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Over Attorney General’s objections, West Virginia lawmakers renew push to control settlement funds
By January 16, 2018 Read More →

Over Attorney General’s objections, West Virginia lawmakers renew push to control settlement funds

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. For a second consecutive year, West Virginia lawmakers are targeting Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s use of lawsuit settlement funds. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee advanced a measure (House Bill 4009) that aims to ensure the Legislature gets to spend settlement money as it sees fit. Morrisey’s office […]

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Sunken towboat leaking oil in Big Sandy River on West Virginia-Kentucky border
By January 12, 2018 Read More →

Sunken towboat leaking oil in Big Sandy River on West Virginia-Kentucky border

Staff report The Herald-Dispatch KENOVA, W.Va. — A West Virginia National Guard team has joined the response to an oil spill from a sunken towboat in the Big Sandy River just south of Kenova, on the West Virginia-Kentucky border. The Guard’s 35th Civil Support Team is providing personnel for environmental sampling and monitoring as a part […]

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By January 10, 2018 Read More →

$151M water crisis settlement moves closer to final court approval

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Four years to the day after the Freedom Industries chemical spill, a landmark $151 million class-action settlement over the regional water crisis that followed the spill moved one step closer to final court approval during a hearing Tuesday morning in Charleston. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver […]

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Legislative Lookahead: W.Va. Legislature likely to address teacher seniority issue during 2018 session
By January 6, 2018 Read More →

Legislative Lookahead: W.Va. Legislature likely to address teacher seniority issue during 2018 session

By Ryan Quinn The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House Education Committee’s vice chairman expects a bill that would remove the statewide mandate that public school teachers with the least amount of seniority automatically lose their positions when job cuts are made in a particular teaching area to be considered in the […]

By January 4, 2018 Read More →

Natural gas storage hub in Appalachia clears hurdle

By JESS MANCINI The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A hurdle has been cleared in the development of an underground natural gas liquids storage hub that industry representatives said could create thousands of jobs and encourage billions of dollars of development in Appalachia. Appalachia Development Group LLC of Charleston on Wednesday announced it […]

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By December 28, 2017 Read More →

Pre-payment of West Virginia’s 2018 county property taxes not permissible

By JESSICA FARRISH The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va.  — Tis the season — for taxes, that is. Changes on the national level mean that affluent property owners may benefit if they pay their fourth quarter state estimates and remaining taxes before the end of the year. But one county clerk cautions that that advice doesn’t pertain […]

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By December 27, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia correctional officers accused of sexual abuse against female inmates

By LACIE PIERSON Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Three women say three correctional officers sexually abused them while they were in the state’s custody, according to three lawsuits filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court Tuesday. At the time they say they experienced sexual harassment and abuse, two of the women were serving sentences with the […]

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By December 15, 2017 Read More →

Coal train derails, spills coal into West Fork tributary

By CHARLES YOUNG, DARLENE J. SWIGER AND KIRSTEN RENEAU West Virginia News HAYWOOD, W.Va.  — Nine coal cars in a freight train derailed at 9:15 a.m. Thursday on Harrison Power Plant property, with two of the cars going into Robinson Run and spilling coal into the stream, which is a tributary of the West Fork […]

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By December 6, 2017 Read More →

As overdoses climb, gabapentin designated ‘drug of concern’ in WV

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has designated the nerve-pain medication gabapentin — sold under the brand name Neurontin — a “drug of concern” amid a surge of overdoses. The pharmacy board has started to track gabapentin sales. In a recent month, West Virginia pharmacies filled prescriptions […]

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By December 5, 2017 Read More →

$20.8M from opioid settlement distributed for treatment beds in WV

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nine drug treatment programs in West Virginia will receive a combined $20.8 million in funding — money state lawmakers set aside earlier this year from lawsuit settlements with drug companies accused of fueling the state’s opioid epidemic. The legislation requires that the money be spent on additional […]

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