West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice News

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 …

West Virginia Gov Orders State to Step-Up Cybersecurity Efforts

Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management to take steps to protect personally identifiable information collected and kept by state agencies, including health information required by law to be kept private. In an …

Mine Owned by West Virginia Gov Faces Fines for Safety Violations

A West Virginia mining operation owned by Gov. Jim Justice faces fines of more than $10,000 for six safety violations following a workers’ fatal fall in February. The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says 43-year-old Jason …