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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.

Daniel W. Greear shakes hands with Gov. Jim Justice during a press conference on July 2, 2018.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Daniel W. Greear to a vacant judicial position.

Greear fills a vacancy in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court created when Judge James Stucky retired. Greear most recently served as chief of staff for House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead. He lives in Kanawha County with his wife and two sons.

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An advisory panel has sent a list of recommendations to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice for a vacant judicial position.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports eight people applied this month to be appointed to the vacant Kanawha County Circuit Court judge position following the retirement of James Stucky in April. Stucky spent 21 years presiding over cases in Kanawha County.

A drug-addicted gambler who left a West Virginia casino, robbed a bank, then returned to the blackjack table was sentenced Thursday to between five and 18 years in prison.

Kerry Johnson had been at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro for hours Aug. 2 when he put down a $25 chip to hold his spot. Prosecutors said Johnson then drove 13 miles to a Charleston bank and gave tellers a note saying he had a bomb and a weapon and robbed it of about $5,000.


The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision preventing a former Democratic state Senator from running for local office as an independent. 

The justices released the order Monday upholding an August Kanawha County Circuit Court decision.

Justice Brent Benjamin at a community forum in 2015.
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Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin has filed for a stay in his case over state public campaign finance dollars.

On Friday, a Kanawha County Circuit judge ruled the State Election Commission had erred in awarding Benjamin the public monies last month and reversed the decision to award Benjamin the money.

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Berkeley County Democrat Sen. John Unger has dropped his lawsuit against Senate President Bill Cole after "reaching an agreement" with Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael Thursday.

Unger filed a lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court after Senate leadership announced they would hold floor sessions, including votes on bills, both Saturday and Sunday this week.

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A former Spanish teacher at Capital High School in Charleston has been sentenced to two years on probation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Media outlets report that 31-year-old Michelle Elaine Ball of St. Albans was sentenced Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty in October.

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A judge says the attorney general's office doesn't have to give records from a health care case to The Charleston Gazette, which is now The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

In Kanawha County Circuit Court, Judge Charles King ruled the documents weren't public either under a state Supreme Court decision on attorney-client privilege.


A judge says the state properly awarded a $3 million contract for a security project at the Capitol Complex.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit's decision came in a lawsuit filed by McClanahan Construction of Poca.

A Bluefield man has pleaded guilty to charges that he used a public computer at the West Virginia Culture Center to access child pornography.

West Virginia's attorney general claims in a lawsuit that a now-closed Braxton County funeral home and its owner misappropriated money from prepaid funeral contracts.

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The Department of Health and Human Resources is facing a June 11 deadline to come up with a plan to address issues at the state's two psychiatric hospitals. These issues include staffing shortages and noncompetitive wages for workers. The Charleston Gazette reports that Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Louis "Duke" Bloom ordered the plan on Tuesday. Bloom said the court might develop its own plan if the DHHR doesn't submit one.


West Virginia's former state school superintendent has filed a second lawsuit contending she was unfairly fired.

Jorea Marple's latest legal claim was filed this week in Kanawha County Circuit Court, according to media reports. A similar lawsuit is pending in federal court.

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A Charleston attorney went to the West Virginia Supreme Court to contest a $25 parking ticket.
He lost.
Timothy N. Barber argued he was improperly ticketed for leaving his vehicle in a no-parking zone while he delivered a prescription to a colleague. He left the vehicle idling while he delivered the prescription, and contended he was not parking but unloading, which is permitted in the spot he parked.

A former Department of Health and Human Resources administrator has lost a bid to be reinstated before her lawsuit against the agency is completed.
Former deputy secretary Susan Perry and former general counsel Jennifer Taylor each filed whistleblower lawsuits against the DHHR in 2012. They alleged that they were wrongly placed on leave after they raised questions about the scoring of bids for an advertising contract.

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A judge has dismissed a case that challenged a wastewater permit at a Putnam County landfill after state regulators granted a company's request to end the transport of the wastewater from a Charleston chemical spill.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib dismissed the case Friday.

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NiSource Inc. and two subsidiaries are being sued by two Sissonville property owners over a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion.
John Hampton Tinney and his sister, Elizabeth Tinney Garten, allege in their lawsuit that the explosion rendered their property "valueless" and ruined their chances to sell it.

A gun rights group has gone to court in an attempt to stop enforcement of Charleston's gun ordinances.
     The West Virginia Citizens Defense League asked Kanawha Circuit Court on Tuesday to issue an injunction against the ordinances.


Judge Omar Aboulhosn heard what may be the last evidence in the case filed by Mountain State Justice against the Division of Juvenile Services.

Mountain State asked three juvenile residents to testify in an evidentiary hearing Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

B.M., identified only by his initials for the court, is a juvenile resident of the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center in Princeton. He is one of the 25 residents relocated after Aboulhosn order the closure of the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center in Salem over the summer.

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A hearing in Kanawha County Circuit Court will determine whether or not juvenile residents of state facilities will see a difference in the way grievances are handled and an increase in educational opportunities.

Mercer County Judge Omar Aboulhosn will be presented a proposed agreement between the Division of Juvenile Services and Mountain State Justice, a Charleston based public interest law firm whose lawsuit against the division resulted in the closure of the Salem Industrial Home for Youth and later the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center.