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Eric Eyre

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Goodwill offers loaner program for crutches, walkers


They come to this small closet, tucked inside the sprawling Goodwill Industries store on Charleston’s West Side, to borrow crutches, wheelchairs and walkers.

The clientele includes teenagers recovering from ...

Ex-legislator Skaff on casino ban list after blackjack cheating incident


Former West Virginia Democratic legislator Doug Skaff has landed on a statewide casino ban list after pleading no contest to cheating while playing blackjack at The Greenbrier resort.

As part of a plea agreement la...

Raleigh County doctor ordered to close pain clinic


A Raleigh County doctor must immediately stop operating his rural practice as a chronic pain clinic, a judge ruled Monday.

Raleigh Circuit Judge Robert A. Burnside granted a state agency’s request for prelim...

DHHR goes to court to shut down Raleigh pain clinic


The state Department of Health and Human Resources has gone to court to shut down a Raleigh County pain-pill clinic after the owner twice defied the state’s orders to close.

DHHR has asked a Raleigh County j...

W.Va. lawmakers to DOH: Swap out only deteriorated road signs


State lawmakers want the Division of Highways to overhaul the way it replaces older signs along four-lane interstates and expressways in West Virginia.

A new report ...

WV lawmakers eye drug testing for welfare recipients


State lawmakers unveiled a proposed bill Monday that would mandate drug testing for welfare recipients in West Virginia.

Legislative leaders predict the program will identify drug users, cost relatively little mone...

Cole’s dealership wants answers about worker privacy breach


A Bluefield auto dealership owned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole has asked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office to investigate the state Division of Labor’s recent release of the names, salaries ...

Former DNR worker pleads guilty to state purchasing card misuse


A former Division of Natural Resources employee will lose his state pension after pleading guilty Thursday to a felony charge of misusing a state purchasing card.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped a 22-co...

Lottery gets green light to finish $7.6M renovation


The West Virginia Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for the Lottery Commission to complete a $7.6 million renovation project at its headquarters building — but justices also scolded Lottery and state purchasin...

Attorney general resists calls to sue drug wholesaler McKesson Corp.


A West Virginia lawmaker is asking Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to sue the nation’s largest prescription drug distributor, but Morrisey’s office says it won’t consider doing so until it complete...

West Virginians being prescribed dangerous drug mix


West Virginians are more likely than residents of other states to mix anti-anxiety medications with prescription pain pills — a potentially deadly combination, according to a new report from the federal Centers fo...

Drug firms want WV Supreme Court to halt ‘pill mill’ suit


Eleven of the nation’s largest prescription drug distributors are asking the West Virginia Supreme Court to stop a state lawsuit that alleges the companies turned a blind eye to suspicious orders from “pill...

Despite recusal, Morrisey gave instructions on drug firm lawsuit; AG denies any role in Cardinal Health case


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey gave “specific instructions” for his office’s lawsuits against drug giant Cardinal Health and other pain pill wholesalers, while Cardinal Health was pa...

Political strategist hired by attorney general as deputy chief of staff resigns


A veteran political operative that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey hired and put on the state payroll last month abruptly quit on Wednesday.

Morrisey’s deputy chief of staff, Lance James Hend...

WV lawmakers push drug testing for welfare recipients


While previous bills to test welfare recipients have died, lawmakers still looking at data

By Eric Eyre

Staff writer

West Virginia lawmakers continued to analyze more data about drug-testing welf...

Morrisey puts GOP political operative on state payroll


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has hired a veteran political strategist from Walla Walla, Washington, and put him on the state payroll.

Lance James Henderson, 51, who last worked for Maine Gov. Pau...

Segal, Davis asking $17M for their Kanawha City mansion


West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis and Charleston lawyer Scott Segal officially put their 19,000-square-foot mansion on the market Saturday. Asking price: $17 million.

Davis and Segal announced their i...

WV substance abuse numbers paint alarming picture


Over the past five years, nearly 2,900 West Virginians have died after overdosing on prescription painkillers or heroin, according to new data released by the state Health Statistics Center.

Last year, overdose dea...

Lottery urges Supreme Court to allow $7.6M renovation to proceed


State officials made mistakes when awarding a $7.6 million contract to renovate the West Virginia Lottery’s headquarters building in Charleston, but the Lottery doesn’t want to switch construction companies...

Boone ambulance chief pays back illegal loan


Boone County ambulance director Randy Lengyel has paid back an illegal loan that he used to enhance his retirement benefits.

Lengyel delivered a $103,000 check to the Boone Ambulance Authority Tuesday and faxed doc...

West Virginia Lottery director announces retirement


West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave is stepping down after leading the agency for the past 19 years.

Musgrave, 75, announced Thursday that he will retire effective Oct. 31. Musgrave is one of the longest-s...

Morrisey aide hired as Wisconsin’s first solicitor general


A top aide to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been hired as Wisconsin’s first solicitor general.

Misha Tseytlin, Morrisey’s general counsel, starts his new job Nov. 30, Wisconsin A...

WV budget cuts expected to hurt services


Many government agencies in West Virginia likely will struggle to deliver services after being hit with a fourth consecutive year of mandatory spending cuts, state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Tuesday.

Indicted DOH boss hung banners on trailers for candidates


During his second run for governor, Bill Maloney became intrigued with the idea of hanging campaign banners on semi-truck trailers beside major highways across West Virginia, but the Republican took a pass on the proposa...

Drug firms want W.Va. Supreme Court to halt ‘pill mill’ suit


MADISON — Eleven out-of-state drug companies plan to ask the state Supreme Court to put the brakes on a lawsuit that alleges the firms shipped an excessive number of pain pills to West...

Jeff Kessler challenges Jim Justice to debate in gubernatorial race


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Kessler is challenging his opponent, billionaire businessman Jim Justice, to a series of debates before the 2016 Democratic primary election in West Virginia.

Kessler, a stat...

Citynet in Pocahontas fiber dispute


A Pocahontas County property owner is suing Citynet, alleging the company illegally ran fiber-optic cable across the family’s 800-acre farm as part of a state-funded project that expanded high-speed Internet at Sn...

Bill Clinton to headline Democratic dinner in W.Va.


Former President Bill Clinton is making a return visit to West Virginia in two weeks.

Clinton will be the keynote speaker for the state Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on Oct. 2 at the Charle...

Judge: WVAG doesn’t have to release emails about drug company lawsuit


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey does not have to release emails and other documents that could shed light on Morrisey’s role in his office’s lawsuit against drug giant Cardinal Health, a com...

Boone ambulance director’s $103K personal loan violated ethics act


The state Ethics Commission has advised Boone County ambulance director Randy Lengyel that he shouldn’t have solicited and accepted a $103,000 personal loan from his agency’s board.

The ethics opinion...

Group offers revised plan to reduce meth labs in W.Va.


A group working to curb illegal methamphetamine production in West Virginia has a new game plan to tackle the state’s meth lab problem.

The West Virginia Intervention on Meth Labs Committee plans to urge sta...

W.Va. lawmakers urged to restrict lobbyist campaign contributions


With state lawmakers soliciting suggestions for government ethics reforms, a West Virginia law professor recommended Monday that lobbyists should be prohibited from giving campaign contributions to legislators, governors...

Democrat eyes run for W.Va. attorney general


Dave Higgins waited a long time to run for West Virginia attorney general — 40 years to be exact.

“We’ve always had a Democrat as attorney general,” said Higgins, a Charleston lawyer. &#...

Judge rejects drug firms’ request to dismiss W.Va. ‘pill-mill’ lawsuit


Eleven out-of-state drug companies won’t be allowed to wiggle out of a lawsuit that alleges they flooded West Virginia with pain pills and helped fuel the state’s prescription drug problem.

This week,...

Consumer director, three other employees leave attorney general office


After just eight months on the job, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s consumer director has resigned and gone back to her former law firm.

Michelle Gaston, who had headed the Consumer Protect...

Frontier asks Public Service Commission to rule on fiber dispute


In a dispute that could affect Internet prices and service in West Virginia, Frontier Communications says it has no obligation to lease unused fiber-optic cable to its competitors if those companies use the fiber to prov...

Manchin close to decision on Iran nuclear deal but won’t support filibuster


U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he remains undecided on the Obama administartion’s Iran nuclear deal, but he added that he would not support a filibuster that would block a Senate vote on a Republican resoluti...

Indicted ex-WVDOH official kills himself


Just hours after he was indicted on federal racketeering charges, a former West Virginia Division of Highways official committed suicide, authorities said Wednesday.

Bob Andrew, who headed the DOH equipment divisi...

Indicted ex-WVDOH official commits suicide, police say


Just hours after he was indicted on federal racketeering charges Tuesday, a former West Virginia Division of Highways official apparent...

Boone ambulance director received $144K as utilities consultant


Boone County Ambulance Authority Director Randy Lengyel, who’s under investigation for accepting an illegal $103,000 loan from his board, collects $30,000 in extra pay each year as a part-time consultant for the s...

Poll: Justice holds narrow lead over Cole in WV governor race


With the election of West Virginia’s next governor more than a year away, billionaire businessman Jim Justice holds a narrow lead over state Senate President Bill Cole, according to a new poll of West Virginia vot...

W.Va. lawmakers propose inspector general office to root out corruption


West Virginia lawmakers are looking at setting up an inspector general’s office that would investigate government waste, fraud and corruption throughout the state.

Thirteen states and the District of Columbi...

W.Va. ‘official’ travel guides in short supply


The West Virginia tourism office has nearly run out of travel guide magazines.

To keep up with demand for the “official” state travel guides, the tourism division recently had to place an order for 50...

Guthrie won’t seek re-election to House


One of West Virginia’s most liberal state lawmakers has decided not to seek a sixth term in office.

Delegate Nancy Guthrie, D-Kanawha, said Friday she won’t run for re-election next year in the House ...

W.Va. not losing businesses over taxes, lawmakers told


West Virginia Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette delivered a message Monday that many state lawmakers likely didn’t want to hear: Business taxes aren’t scaring away companies looking to expand operations in ...

State officials admit ‘errors’ in $7.6M Lottery project bid

- Documents sent to potential contractors said to contain ‘flaws’

Boone ambulance director got $103K loan to enhance retirement


Boone County Ambulance Authority Director Randy Lengyel secured an illegal $103,000 personal loan from the agency and used the money to enhance his retirement benefits, according to a letter that summarizes a state inves...

Morrisey survey shows few county commissions in W.Va. lead prayer


At least six county commissions in West Virginia start their meetings with a prayer led by a commissioner, according to a survey by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Jackson, Mineral, Pleasants, Ritchie and Tyler ...

Frontier Internet users accuse company of ‘deceptive scheme’


For years, Frontier Communications has promised customers that they won’t be locked into contracts when they sign up for the company’s Internet service.

“No contract. No signatures. No worries,...

Morrisey’s office fielding fewer consumer complaints against businesses


West Virginians are filing a decreasing number of consumer complaints against businesses under Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s watch.

Morrisey’s Consumer Protection Division is on pace to field 25...