Articles by Anthony Izaguirreirre

West Virginia Reinstates Restrictions on Bars, Large Gatherings Amid Virus Surge

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice moved Monday to close bars in the state’s largest college town and reimpose restrictions on large gatherings as coronavirus cases rise to record levels. Justice, a Republican, ordered bars in Monongalia County to close at …

West Virginia Expands State Reopenings Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday expanded his plan to lift coronavirus restrictions while acknowledging that cases will likely rise as the economy reopens. The Republican governor has added indoor malls to the growing list of businesses set to …

West Virginia Governor’s Coal Companies to Pay $5M in Fines for Safety Violations

Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies have agreed to pay more than $5 million for thousands of mine safety violations, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The civil case brought by prosecutors in Virginia last year on behalf of the …

West Virginia Nursing Home Now ‘Ground Zero’ for Virus

A West Virginia nursing home with at least 20 coronavirus cases has become “ground zero” for the state’s growing virus caseload, officials said Wednesday. Carl Shrader, medical director for the Sundale nursing home in Morgantown, said 16 residents and four …

Trial Date Set for August in $1.25B West Virginia Opioid Settlement

West Virginia communities seeking a $1.25 billion settlement with the opioid industry are set to go on trial against the companies in late August, a federal judge said Thursday. The Aug. 31 trial date will serve as a deadline for …

Drug Industry to Pay $1.25B to Settle Opioid Suits with West Virginia

Communities in West Virginia say they would get $1.25 billion from the drug industry in a proposed settlement that would end most of the litigation stemming from the opioid crisis in the state. The deal would be the first of …

West Virginia Governor to Pay $1M Fine Ordered Against Family Company

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has agreed to pay a $1.23 million court-ordered sanction against one of his family’s companies. Justice’s lawyers and federal prosecutors said in a joint court filing Thursday that they’ve reached a deal for Justice Energy …

W. Virginia Governor’s Coal Companies Sued by Feds Over Safety Violations

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 …

West Virginia Hospitals Seek Damages from Opioid Companies in New Lawsuit

Hospitals in West Virginia have banded together to sue some of the country’s largest opioid companies, saying they flooded Appalachia with powerful painkillers and forced medical centers to deal with the financial repercussions. Nearly 30 West Virginia hospitals and 10 …

Louisiana Lawmakers Eye Stiffer Penalties for Pipeline Damage

A fight over a crude oil pipeline in southern Louisiana has spilled into the Legislature. A proposal to stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around pipelines is nearing final passage after winning approval from a Senate judicial committee. Rep. Major …