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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

Richard Ojeda talks outside his campaign headquarters in Logan, W.Va. Ojeda is decorated with military medals and 26 tattoos and can bench presses 300 pounds. The retired Army paratrooper doesn't fit the typical profile of the ideal candidate for Congress.

Ojeda Says VA Leak Derailed His Congressional Bid

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Former Army Maj. Richard Ojeda says his West Virginia congressional campaign was derailed by a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who is charged with leaking medical records. The former Democratic state senator and one-time presidential hopeful filed suit against the VA on Thursday. He’s seeking documents relating to the agency’s investigation… Read More

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Deadly Virus Detected in West Virginia White-Tailed Deer

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Wildlife officials say a deadly virus has been detected in white-tailed deer in southern West Virginia. The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that the deer were found dead in Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. It says a lab confirmed the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease… Read More

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Man Convicted of Impersonating US Prosecutor at Traffic Stop

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Michigan man has been convicted in West Virginia of impersonating an assistant U.S. attorney. A federal jury found 55-year-old Joseph Ziegler guilty Wednesday after a two-day trial. Court records show Ziegler said during a traffic stop in Clay County that he was a federal prosecutor on assignment by U.S. attorney… 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

City Approves $130K Settlement in Excessive Force Lawsuit

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia city has approved payments totaling $130,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing three police officers of using excessive force against a teenager and his toddler cousin. The Gazette-Mail reports the Charleston City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve the two settlements. The mothers of both juveniles, who are… Read More

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Meth Confiscated, Dozens Arrested in Ky., Tenn., W.Va.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Federal authorities say a drug sweep in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia has netted more than 800 pounds of methamphetamine. The Drug Enforcement Administration says in a news release that Mexican cartels and other drug trafficking groups and individuals were targeted. Since January, 235 people were arrested on federal drug charges… 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