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Men Sentenced for Shipping Marijuana Through Postal Service

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Department of Justice says two West Virginia men have been sentenced for participating in a distribution scheme that involved shipping about 400 kilograms of marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service from 2013 to 2018. A news release says 44-year-old James Waylon Molinaro was sentenced to 78 months in prison for possession with… Read More

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Community Feedback Sought on Proposed Ohio River Bridge

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are asking for community feedback on a proposed Ohio River bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio. News outlets report the bridge would be the final step in the long-anticipated Tri-State Outer Belt linking the two states and parts of Interstate 64. The KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission is asking for feedback… Read More

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W. Va. to Open Medical Marijuana Business Applications

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Businesses hoping to break into West Virginia’s fledgling marijuana market will soon be able to apply for permits as growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories. The state Bureau of Public Health says its Office of Medical Cannabis will open applications on Dec. 19. Applications are due by February 18 and will be… Read More

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W. Va. Sues Opioid Companies Endo, Mallinckrodt

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is suing two more opioid makers claiming the companies mispresented the risks of their drugs. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the suits against Endo Health Solutions and Mallinckrodt on Wednesday. The cases were filed in Boone County court and seek monetary penalties. The lawsuits accuse the drugmakers and their… Read More

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Audit: W.Va. Not Checking Criminal History of Child Care Staff

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A statehouse watchdog says West Virginia isn’t doing criminal background checks on its child protective services workers. A legislative audit released Tuesday on the state Department of Health and Human Resources identified multiple problems with the agency as it grapples with booming caseloads in the national opioid epidemic. The report says… Read More

Audit: W.Va. State Police Went Years Sans Formal Buying Rules

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A legislative audit says West Virginia police went without formal, written purchasing rules for years, increasing the risk of fraud, abuse and waste. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the legislative Performance Evaluation and Research Division audit says the department was left without formal, written rules once legislators exempted the department from state Purchasing Division… Read More

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West Virginia High School Graduation Rates Reach High Mark

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Education says high school graduation rates have reached the highest level recorded for the state. The department says the rates represent the percent of ninth grade students who graduate with a regular diploma in four or five years. Data from the 2018-2019 school year shows an… Read More

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Conviction Upheld for W. Va. Child Abuser Serving up to 210 Years

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man sentenced to 65- to 210-year’ imprisonment for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in 2007. The court unanimously ruled last week that there’s no need to throw out a 2016 jury ruling that found Douglas Neumeyer guilty. Neumeyer… Read More

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Symposium on Opioid Crisis Set this Week in West Virginia

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ROANOKE, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia University’s School of Public Health is working with partners across the state on a symposium on the opioid epidemic. Assistant Professor Lindsay Allen says the rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids doubled between 2010 and 2017. Allen says extra effort is needed to find ways to address the… Read More