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West Virginia DEP releases materials documents on IEI warehouse

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has posted online 551 pages of documents supplied by Intercontinental Export Import about the inventory of its warehouse that was destroyed in a fire last month. The information was provided by IEI in response to an order […]

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By November 14, 2017 Read More →

Expert: Opioid epidemic generates multiple costs

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — Current medical and criminal justice costs incurred in fighting the national opioid crisis represent just the tip of the iceberg, says one research expert. In addition to health care costs, such as substance abuse treatment, and the costs incurred in processing an illegal drug user in the […]

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West Virginia University professors outline opioid addiction plan for state
By November 14, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia University professors outline opioid addiction plan for state

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — More than one-fifth of West Virginia’s counties don’t have professionals to counsel those who fall victim to drug addiction, and West Virginia University wants to address the need. WVU held its latest “Academic Media Day” at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown on Monday, […]

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By November 13, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia legislators, industry leaders digesting shale seal

By CASEY JUNKINS The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — From how petrochemical plants will impact the environment to whether drillers should get access to minerals even if they cannot obtain a lease for them, the $83.7 billion Chinese shale natural gas development deal gives members of the West Virginia Legislature plenty to consider. […]

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By November 3, 2017 Read More →

EPA sets public hearing in Charleston on repealing Clean Power Plan

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it will hold a public hearing later this month in Charleston on the Trump administration’s effort to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The EPA announced in […]

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By November 3, 2017 Read More →

WV cities sue accreditation agency over opioid ‘misinformation campaign’

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The cities of Charleston, Huntington and Kenova, along with the town of Ceredo, filed a class-action lawsuit against the nation’s largest health care accreditation agency Thursday, alleging the group took part in a “misinformation campaign” that downplayed the dangers of prescription painkillers. The cities are suing The […]

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WV DEP: IEI records do not satisfy compliance order
By November 1, 2017 Read More →

WV DEP: IEI records do not satisfy compliance order

Staff reports The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Documents provided by the owners of IEI Plastics to the state were not sufficient enough to meet what was asked for in the state’s Order for Compliance, officials said. In an update provided by the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, IEI […]

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By October 31, 2017 Read More →

DHHR implements drug testing requirements for TANF welfare recipients

By LORI KERSEY Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia residents who apply for welfare now are subject to a drug screening, state health officials announced Monday. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has implemented a requirement that people who apply for assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program pass […]

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By October 24, 2017 Read More →

WV water agency chief fired whistle blower amid ethics probe, suit alleges

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former manager at the West Virginia Water Development Authority has sued the agency, alleging he was fired after he blew the whistle on ethical misconduct at the office. Michael Duminiak, a geographic information systems (GIS) manager at the water authority, said the agency’s then-executive director, Chris […]

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By October 20, 2017 Read More →

WV counties fight to return pill-dumping lawsuits to local courts

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawyers for towns and counties across Southern West Virginia want lawsuits against prescription painkiller shippers heard in county courthouses, overseen by local judges and decided by jurors who have watched the opioid crisis decimate their communities. “A plague is a better description of this problem,” Leticia “Tish” […]

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