Articles by John Raby

Appeals Court Rejects Qualified Immunity for West Virginia Police in Excessive Force Suit

A federal appeals court has vacated part of a finding that cleared five West Virginia police officers on qualified immunity grounds in an excessive force lawsuit, which was filed by the estate of a homeless black man shot 22 times. …

Rite-Aid, Walgreens Sued by West Virginia Over Opioid Rx Flood

Rite-Aid and Walgreens failed to monitor and report suspicious orders of prescription painkillers in West Virginia while inundating their retail pharmacies with tens of millions of pills, according to a state lawsuit. The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey …

Workers at West Virginia Poultry Processing Plant to be Tested for Virus

The West Virginia National Guard will assist in conducting tests for the coronavirus starting Monday at a poultry processing plant in a small county where cases have increased, authorities said. Testing at the Pilgrim’s Pride plant of about 940 workers …

W. Va. Gov. Justice’s Coal Firms to Pay $1M in Fines, Penalties in Mine Contract Dispute

A federal judge in Kentucky has ordered companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to pay more than $1 million in fees and expenses in a lawsuit that accused them of defaulting on a mining contract. U.S. District Judge …

W. Virginia Girl’s Fall Into Restaurant Grease Pit Prompts Legislation to Toughen Fines

Kara Cvechko recalled her heart pounding as she scrambled headfirst down into an outdoor grease pit to save her 5-year-old daughter who had fallen through an unsecured opening at a West Virginia restaurant. Kambria Cvechko’s birthday celebration turned to horror …

West Virginia AG Files Amended Suit Against State Catholic Diocese Over Abuse

West Virginia’s Roman Catholic diocese failed to publicly disclose decade-old allegations of sexual abuse of a student involving a Catholic school teacher, the state’s attorney general said May 21. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced an amended lawsuit against the Diocese …

U.S. Plans Regional Response Teams for Oil Train Derailments

Federal transportation officials are requiring railroads to establish regional response teams along oil train routes following a series of fiery derailments. The new rule is aimed at having crews and equipment ready in the event of an accident. It applies …

U.S. Wants Regional Response Teams for Oil Train Wrecks

Federal transportation officials are requiring railroads to establish regional response teams along oil train routes following a series of fiery derailments. The new rule is aimed at having crews and equipment ready in the event of an accident. It applies …

Report: DEA, Distributors Not Doing Enough to Fix West Virginia Opioid Crisis

A congressional report on prescription pill dumping in West Virginia blames U.S. prescription drug distributors and the Drug Enforcement Administration for not doing enough to help mitigate the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis. The 324-page report released Dec. 19 …

West Virginia Spared Worst of Florence Rains, Floods

Worried West Virginians got a reprieve when forecasts of potential devastating floods didn’t come to fruition from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. The storm brought 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) of rain in most parts of the …