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Judge makes some documents public in Blankenship case

Modifications granted, specifics remain sealed

Judge refuses to drop gag order in Blankenship case
Judge refuses to drop gag order in Blankenship case

A federal judge on Wednesday declined to lift a gag order that restricts access to most court records in former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship’s criminal case.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger did agree to again make the indictment ...

Highmark enrollment tops 31,000 through end of Dec.

According to West Virginia’s largest health insurer, 31,172 people have enrolled in individual health insurance plans with the company between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31.

The majority of that population are those who re-enrolled in plans...

Substance Abuse Regional Task Force meetings announced

Governor’s Substance Abuse Regional Task Force meetings have been scheduled during February on the following dates and locations:

Region 1 — Feb. 5, Wheeling (venue/time TBD), Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties....

Boil-water advisory

West Virginia American Water has issued a boil-water advisory for approximately 350 customers in the following areas of Mossy in its New River system: Toney Fork Road, Long Branch Road, Bishop Fork Road, Okey Patterson Road, W.Va. 612 from Silver Gap...

Feds ask judge to set guilty plea hearings for Trivillian’s, owner

Federal prosecutors asked Wednesday that a judge schedule hearings to allow Trivillian’s Pharmacy and its owner and former pharmacist in-charge, Paula Butterfield, to plead guilty to alleged health-care and prescription drug crimes....

State retains strong bond rating, despite budget issues

West Virginia has retained a strong AA+ bond rating, despite financial issues that could require the state to take another $85 million out of its Rainy Day Funds this year, according to a bond rating report issued by Fitch Ratings.

Fitch cited...

Taking some air (photo)
Taking some air (photo)

Students invited to participate in National Missing Children’s Day poster contest

West Virginia 5th grade students are invited to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice National Missing Children’s Day poster contest for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C., according to a release from West Virginia State Police....

Utility hit by WV chem spill spent $670k on monitoring, lab

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – After chemicals spilled into its supply last January, a water company has built a $400,000 laboratory at its Charleston plant and spent $270,000 for monitoring equipment at nine facilities.

West Virginia American Water ...

DOH announces emergency work at MM 54 on Interstate 64

Emergency repairs to the west end expansion joint on the Army Cpl. Kenneth R. Hess Bridge will slow traffic at the 54 mile marker of Interstate 64 westbound Wednesday afternoon, according to the state Division of Highways.

The expansion joint on ...

Trial of man charged in slaying of Cross Lanes teen moved to Feb.

The trial of an Ohio man charged in the slaying of a Cross Lanes teenager has been moved to February.

Ernest Roach, 46, of Racine, is charged with murder in Meigs County, Ohio, in the death of Erica Brown. His trial, which had been set to begin ...

Criminal charges up in Putnam County in 2014

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Calls for service and criminal charges rose in 2014 compared to the previous year in Putnam County, according to the sheriff’s department’s statistics.

Police officers answered 15,445 calls for service —...

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