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Ross Reviewed: Trump’s Choice For Commerce Left Mixed Legacy In Ohio Valley

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The billionaire Wilbur Ross is headed for Senate confirmation hearings as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of the Department of Commerce. Ross made it to ultra-rich status in part by salvaging coal and steel assets in Appalachia and the Rust Belt. His business dealings leave a mixed legacy in the Ohio Valley region, from… Read More

West Virginia County Among Those Urged To Sue Drug Companies

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Cabell County Commission is considering whether to seek damages from opioid manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies, pharmacists and prescribing doctors for the prescription painkillers that fueled the state’s drug epidemic. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports that a law firm urged the commission Thursday to declare that distribution of pain medications a public nuisance… Read More

Justice Taps Consultant, Former State BOE Member To Run 2 Agencies

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov.-elect Jim Justice has chosen an energy industry consultant to head West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s wife to head his Department of Education and the Arts. Austin Caperton is president of Caperton Inc. and has been vice chairman of the West Virginia Public Energy Authority…. Read More