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Federal judge in Wheeling, West Virginia allows Murray Energy lawsuit against U.S. EPA to proceed

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency couldn't convince a federal judge to dismiss a Murray Energy lawsuit claiming the agency had failed to perform a statutorily-required assessment of how its enforcement decisions governing coal-burning power plants are impacting American jobs.

West Virginia's already spent $63,000 to defend former state superintendent's wrongful termination suit

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West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse says the state has already spent nearly $63,100 defending itself against former state school superintendent Jorea Marple's wrongful termination lawsuit. 

Father Sues West Virginia Army National Guard for Son's July 2012 Death

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The father of a 17-year-old West Virginia Mountaineer ChalleNGE academy cadet is suing the West Virginia Army National Guard after he claims they failed to care for his son, leading to his death while in the Guard's custody.

Wrongful death suit filed in connection with 2012 police search of Doddridge County, WV home

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The estate of a 71-year-old Doddridge County, West Virginia man who died during a police search of his home in West Union is suing six state troopers for excessive force, unreasonable search and seizure and wrongful death.

Former bank officer sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for $1.42 million in unauthorized, unsecured loans to family members

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Jackie Cantley, 34,  a former vice president at First State Bank in Barboursville, West Virginia has been sentenced to five years in federal prison and ordered to repay $1.42 million in bank funds he misallocated.

Huntington, West Virginia man to serve nearly 4 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm

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William Petties, 33, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Huntington to three years and 10 months behind bars for being a felon in possession of a firearm in January.

Drunk woman arrested with weapon at Meadow Bridge football game

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Lisa Lizotte, 44, of Meadow Bridge appeared to be intoxicated and was causing a disturbance at the football game, according to a statement from the Fayette County Sheriff's office. 

Special Prosecutor Assigned to Case Involving Barbour County Prosecuting Attorney

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Leslie Maze has been assigned to the case regarding an allegation of domestic battery involving Poling.

New Details Emerge in Westover Police Incident Viral Video Video included

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Westover Police are investigating an incident that happened on Saturday, September 6 in Westover.

Accessory charge stands for inmate

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Thomas Talbert, charged as an accessory to an attempted escape from Mount Olive Correctional Complex in July 2012, couldn't convince a Fayette County Circuit judge or the state Supreme Court that he'd been wrongly punished.

Task force tackles double-edged sword of technology

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Over the first six months of 2014, the West Virginia State Police's Internet Crimes Against Children task force has been busy: Investigating more than 450 complaints, obtaining nearly 500 subpoenas and court orders, executing nearly 150 search warrants and arresting 232 predators.

Fairmont, West Virginia man among 10 sentenced for dealing drugs

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 Ten people were sentenced for dealing drugs in the Northern District of West Virginia, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld reports.

Lost Creek, WV man with history of felony convictions sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing handgun

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Anthony Scott Moats, 40, of Lost Creek, West Virginia had prior felony convictions for burglary, drug distribution and bank theft when he was caught with a handgun in Monongalia County in September 2013.

Ethicon planning appeal of $3.2 million jury award in transvaginal mesh case

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Ethicon is looking to appeal a $3.2 million jury award to an Illinois woman who blamed the company's transvaginal mesh product for the pain and suffering she'd endured since it was implanted in her three years ago.

Extra time added to prison sentences for 5 federal inmates in West Virginia

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Five federal prisoners will be spending more time behind bars for crimes they committed while incarcerated.

Rachel Shoaf Responds to Neese Murder Lawsuit

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Shoaf claims that the Neeses' lawsuit includes claims that are barred by the statute of limitations.

Michigan judge finds probable cause to send racketeering and 20 felony false pretenses case against Chesapeake to trial

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A Michigan judge has ordered Chesapeake Energy Corp. to stand trial on a racketeering charge and 20 counts of false pretenses for allegedly defrauding property owners in northern parts of the state whose properties the Oklahoma-based company had leased.

Morrisey, 38 other attorneys general want FCC to clarify nuisance call-blocking rules

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined attorneys general from 38 other states and territories in asking the Federal Communications Commission to allow phone carriers to utilize call-blocking technologies that would better protect consumers from unwanted calls and scams.

Wheeling residents admit to roles in prescription drug distribution ring

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Three Wheeling, West Virginia residents admitted in federal court to being part of a large prescription drug ring operating in the upper Ohio Valley.

Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount Files for Bankruptcy

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Blount is scheduled to plead guilty next week in connection to drug-related crimes while working as a pharmacist at Best Care Pharmacy in Bridgeport.

Former Mingo County prosecutor Sparks begins serving 12-month sentence at federal prison in Oxford, Wisconsin

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Former Mingo County, West Virginia prosecutor Michael Sparks, sentenced to a year behind bars for depriving a Delbarton businessman of his constitutional rights, has begun serving his sentence at a federal prison in Oxford, Wisconsin. Sparks self-reported to FCI Oxford Aug. 14.

State supreme court denies writ to Kanawha County, WV sex offender who complained about attorney's representation

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The state Supreme Court of Appeals has affirmed a Kanawha County, West Virginia ruling denying convicted sex offender Freddie Lee Bragg's bid for a writ of habeas corpus based on how his attorney presented his case at trial. Bragg is serving a 53-year sentence at Mount Olive Correctional Center.

Supreme Court to visit Marshall University

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will return to Marshall University's Huntington campus Tuesday, Sept. 16 for its annual Constitution Week celebrations.

50-year-old Danese man loses arson appeal

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently denied an appeal filed by the 50-year-old Danese resident sentenced to life in prison for torching eight vehicles and part of a building at the West Virginia State Police detachment in Rainelle nearly three years ago.

Four plead guilty, 2 sentenced in federal court on drug-related charges

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Four people have admitted to drug-related charges and two others were sentenced recently in federal court, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

Fired Virginia coal miners win case against Jim Justice

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Last month, Justice reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.

Wood County, West Virginia man sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for accessing child pornography on a library computer

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Matthew John Wiggins, 41 of Wood County, West Virginia will spend 17.5 years behind bars for accessing child pornography with the intent to view it and attempting to persuade someone to destroy evidence.

Morrisey wants appeals court to expedite ruling on legality of proposed emissions standards

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked a federal appeals court to expedite its ruling on a lawsuit filed by attorneys general from 12 states, including West Virginia, over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants.

Ohio workers suing AEP over coal waste

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Thirty-nine workers at an Ohio landfill and their family members who say they've been harmed by coal wastes from American Electric Power's Gavin plant have filed suit, claiming the utility exposed them to a slew of toxic, potentially deadly chemicals.

Ohio Supreme Court rules against Ohio utility in coal dispute

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AEP disagreed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio about how much of the money should be credited to consumers. The commission allowed AEP to keep some, but not all, of the $71.6 million.

Groups sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution

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The suits were filed on behalf of Cape Fear River Watch, the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation, the Yadkin Riverkeeper, and the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Recently retired Kanawha County family court judge temporarily recalled

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Recently retired Kanawha County Family Court Judge Mike Kelly has been recalled to handle cases in the 11th Family Court Circuit until his successor is chosen.

Medical tests now available in WV C8 case

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An attorney for Parkersburg-area plaintiffs, Harry Deitzler, says residents can apply for a free blood test and free medical screening to uncover diseases linked to the chemical C8.

WV Democratic Executive Committee withdraws challenge against Preston Co. candidate

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Democratic leaders had filed suit in July to keep newly registered Republican Melissa Lewis off the November general election ballot in northern Preston County.

E-filing system launched for 14 counties

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Every West Virginia county has one: A room where old circuit court files are boxed up and filed away so they can be retrieved if they're ever needed. With space at a premium in so many county courthouses, the storage area may not even be in the same building, so when a particular file is needed a clerk often has to go off-site to retrieve it.

Charleston, WV man admits to scamming timeshare owners of more than $80,000

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David Andrew Glynn, 47, of Charleston, West Virginia, admitted to scamming timeshare owners out of  more than $80,000 through a bogus company, Mountain State Resales, LLC, that was purportedly in the business of brokering timeshare sales. 

Five people, including two from Detroit, charged with drug trafficking after Huntington police raid Adams Avenue residence

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Two Detroit residents were among five people charged with drug trafficking when police found heroin, crack and marijuana during an Aug. 25 raid at a residence on Adams Avenue in Huntington. Complaints from community residents sparked the search.

Ohio County, WV miner who falsely claimed to be certified to perform safety checks sentenced to two years of supervised release

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Sean A. Chase, 32, of Spencer, West Virginia, the coal miner who claimed to be a mine foreman qualified to perform mine safety exam while working at Tunnel Ridge Mine in Ohio County, has been sentenced to two years of supervised release.

WV Attorney General Morrisey says EPA broke its own rules with carbon dioxide emission regulations

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Morrisey pointed out the agency had failed to include “required and critical information in the regulatory dockets of two of the agency's recent proposals for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing and modified power plants.

Judge rules rental owner waited too long

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The owner of three Clarksburg rental properties demolished because of alleged code violations waited too long to challenge the validity of the city's building ordinances, Harrison County Circuit Judge James A. Matich has ruled.

College cities focus on keeping students safe

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College can be a heady experience, particularly for kids who, often for the first time, don't have mom and dad waiting at home to ask them where they've been, who they've been with and what they've been doing.