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10 things to know: Monday, May 15

The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Monday, May 15, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers. 1. WHY THIS NORTH KOREA MISSILE TEST IS DIFFERENT Pyongyang claims it can carry a heavy nuclear warhead and outsiders see a […]

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Blankenship unleashes Twitter-storm aimed at Manchin, Feds

By LINDA HARRIS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The war of words that’s erupted between former Massey EnergyCEO Don Blankenship and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., stops short of drawing blood. Barely. Blankenship, 67, spent a year in federal custody for conspiring to violate federal mine safety laws, a misdemeanor, in the April 2010 […]

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Highmark Inc.’s anti-fraud programs continue to see results  

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Highmark Inc.’s reports that it’s anti-fraud efforts continue to be highly effective in combating fraud, waste and abuse. During the past five years Highmark reports it’s fraud team has helped to detect or prevent abuses such as fraudulent claims, saving hundreds of millions of dollars for its customers and the company, adding […]

US Attorney General Sessions discusses opioid epidemic in WV
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US Attorney General Sessions discusses opioid epidemic in WV

By ERIC EYRE and JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The chief law enforcement officer of the United States pushed for a tough-on-drugs criminal justice approach to combat the growing opioid epidemic at a speech in Charleston on Thursday, running counter to recent efforts in fighting the region’s addiction problem. Attorney General Jeff Sessions […]

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Proposed federal cuts to trafficking prevention catch eye of local lawmakers, law enforcement

By WILSON R. HARVEY The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As local police agencies continue their fight against the spread of drugs in the area, a potential thorn is prepared to sidetrack their efforts. According to a document obtained by The New York Times, the White House’s proposed federal budget for 2018 includes significant cuts […]

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WV economy shrunk in 2016, federal analysis says

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia was one of seven states whose economic output fell last year, according to a federal report issued May 11. The Bureau of Economic Analysis said the state’s gross domestic product declined 0.9 of 1 percent last year when the effects of price changes are […]

Senators introduce Miners Pension Protection Act
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Senators introduce Miners Pension Protection Act

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito joined several others in introducing a bill aimed at securing miners’ pensions. Senators introduced the Miners Pension Protection Act, which secures pensions by shoring up the 1974 pension plan, according to a Thursday news release. The plan is headed […]

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Revised CSB report on Freedom spill makes no new recommendations

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigators on Thursday issued a revised report that contains new estimates of the size and duration of the January 2014 chemical spill at Freedom Industries, but does not make any changes in the board’s findings about the cause of the spill or […]

Blankenship plans US Supreme Court appeal
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Blankenship plans US Supreme Court appeal

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his conviction for conspiring to violate federal mine safety and health standards, his lawyers confirmed Thursday. Blankenship’s defense team filed a short form with the 4th U.S. Circuit […]

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Police, school system investigate after first grader brings unloaded handgun to school

Staff reports The Exponent Telegram STONEWOOD, W.Va.  — Police and school officials are investigating how a first-grade student brought an unloaded handgun to Norwood Elementary Thursday morning. The girl apparently brought the gun to show classmates, Harrison School Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin told The Exponent Telegram. At no time were children in harm’s way, Manchin […]