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Debate Set For WVa. Gov. Jim Justice, Dem Challenger Salango

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic challenger Ben Salango are set to participate in their only scheduled debate before the Nov. 3 election. The one-hour debate is set for Tuesday night in Morgantown. Justice is a billionaire businessman who switched from Democrat to Republican less than a year into… Read More

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West Virginia Allows Nursing Home Visits To Resume

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nursing home visits are being allowed again in West Virginia as the state focuses on outbreaks of the coronavirus in individual county populations without clamping down on areas without them. But Gov. Jim Justice warns that the visits could end quickly in some places if further outbreaks occur within nursing homes… Read More

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West Virginia Governor Says He Welcomes All, Except Obama

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. The unprompted comment on Wednesday came during a coronavirus news conference in which the Republican governor took a phone call from President Donald Trump and sought to highlight his relationship with the… Read More

Gov. Justice takes the oath of office as his son James C. Justice III (center) looks on.

Justice Coal Companies Agree to Settle $5 Million in Delinquent Mine Safety Debts

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (OVR) — Coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice have agreed to pay more than $5 million in overdue mine health and safety fines and fees. According to a press release released Wednesday, a total of 24 coal companies owned by the Justice family agreed to settle millions of dollars… Read More

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West Virginia Governor Eases Unemployment Rules Amid Virus

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has loosened unemployment regulations for people whose jobs have been shuttered over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. An executive order from the Republican governor on Thursday directs commerce officials to ensure that people who had their hours reduced or are prevented from working due to the… Read More

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Billionaire Governor OK’d on State Plane for Reelection Bid

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia ethics officials say the state airplane can make side trips to Gov. Jim Justice’s hometown as well as fly the billionaire businessman to campaign events if the trips coincide with official state business. The state ethics commission on Thursday approved the travel for the governor as long as the… Read More

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Justice Calls Lawmakers Back to Capitol for Special Session

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling lawmakers back for another special legislative session. The Republican governor on Thursday issued a proclamation to have the legislature take up bills dealing with tourism tax credits, expunging DUI offenses and the state road fund on Monday. The governor already had lawmakers reconvene for… Read More

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West Virginia Governor’s Companies Ordered to Pay $35M

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LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Companies tied to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice have been ordered to pay $35 million in damages for defaulting on a mining contract. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit stems from a 2005 deal in which Kentucky Fuel gained the right to mine coal in Breathitt County in exchange for royalties. The company,… Read More

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Federal Lawsuit Targets West Virginia Foster Care System

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The overwhelmed foster care system in opioid-ravaged West Virginia has failed to protect children, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of a dozen children against Gov. Jim Justice, the state Department of Health and Human Resources and… Read More

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West Virginia Governor Under Scrutiny for State Aircraft Use

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – An analysis of flight records shows West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has used state aircraft less than the state’s previous two governors. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel received the records from the state’s aviation division Wednesday through a Freedom of Information Act request. The analysis found flights between Charleston and where… Read More

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Justice Adds Exclusion to Ban on Outdoor Burning

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has amended his ban on outdoor burning to add an exclusion that would allow certain fires at federal and state recreation areas. A statement by Justice’s office says that the Monday addition was at the request of officials with the state’s Division of Forestry and Division… Read More

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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

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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

Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.

W.Va. Governor Says He’s Moving to Help Shuttering Hospital

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he’s asked his administration to see what it can do to prevent the closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling. The Republican governor issued a statement Thursday evening saying that saving the hospital’s jobs must be a top priority. The Ohio Valley Medical Center… Read More

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Report: WV Governor’s Companies Owe $2M Virginia Tax Debt

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Records show West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s companies owe almost $2 million in delinquent taxes in Virginia. WDBJ-TV reports Wednesday that companies owned by the Republican governor owe $1.9 million in taxes to several counties in Virginia. Justice lists more than 100 businesses in his most recent financial statement, including coal,… Read More

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W.Va. Governor Signs Tax Break for Company Amid Debt Claim

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has approved a tax break for a struggling coal-fired power plant whose operator says a company owned by the governor owes it $3.1 million. The Republican governor on Tuesday signed a bill to stop charging FirstEnergy Solutions a $12.5 million state tax. The company has been… Read More

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Judge Orders W.Va. Gov to Provide Docs in Residency Case

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A judge has ordered lawyers for the governor of West Virginia to hand over documents requested in an ongoing lawsuit over his residency. News outlets report Judge Charles King rejected a dismissal motion Wednesday by Gov. Jim Justice’s attorneys and ordered the documents requested by Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle be delivered… Read More

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Justice Says Revenue Growth Clears All-Time State Record

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Jim Justice says West Virginia collected more revenue growth this fiscal year than any other year in state history. The Republican governor announced in a news release Tuesday that general revenue growth hit $511 million in the fiscal year that ended Sunday. He says the figure is due to the… Read More

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Trump Tweets Support for WV Governor Amid Education Debate

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – President Donald Trump has tweeted support for West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice as state lawmakers wrangle over education policy. Trump on Monday boosted the Republican governor, writing “One size doesn’t fit all – I support West Virginia Schools. Keep up the great work, WVGovernor Big Jim Justice – I am with… Read More

Gov. Justice takes the oath of office as his son James C. Justice III (center) looks on.

Coal Companies Belonging To WV Gov. Justice’s Family Agree To Pay Overdue Taxes In KY

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Coal companies controlled by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice have agreed to a settlement covering millions of dollars in overdue property taxes in four eastern Kentucky counties: Harlan, Knott, Magoffin, and Pike. Checks totaling $1.2 million from Justice entities began rolling in last week, county officials said. According to state officials, the… Read More

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West Virginia Republican Calls for Governor to Resign

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A top West Virginia Republican is calling for Gov. Jim Justice to resign. Sen. Craig Blair on Monday said the Republican governor should step down to deal with the many court cases that have dogged his businesses. Blair is chairman of the Senate finance committee. He first called for Justice’s resignation… Read More

West Virginia Governor Agrees to Pay Family Firm’s $1M Fines

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has agreed to pay $1.23 million in court-ordered sanctions against one of his family’s companies. A lawyer for Justice’s companies on Thursday filed an order saying they’ve reached a settlement with federal prosecutors to clear the fines in three payments of $410,000. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart… Read More

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Federal Prosecutors Say WV Gov. Justice Responsible For Fines Against Family Company

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Federal prosecutors on Tuesday said they will seek a court ruling to hold West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his son, Jay Justice, personally accountable for a $1.23 million civil fine imposed on one of the family’s coal businesses, Justice Energy Company, Inc. In a court filing, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West… Read More