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Justice Dept. Sues Justice Coal Companies, Seeks Unpaid Mine Fines

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit against 23 coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. As Brittany Patterson reports, the DOJ is seeking over $4.7 million in unpaid fines and fees for mine health and safety violations.

A report released this week on public education in West Virginia could be a roadmap for lawmakers set to focus on improving the state’s system. As Glynis Board reports, the West Virginia Department of Education’s report presents ideas and concerns collected from an online survey and a series of forums held around the state.

Also Us & Them podcast Trey Kay has followed the case in the death of James Means, a 15-year-old African American boy who was shot and killed in the city’s East End back in November 2016.  An older white man named William Pulliam is charged with the shooting. His trial was scheduled to start this week after months of delays.  In the latest Us & Them episode, Trey explains the newest twist in the case - and how James Means’ family is doing.