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By August 18, 2017 Read More →

Program aims to prevent spread of diseases related to opioid abuse

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Eight West Virginia counties, including Mercer and McDowell, have been targeted for a new program that will try to prevent the spread of infectious disease related to opioid abuse. With money provided by four federal grants, West Virginia University will head the program, which combines research, […]

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By August 15, 2017 Read More →

Judge approves $23M settlement for Century Aluminum employees

By LACIE PIERSON Charleston Gazette-Mail RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — Seven years ago, Karen Gorrell sat on a couch in Ravenswood, crying and feeling defeated after she and hundreds of other former Century Aluminum employees lost their health care and retirement benefits. On Monday, Gorrell again cried, but this time with relief, on a wooden bench in […]

By August 14, 2017 Read More →

Governor says companies close to agreement on back taxes

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said state tax officials and those running several of his coal companies are close to reaching an agreement on millions of dollars in past-due severance and other taxes. “I’m a high-profile guy now,” Justice said Aug. 4, a day after announcing […]

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By August 14, 2017 Read More →

Two-thirds of WV’s high school seniors apply for financial aid

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly two-thirds of all high school seniors in West Virginia had completed an important application by the end of June, according to the state’s Higher Education Policy Commission. The application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step for students to earn the Promise […]

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By August 10, 2017 Read More →

Amid opioid crisis, drug firm cites WV infant rehab clinic for possible fault

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a bid to dilute responsibility for West Virginia’s opioid epidemic, one of the nation’s largest drug distributors is pointing a finger at the most unlikely of targets: Lily’s Place, a Huntington clinic that nurses drug-exposed newborns through withdrawal. Cardinal Health has notified a federal judge that […]

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By August 9, 2017 Read More →

Justice company agrees to settlement with flood cleanup contractor

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s family companies have reached a legal settlement with a Texas company and will pay that company more than $500,000 owed for work on flood cleanup and restoration last year at The Greenbrier resort, according to new federal court filings. Three Justice companies — […]

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By August 8, 2017 Read More →

WV has paid nearly $1.5 million more than expected on audits

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When Ernst & Young bid to complete West Virginia’s annual statewide audits — a four-year contract — the accounting firm said it could do the job for about $675,000 less than the only other bidder. Once work got started, though, an Ernst & Young representative kept asking […]

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Manchin one of three Democratic senators not to sign tax-reform stance
By August 7, 2017 Read More →

Manchin one of three Democratic senators not to sign tax-reform stance

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is one of three Senate Democrats who didn’t sign a letter establishing the party line on tax reform, though he said Tuesday he agrees with all its components. Manchin, who is up for re-election in 2018, said even though he supports the Democrats’ […]

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By August 5, 2017 Read More →

State’s fiscal condition ranks 42nd in nation

By DANYEL VanREENAN The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — The Mercatus Center at George Mason University recently released the findings from its 2017 state fiscal rankings study, ranking West Virginia 42nd in the nation for financial health based on five separate categories. Eileen Norcross, author of the 2017 study and director for the state and local […]

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By August 3, 2017 Read More →

WVDOH awards contracts to company involved in kickback scheme

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Putnam County contractor Mark R. Whitt pleaded guilty last year to his role in a kickback scheme directed by a West Virginia Division of Highways engineer. Whitt’s company, Bayliss & Ramey, also admitted it had violated federal law after taking part in the scheme, according to a […]

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