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Data show many companies contributed to US opioid crisis

Jul. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the federal Drug...

West Virginia helicopter crash victims remembered at service

Jul. 12, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands gathered in West Virginia Friday to say goodbye to billionaire coal executive Chris Cline and his daughter, Kameron Cline, who were killed last week in a helicopter crash . Brian Glasser, Cline's attorney and longtime friend, said in his eulogy at the memorial service in...

West Virginia pair convicted of robbing elderly in Tennessee

Jul. 12, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two West Virginia residents are facing life in prison after they were convicted of robbing elderly retirees at gunpoint in Tennessee. WVLT-TV reports , Josh Small and Joni Amber Johnson were found guilty on Wednesday after a three-day trial in Knoxville federal court. According to...

WV teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill

Jul. 10, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to a teachers union that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education Association released a statement Wednesday saying it has sent a...

Woman admits to killing husband with dagger during foreplay

Jul. 9, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has admitted to fatally stabbing her husband in the back with a 14-inch decorative dagger while the two were roughhousing as a part of sexual foreplay. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 49-year-old Jennifer Lynn Via was sentenced Monday to 15 years in...

First lady Melania Trump in West Virginia for opioid talk

Jul. 8, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — First lady Melania Trump visited West Virginia on Monday to learn how a city at the center of the nation's opioid epidemic is grappling with the crisis. She met with federal, state and local officials in Huntington and heard how the area's police, schools and health care centers...

Investigators scour scene of Bahamas chopper crash for clues

Jul. 6, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

Accident investigators in the Bahamas are going well below the surface of the water to try to figure out what went wrong in the moments before a helicopter crashed after takeoff and killed seven people, including West Virginia coal magnate Chris Cline. The Air Accident Investigation Department of the Bahamas said...

The Latest: Helicopter crash victim was helping friend

Jul. 6, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter crash that killed seven people in the Bahamas (all times local): 5:15 p.m. One of the victims of the helicopter crash that killed seven people in the Bahamas was 22-year-old Delaney Wykle. Her mother, Paula Wykle, says her daughter had just passed her...

W.Va. coal billionaire Cline killed in helicopter crash

Jul. 6, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal tycoon Chris Cline, who worked his way out of West Virginia's underground mines to amass a fortune and become a major Republican donor, has died in a helicopter crash outside a string of islands he owned in the Bahamas. Cline and his 22-year-old daughter Kameron were on board...

Coal CEO to resign as part of company's bankruptcy deal

Jul. 3, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $5 million lifeline to help one of the country's largest coal producers navigate bankruptcy on the condition that its CEO step down. Court documents filed Wednesday said the financing from Riverstone Credit Partners will go toward providing security...