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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

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Officers Exposed to Suspected Fentanyl During W. Va. Drug Bust

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say several police officers were exposed to a substance believed to be the powerful opioid fentanyl during a drug bust. Huntington police Chief Hank Dial says in a news release that members of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force entered a home on Wednesday and… Read More

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Trial for Mom in False Abduction Case Pushed to 2020

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a West Virginia woman charged with making up a story about foiling the attempted kidnapping of her daughter. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Santana Renee Adams’ trial on a charge of falsely reporting an emergency incident has been moved to January. It had been set to start… Read More

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Federal Jury Convicts Ex-deputy of Distributing Drugs in W. Va.

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A jury has convicted a former West Virginia sheriff’s deputy on federal drug distribution charges. The Exponent Telegram reports jurors deliberated for four hours before returning the verdict Thursday night against former Harrison County Deputy Tim Rock. Prosecutors had called Rock “a drug dealer with a badge” in opening statements Tuesday before… Read More

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W. Va. Police Referring Disabled Woman’s Forceful Arrest to FBI

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor says federal authorities are being asked to look into the use of force by Charleston police during the arrest of a woman with special needs. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said in a statement Thursday that following a series of meetings with community groups, Police Chief Opie… 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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W. Va. Education Board Puts Charter School Plan Up for Comment

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education will give the public 60 days to comment on a proposal on charter schools, double the normal allotted time. The board put the policy proposal up for comment Thursday. Legislation signed by Gov. Jim Justice authorizes a staggered implementation of public charter schools, limiting the state to… Read More

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Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital Vote to Unionize

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Officials say registered nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital have voted to unionize. Service Employees International Union spokeswoman Sherri McKinney told The Herald-Dispatch that voting ended Wednesday night with an “overwhelming majority” in favor of being represented. The vote means 900 registered nurses will join about 870 other employees represented by SEIU…. Read More

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West Virginia Board of Education to Discuss Charter Schools

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is set to discuss charter schools this week. The board will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in Charleston. A board policy proposal on charter schools is on Thursday’s agenda. Details of the policy were scheduled for release Wednesday. The board’s agenda says it’s recommended that… Read More

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W. Va. Board Revokes License of Doctor Who Wrote Illegal Scripts

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MILTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia doctor who admitted in state and federal court to writing illegal opioid prescriptions and possessing drugs has had his license revoked. Records show the state medicine board took away Marc Spelar’s license to practice psychiatry last week. Spelar, of Milton, was charged in federal court this year with… Read More

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W. Va. Officers Seize Exotic Pets from Shop Accused of Cruelty

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia animal control officers have seized multiple animals, including venomous snakes, from an exotic pet store they say was in poor condition. The Herald-Dispatch reports S&S Reptiles and Exotics in Huntington closed its doors Thursday after the Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter seized control of its animals. Animal control officer Jon… Read More

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WV Judge Tosses Church Abuse Case, Wants High Court’s Take

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia judge is looking to the state Supreme Court for guidance after dismissing a case that alleges a Catholic diocese and its former bishop knowingly employed pedophiles. Wood County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane on Wednesday tossed the suit against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston until the state Supreme Court… Read More

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W. Va. Water Utility Awards Grants for Bottle-Filling Stations

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia American Water has awarded grants to provide bottle-filling stations to 10 groups throughout the utility’s service area. The company says in a statement that the program is aimed at reducing plastic waste from single-use bottles and providing filling stations to nonprofit groups, schools and local government facilities. Among the… Read More

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W. Va. Physician Gets Probation on Drug Charge

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia physician has been sentenced to probation for writing fraudulent prescriptions so he could get drugs. Chad Poage also was ordered Monday in federal court in Clarksburg to complete 500 hours of community service. Poage admitted writing 30 fraudulent prescriptions between 2015 and 2018. Prosecutors say he obtained a… Read More