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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

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Feds Announce $17M Settlement with Health Care Firm in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say they’ve reached a $17 million settlement with a health care company accused of Medicaid fraud in West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the civil settlement with Acadia on Monday, saying it’s the largest health care fraud settlement in state history. Stuart says Acadia, though its subsidiary CRC… Read More

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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

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Man Accused of Threatening Shooting at WVU

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia University student is accused of threatening to shoot people at the school and then kill himself. News outlets report 21-year-old Cheickna Kagnassy, of Maryland, was arrested Wednesday and charged with making terroristic threats. University police Deputy Chief Phil Scott says a concerned citizen alerted officers that Kagnassy had… Read More

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West Virginia Settles Lawsuit With Drug Distributor for $37 Million

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A major drug company has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing it of contributing to the opioid epidemic in one of the Ohio Valley’s hardest hit states. And officials there believe it’s the largest settlement against a single pharmaceutical distributor. The McKesson Corporation agreed to pay $37 million to settle a 2016 lawsuit filed by… Read More

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Loans Available to WVa Farms for Hurricane-Related Flooding

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Farmers in two dozen counties in West Virginia are eligible to apply for emergency loans from flooding caused by hurricanes Florence and Michael last year. The state Department of Agriculture says in a news release the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a disaster designation for damage that occurred between April… Read More

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West Virginia Man Gets 40 Years in Death of 1-Year-Old Boy

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the death of a 1-year-old boy. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports 40-year-old William Travis Schoonover of Parkersburg received the maximum sentence Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge in Wood County Circuit Court. A criminal complaint says Schoonover… Read More

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Pipeline Protester Arrested, Faces Felony Charge

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LINDSIDE, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia official says a North Carolina man protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been charged with a felony. Monroe County Circuit Court deputy clerk Andrea Preston told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that 22-year-old Holden Dometrius was charged Thursday with threat of terrorist acts after chaining himself to a piece… Read More