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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, ...

U.S. 33 in West Virginia: Dangerous curves, deadly drop-offs

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The truck driver from Michigan had never traveled across the deadly stretch of U.S. 33 in Pendleton County.

Anthony Jones lost control of his tractor-trailer, after barreling into a treacherous turn called “...

WVDOH official quits amid federal investigation

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Staff writer

A high-ranking West Virginia Division of Highways administrator abruptly resigned Friday amid a federal investigation of the agency’s equipment division.

Bob Andrew, a 16-year DOH executiv...

Romney endorses GOP slate at Beckley rally

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BECKLEY, W.Va. — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took the stage with West Virginia’s U.S. Senate and House hopefuls Tuesday, saying the trio of candidates woul...

Frontier wants Citynet complaint thrown out

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Frontier Communications is asking the state Public Service Commission to dismiss a competitor’s complaint.

Frontier refuted allegations that it has stifled competition among high-speed Internet carriers in W...

Democratic operative files election complaint against Jackson County delegate

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A West Virginia Democratic operative has filed an election complaint against Jackson County Delegate Steve Westfall, alleging the GOP House member received illegal campaign contributions from two companies and failed to ...

Charleston Gazette sues A.G. over Cardinal Health documents

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The Charleston Gazette filed a lawsuit against West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Thursday, seeking documents about Morrisey’s role in his office’s ongoing case against a drug company that h...

GOP House candidate to expected to repay church for campaign printing

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GOP House of Delegates candidate Charles Kinnison plans to reimburse a Randolph County church for the use of its copy machine to print political mailers, according to Kinnison’s latest campaign finance report.

Kroger disappoints Manchin on meth

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Sen. Joe Manchin wants the Kroger supermarket chain to take tougher steps to limit the sale of cold medications that fuel illegal methamphetamine labs in West Virginia.

On Monday, Manchin, ­ D-W.Va., said he w...

W.Va. broadband-expansion panel pays $2M of $5M budget to Pa. consultants

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A governor-appointed council set up to give away $5 million in state funds for projects to bring high-speed Internet to homes and businesses in West Virginia wound up paying nearly $2 million to an out-of-state consultin...

Landlord asks court to evict Kanawha delegate Raines

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Kanawha County school board member Becky Jordon and her husband filed a complaint Thursday against Republican Delegate Suzette Raines, asking that Raines be evicted from a South Hills residence.

The complaint alleg...

Kroger restricts sales of medicines with meth-making ingredients

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Kroger supermarkets have joined a growing number of retailers in West Virginia that are restricting sales of a cold medication that’s also used to make methamphetamine in clandestine labs.

This week, Kroger...

Morrisey sues feds; AG says Obama can’t ‘pick and choose” laws to enforce

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday, alleging that President Obama’s “administrative fix” to the federal Afford...

Broadband council likely can’t pay for expansion

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A project designed to create a state-owned fiber-optic network and bolster high-speed Internet service in Pocahontas and Randolph counties was in jeopardy late last week, after the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Coun...

Frontier: $690K to duplicate broadband network ‘not appropriate’

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Over strong objections from Frontier Communications, a West Virginia state board plans to spend $690,000 to put fiber-optic cable in Randolph and Pocahontas counties, even though the project would duplicate an existing n...

Citynet asks PSC to investigate Frontier over fiber network use

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In an escalating feud between Internet providers, Citynet filed a formal complaint against Frontier Communications this week, alleging Frontier is stifling competition in West Virginia.

Citynet said Frontier is ref...

Frontier Internet speeds lag, report says

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Staff writer

Frontier Communications customers have the slowest Internet speeds in West Virginia, according to a state report released Monday.

Only 12 percent of Frontier’s customers have an Internet ...

WVU wants PEIA overhaul, citing inequities

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West Virginia University officials urged a state board Thursday to overhaul public employees’ health insurance plans, saying the system has shafted WVU employees for years.

WVU workers pay higher monthly in...

Police using meth ingredient tracker less

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It was a system designed to help law enforcement officers nab criminals who buy cold pills that fuel methamphetamine labs.

But the use of the meth-ingredient tracker has dropped significantly over the past year in ...

Meth makers adjust to cold-meds restriction in W.Va.

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Because several drugstore chains in West Virginia have stopped stocking specific cold medications that fuel methamphetamine labs, meth cooks are now buying related medicines that haven’t been restricted, a Kanawha...

Teen group campaigns for GOP candidates

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They’re teenagers taking a sales pitch door-to-door in Kanawha County, but they’re not pushing magazine subscriptions, candles or cookies.

Instead, they’re selling conservatism.

“...

Stolen vehicle once assigned to Mark Manchin declared a total loss

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A stolen state vehicle once assigned to former School Building Authority director Mark Manchin has been declared a total loss, after deputies searched the car’s trunk and found drug needles that may have been used...

Bottlenecks, errors predicted with today’s state government computer overhaul

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Despite months of training, state employees are expected to struggle with a massive computer system switch that starts today in West Virginia.

The group overseeing the overhaul has warned Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ...

W.Va. CVS stores limit sales of medications that fuel meth labs

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After prodding by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, CVS pharmacy stores in West Virginia have stopped selling a popular cold medication that criminals use to make illegal methamphetamine.

CVS, with 50 stores across the state,...

Big chunk of state computer set to go live

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia state government’s switch to a massive new computer system will face its first major test next week.

State agencies’ financial and purchasing programs will...