Latest West Virginia state government News

Coal giant Murray Energy seeks bankruptcy protection

Oct. 29, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major U.S. coal mining company is seeking bankruptcy protection, despite a flurry of regulatory breaks that its CEO pushed for — and received — from the Trump administration. Ohio-based Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday, joining a...

WV governor's companies want judge to reconsider $35M order

Oct. 25, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Lawyers for the business empire of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice want a federal judge to reconsider an order that would force the companies to pay $35 million for defaulting on a mining contract. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit stems from a 2005 deal in which Kentucky...

The Latest: Billionaire gov says he wasn't aware of subsidy

Oct. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on The family of the billionaire governor of West Virginia getting a $125,000 taxpayer subsidy (all times local): 5:00 p.m. The billionaire governor of West Virginia says he didn't know one of his family businesses took in a $125,000 federal subsidy meant to help farmers...

APNewsBreak: Billionaire governor's family farms get subsidy

Oct. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A farming business owned by the family of West Virginia's billionaire governor has received $125,000 in soybean and corn subsidies, the maximum allowed from a federal program meant to help American farmers through the U.S. trade war with China. There is no evidence Gov. Jim Justice...

APNewsBreak: West Virginia billionaire Gov. Justice's family farms received $125,000 from federal trade-war subsidy

Oct. 17, 2019 10:14 AM EDT
LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — APNewsBreak: West Virginia billionaire Gov. Justice's family farms received $125,000 from federal trade-war subsidy.

'Dumbest' judge Neely seeks WVa Supreme Court seat again

Oct. 9, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who once joked that he was "America's laziest and dumbest judge" announced Wednesday that he'll seek a seat on the court again next year. Richard Neely was elected to the court at age 31 in 1972. He served until stepping down in 1995 to...

Supreme Court won't intervene over West Virginia justices

Oct. 7, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will leave in place a court decision that derailed the impeachment trials of three West Virginia Supreme Court justices accused of corruption. The case was one of a long list of those the Supreme Court announced it wouldn't hear, and as is...

Federal lawsuit targets West Virginia foster care system

Oct. 1, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The overwhelmed foster care system in opioid-ravaged West Virginia has failed to protect children, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of a dozen children against Gov. Jim Justice, the state...

West Virginia health data reveals surge in hepatitis C cases

Oct. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Health Department data reveals hepatitis C cases in the state's largest county have soared to the highest numbers in years, months after a program offering clean needles was suspended. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Monday that more than 1,100 new chronic cases...

W.Va. governor's companies ordered to pay $35M in lawsuit

Sep. 25, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to pay $35 million over a lawsuit accusing them of violating a mining contract. U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove in Kentucky on Monday ordered the Kentucky Fuel Corp. and the James C. Justice...