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Pope gives West Virginia diocese new leader after scandal

Jul. 23, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's new Roman Catholic bishop vowed Tuesday to work toward restoring faith in the diocese after a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the...

The Latest: Leader of West Virginia Catholics 'full of hope'

Jul. 23, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the leadership changes at West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese (all times local): 9:50 a.m. The new leader of West Virginia's Roman Catholics has appeared in Wheeling. The Most Reverend Mark Brennan, formerly the auxiliary bishop in Baltimore, was named by Pope...

W. Virginia senators take zip line ride at Scout Jamboree

Jul. 23, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators let their adventuresome sides take over at the World Scout Jamboree. Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito took rides on adjoining zip lines Monday in southern West Virginia. About 45,000 Scouts and their leaders from around the...

Bankrupt US coal company secures short-term funding

Jul. 20, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. judge has approved funding to allow a bankrupt coal company to maintain basic operations for a few days. U.S. District Judge Frank Volk in West Virginia approved $2.9 million in debtor-in-possession financing Friday from two lenders to Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel LLC....

Florida 'pill mills' were 'gas on the fire' of opioid crisis

Jul. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. For a while, few in authority did...

Former West Virginia bishop disciplined by pope

Jul. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has issued disciplinary action against a former West Virginia bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said Friday. The diocese posted the pope's decision on its website, saying former bishop Michael Bransfield can't live within the diocese, can't...

Trump headed to W.Va. fundraiser on day Mueller testifies

Jul. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be attending a fundraiser in Wheeling, West Virginia, on Wednesday, the day special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. The president told reporters Friday he would not be watching Mueller's testimony and noted that an...

Buried in opioids, sickened community eyes drugmakers' role

Jul. 18, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural Appalachian county. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live here in Jackson County, where nearly everyone seems to...

Drug company, 4 people indicted in US painkiller probe

Jul. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A wholesale drug distributor linked to the flood of opioids into Appalachia and two of its former executives were charged with conspiring to illegally distribute millions of painkiller pills, federal authorities said Thursday. The former executives of Ohio-based Miami-Luken — the...

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...