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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

Fairmont State Board of Governors names Dr. Martin president-elect
By October 19, 2017 Read More →

Fairmont State Board of Governors names Dr. Martin president-elect

Staff report The Exponent Telegram FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — The Fairmont State University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Mirta M. Martin as president-elect of the university, pending approval from the Higher Education Policy Commission. Martin, who was present for the meeting, is scheduled to officially begin her presidency on Jan. 1, taking over duties from […]

By October 16, 2017 Read More →

Report: Many WV jobs don’t pay living wage

By FRED PACE The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has always been known as a place where people have to work incredibly hard in order to barely get by. The recently released 10th annual “State of Working West Virginia” report for 2017 shows that poverty is a persistent problem in West Virginia, where tens of […]

By October 12, 2017 Read More →

Frontier won’t return $4.7M in broadband funds to WV

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Frontier Communications won’t give back any of the $4.7 million in stimulus funds that the federal government says the state overpaid Frontier as part of a statewide project that aimed to expand high-speed internet, the company told state officials this week. A federal agency recently ordered the […]

By October 12, 2017 Read More →

Federal grants announced for WV projects to help coalfield communities

By MAX GARLAND Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eight West Virginia projects will receive a total of about $8.2 million in funding from the federal Economic Development Administration as part of a new initiative to support economic development in areas hit by the coal industry’s decline, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday. The 2017 […]

By October 11, 2017 Read More →

VA spokesman: Data skewing limited to one hospital

By JESS MANCINI The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — The intentional skewing of patient data at the Veterans Administration hospital in Harrison County only affected that facility, a spokesman said Tuesday. Clinics in Wood County and elsewhere in the state were unaffected, said Wesley Walls, public affairs officer for the Louis A. Johnson […]

By October 10, 2017 Read More →

Counsel: Clarksburg VA manipulated patient data

By JESS MANCINI The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Patient data was intentionally manipulated at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg to artificially reduce reported wait times and the volume of patient visits, the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel said in a press release. A VA investigative report said […]