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Lawmaker: WV food stamps used in ‘far-off vacation destinations’


West Virginians who receive food stamp benefits spent $52.5 million last year at stores outside the state, according to a report requested by Delegate Jill Upson, R-Jefferson.

WV Senate OKs bill to drug test welfare recipients


By his own account, Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, was the first state lawmaker in the United States to introduce legislation that would mandate drug testing for welfare recipients.

Hospital rate review repeal would increase costs, agency chief says


State Health Care Authority Chairman Jim Pitrolo didn’t pull any punches Tuesday when state lawmakers asked what would happen if they pass a bill that would stop his agency from regulating hospital rates in West V...

House rejects Democrats’ proposal to fund PEIA


The Republican majority in the West Virginia House of Delegates rebuffed a Democrat-led proposal Monday to put off paying the state’s bills due this week and instead help fund a $120 million hole in the Public Empl...

12,000 homes in rural WV could get broadband


Thousands of West Virginians in rural areas do without high-speed broadband Internet.

They pay through the nose for choppy satellite Internet service. They get frustrated with dial-up service. Or they forgo the Int...

WV seeks to close pain clinic loopholes, track cash payments


State lawmakers are seeking to crack down on rogue pain-pill clinics by adding reporting requirements and closing loopholes the clinics use to skirt state laws.

Manchin to filibuster Obama’s nominee for FDA chief


West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced plans Wednesday to filibuster President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, saying Obama’s pick has close ties to the pharmaceutical ind...

Bill to create $72M broadband network clears first hurdle


State lawmakers supported a bill Tuesday that would create a $72 million high-speed Internet network in West Virginia, but they’re questioning whether there’s a viable plan to carry out the project.

WV lawmakers seek to ease home-school regulations


For the second consecutive year, state lawmakers are seeking to ease restrictions on home-school students in West Virginia.

One bill (HB 4215) would remove the requirement that home-school students secure a GED dip...

Morrisey paid law firm $600K more than his policy permits; Lawmakers seek to codify AG’s lawyer hiring rules


In a lawsuit settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. earlier this year, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey paid a Charleston law firm $600,000 more in attorneys’ fees than his office policy di...

Highways officials monitor WV roads from ‘Fishbowl’ hub


Jim Lambert was helping to manage the West Virginia Division of Highways’ response to Friday’s winter storm from “The Fishbowl.”

Cable firms oppose proposed state-funded Internet network


Cable companies that provide Internet service are working to kill legislation that would create a state-financed $72 million fiber-optic network across West Virginia.

Bill to drug test welfare recipients draws bipartisan support


State lawmakers haven't seen a price tag for drug testing welfare recipients in West Virginia, but both Republican and Democratic state senators are backing the proposal.

WV lawmakers back ‘dismemberment’ abortion ban


West Virginia could become the third state to ban a common procedure used for second-trimester abortions.

WV Internet providers targeted over slow speeds


State lawmakers are targeting telecommunications companies in West Virginia that advertise “high-speed” Internet service but don’t deliver anything of the sort to customers.

Members of the Hous...

WV bill would bar transport payments for women having abortions


Republican state lawmakers don’t want government funds being used to provide transportation for women having abortions in West Virginia.

“I do not believe in taxpayer-funded abortions,” said De...

GOP leaders split on Tomblin’s tax proposals


Republican legislative leaders were split over Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposal to partially fill the state’s budget shortfall with tax increases, with Senate President Bill Cole open to the idea and House ...

Cabell lawmaker Reynolds enters attorney general’s race


In recent years, state lawmaker Doug Reynolds has co-sponsored legislation that targeted West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Now, Reynolds, D-Cabell, is running for attorney general.

Reynolds ann...

WV high court rejects drug firms’ request to end lawsuit


A West Virginia lawsuit against 11 prescription drug wholesalers is back on track after the state Supreme Court refused to put the brakes on the case’s proceedings in Boone County Circuit Court.

In a two-pag...

Morrisey ethics complaint dismissed


A state lawyer disciplinary board has dismissed an ethics complaint against West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, but the panel warned Morrisey that future rules violations could lead to sanctions.

A Hun...

Despite denials, Morrisey had ‘some involvement’ in drug firm suit, lawyer board says


During the past two years, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has repeatedly said he played no part in his office’s lawsuit against prescription drug giant Cardinal Health, a company his wife lobbies ...

Frontier opposes state-funded Internet network


Frontier Communications and the union that represents the company’s workers are opposing proposed legislation that would create a publicly funded $72 million high-speed Internet network in West Virginia.

A F...

NY Times: Trump support highest in WV


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a higher level of support in West Virginia than in any other state, according to a recent New York Times analysis of data provided by Civis Analytics, a Chicago-based fi...

Tomblin cabinet member Pizatella to run for state auditor


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A cabinet secretary in Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration is running for state auditor in West Virginia.

It’s the first time Acting Administration Secretary Jason Pizatel...

Former WV House majority leader resigns


Another West Virginia lawmaker is resigning with the start of the legislative session just nine days away.

Former House Majority Leader Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, stepped down Monday, saying he wanted to spend mor...

Monongalia’s Pasdon to resign from House, citing health reasons


After heading the House of Delegates’ Education Committee for 11 months, Delegate Amanda Pasdon, R-Monongalia, has decided to resign from the West Virginia Legislature at the end of this year, citing health reason...

Manchin condemns delay of CDC guidelines for prescribing painkillers


U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin railed against the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday, accusing the agency of working against a federal effort to curb the prescribing of painkillers.

An FDA official recently spoke against ...

Work, training relinked to WV food stamps


Up to 47,700 West Virginians could lose their food stamp benefits next year unless they work part-time or take job-training classes.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources announced Monday that it is re...

W.Va. lawmakers target broadband problems


Without high-speed Internet upgrades across West Virginia, businesses won’t be able to compete globally, students won’t be able to do their homework at home and health centers won’t be able to share ...

Chamber urges Tomblin to appoint broadband panel members


Setting up a special panel to oversee broadband improvements in West Virginia is proving to be as slow as the state’s Internet speeds.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has yet to appoint a single member to the Broadban...

Brazil CEO’s departure hasn’t stopped talks about proposed WV cracker


The resignation and imprisonment of the CEO of a Brazil-based firm that has proposed building a $4 billion ethane cracker plant in Wood County hasn’t derailed discussions between company executives and West Virgin...

Frontier must lease fiber to rival Citynet, PSC rules


Over its strong objections, Frontier Communications must lease part of its fiber-optic cable network to rival Citynet, according to a state Public Service Commission ruling that could boost competition for high-speed Int...

Hundreds of investors likely victims of suspected W.Va. Ponzi scheme


Lloyd Miller thought it was a pretty good deal. The company was offering a nearly unheard of return on investment, and he saw it as a quick way to turn a profit on some of his money.

So in 2003, Miller, now 88 yea...

‘Draconian’ PEIA benefit cuts approved; board urges Legislature to provide more funding


More than 200,000 public employees and retirees in West Virginia will see “draconian” cuts to their health insurance benefits next year — unless state lawmakers decide to fully fund the program durin...

WV auditor Glen Gainer III will not seek re-election


West Virginia’s longtime state auditor, Glen Gainer III, won’t seek re-election next year, ending nearly 25 years as the state’s official bookkeeper.

Judge rejects Frontier request to toss lawsuit filed by WV customers


Frontier Communications customers have every right to file a class-action lawsuit against the company for failing to provide high-speed Internet services it advertised, a judge has ruled.

Frontier, West Virginia&#x...

Drinking water commission recommends changes


A special commission is recommending legislation that aims to safeguard public drinking water systems across West Virginia through increased funding and additional reporting requirements for owners of above-ground storag...

Drug firms accused of ‘delay tactics’ in pain pill suit


Eleven of the nation’s largest drug distribution companies are trying to stall a lawsuit because they want to conceal their role in West Virginia’s prescription drug epidemic, the Attorney...

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...