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US opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S. to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis took a major step forward Tuesday when lawyers for local governments announced they were ...

FBI releases trove of records on gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI has released hundreds of pages of records from notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's file. The Boston Herald reports the 300 pages of heavily redacted records show the agency was aware that Bulger was involved in loan-sharking, horse-fixing and other crimes ...

Bill would ban conversion therapy in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city have introduced a proposal to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Councilwoman Caitlin Cook, a council liaison to the city's LGBTQ Working Group, ...

Public event set in WVa for medical cannabis registration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents with serious medical conditions can register with the state at an upcoming public event for medical cannabis products. The state Office of Medical Cannabis will conduct the event next Monday at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. The ...

Biden urged to act on outsourcing of West Virginia jobs

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of labor and advocacy groups on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden to save nearly 1,500 jobs at a pharmaceutical plant in West Virginia slated to close at the end of July. Drugmaker Viatris Inc. announced in December it ...

WVa gov hands out second $1M prize in vaccine giveaway

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice handed out the second $1 million prize for residents who have received coronavirus vaccines. The Republican governor presented Sharon Turner of Morgantown with a ceremonial check on Wednesday. Two younger vaccinated residents, Jenna ...

West Virginia early childhood programs to get $16.6M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several early childhood education programs in West Virginia will get $16.6 million in federal funding. The state's U.S. senators announced the new funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs on Wednesday. The largest amount, nearly $6.9 million, will go ...

Appalachian Power bills to rise in September

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved a request from Appalachian Power to add an infrastructure surcharge to customer bills. That means customers will begin seeing a 6% increase on their monthly bills beginning in September, news outlets ...

WVa regulators to probe complaints over Suddenlink service

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Public Service Commission said Thursday it has opened an investigation into customer service complaints about Suddenlink Communications. The PSC ordered Suddenlink to file information within 30 days. It also scheduled two public comment hearings and ...

New $5M roundabout opens in West Virginia town of Glenville

GLENVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A new roundabout has opened in Glenville, West Virginia after the completion of a $5.07 million traffic project. A ceremony was held on Thursday at the site of the intersection that includes US 33. It aims to ease congestion and improve traffic flow between the town ...

CDC: HIV tests rare in medical settings among WVa drug users

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emergency departments and inpatient medical personnel rarely conducted HIV testing on intravenous drug users in a West Virginia county with one of the nation's highest spikes in such cases, according to a federal investigation released ...

Humana picked to continue Medicare service for West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has picked Humana Inc. to continue providing health insurance for the 54,000 retirees eligible for Medicare and their dependents in the state. The state's public employees' insurance agency awarded the health provider a new, four-year contract last ...

Probation for WVa mail carrier in absentee ballot case

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia postal carrier who pleaded guilty to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots was sentenced to five years' probation Monday. Thomas Cooper was charged in May 2020 after eight mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots had their party ...

West Virginia lawmakers to review $250M in special session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers will convene Thursday to take up $250 million in spending proposed by Gov. Jim Justice. The spending comes after a "tremendous" budget surplus, the Republican governor said last week. He has proposed moving the millions to a wide variety of ...

Operator of 2 WVa malls files for bankruptcy protection

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio company that operates dozens of U.S. shopping and strip malls, including two in West Virginia, has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, citing a drop in foot traffic at its properties during the coronavirus pandemic, according to court records. Washington ...

Civil rights leaders don’t budge key senator on voting bill

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was unswayed Tuesday by civil rights leaders who implored him to rethink his opposition to a sprawling election bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said is crucial to countering a ...

Democrats push bill aimed at family that owns Purdue Pharma

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press A congressional committee heard grievances Tuesday against the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as it considered longshot legislation that would keep them from using a corporate bankruptcy as a shield for personal liability. Rep. Carolyn Maloney ...

Hearing set on water, electricity rate proposals in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A hearing is set this week on proposed water and electricity rate increases in West Virginia. The public hearing on the increases proposed by Appalachian Power and West Virginia American Water is scheduled for Wednesday night at the LaBelle Theatre in South ...

West Virginia audit: Mine reclamation fund needs oversight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's coal mine cleanup fund has no known backup plan if it goes insolvent, according to a new state audit. The legislative audit report released Monday said that mine reclamation program within the state's Department of Environmental Protection is at risk ...

Last stretch of upgraded West Virginia highway to reopen

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — The last stretch of U.S. 35 to be widened to four lanes is expected to open to traffic by the end of August after years of planning, West Virginia officials said. The 15-mile segment is the last part of U.S. 35 from Interstate 64 to the West Virginia-Ohio state line to ...