Law & Order

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Inmates in West Virginia prisons now have access to specially designed tablet computers.

The tablets give the prisoners access to email, video visitation, electronic books, music, games and movies. They lack a normal Internet browser but do allow access to select websites, including educational and career sites.

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Last week, the family of a Navy veteran John Hallman filed a notice of a wrongful death suit against the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Hallman’s death is being investigated as one in a string of suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson V-A Medical Center in Clarksburg. Senior reporter Dave Mistich spoke with Tony O’Dell -- the attorney representing Hallman’s family and others in the case. 

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Authorities in West Virginia say a woman was killed and five others — including the suspect — were hurt in a series of shootings.

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A recent report explores the variety of methods and programs implemented in Huntington to fight substance use disorder. Organizations who created the document hope to share ideas throughout the state.

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Jenny Craig is a special education teacher in Ohio County, the president of the Ohio County Education Association, and steering committee member for the West Virginia United Caucus. She offered reactions to the state Department of Education's 33-page report titled West Virginia’s Voice that was released last week.

Allen Loughry
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A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice at the center of an impeachment scandal has reported to federal prison for his two-year sentence.

The Bureau of Prisons says Allen Loughry reported to a South Carolina prison on Friday.

Loughry was sentenced earlier this year after being found guilty on charges including mail and wire fraud connected to his personal use of state cars and fuel cards.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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The mayor, police chief and former clerk of a West Virginia city have been charged with embezzlement.

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Updated on Mar. 19, 2019 at 3:12 p.m.

A Catholic diocese and its former bishop in West Virginia knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks on camp and school workers, a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the state attorney general charges.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed its version of the state budget for 2019-2020 that includes funding for teacher raises.

The House voted 92-5 Saturday afternoon on the $4.6 billion spending bill.

West Virginia Morning
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This morning we’ll hear about the controversial legislation that would allow students to carry guns on to college campuses. 


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Teachers and service personnel in the Northern Panhandle joined picket lines this morning and were on their way home before a typical school day would have closed. Many teachers were relieved, but uneasy.

This file June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James 'Whitey' Bulger.
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The warden at a federal prison in West Virginia where Boston gangster Whitey Bulger was killed says he's retiring at the end of next month.

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A House Delegate has sponsored a resolution that would add West Virginia to states that are signing up to support a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits.

Allen Loughry
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A federal judge has issued an acquittal on one of the counts that former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was convicted of at trial last year but denied his request for a new trial on other counts.

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A West Virginia police department has tightened rules for a health department's needle exchange program.

Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper said Monday participants must present a government-issued identification before receiving any needles from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. He also ordered only retractable needles to be issued and for participants to undergo blood tests and be offered drug counseling.

Teachers and supporters fill the Capitol Building March 5, 2018, in Charleston, W.Va.
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Now that teachers and other school employees across West Virginia have returned to the classroom, lawmakers are turning their attention to the budget to pay for 5 percent raises for educators, service personnel – and the salary hike promised for all public employees.

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A West Virginia police officer who was fired after he refused to shoot a man who had a gun has settled a lawsuit for $175,000.

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The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says that if Democrats want to protect young immigrants in the country illegally, they should vote for a short-term spending bill.

Bipartisan Bill Would Prop Up Coal Miners’ Pensions

Oct 4, 2017
Becca Schimmel

A bipartisan Congressional group from the Ohio Valley and beyond introduced a new bill to save pensions for retired union coal miners throughout the region.

 

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The prosecution of a highway bribe kickback scheme in federal court has netted $510,000 in restitution for the state of West Virginia.

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A former administrative law judge has been sentenced to four years in prison for taking bribes from a Kentucky lawyer in a $600 million Social Security fraud case.

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The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs visited Weirton, West Virginia, Thursday, Aug. 17, to hear concerns of minority residents in the Northern Panhandle. Some residents are worried about violence erupting in the state in response to neo-nazi rallies in Charlottesville.

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Political leaders in West Virginia and Kentucky are joining a coalition of states threatening to sue California over a program the state is pushing that would drop investments in coal.

Greenbrier Valley Airport

The Greenbrier Valley Airport has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Republican U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins says the money will be used to buy an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, improving safety for passengers and crews.

Airport Director Stephen Snyder thanked federal and state officials for the working to obtain the grant. In his words: "Without funding at the federal and state level, these projects would be impossible."

The airport in Lewisburg serves the Greenbrier, Homestead and Snowshoe Mountain resorts.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop Thursday, May 5, at the Morgantown Event Center.
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is traveling to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia this weekend to urge fellow senators to oppose Senate health care legislation and retain the Affordable Care Act.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a stop on his 2017 Save our State tour at Fairmont State University.
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Governor Jim Justice has not included a budget bill on his call for a special session set to begin Thursday.

Justice’s office released the call that includes five bills Wednesday afternoon.

Jim Justice
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Tax liens show Gov. Jim Justice's coal companies still owe cash-strapped West Virginia $4.4 million in unpaid state taxes due at least a year ago.

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, each year more than 600,000 people return to our neighborhoods after serving time in federal and state prisons. Another 11 million cycle through local jails. And many people end up cycling right back into prison.

Why? And what is life like upon release?

The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia coordinates a program designed to help communities understand that experience, and maybe shed some light on some of the contributing factors to high recidivism rates.

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West Virginia county officials may hire the state House of Delegates majority leader as the county's new economic development executive director.

The Journal reports that Morgan County commissioners will decide at an Oct. 20 meeting whether to hire Republican Delegate Daryl Cowles.


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All police officers in Charleston will soon be outfitted with body cameras.

WCHS-TV reports all officers who interact with the public will have body cameras by the end of fall. Currently, only a handful of officers wear them.

Lt. Steve Cooper says officers think the body cameras will make their job easier. Police say they hope the cameras are an added layer of protection for officers and the public.

A federal grant is being used to pay for the cameras, which cost about $1,000 each.

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