Latest West Virginia state government News

5 states announce new suits over prescription opioids

May. 16, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that's now the leading cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, Connecticut-based...

Schedules show West Virginia governor largely absent in job

May. 10, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — 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. Since he took office a little more than two years ago, Justice has been dogged by criticism that...

Warren's opioids message applauded in hard-hit West Virginia

May. 10, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

KERMIT, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's plan to battle the nation's drug addiction problem drew an enthusiastic response Friday in a small West Virginia community waging its own fight against opioid abuse. Warren outlined her idea to tax the wealthiest Americans and...

Feds sue WV governor's coal companies over safety violations

May. 7, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. government sued nearly two dozen of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's coal companies Tuesday to get them to pay about $4.8 million in unpaid mine safety fines. The civil lawsuit was filed by federal prosecutors in Virginia on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor and the...

Police: WVa woman killed by troopers was armed with hammer

May. 3, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a woman who was fatally shot by troopers was armed with a claw hammer and lunged at an officer in a threatening manner. News outlets report police identified her Friday as 49-year-old Shawna Widemann of Welch. Police responded Sunday night to a domestic...

West Virginia governor's tax records subpoenaed by feds

May. 3, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — 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. The federal grand jury subpoena that the state Revenue Department...

West Virginia settles opioid lawsuit with McKesson for $37M

May. 2, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has reached a $37 million settlement with the drug distributor McKesson in a lawsuit accusing the company of shipping millions of suspicious painkiller orders to the state as it was being ravaged by the opioid epidemic. A Thursday news release from Gov. Jim Justice...

W.Va. governor: 'I don't have anything whatsoever to hide'

Apr. 10, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday he has nothing to hide and respects the federal grand jury process after a subpoena was issued targeting state commerce records related to a posh resort he owns and a PGA golf tournament held there. The sweeping subpoena seeks...

Feds subpoena W.Va., seeking records on governor's resort

Apr. 9, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have issued a sweeping subpoena for records related to a resort owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. A spokeswoman for the state commerce department provided a copy of the subpoena to The Associated Press on Tuesday. The subpoena requests contracts,...

Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice reports to prison

Apr. 5, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — 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...