Articles by John Raby

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 …

10 Doctors Charged in West Virginia, Virginia Pill Mill Case

Ten doctors have been charged with overprescribing pain pills from clinics in West Virginia and Virginia, federal prosecutors announced Feb. 20. Two of those patients died. Most of the 69-count indictment charges the owners, managers and physicians associated with Hope …

Tornadoes, Flooding From Severe Storms Cause Damage, Deaths in Appalachia

The death toll rose to at least five on Sunday after severe thunderstorms swept through the central U.S., spawning a tornado that flattened homes, gale force winds and widespread flooding from the Upper Midwest to Appalachia. The system that stretched …

West Virginia Officer Fired For Refusing to Shoot Suspect Settles Suit for $175K

A white West Virginia police officer who was fired after he refused to shoot a black man who had a gun has settled a lawsuit for $175,000. The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia announced the settlement with the …

Ex-Coal CEO Blankenship Ends Prison Term

Former coal executive Don Blankenship jumped back on Twitter on Wednesday, renewing his feud with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on the day Blankenship was to finish a one-year prison sentence arising from the deadliest U.S. mine explosion …

American Water Files Settlement Over Role in 2014 West Virginia Water Crisis

A proposed settlement was filed Wednesday in the state investigation of West Virginia American Water’s role in a chemical spill and resulting water crisis in the Charleston area three years ago. Thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent leaked from …

West Virginia Beef-Jerky Maker Sued for Firing Worker Who Tried to Report Accident

The owner of a now-closed beef-jerky maker in West Virginia is being sued by the federal government for firing an employee who tried to call 911 to help a co-worker with a severed thumb. John M. Bachman, who owned the …

Many Hands Await $151M West Virginia Chemical Spill Payout

After a $151 million settlement was reached in a West Virginia chemical spill that tainted a local water system, the real wait begins for residents and businesses hoping to cash in on the claims process. And for whoever is hired …

$151M Settlement Reached Over 2014 Chemical Spill in West Virginia

A federal judge on Monday tentatively approved a $151 million settlement involving two companies sued over a 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in southern West Virginia. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver approved the proposed deal after more than …

Emergency Aid Headed to West Virginia for Last Month’s Floods

Federal aid is on its way to some of the communities in West Virginia ravaged by flooding last month, the governor said July 7, delivering some good news on the same day the owner of a posh resort announced the …