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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 ...

W.Va. pain clinics scrutinized; 3 facilities shut down

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When state inspectors descended on pain clinics in Beckley and Charleston earlier this year, they found numerous infractions: outdated and improperly stored medications, no infection-control plans, d...

W.Va. Internet firms clash over fiber routes

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In an escalating dispute between two competing Internet providers in West Virginia, Citynet is accusing Frontier Communications of playing “hide the ball” by withholding information about unused fiber cable...

Kessler files early paperwork for W.Va. governor bid

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State Sen. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, is eyeing another run for governor of the Mountain State.

On Thursday, Kessler, the Senate’s minority leader, changed his...

W.Va. broadband panel to get new duties, but no funds

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A governor-appointed panel charged with expanding high-speed Internet in West Virginia is getting a new name, members and duties — but no money for projects.

Last week, state lawmakers passed a bill (SB488) ...

Drug overdose ‘Good Samaritan’ bill heads to governor

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Delegate Tom Fastaddress in January.

The Senate passed the 911 Good Samaritan bill unanimously. Delegate Tom Fast, R-Fayette, was the only member of the House of Delegates to vote against it.

The bill aims to...

Vaccine bill passes after House nixes edit

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A Senate bill (SB286) that aims to streamline children’s immunizations passed late Saturday night, after the House of Delegates agreed to remove an amendment that would have eliminated the Wes...

W.Va. Senate OKs bill with casino smoking, tobacco tax

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A bill that raises West Virginia’s tobacco tax and exempts racetrack casinos from county smoking bans sailed through the state Senate on Friday — but with one day left in the legislativ...

W.Va. Senate OKs resolution for constitutional convention

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After debating the powers of the U.S. Constitution for more than an hour, the West Virginia Senate passed a resolution Thursday that calls for a constitutional convention to adopt a federal balanced-budget amendment.

W.Va. Senate adds casino smoking ban repeal, tobacco tax to fireworks bill

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Responding to pressure from gambling industry lobbyists, West Virginia lawmakers took a fireworks-related bill Wednesday and tacked on a measure to allow smoking at casinos across the state.

“Fireworks and c...

House passes raw milk, straight ticket bills

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West Virginia lawmakers finally got their raw milk bill passed on Tuesday, over the objections of delegates who said the bill would jeopardize the health of children and families.

The House of Delegates voted 81-19...

Group cancels pricey breakfast fundraiser

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The $100,000-a-person fundraiser planned for Tuesday by Republican-booster Go West Virginia Inc. appears to be a no-go.

Last week, the conservative group invited high-dollar donors to the...

Morrisey retained private lawyer for advice on drug suit conflict

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While his wife was working as a lobbyist for drug giant Cardinal Health in Washington, D.C., West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey hired a private lawyer to advise him whether he could take part in his office&#...

Daughter’s job with Morrisey leads W.Va. speaker to step aside from A.G. funding bill

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West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead announced Friday that he was removing his name as a sponsor of a bill that affects Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s budget after disclo...

20-week abortion ban to become W.Va. law; Senate overrides Tomblin veto

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West Virginia legislators prohibited women from having abortions after 20 weeks on Friday, as the state Senate enacted the law over Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto.

Tomblin vetoed the bill (HB2568) Tuesday ove...

Beef tenderloin, shrimp and lobbyist money on menu at Senate dinner

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With the legislative session in full swing, 32 of West Virginia’s 34 state senators took time off the evening of Feb. 18 to honor Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, while dining on whole tenderloin of beef, ice...