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West Virginia AG Sues Opioid Makers, Says They Hid Risks

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s top prosecutor says he’s sued the major opioid makers Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed separate suits against the companies Friday in Boone County, West Virginia. Both cases accuse the drugmakers of violating the state’s… Read More

300-plus Accusers in Ohio State Doctor Scandal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for men suing Ohio State University over decades-old alleged sexual misconduct by a team doctor say the growing number of accusers has topped 300. Totals confirmed to The Associated Press put the group’s size in the same ballpark as the initial wave of plaintiffs who got $425 million from Michigan… Read More

Duo Hopes to Push Opioid Settlement Toward Hospitals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and Kasich say Citizens for Effective Opioid… Read More

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Legislative Panel Says W.Va. Judges Should Get Raises

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state legislative panel is recommending pay raises for West Virginia judges. The West Virginia Judicial Compensation Commission released its final report on Tuesday and said the state has some of the lowest paid judges in the country. The report says Supreme Court, circuit and magistrate judges should get 18.3% raises. Supreme Court… Read More

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Trial Delayed in Alleged Threats to Anti-LGBT Delegate Case

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a Virginia man accused of threatening a West Virginia delegate who equated the LGBTQ community to the Ku Klux Klan. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Monday bench trial for Jonathan George Benfer was delayed over several oversights. The absent Republican Delegate Eric Porterfield said he wasn’t informed… Read More

Hearing Set for Case to Force WV Governor to Live in Capital

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Can the governor of West Virginia be forced to live in the state capital? A persistent lawsuit seeking to do just that is back in court Wednesday. Republican Gov. Jim Justice has been frequently criticized by members of both major parties for not spending time at the Charleston statehouse. Perhaps the most forceful… Read More

This Feb. 20, 2019 file photo, shows the exterior of the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center in Cleveland.

Cuyahoga County Jail Official Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Charges

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CLEVELAND (AP) – A troubled county jail system’s associate warden accused of ordering a corrections officer to turn off his body camera after an inmate’s fatal overdose and lying to investigators has pleaded guilty in Cleveland to misdemeanor charges. Fifty-four-year-old Eric Ivey, of Euclid, pleaded guilty Monday to obstruction of justice and falsification charges. Ivey… Read More

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ACLU Of Ohio Asks Court To Block Controversial Abortion Ban Permanently

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The ACLU of Ohio is asking a federal court to permanently block a ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Pro-choice advocates had secured an order to temporarily stop the so called “heartbeat law” from going into effect as planned in July. Here’s what is happening with the latest court filing. Freda Levenson, legal director for… Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

W.Va. Gov Lawyers Ordered to Explain Residency Case Motions

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lawyers for the West Virginia governor have been ordered to explain motions filed in a lawsuit about the governor’s residency. The News and Sentinel reports Mike Carey and George Terwilliger are set to appear in Kanawha County court Wednesday morning. Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle has thrice sued to require Gov. Jim Justice live… Read More

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Court: Secret Ballots for Public Business Violate State Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled governmental bodies can’t conduct public business through secret ballots. The court sided Wednesday with the operator of the community newspaper MORE Bratenahl who sued the Cuyahoga County village of Bratenahl in 2016. That lawsuit claims the village council violated Ohio’s Open Meetings Act by voting… Read More