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18 ‘words’ reveal drug giant’s pain pill shipments to WV

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The nation’s third-largest prescription drug wholesaler fought to keep secret 18 “words” in a lawsuit filed against the firm in West Virginia.

Gov. Tomblin: Don’t raid WV Rainy Day Fund

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin sent a strong message to West Virginia lawmakers Tuesday: Don’t raid the state’s Rainy Day reserve funds to balance the budget.

Drug firms fueled ‘pill mills’ in rural WV

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Over five years, the nation’s largest drug wholesalers flooded notorious “pill mill” pharmacies in West Virginia’s smallest towns and poorest counties with hundreds of thousands of painkillers...

Frontier and its Internet customers battle over ‘fine print’

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Frontier Communications customers who’ve sued the company for falsely advertising Internet speeds are asking the West Virginia Supreme Court to allow the case to proceed.

WV DOH spent $240K on ‘unnecessary’ comp time buyouts

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A year before he was indicted on federal racketeering charges and killed himself, the West Virginia Division of Highways’ former equipment director received a $10,056 payout for unused compensatory time, according...

WV prison chief target of investigation, audit shows

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State authorities are investigating West Virginia Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein — and other high-ranking administrators at the agency’s central office in Charleston — after auditors cited R...

Drug firms seek to keep 18 words under seal in pain-pill suit

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The nation’s largest drug wholesalers are asking a Boone County judge to hold a closed-door hearing where they promise to explain why they want to keep secret 18 words in a lawsuit filed against them.

After Gainer’s departure, Democrats pick underdog in WV auditor race

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Mary Ann Claytor never campaigned in Boone County, but she received three times as many votes as her closest competitor in that county during this year’s Democratic primary for West Virginia state auditor.

Senate candidate wants FBI probe into beating

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After winning a West Virginia Senate primary election from a hospital bed, retired U.S. Army Maj. Richard Ojeda called for a federal investigation Wednesday into a brutal assault last weekend that left his face fractured...

After beating, Ojeda pulls off upset in Senate race

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Two days after being assaulted at a Logan County political cookout, Richard Ojeda achieved a major upset Tuesday in the Democratic primary over incumbent state Sen. Art Kirkendoll.

Judge orders pain-pill court records unsealed

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A Boone County judge has issued an order to unseal court records that out-of-state drug companies have sought to keep secret for more than a year.

Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, preaches politics of prayer

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Evangelist Franklin Graham preached from the steps outside the West Virginia Capitol building Thursday, urging a crowd of thousands to put God back in government.

WV Senate leader seeks to stop ‘despicable’ radio ads

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West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael sent a “cease and desist” letter to area radio stations Monday, demanding that they stop airing political attack ads that accuse Carmichael of defending...

State carpet bill increases by $83K after Ariz. firm picked over WV dealer

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A state agency is spending an extra $83,000 to have an out-of-state company install carpet at the state-owned Greenbrooke Building in Charleston, after disqualifying a West Virginia firm that was the low bidder for the f...

Gainer to work for white-collar crime center

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Longtime West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer will be the next president and CEO of the National White Collar Crime Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Judge to rule on request to unseal allegations against drug-shipping firms

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MADISON — A Boone County judge plans to decide next week whether to unseal court records that include details about prescription pain pill shipments to West Virginia.

Drug firms seek to keep seal on pain pill suit

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Some of the nation’s largest drug wholesalers are asking a judge to reject the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s request to unseal court records that include details about the companies’ prescription pain-pi...

Democratic House candidates oppose ‘micro-managing’ school standards

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Democratic candidates running in the House of Delegates 36th District say West Virginia lawmakers should stop meddling in K-12 education standards.

House 35th GOP candidates split over tax hike to fix budget gap

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Republican candidates running in the House of Delegates 35th District agree that West Virginia’s government should do more to cut spending to balance its budget, but the candidates are divided over whether the bud...

Most Democrats in House 35th District race back tobacco tax hike

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Nearly all Democratic candidates running in the House of Delegates 35th District see raising West Virginia’s cigarette tax as a way to plug the state’s budget shortfall, spur people to quit smoking and driv...

Lawmakers to overhaul intern rules after sex offender hired

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West Virginia lawmakers plan to overhaul hiring rules for paid interns after the House of Delegates employed a registered sex offender during this year’s legislative session.

GOP House candidates back religious freedom bill

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Republican candidates running for House of Delegates in 13th and 22nd districts said they support bringing back a “religious freedom” bill in the West Virginia Legislature, even though similar measures have s...

Results of raw milk inquiry at WV Capitol inconclusive, DHHR says

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West Virginia public health officials have concluded their investigation into whether r...

State employee ordered to remove ‘Don’t tread on me’ flag from office

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After his co-workers complained, a West Virginia water agency manager was ordered to remove from his office wall a large Gadsden flag that depicts a coiled rattlesnake and the words “Don’t tread on me. ...

Gazette-Mail seeks to unseal pain-pill shipment records

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The Charleston Gazette-Mail has asked a judge to unseal court documents that include details about prescription pain pills that out-of-state drug wholesalers have shipped to West Virginia.

Tennant could have prevented online voter registration dispute, opponents say

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Candidates running for West Virginia secretary of state criticized incumbent Natalie Tennant on Tuesday, saying she didn't do enough to address the concerns of two county clerks who are refusing to a...

Two of three Democrats in auditor race back bi-weekly pay system

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West Virginia State Auditor Glen Gainer III took a lot of heat from state employees over the switch to a new payroll system, but two of the three Democratic candidates seeking to replace Gainer say the retiring auditor m...

‘Doctor shopping’ for prescription pills drops in WV

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When West Virginia pharmacy board administrator Mike Goff combed the state’s prescription database in late 2014, he found a startling number of suspected “doctor shoppers” — people who solicit...

Tomblin vetoes 19 bills; signs voter ID and others

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed 19 bills Friday that West Virginia lawmakers passed at the end of the 60-day legislative session, including several measures that would have lifted various gun restrictions.

Justice and Cole lead fundraising haul in WV governor’s race

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Billionaire businessman Jim Justice has opened up his checkbook in his bid to become West Virginia’s next governor.

13 million fewer hydrocodone pills dispensed in WV last year

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West Virginia pharmacies are dispensing significantly fewer doses of the state’s most popular prescription painkiller.

Fentanyl fuels rise in WV overdose deaths

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A powerful drug that’s sometimes laced with heroin is driving West Virginia overdose deaths to record levels.

WV lawmaker won’t be fined for distributing raw milk at Capitol

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West Virginia public health officials have scolded Delegate Scott Cadle, R-Mason, for passing out samples of raw milk at the state Capitol to celebrate a new law that loosened raw milk regulations, but the state lawmaker...

WV water agency checked for wiretaps as employee disputes escalate

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The director of a state agency that manages water projects in West Virginia ordered a wiretapping sweep of the office last week amid allegations of ethics violations, secret recordings, restroom vandalism and a problem w...

Lawmakers killed ethics bills on session’s last day

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West Virginia lawmakers nixed three ethics reform bills the last day of the legislative session, while passing a measure that makes it more difficult for private citizens to oust incumbent politicians.

Voter ID passes Legislature; statewide school exam dumped

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West Virginians will have to show identification in order to vote, beginning with the 2018 elections, under a bill passed by the state Legislature Saturday night.

WV House OKs 'brunch bill,' but counties would have to vote

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The West Virginia House of Delegates passed the so-called “brunch bill” Friday, removing a longstanding ban on alcohol sales at restaurants before 1 p.m. on Sundays.

WV House shelves broadband bills

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For rural West Virginians who don't have access to high-speed Internet — or have slow and unreliable service — help won't be on the way from the state Legislature anytime soon.

WV lawmakers override veto, make ‘dismemberment’ abortion bill law

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Over objections from doctors and medical groups, West Virginia legislators have put into law a ban on the most common abortion procedure for pregnancies in the second trimester.

WV House approves measure to test welfare recipients for drugs

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The West Virginia House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that mandates drug testing for welfare recipients.

Tomblin vetoes abortion ban; WV lawmakers plan override

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed legislation Wednesday that would outlaw the most common procedure for second-trimester abortions.

Agency investigates lawmaker who distributed raw milk to celebrate bill passage

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A West Virginia lawmaker who passed out cups of raw milk to celebrate passage of a raw milk-related bill says the unpasteurized beverage had nothing to do with an intestinal virus that plagued a number of House of Delega...

Welfare drug-testing bill heads toward final passage

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A bill that mandates drug testing for welfare recipients in West Virginia is up for a final passage vote today, after the House of Delegates rejected Democratic proposals to change the legislation.

Advocates criticize push to drug test welfare recipients

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Over objections from social workers, anti-poverty advocates and psychologists, a push to mandate drug testing for welfare recipients is racing toward final passage in the West Virginia Legislature.

After veto, lawmakers accept Tomblin’s changes to private counsel bill

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A bill that limits attorneys’ fees for private lawyers hired by the attorney general’s office will pay a return visit to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk.

Push to limit WV food stamp benefits appears dead

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has shelved a Senate bill that would severely restrict the types food that people could purchase with food stamps.

House targets pain clinics that skirt rules

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Pain clinics are taking extraordinary steps to dodge state regulations that aim to slow the proliferation of prescription narcotics in West Virginia, according to state health officials.

WV Senate OKs Uber bill

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Next stop for a bill that paves the way for ride-booking companies like Uber to operate in West Virginia: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's desk.

WV Legislature passes 'dismemberment abortion' bill

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West Virginia is poised to become the third state to ban the most common abortion procedure used in the second trimester of pregnancy.

WV House OKs block on science standards over global warming

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The West Virginia House of Delegates completed its latest attack on the state's education standards Friday, blocking new science standards from taking effect because they mention climate change.