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Report: Pain clinic personnel not trained in medicine

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Justice,...

Guns, faulty prescriptions at Charleston pain clinic

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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...

Pain clinic opposes WV’s order to close

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A Southern West Virginia pain clinic chain on Wednesday defended its pill prescribing and management practices that led to failed inspections and a federal raid on its Raleigh County location....

$7.6M Lottery building project awarded to low bidder

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A Kanawha County judge has ordered the West Virginia Lottery to award a $7.6 million building renovation project to a Charleston construction company that submitted the lowest bid, the contractor’s lawyer said Mon...

Program aims to link newly insured to primary care doctors

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With 190,000 additional West Virginians having secured health-care coverage through Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act, state health leaders are urging newly insured residents to find a primary care doctor. <...

Pill records ‘highly confidential,’ drug firms say

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Out-of-state drug wholesalers this week officially asked a Boone County judge to keep under wraps a court filing that includes information about the number of pain pills the companies have shipped to West Virginia.

$174K in public funds at stake in Lottery project bid dispute

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A $7.6 million renovation of the West Virginia Lottery building could soon be back on track, following a monthlong dispute over whether the state improperly bypassed the construction company with the lowest bid.

Af...

Bid dispute clouds $7.6M Lottery building project

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A $7.6 million renovation of the West Virginia Lottery’s headquarters building in Charleston has been put on hold after the agency decided against awarding the construction contract to the company with the lowest ...

Two more pain clinics ordered to close

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A state agency has ordered two additional pain clinics in West Virginia to close next month after both facilities failed inspections.

The recent orders are part of a statewide crackdown o...

Drug firms want W.Va. pill records kept sealed

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Eleven out-of-state drug companies don’t want the public to know the number of prescription painkillers they’ve shipped to “pill mill” pharmacies in West Virginia.

The drug distributors ...

Ex-Delegate Suzette Raines quits as legislative aide to Morrisey

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After just three months on the job, former Republican Delegate Suzette Raines abruptly resigned as West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s top legislative aide earlier this month.

Raines, who was s...

‘I’m responsible for every customer’; Frontier has new West Virginia chief

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Kevin Wallick, Frontier Communications’ new West Virginia operations chief, started fielding customer calls before he even reported for work in the Mountain State.

Earlier this month, a local radio station b...

Lumos alleges Frontier workers tore down fiber

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A decision by Nicholas County schools to switch Internet providers has sparked a bitter dispute between Frontier Communications and Lumos Networks.

Lumos alleges that Frontier workers cut down Lumos’ fiber c...

Morrisey campaign saddled with $1.28M debt

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A day before West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed his latest campaign finance reports, he sent out a press release, trumpeting a $546,000 “war chest” that he planned to use during his next ...

Prevailing wage law causing confusion, labor says

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s new prevailing wage law, which took effect Monday, has already sparked confusion.

The Secretary of State’s Office had considered removing the prevailing wage...

Frontier hires new W.Va. operations chief; Waldo retires

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Frontier Communications executive Dana Waldo, who has led the phone and Internet provider’s West Virginia operations for the past five years, has stepped down, the company announced Friday.

Frontier appointe...

Ethics commission grapples with trinkets ban

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As the West Virginia Ethics Commission untangles a new state law that bars public officials from putting their names on “trinkets” paid for with taxpayer funds, commission members keep coming back to the sa...

Lawyer disciplinary office investigating Morrisey

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The West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel is investigating state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Morrisey faces allegations that he didn’t properly distance himself from two attorney general lawsui...

Sen. Manchin targets prescription drug epidemic

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At a national drug summit today, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., plans to unveil proposed legislation that aims to curb prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths.

‘Refusal to fill’ spreads in W.Va. pharmacies

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The call from the pain clinic came just hours after federal agents raided Trivillian’s pharmacy in Kanawha City and confiscated boxes of records about prescription pill sales.

Governor signs bill to revamp W.Va. public records law

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West Virginia public agencies won’t be able to charge fees for searching and compiling public records, and they won’t be able to withhold as many documents from the public, under a bill signed Wednesday by ...