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Meth labs on decline in WV


Methamphetamine lab seizures are falling fast in West Virginia.

Law enforcement has reported 123 meth lab busts so far this year, down 20 percent compared to the first six months of last year — and a 66 perc...

Ex-WVSU employee gets $300K to settle ‘hostile’ workplace claim


West Virginia State University’s grants management arm has agreed to pay former employee Crystal Good and her lawyers $300,000 to settle a complaint, after Good alleged she was exposed to a hostile workplace.


Raleigh hospital concealed doctor’s misconduct from VA, suit alleges


In January, the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center offered a job to a doctor who was being investigated for performing unnecessary heart procedures, after Raleigh General Hospital concealed details about the ousted ...

Brazil graft probe won’t derail W.Va. cracker, Tomblin’s office says


The bribery scandal involving a Brazil-based company that has proposed building a $4 billion ethane cracker plant in Wood County likely won’t affect the viability of the project, a spokesman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomb...

Judge: Handling of WV Lottery project bids ‘shocking to the conscience of the court’


The West Virginia Lottery’s decision to disqualify a low bidder and award a $7.6 million construction contract to another company was “completely irrational” and “fatally flawed,” accor...

GOP lawmakers want to see documentation on road-sign replacements


West Virginia Republican lawmakers have asked the Division of Highways to turn over documents that explain the reasons for a $1.6 million road-sign replacement project that has sparked criticism.

An Ohio-based cont...

Delays could spike WV Lottery building project costs


The cost of a West Virginia Lottery building renovation project — now estimated at $7.6 million — will increase significantly if a three-month bid dispute drags out any longer, according to a motion filed b...

I-79 sign replacement raises questions


If you’re traveling along a 36-mile stretch of Interstate 79 between Charleston and Clay County, you might think you’re seeing double.

There are mile markers beside mile markers – both with the...

Morrisey says he won’t run for governor


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won’t run for governor after all.

Just a week ago, Morrisey said he was recruiting potential candidates to replace him if he decided to enter the Republican pr...

Morrisey defends inaction on drug company case


Ten months ago, two state agency leaders asked West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to sue the nation’s largest drug wholesaler, McKesson Corp., alleging that the company fueled the state’s presc...

Morrisey recruiting AG heirs in case he runs for governor


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey hasn’t announced whether or not he’s running for governor, but he said Tuesday he’s already recruiting Republican candidates...

Drug testing for welfare catches few, lawmakers told


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As West Virginia Republican lawmakers renew their push to drug-test welfare recipients, legislators heard Monday that few people are testing positive in the dozen states that already have the h...

Legislative liaison takes new job with state


The West Virginia Department of Administration’s longtime legislative liaison has left her post amid an office restructuring, agency officials said last week.

Donna Lipscomb Spano, who worked in the cabinet ...

State officials: Delegate’s Common Core lawsuit should be thrown out


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and schools Superintendent Michael Martirano want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Berkeley County Delegate Michael Folk, w...

WV Senate leader Cole to run for governor


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After leading the Republican takeover of the West Virginia Senate last year, Senate President Bill Cole has set his sights on a higher office.

Cole, R-Mercer, formally announced Tuesday t...

McKinley not running for WV governor in 2016


Scratch U.S. Rep. David McKinley from the list of potential contenders for West Virginia’s next governor.

McKinley announced Monday he’s staying put in Congress and won’t enter the Republican g...

Report: Pain clinic personnel not trained in medicine


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At a Raleigh County pain clinic earlier this year, state inspectors interviewed a medical director who said he tried to change pain-pill prescribing practices at the facility, but the clinic&#x...

Manchin asks drug wholesalers to release pain-pill records


U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is urging the nation’s largest drug wholesalers to release records that would show the number of prescription painkillers the companies have shipped to West Virginia over...

Judge to review Morrisey papers sought by Gazette


Over strong objections from West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office, Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King will review nine pages of emails and other documents that Morrisey doesn’t want the p...

Drug firms shipped 40M pain pills a year to WV


Over five years, out-of-state drug wholesalers shipped more than 200 million doses of two popular prescription painkillers to West Virginia, while turning a blind eye to suspicious orders from ȁ...

Morrisey trying to block release of email about WV’s drug company lawsuit


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is seeking to block the release of a two-year-old email that could shed light on Morrisey’s role in his office’s lawsuit against drug giant Cardinal Health, a...

WV Lottery headquarters project bid dispute flares up


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A $7.6 million renovation of the West Virginia Lottery headquarters building in Charleston has hit another snag.

The Lottery and state Purchasing Division are challenging parts of a propo...

Greenbrier owner Jim Justice enters WV governor’s race


Pitching himself as a candidate who won’t be influenced by special-interest groups, West Virginia billionaire businessman Jim Justice announced Monday he’s running for governor as a Democrat.


Guns, faulty prescriptions at Charleston pain clinic


A now-closed Charleston pain clinic employed gun-toting ex-police officers who essentially ran the facility and used a special machine to churn out large quantities of pain-pill prescriptions for patients while doctors w...