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W.Va. education official hired, fired amid investigation in Virginia

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West Virginia Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano’s first major administrative hire lasted four days on the job, after Department of Education officials learned that the office’s new executive director...

Coalition urges W.Va. lawmakers to target child poverty

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A West Virginia coalition of community groups dedicated to fighting child poverty unveiled legislative proposals Monday that include reforming juvenile justice and expanding early childhood education – initiatives...

Rx drug overdoses linked to doctors; prescriber names to be sent to prosecutors

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A state panel is targeting doctors and pharmacists linked to drug overdose deaths in West Virginia.

In just six months, one West Virginia doctor prescribed medicatio...

Heroin overdoses sapping medic resources

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Kanawha County’s heroin problem is overwhelming law enforcement agencies and fire departments, a county substance abuse task force learned Wednesday.

The Charleston Fire Department’s paramedics respo...

After big gains, W.Va. GOP leaders work on agenda

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After making historic gains in the November election, West Virginia’s state and federal Republican leaders are promising “unprecedented cooperation” to create jobs, lower taxes and fight the U.S. Dep...

Morrisey resists suit against drug firm; AG formerly lobbied for trade group that represents McKesson

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For four months, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has balked at two state agencies’ requests to sue the nation’s largest prescription drug distributor, McKesson Corp., a ...

DMV director to depart Dec. 31

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The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles’ acting commissioner is stepping down after working at the state agency for the past 32 years.

Steve O. Dale, who has headed DMV since January 2013, plans to reti...

Meth lab busts drop in W.Va.

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Methamphetamine lab busts in West Virginia have dropped 40 percent this year, according to the latest count released Tuesday by State Police.

West Virginia law enforcement officers seized 290 of the clandestine la...

Judge to hear Citynet/Frontier dispute in January

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Internet provider Citynet will have a chance to prove its allegations that Frontier Communications is stifling competition in West Virginia during a Jan. 27 hearing before an administrative law judge.

The state Pub...

New BRIM director hired; Jones departs after two decades

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A state agency that provides insurance for other government agencies has hired a new executive director.

Mary Jane Pickens will replace Chuck Jones, who headed the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Manageme...

Kanawha County clerk accuses Tennant of electioneering

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Two days after West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant led a march of supporters to the steps of the Kanawha County Voter Registration office in October, County Clerk Vera McCormick filed a complaint against Ten...

McCormick files election complaint against Tennant

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Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick has filed a complaint against Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, alleging that Tennant broke election laws she’s supposed to uphold.

McCormick filed the election complain...

Use of meth-ingredient tracer at new low in W.Va.

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The number of times West Virginia law enforcement officers have logged into a system that tracks purchases of cold pills that fuel methamphetamine labs has dropped to the lowest level ever.

Last month, officers tap...

Party switch nets senator three Senate posts

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State Sen. Daniel Hall will apparently be rewarded with a secondary leadership role and the chairmanship of two minor committees after the former Democrat switched parties so that Republicans could gain control of the We...

Greear hired as W.Va. House lawyer

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s chief deputy, Dan Greear, is leaving the office — and taking an $18,500 pay cut — to work as head lawyer for the House of Delegates.

Greear, a ...

Health official: No Ebola patients would be treated in W.Va.

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In the unlikely event that someone with the Ebola virus would travel to West Virginia, the patient would be isolated and immediately taken to one of three out-of-state hospitals that have been designated to treat the inf...

W.Va. schools chief seeks to transform role of principals

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After two months on the job, West Virginia Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano told state lawmakers Tuesday about his “robust vision plan” that includes changing the role of principals, bolstering read...

As broadband council disbands, Internet in W.Va. remains poor

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West Virginia’s only state-sponsored group that aims to expand high-speed Internet is set to disband on Dec. 31, but state lawmakers say much work remains to be done to improve broadband service across the state.<...

New fixes suggested in meth lab fight

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Charleston Police Detective Lt. Chad Napier says he and his fellow officers are tired of busting illegal methamphetamine labs.

“We don’t have time to go find meth labs because we have so many people d...

Tomblin proposes 24-hour drug abuse call center

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the first time, West Virginians with questions about behavior health services will have a place to call at all hours of the day and night.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday that ...

State senator who switched to GOP faces ethics complaint filed by Republican operative

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West Virginia Republican Party leaders welcomed state Sen. Daniel Hall, a former Democrat, into their ranks last week, just a month after a top GOP operative filed an ethics complaint against him.

State senator who switched to GOP faces ethics complaint filed by Republican operative

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West Virginia Republican Party leaders welcomed state Sen. Daniel Hall, a former Democrat, into their ranks last week, just a month after a top GOP operative filed an ethics complaint against him.

Manchin: Don’t blame W.Va. Democrats for losses

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A day after the election, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said the West Virginia Democratic Party and its leaders should not be blamed for the shellacking that Democrats took in state and federal races.

Republicans won a maj...

Kanawha GOP candidates make major gains in Legislature

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Kanawha County Republicans scored major victories in West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates races Tuesday, picking up an unprecedented number of seats in both chambers, according to final vote totals.

“...

Malware attack hits state agency computers

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More than 20,000 state employees in West Virginia have been told to be on the lookout for suspicious emails, after an Oct. 24 malicious software attack put 1,144 government computers out of service.

The state Offi...

Outside groups make ‘mockery’ of W.Va. House elections, complaint says

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A Democratic operative filed an election complaint Thursday against the National Association for Gun Rights, alleging the group was making a “mockery” of West Virginia’s election laws.

Last wee...

Campaign mailer uses photo of candidate’s late father

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A national gun-rights group used a photograph of the late Delegate Dale Martin in a campaign mailer that attacks Martin’s son, Joshua Martin, a Putnam County Democrat running for a seat ...

Mason delegate charges steer as campaign expense

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West Virginia Delegate Jim Butler bought a 1,335-pound steer named “George VI” and charged it as a campaign expense.

Alas, just days later, the steer met its fate at the K & L meat processing plan...

DOH workers told they can’t buy surplus state equipment

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West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox has notified Division of Highways employees that state ethics law prohibits them from buying surplus state equipment at DOH public auctions, according to a memo distribu...

Out of money, W.Va. broadband council ends 5-year run

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After a five-year run, the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council likely held its last meeting Wednesday, releasing a financial statement that showed a wireless Internet provider in Wheeling and an out-of-state consu...

Fewer people buying meth-making cold product in W.Va.

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Sales of a cold medication that’s used to make illegal methamphetamine have dropped by more than 30 percent in West Virginia this year, according to a report released Tuesday.

That’s the sharpest decl...

New Medicaid patients ‘come in with baggage’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With 155,000 people added to West Virginia’s Medicaid program following a major expansion, the state’s family practice doctors are seeing more patients whose medical care requires...

Frontier sued over Internet speeds, outages

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Frontier Communications customers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in West Virginia, alleging Frontier failed to provide the high-speed Internet services it advertised.

Customers also complaine...