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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...

House hopefuls close on issues, but split on who’s best fit for district

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The Republican and Democrat running for West Virginia’s House of Delegates 37th District seat support many of the same issues, but the candidates sparred Thursday over who would be the most effective legislator.

W.Va. Supreme Court: Morrisey can’t prosecute criminal cases

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has denied Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s bid to prosecute criminal cases.

Morrisey’s plan had sparked strong opposition from county prosecutors, who alleged Morri...

House 35th district hopefuls want tank bill left alone

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Democrats in the House 35th District race say West Virginia lawmakers shouldn’t make changes to a new state law that aims to stop a repeat of last January’s Elk River chemical spill.

“We know i...

Morrisey had lobbying ties to drug distributor he’s now investigating

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is investigating the nation’s largest prescription drug distributor, McKesson Corp., a company that’s a major player in a trade association that Morrisey lobb...

House 39th candidates split on non-discrimination act

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Now that same-sex couples can get marriage licenses in West Virginia, is the next step for state lawmakers to add sexual orientation to the list of protections under the state’s Human Rights Act?

The Democra...

U.S. investigates W.Va. fiber cable project

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Commerce Department’s inspector general has started an investigation into a $42 million fiber-optic cable network that Frontier Communications built with federal stimulus funds ...

PSC dismisses request for inquiry of Frontier’s Internet business

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The West Virginia Public Service Commission has rejected Citynet’s request for a full-scale investigation into Frontier Communications’ business practices, instead referring the dispute over Internet servic...

Preston prosecutor’s request for help sparks statewide spat

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Preston County Prosecuting Attorney Mel Snyder needed help.

Snyder had three pending murder cases last year. There also were dozens of drug crimes and sexual assaul...

Morrisey bids to prosecute criminal cases

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s county prosecutors told the Supreme Court on Tuesday they don’t want Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and his lawyers prosecuting criminal cases in their courtroo...

W.Va. developer to pay $1.7M to fix units not accessible to disabled

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Charleston developer Douglas Pauley has agreed to spend $1.7 million to renovate 30 apartment complexes in West Virginia so they’re accessible to people with disabilities, according to a settlement with the U.S. J...

Morrisey broke lawyer ethics rules, complaint alleges

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A Cabell County businessman has filed an ethics complaint against West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, alleging Morrisey violated a host of lawyer rules.

In the complaint to the state Lawyer Disciplina...

Rahall defends anti-Jenkins ad on black lung

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Rep. Nick Joe Rahall said Monday he stands by his latest television ad that alleges his Republican opponent, Evan Jenkins, would vote to deny black lung benefits to West Virginia coal miners.

Last week, The Washing...

W.Va. prosecutors oppose A.G.’s bid to handle local criminal cases

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Two months before Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks resigned amid a courthouse corruption scandal, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey asked if he could be appointed Mingo&...

Morrisey says Gazette FOIA lawsuit waste of time

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by The Charleston Gazette, saying the newspaper’s complaint includes a series of false charges that seek to ...

Lottery fines ‘faux fraternals’

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The West Virginia Lottery Commission fined seven video lottery establishments and a machine distributor a combined $11,000 Tuesday for violating state laws that cover fraternal organizations.

The sanctions follow t...

GOP asks W.Va. high court to fill House ballot spot

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Kanawha County Republicans went straight to the state Supreme Court Monday in hopes of filling a ballot vacancy in the House 35th District case.

The Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee and potential GOP ...

W.Va. water panel starts review of water protection law

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Facing a December deadline for its first report, a West Virginia panel has started reviewing a new law that aims to protect the state’s drinking water supplies.

The Public Water System Supply Study Commissio...

Frontier fiber route maps under dispute

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Frontier Communications won’t give up detailed records of its fiber-optic cable routes in West Virginia to competitor Citynet, according to documents filed with the state Public Service Commission last week.

GOP trying to distract voters, targeted W.Va. delegate says

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The day after a West Virginia Republican Party operative filed a third complaint against him, Delegate Jim Morgan said the GOP is trying to distract voters’ attention from important issues fac...

Election complaint filed against Mason delegate

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An election complaint has been filed against Delegate Scott Cadle, R-Mason, alleging he accepted an unauthorized loan and misreported his campaign finances.

Cadle denied the allegations Tuesday, saying the Democra...

Ex-cops screening patients at pain pill clinics

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Some West Virginia pain clinics are using former narcotics officers to screen patients – and charging people $150 for the service.

A representative of the con...

Manchin: Expand airstrikes on ISIS army into Syria

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Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday he supports extending airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

“If that’s where ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] is planning, training and plotting ag...

Panel: Meth cooks dodge drugstore restrictions

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As drugstore chains in West Virginia take steps to limit sales of cold medications that fuel methamphetamine labs, meth cooks have found ways to circumvent the restrictions, according to speakers at a Tuesday symposium o...

Psych hospitals case ‘devolved,’ patient lawyer says

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A decades-old lawsuit that pits patients at West Virginia’s two state-run psychiatric hospitals against the Department of Health and Human Resources has “gone backwards” in recent months, a lawyer fo...

Changes to childcare rating system in works

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West Virginia is looking to upgrade its system for evaluating childcare programs.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources hopes to increase public awareness about childcare centers and revise evaluation...

Names of 90 suspected ‘doctor shoppers’ sent to state law enforcement agencies

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The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has given police the names of 90 suspected “doctor shoppers,” who solicited an excessive number of prescriptions for pain pills over the past year.

PSC staff starts inquiry into allegations against Frontier

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The West Virginia Public Service Commission’s legal staff has started a preliminary investigation into allegations that Frontier Communications is trying to shut out competition for high-speed Internet in the stat...

DOH equipment director got pay raise during investigation

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The West Virginia Division of Highways’ former equipment director got a pay raise and a promotion while federal agents were investigating his office.

In Janua...

Tennant reverses plan to charge extra fees for licensing papers

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In an about-face Thursday, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office scrapped plans to charge fees for some business and nonprofit licensing documents.

Ten...

Former U.N. ambassador Bolton to replace D’Souza at GOP fundraiser

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After abruptly canceling an appearance by an admitted felon at its fall fundraising dinner, the West Virginia Republican Party has picked another controversial conservative as keynote speaker for the event: John R. Bolto...

State nursing board should do more to protect public, audit says

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A state licensing board should do more to protect West Virginia residents from bad nurses, because “the potential for public harm is substantial,” according to an audit released Tuesday.

The Legislati...

FBI: DOH official ordered truck to Baltimore

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An FBI agent recently testified that the West Virginia Division of Highways’ former equipment office chief directed two employees to drive a surplus dump truck to the Port of Baltimore, ...