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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