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Wayne County deputies say commission made detrimental changes to health benefits package

By Chris Dickerson | May 23, 2019

WAYNE – Four lawsuits filed by Wayne County Sheriff’s Department deputies claim the county commission made changes to their benefits package after they were hired.

Capito sponsors another bill to regulate widely used industrial PFAS chemicals

By Chris Dickerson | May 20, 2019

West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito has sponsored three bills in recent months would regulate the use of widely used industrial chemicals known as PFAS.

Some Kanawha County court documents now available to online subscribers

By Chris Dickerson | May 17, 2019

CHARLESTON – Three of Kanawha County’s seven circuit judges now allow subscribers to an online service to view documents in cases assigned to them.

Blankenship sues Trump Jr. claiming he was part of 'weaponized defamation'

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 25, 2019

WILLIAMSON – Don Blankenship has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump Jr. claiming the president’s son was part of a conspiracy to keep him from being elected to the U.S. Senate last year. In his complaint filed April 25 in Mingo Circuit Court, the former Massey Energy CEO says Trump Jr. published a tweet to his 3.5 million followers on May 3, 2018, calling Blankenship a felon.

Charles Town joins municipalities suing drug manufacturers, retailers for opioid epidemic

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 23, 2019

MARTINSBURG — The city of Charles Town is suing drug manufacturers and distributors it claims played a part in the opioid epidemic in the state.

Hearing scheduled for June for Justice residency case

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 22, 2019

CHARLESTON — A hearing has been scheduled for June in a case challenging where Gov. Jim Justice resides.

More than 60 charged with illegal opioid distribution, including W.Va. medical professionals

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 18, 2019

CHARLESTON — U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced Wednesday that his office partnered with several other law enforcement groups to charge 60 medical professionals for illegally prescribing and distributing opioids.

West Virginia drops five spots to 35th in ALEC economic competitiveness survey

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 17, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia dropped five spots on an annual economic competitiveness survey by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

U.S. Attorney's Office subpoenaes state Commerce Department about The Greenbrier

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 11, 2019

CHARLESTON — The United State's Attorney's Office issued a subpoena to the West Virginia Department of Commerce for all communications regarding The Greenbrier.

New cottage food law will help entrepreneurs sell goods made in their homes

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 9, 2019

CHARLESTON – A bill recently signed into law should be a good lesson in home economics. Senate Bill 285 easily passed both houses of the Legislature this session, and Gov. Jim Justice signed it into law last month. Also known as the Cottage Food Law, it will allow individuals to sell homemade, non-potentially hazardous food items made in private residences.

Former Workers' Compensation employee sentenced for fake Facebook messages

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 3, 2019

CHARLESTON — A former Workers' Compensation Office employee pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment by an electronic communication device charge after she allegedly sent a fake Facebook message in an attempt to have Chief Administrative Law Judge Rebecca Roush removed from office.

Supreme Court reverses lower court decision, says former police chief rightfully fired

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 2, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that former Belle police chief Darrick Cox was rightfully terminated from his position after an investigation.

Retired longtime Kanawha judge dies

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 24, 2019

CHARLESTON — Former Kanawha Circuit Judge James "Jim" Stucky has died, according to the Kanawha County Commission.

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.

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