West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice News

West Virginia Won’t Change Funding for State Workers’ Comp Plan in 2019

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says there will be no change in state funding for the state employees’ public insurance plan next year in a letter to the agency’s director. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice said in the letter that …

Justice Family Coal Firm Ordered to Pay $478K Settlement

A judge has ordered a coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family to start making payments on a settlement. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice Low Seam Mining, Inc. was ordered Oct. 10 to pay roughly $478,000 to …

Flood Emergency Declared in 8 West Virginia Counties

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency in eight counties for flooding from heavy rains. The governor’s office said in a news release that some emergency evacuations were underway Sunday following severe storms. The declaration is …

W. Virginia Supreme Court: Gov.’s Coal Companies Didn’t Contaminate Water

The West Virginia Supreme Court says two of Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies weren’t responsible for contaminating the wells of more than a dozen families. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the court last month upheld a 2016 ruling by a Wyoming …

Crashes Along West Virginia Interstate Work Zone Prompt New Safety Measures

West Virginia’s Division of Highways says it will take additional steps to increase safety in the Interstate 64 work zone between Milton and Hurricane. Media reports say the steps were spurred by a rash of at least 25 crashes, including …

West Virginia Gov Signs Bill Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

West Virginia’s governor has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions that doctors can prescribe to treat acute pain. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill last week that would limit such prescriptions to supplies lasting three, four or seven days, depending …

NCCI Files 10% Reduction in Workers’ Comp Loss Costs for West Virginia

West Virginia employers will see a projected $21 million reduction in workers’ compensation premiums in the coming year, according to a recent statement from Gov. Jim Justice. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed a proposed reduction of …

Businesses Owned by West Virginia Gov Settle Flood Clean Up Suit for $550K

Three businesses owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family have agreed to settle for $551,420 a lawsuit that claimed they had not paid for $771,268 of cleanup work after the Greenbrier resort was hit by severe flooding …

West Virginia Floods Prompt State of Emergency

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency Saturday for parts of northern West Virginia with flooding from heavy rains. Counties included in the Saturday morning declaration are Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia and Harrison. According to the …

$1.23M Fine Against West Virginia Gov. Justice’s Coal Company Upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld $1.23 million in civil contempt fines ordered against one of Gov. Jim Justice’s family coal companies. The court says it lacks jurisdiction to hear an appeal of the $30,000 daily civil fines intended by …