discuss matters related to the recent teacher strike.

Wheeling teacher says Ohio County school board breaking open meetings laws following walkout

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 25, 2019

WHEELING – An Ohio County teacher has filed a complaint and restraining order against the county’s school board to keep it from holding “an illegal hearing” this evening following the suspension of the controversial state Senate omnibus education reform bill and another alleged illegal school board hearing last week.

Delegate sues Higher Education Policy Commission to remove interim chancellor

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 23, 2019

PRINCETON — Del. Gary Martin "Marty" Gearheart (R-Mercer) is suing the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC), seeking to remove the commission's interim chancellor.

State's largest teacher union also seeks info from Putnam about decision to stay open

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 22, 2019

WINFIELD – The state’s largest teacher union has joined the chorus of those seeking information from the Putnam County Board of Education regarding its decision to keep schools open during the recent two-day strike.

Another attorney files second FOIA request about Putnam schools' decision to stay open during strike

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 22, 2019

WINFIELD – Another attorney has delivered another Freedom of Information Act request to the Putnam County Board of Education.

Attorney files FOIA request seeking info about Putnam schools staying open during strike

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 21, 2019

WINFIELD – A former attorney for the state Supreme Court has filed a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the decision by Putnam County’s school superintendent to be the lone system in the state to keep doors open during the recent two-day teacher strike.

Bill that would create intermediate appeals court passes Senate, now waits in House Judiciary

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 21, 2019

CHARLESTON – A bill that would create an intermediate court of appeals is headed to the House of Delegates after barely passing the state Senate. Senate Bill 266 passed the Senate on a 17-16 vote Feb. 18. It was sent to the House of Delegates and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

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