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US: West Virginia (News/Activism)

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  • Berkeley BOE sues mom who placed recording device in daughter's hair, which recorded abuse

    04/30/2019 4:21:50 PM PDT · by blueyon · 71 replies
    Local DMV ^ | 4/30/19 | Jonathan Hunter
    BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Board of Education has filed a lawsuit against Amber Pack, the mother of Adri Pack. Back in October, Amber Pack placed a recording device in Adri's hair after she noticed bruises when she came home from Berkeley Heights Elementary School. According to Ben Salango, Pack's attorney, the Board of Education is claiming the recording is illegal and should be excluded from evidence in the case.
  • Hospitals in West Virginia and Kentucky sign onto massive suit aimed at pharma industry

    04/30/2019 4:47:24 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 69 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | April 29, 2019 | Alex Wiederspiel
    MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — Thirty-seven hospitals in two states have filed a lawsuit in Marshall County against numerous opioid manufacturers, distributors, and several individuals. Stephen Farmer of law firm Farmer, Cline, and Campbell announced the suit, calling it the first of its kind in the United States, Tuesday afternoon. The complaint filed in court Tuesday claims evidence of a criminal conspiracy that has devastated West Virginia and “tens of thousands of its families.” West Virginia University Hospitals, United Hospital Center, and Charleston Area Medical Center Health System are among three of the largest hospitals to attach their name to the suit...
  • DOJ unit focused on political hot potatoes leads probe of Governor Justice’s properties [WV]

    04/24/2019 3:52:51 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 3 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | April 23, 2019 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A subpoena requesting information about Gov. Jim Justice’s private properties did not come from federal prosecutors in West Virginia. Instead, the subpoena is addressed from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, a designation that may reflect the investigation is high-profile and sensitive. The Public Integrity Section’s own description of its role says it “oversees the federal effort to combat corruption through the prosecution of elected and appointed public officials at all levels of government.” Mike Stuart, the U.S. Attorney for Southern West Virginia, has talked proudly of his office’s efforts to challenge public corruption. ““Public...
  • Indictment: Doctors, other providers traded prescriptions for sex, cash

    04/18/2019 12:24:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    UPI ^ | April 17, 2019 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    April 17 (UPI) -- In one of the largest federal crackdowns on opioids yet, prosecutors said in an indictment Wednesday investigators uncovered a vast illegal prescription scheme in which physicians traded painkillers for sex and money. The federal indictment involves 350,000 illegal prescriptions in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia. "That is the equivalent of one opioid dose for every man, woman and child in the five states in the region that we've been targeting," Brian Benczkowski, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department, told The Washington Post. "If these medical professionals behave like drug dealers, you can rest...
  • Lawyer confirmed as federal judge (Holly A. Brady - Northern District of Indiana)

    04/11/2019 3:56:37 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    The Journal Gazette ^ | Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:00 am | BRIAN FRANCISCO
    The U.S. Senate confirmed Fort Wayne attorney Holly A. Brady as a federal judge for the Northern District of Indiana on Wednesday afternoon, a year to the day after she was nominated by President Donald Trump.The Senate voted 56-42 in favor of confirming Brady. Three Democratic senators – Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona – joined majority Republicans to approve her appointment.Brady fills a vacancy left by the senior status of Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen and the pending transfer of Northern Indiana District Chief Judge Theresa Springmann from the U.S. District Court's...
  • Stewart's Original Hotdogs in W. Virginia Under Fire After Delegate's Facebook Post

    04/10/2019 9:41:31 PM PDT · by LUV W · 19 replies
    Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. ^ | 13WOWK-W. Virginia
    "There is a petition for Marshall [University] to end their contract with the restaurant" CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) - A State Delegate and his business are under fire after a Facebook post made after a Vigil in Huntington. Del. John Mandt Jr, (R-Cabell) wrote in the Facebook post in part "Anything Muslim is going to be associated with Democrats. It's better to stay away than be associated with them." Mandt was talking about a vigil held in Huntington to honor the lives lost in a mass shooting in New Zealand. "No matter your beliefs but to come out so publicly and...
  • Joe Manchin considering running for governor in 2020

    04/06/2019 5:44:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    WDTV ^ | 04/06/2019 | Josh Croup
    Joe Manchin is considering challenging Jim Justice in 2020 for West Virginia governor, telling Politico that he's "thinking about" running for the "best job in the world." Manchin told Politico he will make a decision this fall. "I don't think there's any hurry at all," Manchin said. The Democratic senator served as West Virginia's governor from 2005-2010. He won a special election in 2010 to serve the remainder of Robert C. Byrd's term in the Senate, following his death in June of that year. Manchin defeated Attorney General Patrick Morrisey by 3 percentage points in 2018 in his bid for...
  • West Virginia mom pulls out a GUN and stops man 'trying to kidnap her daughter' (tr)

    04/02/2019 12:08:51 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 73 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4/2/2019 | reporter
    Full title: West Virginia mom pulls out a GUN and stops man 'trying to kidnap her daughter' inside an Old Navy store An Egyptian man is behind bars after he allegedly tired to kidnap a five-year-old girl at a West Virginia mall. The young girl's mother reportedly thwarted the kidnapping attempt by pulling a gun out and scaring off the man. Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan, 54, has been charged with attempted abduction after he allegedly grabbed the girl at Huntington Mall in Barboursville on Monday night. The girl had been shopping with her mother inside an Old Navy store when...
  • Should ‘Roads to Prosperity’ turn toward West Virginia pothole repair?

    03/28/2019 10:43:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | March 12, 2019 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has a mountain of borrowed money on hand for “Roads to Prosperity” highways projects. Should a slice of that money be diverted to fix bumpy, bouncy secondary roads? West Virginia went to market with $800 million in bonds last May. Because of advantageous interest rates, the state actually wound up with bonds valued at $915 million. Since then, very little has been used. According to documents available through the state Auditor’s Office, only $11,133,309.19 had been spent as of earlier this week. Meanwhile, the money in reserve generated $13,666,081.46 in interest. So what’s been spent...
  • Records: Man arrested on I-68 was driving 130 mph, says he was late for dinner with Trump

    03/28/2019 2:02:40 PM PDT · by bgill · 48 replies
    local12 ^ | Mar. 28, 2019 | Jeff Morris
    PRESTON COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - West Virginia State Police said a man arrested on Interstate 68 Wednesday was pulled over for driving 130 mph and told a trooper he was late for a dinner with President Trump. The man, identified as Eric Leonard Charron, 42, of Kansas City, Mo., also reported he had “special hearing” that would tell him to do bad things when he arrived at the White House or the Pentagon, according to a criminal complaint filed in Preston County Magistrate Court. State Police said he had a handgun, 300 rounds of ammunition and gunpowder in the vehicle....
  • Man detained after I-68 traffic stop reveals threats against President Trump & the Pentagon

    03/27/2019 1:22:01 PM PDT · by Revel · 13 replies
    WTRF ^ | 3/27/19
    KINGWOOD, W.Va. - UPDATE (March 27, 2019 3:05 p.m.): The closure on I-68 in Preston County Wednesday was due to threats that were made to kill President Donald Trump and to blow up the Pentagon, according to Captain Shallon Oglesby of the West Virginia State Police. Oglesby said a search of the vehicle revealed a firearm and an explosive powder. A 42-year-old man has been detained for questioning, Oglesby said. West Virginia State Police, in conjunction with the FBI and Secret Service, is continuing to investigate this incident, according to Oglesby. The interstate was reopened at about 2:30 p.m.
  • State Police: I-68 shutdown was result of threat to kill President Trump, blow up Pentagon

    03/27/2019 12:56:40 PM PDT · by gattaca · 77 replies
    WCHS ^ | March 27, 2019 | Jeff Morris
    PRESTON COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — West Virginia State Police said Interstate 68 was shut down several hours Wednesday near the border with Maryland after threats were made to kill President Donald Trump and to blow up the Pentagon. A 42-year-old male has been detained for questioning after a search of the vehicle revealed a fiream and explosive powder, State Police said. State Police, the FBI and Secret Service are continuing to investigate. Troopers conducted a traffic stop about 10:30 a.m. for speeding in the eastbound lanes near Bruceton Mills. The traffic stop resulted in an investigation that led to the...
  • Ocasio-Cortez Takes Credit for Not Getting Any Votes in Favor of Her Green New Deal

    03/27/2019 10:18:23 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 19 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 03/27/2019 | Molly Prince
    Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Tuesday not a single Senate Democrat voted in favor of the Green New Deal because she asked them to vote “present.” “Because I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others,” Ocasio-Cortez responded when Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso asked her why Democrats ducked going on the Senate record in support of her radical anti-climate change resolution. The New York congresswoman’s response came only hours after the Senate voted 57-to-0 to kill the Green New Deal, which was introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey. Three Democrats voted against the...
  • The Senate just confirmed a 37-year-old judge who interned at an anti-LGBTQ group.

    03/06/2019 6:05:54 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 39 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | March 6, 2019 | Eli Rosenberg
    The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm a 37-year-old Washington lawyer whose nomination drew vociferous opposition from LGBTQ and some civil rights groups, to a lifetime appointment on a federal appeals court.
  • Senate confirms Wheeler to lead EPA

    02/28/2019 10:25:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 28, 2018 | Miranda Green
    The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a 52-47 mostly party-line vote. Every Democrat voted against Wheeler, while Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) was the only Republican to vote against him. Collins in a statement Wednesday said she would not vote for Wheeler, a former energy lobbyist, because of his track record backing policies that weaken rules protecting are pollution and lowering car emissions. “While Mr. Wheeler is certainly qualified for this position, I have too many concerns with the actions he has taken during his tenure as Acting Administrator...
  • GOP's anti-Muslim display likening Rep. Omar to a terrorist rocks W. Virginia capitol

    03/01/2019 2:58:12 PM PST · by BadLands59 · 47 replies
    NBC ^ | 3/1/2019 | Dareh Gregorian
    Angry arguments broke out in the West Virginia statehouse on Friday after the state Republican Party allegedly set up an anti-Muslim display linking the 9/11 terror attacks to a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota in the rotunda. The display featured a picture of the World Trade Center in New York City as a fireball exploded from the one of the Twin Towers, set above a picture of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who's a Muslim. "'Never forget' - you said. . ." read a caption on the first picture. "I am the proof - you have forgotten," read the caption under the...
  • Circuit judge strikes down West Virginia righ-to-work law

    02/28/2019 9:42:21 AM PST · by buckalfa · 33 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | February 27, 2019 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A circuit judge has struck down key components of West Virginia’s 2016 right-to-work legislation. Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey issued the opinion Wednesday, three years after the Legislature first passed the law. “The new law will require unions and union officials to work, to supply their valuable expertise and to provide expensive services for nothing,” Bailey wrote in her 46-page ruling. “That is, in a word, arbitrary.” The overriding issue is whether employees who join a workplace represented by a union have to pay some form of dues, whether they embrace union representation or not. The unions...
  • Union Leaders Announce End to Teacher Work Stoppage, Schools to Reopen Thursday (West Virginia)

    02/20/2019 8:20:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WOWK 13 NEWS ^ | Feb. 20, 2019 | Mark Curtis
    CHARLESTON, W. Va - UPDATE: 2/20/19 @ 7:30 p.m. Union leaders have announced that the teacher work stoppage has ended and that schools will reopen Thursday across the state.
  • #RedForEd: West Virginia Teachers Strike over Charter School Bill Governor Vows to Veto

    02/20/2019 11:56:35 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Feb 2019 | Dr. Susan Berry
    West Virginia teachers will continue to strike into Wednesday, although Republican Gov. Jim Justice has vowed since January he will not sign into law an education bill allowing charter schools and education savings accounts in the state. The New York Times, however, reported the teachers’ strike led to an immediate “victory” when the West Virginia House of Delegates voted Tuesday to table the bill. Similarly, the Associated Press reported union leaders were celebrating the decision of the West Virginia House of Delegates to kill the education bill that led to the strike: The House just voted on a motion made...
  • Union Leaders Announce (Teacher's) Strike, Senate Passes Ed Bill

    02/18/2019 9:47:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WOWK 13 NEWS ^ | Feb. 18, 2019 | Jon Bobango
    Hours after the WV Teachers Unions announced a statewide strike, the Omnibus Education Bill passed through the Senate, 18-16. Last week, the House of Delegates made major changes to the bill but on Monday an amendment by the Senate washed away many of those changes. The new version of the bill reintroduced ESAs, with 1,000 for special needs and bullied students. It also took the number of charter schools from two to seven, with a limit of two introduced per year. Senate President Mitch Carmichael reacted to the strike on Twitter Monday night," After years of ruining our state’s public...