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A West Virginia man accused of stealing 180 guns from the same pawn shop has pleaded guilty to multiple firearms charges.

Prosecutors say 23-year-old Robert Lee Reid of Branchland entered the pleas Monday in federal court in Huntington.

A former bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $183,000 in labor union funds in West Virginia.

Prosecutors say 70-year-old Joan Matthews of South Charleston entered the plea Monday in federal court in Charleston to felony embezzlement and theft of labor union assets.

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Three lawsuits seeking damages following the industrial warehouse fire that burned for a week in Parkersburg have been moved from state to federal court.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says a state law prohibiting anonymous election pamphlets is unconstitutional.

Morrisey issued the opinion Tuesday in response to a request by Secretary of State Mac Warner. Both are Republicans.

A West Virginia school district wants a federal lawsuit over its “Bible in the Schools” program dismissed.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that Mercer County schools filed the motion in Bluefield federal court.

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A federal jury has ruled in favor of a Vienna man who sued a mortgage company for refusing to investigate issues he raised about his credit report.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports jurors awarded $2.6 million in punitive damages to David Daugherty on Monday in Beckley after finding that Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC violated the Fair Credit and Report Act.

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  A company owned by billionaire coal businessman and gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice is in contempt of federal court after a judge says the company hasn't paid debts and has repeatedly failed to show up for court hearings.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge Irene Berger ordered Justice Energy Company in contempt on Jan. 5 for not paying a nearly $150,000 debt owed to a construction equipment company.

Federal court officials in the Southern District of West Virginia are warning residents about a scam involving jury service.

Officials say residents have reported being called by someone claiming to represent the court. The caller says the resident failed to report for grand jury duty, that an arrest warrant has been issued, and there will be a fine.

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A federal judge has denied a motion from former Massey CEO Don Blankenship to delay his trial slated to begin October 1.

Judge Irene Berger issued the order Thursday.

Blankenship’s attorneys filed the motion to reschedule last week after receiving more than 70,000 documents from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office. Blankenship's attorneys said they needed more time to review the documents. 

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A judge has denied a variety of motions by ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to get charges dropped in his criminal case.

In Beckley federal court Wednesday, Judge Irene Berger rejected nine of Blankenship's motions to dismiss.

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A Morgantown businessman has been charged with tax obstruction in federal court.

The Law Works - Challenges facing the Courts

Apr 1, 2014

We live in a complex world. We deal with new challenges every day. New technologies. New relationships. New ideas. And so do our courts. Dan Ringer and former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Neely will talk about the challenges facing our courts, on this episode of The Law Works.

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The fight for same-sex marriage has come to West Virginia with a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Huntington. Currently the state defines marriage as between a man and a woman.  

Three same-sex couples filed suit yesterday morning in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The lawsuit seeks the freedom to marry for three couples all from the surrounding Huntington area. One of those couples is Justin Murdock and William Glavaris. Murdock said they are glad to see things start to happen.