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Unions representing teachers and school service workers in West Virginia are calling for an upcoming special legislative session on education to be canceled.

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West Virginia has agreed to expand mental health services for children after a federal investigation found the state unnecessarily institutionalized kids with emotional or behavioral disorders.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, following an investigation started five years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice determined West Virginia is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. That’s because it has too many children with serious emotional or behavioral disorders in out-of-state residential facilities. As Kara Lofton reports, the Justice Department and the state have agreed to a plan to bring West Virginia into compliance with that law within five years.

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Candidates are starting to line up for Supreme Court races next year in West Virginia.

Three seats are up for grabs on May 12, 2020.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is shown Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va.
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West Virginia has joined a federal lawsuit alleging generic drug manufacturers conspired to inflate and manipulate prices.

A West Virginia town of roughly 400 people isn't an obvious place for a progressive Democrat to campaign for president. But nevertheless, there was Elizabeth Warren rallying her supporters in the town of Kermit last Friday.

Warren spoke to a small crowd in the town firehouse about the opioid crisis, while Trump supporters demonstrated by the highway just outside.

"It's time to talk about personal responsibility, and that means the people who helped create this problem. And I've got a plan for that," Warren said, to loud cheers.

West Virginia Senate Education Committee chairwoman Patricia Rucker, left, and Senate President Mitch Carmichael speak in the Senate chambers at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
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West Virginia lawmakers will reconvene next week in a special session on education.

 

House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Senate President Mitch Carmichael announced Monday that the special session will resume at 2 p.m. May 20.

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren speaks to a crowd in Kermit, West Virginia on Friday, May 10, 2019.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke to a crowd of about 150 people in Mingo County Friday. The Democratic presidential candidate mostly spoke to the opioid epidemic, rather than her campaign agenda.

 

Warren spoke at the fire station in the small town of Kermit. She focused on her plan to tackle the opioid crisis.

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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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A top adviser to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is stepping down from the board of directors of the second-largest natural gas producer in the state.

Pittsburgh-based EQT announced Wednesday that Bray Cary will not seek reelection to the company's board.

In this April 9, 2019 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is capitalizing on a fellow Republican's attack by selling "Cocaine Mitch" shirts on his campaign's website.

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Two county magistrates in West Virginia have been indicted on federal fraud and conspiracy charges stemming from use of a bonding company operated by the family of one of the magistrates.

 

Prosecutors said in a news release that 47-year-old Lewis County Magistrate Roger D. Clem Jr., of Weston, and 57-year-old Gilmer County Magistrate Alton L. Skinner II, of Sand Fork, were indicted Tuesday.

 

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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Updated May 8, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. 

 

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit against 23 coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, seeking more than $4.7 million in unpaid fines and fees for mine safety and health violations.

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A longtime Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates is vying for a seat in the state Senate. Del. Eric Nelson of Kanawha County made the announcement Tuesday outside the state Capitol.

In this AP file photo, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, July 31, 2018, at the federal courthouse in Charleston, W.Va.
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Federal prosecutors say they've reached a $17 million settlement with a health care company accused of Medicaid fraud in West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the civil settlement with Acadia on Monday, saying it's the largest health care fraud settlement in state history.

In this Jan. 19, 2019 phot, Del. Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson) speaks on the floor of the House of Delegates.
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A West Virginia lawmaker who once chaired the House Education Committee will return to that role for an upcoming special session.

Del. Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson), who has been serving as Majority Whip for the Republican-led House of Delegate, will the fill vacancy for the top seat on the House Education Committee. He said House Speaker Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay) alerted him of the appointment ahead of a Sunday evening conference call with their caucus.

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Two members of the West Virginia House of Delegates are urging the state’s attorney general to put money from a recently announced settlement with a pharmaceutical distributor towards substance abuse treatment.

Del. Kayla Kessinger (R-Fayette) and Del. Andrew Robinson (D-Kanawha) sent a letter Friday to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey asking for the $37 million settlement with drug distributor McKesson Corporation to be deposited in the Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren Schedules Stop in West Virginia

May 6, 2019
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U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren will make a stop this week in Mingo Co., West Virginia.

 

According to her campaign’s website, Warren will host a community conversation Friday morning in Kermit.

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 federal investigation of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has widened to include a range of tax documents on the governor's expansive business portfolio, according to a subpoena sent to his administration last month.

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For many families in parts of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia, the absence of clean, reliable drinking water is part of daily life.

Blaine Taylor, a 17-year-old resident of Martin County, Kentucky, struggles to manage basic hygiene when his water comes out with sediment in it.

“I had to use a case of water last night just to get enough water in my bathtub just to get myself cleaned up for today at school,” he said. “It’s rough.”


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State vendors who owe West Virginia taxes won’t get paid under a new government rule.

State Auditor John B. McCuskey announced the program Thursday, saying its “designed to insure the State is not paying vendors who are not paying their taxes.”

West Virginia Posts $53M Revenue Surplus

May 3, 2019
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Gov. Jim Justice says West Virginia ended April with a more than $53 million revenue surplus.

The Republican governor announced the figure Thursday, May 2. He says revenues have been above estimates for 13 of the past 15 months.

An exterior view of prescription drug distributor McKesson Corp. headquarters in San Francisco, in this May 3, 2006 file photo.
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West Virginia has reached a $37 million settlement with the drug distributor McKesson in a lawsuit accusing the company of shipping millions of suspicious orders for painkillers to the state as it was being ravaged by the opioid epidemic.

Do More Than 20 Veterans Die by Suicide Every Day?

May 2, 2019
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Do 20 veterans die every day by suicide? Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., cited that figure in a recent press release that accompanied a veterans mental health and suicide prevention bill he introduced.

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A "Bridge to Nowhere" in southern West Virginia will have a destination in a few years.

Gov. Jim Justice held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, May 1, for the start of work on a 3.8-mile addition to the King Coal Highway. The addition will make use of a bridge that was built a decade ago and dubbed the "Bridge to Nowhere" because the road stopped at the end of it.

In this file photo, Del. Danny Hamrick speaks on the House floor on Feb. 13, 2019.
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Updated Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5:15 p.m.

Weeks ahead of a special session that will focus on education, the top ranking member of a House of Delegates committee is stepping down from their post because of a personal relationship he says is viewed as disrespectful.

House Education Chair Danny Hamrick (R-Harrison) submitted a letter Tuesday to Speaker Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay).

In this AP file photo, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, July 31, 2018, at the federal courthouse in Charleston, W.Va.
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Federal prosecutors are investigating the use of federal disaster relief funds given to West Virginia after a deadly flood in 2016.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the investigation in a news release Wednesday, saying "diversion, fraud, corruption or delay cannot and will not be tolerated."

A boy protests the Rockwool company with his family on Aug. 2, 2018 in Charles Town, W.Va.
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This summer will mark one year since thousands of residents in Jefferson County, West Virginia started a movement to rally against a Denmark-based company called Rockwool. The company’s proposed West Virginia plant would manufacture stone wool insulation across the street from an elementary school. The issue has sparked contention throughout the region. The voices from those against Rockwool have grown louder, but so too have those who do want Rockwool in West Virginia.

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On this West Virginia Morning, this summer will mark one year since thousands of residents in Jefferson County started a movement to rally against a Denmark-based company called Rockwool. The company’s proposed West Virginia plant would manufacture stone wool insulation across the street from an elementary school. The issue has sparked contention throughout the region. As Liz McCormick reports, the voices from those against Rockwool have grown louder, but so too have those who do want Rockwool in West Virginia.

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West Virginia’s Legislative Auditor has issued a report and other materials related to the state’s inventory of firearms and ammunition. According to materials released Tuesday, there are gaps in inventory and reporting requirements for many state agencies.

 

A legislative audit says 58 state agencies are exempt from state purchasing requirements and, therefore, would not be subject to firearms inventories.

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