Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday offered a conditional apology for calling a high school girls basketball team “thugs,” saying he didn’t know the remarks would cause any trouble.

We’ve passed the deadline for bills to be introduced in the House of Delegates this session. On Monday, that same cut-off will be in the Senate. Host Suzanne Higgins sits down with statehouse reporters Ryan Quinn of The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Taylor Stuck of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, and Brad McElhinny of WV MetroNews for this week’s roundtable.

Debris covers the floor of the Richwood Middle School art room. Floodwaters completely blew out the large glass window exposing the classroom to the outdoors.
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Gov. Jim Justice's office announced on Friday West Virginia will receive more than $131 million to replace schools in Nicholas County destroyed by flooding in 2016.

The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] and will be used to replace Summersville Middle School, Richwood Middle School and Richwood High School, according to an announcement from Justice.

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With the help of the son of a famous televangelist, Gov. Jim Justice plugged a proposal for counties in Virginia to join West Virginia. The pitch for secession is part of an ongoing effort in the West Virginia Legislature now dubbed “Vexit.”

Jerry Falwell, Jr. is a lawyer, Baptist, president of Liberty University and the son of televangelist Jerry Fallwell, Sr. He joined Gov. Jim Justice in Martinsburg Tuesday to announce their shared support of counties leaving Virginia for West Virginia. The two touted Gov. Justice’s ties to President Trump.

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On Wednesday, Jan. 8, Republican Gov. Jim Justice rolled out his legislative wishlist for 2020’s 60-day session. Justice’s state of the state address touched on everything from economic opportunities to substance abuse and child welfare, outlining a smaller budget compared to previous years but also highlighting new policy proposals.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice gives a speech during a Department of Tourism conference Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the Morgantown Event Center.
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This story was updated on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, to include the most up-to-date information on Justice's other ongoing legal affairs. 

A criminal defense attorney representing West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced a federal investigation into his client’s annual golf charity was concluded earlier this week without any findings of wrongdoing.

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West Virginia officials have announced that three individuals have been fired and 34 others have been suspended without pay as a result of an investigation into a photo of corrections trainees giving the Nazi salute. However, the governor's office and the agency in charge of the state's corrections' program isn't yet releasing the identities of those involved or the original photo in question. 

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Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:18 p.m. 

The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety is opening an investigation into an offensive photo depicting state corrections trainees giving a well-recognized Nazi hand signal. State officials announced that suspsensions related to the photo have taken place.

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West Virginia officials named in a federal class action lawsuit involving the state’s foster care system have retained outside counsel.

The lawsuit filed October 1 on behalf of 12 foster care children says Gov. Jim Justice, Department of Health & Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch and other state officials have failed to protect the rights of nearly 6,800 children under the state’s guardianship.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice talks about his budget proposal during a stop on his Save Our State Tour on Thursday, March 3, 2017, at Fairmont State University.
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A lawsuit over whether West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice must live in the state capital may be headed to the state Supreme Court.

News outlets report Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King last week defended the lawsuit by Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle.

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Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday he has appointed John “J.R.” Pitsenbarger to the West Virginia Senate to represent the 11th district.

Billionaire Governor's Family Farms Get Subsidy

Oct 17, 2019
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A farming business owned by the family of West Virginia's billionaire governor has received $125,000 in soybean and corn subsidies, the maximum allowed from a federal program meant to help American farmers through the U.S. trade war with China.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice
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An analysis of flight records shows West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has used state aircraft less than the state's previous two governors.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel received the records from the state's aviation division Wednesday through a Freedom of Information Act request.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice gives a speech during a Department of Tourism conference Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the Morgantown Event Center.
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A federal judge has ordered companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to pay $35 million over a lawsuit accusing them of violating a mining contract.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove in Kentucky on Monday ordered the Kentucky Fuel Corp. and the James C. Justice Cos. to pay the sum.

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Gov. Jim Justice announced today [Tuesday] that he has appointed Trenton C. Barnhart to the House of Delegates to represent the 7th District. 

Barnhart fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Del. Jason Harshbarger, who resigned from the seat last month.

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Joe Manchin is once again at a career crossroads that says as much about the West Virginia politician as it does the state of American politics.

The Democrat says he'll decide right after Labor Day whether to stick with being in the U.S. Senate, where he was just reelected for a six-year term, or make a run for West Virginia governor in 2020.

Gov. Jim Justice, R. W.Va., delivers his annual State of the State speech on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Charleston, W.Va.
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It appears that a now more-than-one-year-old case to determine where West Virginia's governor constitutionally must reside will continue, after a hearing on the matter Wednesday morning. 

Gov. Jim Justice giving his 2018 State of the State address.
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Lawyers for the West Virginia governor have been ordered to explain motions filed in a lawsuit about the governor's residency.

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The Greenbrier resort has announced it's giving away prizes and tickets to an upcoming golf tournament. A coal company controlled by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is paying for the tickets.  

Gov. Jim Justice holds a bill signing ceremony for House Bill 207 in Pleasants County on July 30, 2019.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has approved a tax break for a struggling coal-fired power plant whose operator says a company owned by the governor owes it $3.1 million.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice gives a speech during a Department of Tourism conference Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the Morgantown Event Center.
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A judge has ordered lawyers for the governor of West Virginia to respond to a request for documents in an ongoing lawsuit over his residency.

Judge Charles King rejected a dismissal motion Wednesday by Gov. Jim Justice's attorneys. King also ordered Justice to respond to Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle's discovery request within 30 days.

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The West Virginia Parkways Authority announced that State Farm is sponsoring the Courtesy Patrol program along the 88-mile stretch from Charleston to Princeton.

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President Donald Trump has tweeted support for West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice as state lawmakers wrangle over education policy.

Gov. Jim Justice giving his 2018 State of the State address.
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A company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family has avoided a tax sale by paying more than $400,000 to cover back taxes.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice
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Coal companies tied to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice are promising to pay huge property tax debts owed to some eastern Kentucky counties.

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A top Republican in the West Virginia Senate is calling on Gov  Jim Justice to resign.

Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, took aim at Gov. Justice first in a paid-for column in a weekend edition of The Martinsburg Journal and then with other news media on Monday.  

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A long-running lawsuit seeking to require West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to live in the state's capital will continue.

A circuit judge in Charleston on Wednesday asked for more legal filings in the case brought by Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle.

Sponaugle says Justice should be ordered to live in Charleston because the state constitution requires the governor to "reside at the seat of government." He argued that the citizens of West Virginia deserve a governor who is on the job.

Gov. Justice takes the oath of office as his son James C. Justice III (center) looks on.
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In apparent anticipation of a federal lawsuit seeking recovery of overdue penalties, coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice have filed a lawsuit of their own against federal surface mining regulators.

 

 

The suit, first reported by WV MetroNews, is an apparent preemptive strike against the federal government, which is preparing to sue the companies over over unpaid fines associated with more than 100 environmental and reclamation violations at mines in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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He's a billionaire who owns mines, farms and the swankiest resort in all of West Virginia. But how Jim Justice spends his time as the state's 36th governor has largely been a mystery.

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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.

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