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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

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

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

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

DOJ Files Suit Against Gov. Justice’s Family Companies Over Mine Violation Debts

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The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit against 23 coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, seeking more than $4.7 million in unpaid fines and fees for mine safety and health violations. The delinquent fines were brought to light by investigations by NPR and the Ohio Valley ReSource as the Justice… Read More

West Virginia Governor’s Tax Records Subpoenaed by Feds

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s tax records, signaling the widening of an investigation that’s already sought documents related to a resort owned by the governor. The state Revenue Department released a copy of the federal grand jury subpoena Friday after receiving it last month. The subpoena asks… Read More

W.Va. Gov Turns to Trump for Reelection Help

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is betting on President Trump for a little help in his reelection effort. The Republican governor on Monday announced he’s hired a former state campaign director for Trump and two of the president’s advisers to work on his 2020 bid. A news release says Mike Lukach… Read More

Mine Safety Debt For WV Gov. Justice’s Family Companies Grows to $4M

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An Ohio Valley ReSource analysis of federal mine safety data shows that the companies belonging to the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owe $4.3 million in delinquent debt for mine safety violations. That is far more than the companies owed when Justice ran for governor in 2016, when he pledged to make good… Read More