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Eleven pharmaceutical drug distributors have asked a judge to deny the state's request to unseal a court filing containing information about their shipments to West Virginia pharmacies.

The companies are being sued in Boone County Circuit Court by the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. The lawsuit alleges that the companies shipped excessive amounts of prescription painkillers to southern West Virginia pharmacies.

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On Monday, a 109-car CSX train derailed along the Fayette-Kanawha county line, causing crude oil to spill into the Kanawha River, giant fireballs to stretch hundreds of feet into the air and one home to catch fire.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has placed Fayette and Kanawha counties under a state of emergency as emergency officials continue to respond.

Anthony Carrico has been appointed as West Virginia's state fire marshal.

The West Virginia Fire Commission selected Carrico to succeed Sterling Lewis Jr. on Monday at a meeting in Flatwoods.

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  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has made three appointments at the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, including naming Stephanie Bond the director of the Division of Juvenile Services.

Bond has been serving as the division's acting director since February 2013. Previously, she was the superintendent of the Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center in Davis.

The department's deputy secretary will become director of the Division of Justice and Community Services. Rick Staton will replace retired director Norbert Federspiel. Staton has been the department's deputy secretary since March 2013.

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  West Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a Southern Regional Jail inmate following an altercation with another prisoner.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says 51-year-old Carlos McMillion died Tuesday at a Charleston hospital.

Messina says an altercation between McMillion and 21-year-old Geremy Austin West occurred at the jail on Saturday.

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A Capitol police officer is appealing his firing over a post he made on Facebook.

The Public Employees Grievance Board has scheduled a grievance hearing for Douglas Day on June 10.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Day was fired on Feb. 6. Three days earlier, he wrote a Facebook post about a protest at the Capitol over the state's response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill.

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Two West Virginia agencies are joining a lawsuit against an Ohio drug company, alleging its negligent practices have helped fuel the state's pain pill abuse epidemic.
 
     The Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety recently signed on as plaintiffs in the attorney general's lawsuit against Cardinal Health.