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The West Virginia Supreme Court says a Rhode Island woman whose husband died of carbon monoxide poisoning at a hotel is entitled to West Virginia workers' compensation benefits.

The state Workers' Compensation Board of Review had ruled Louise Moran could not receive the West Virginia benefits because she had earlier been awarded benefits in Rhode Island.

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A West Virginia judge has been suspended for 45 days without pay for violations in two cases in which the defendants died.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week to suspend Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley. The court also censured Pauley for violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct.

West Virginia Campaign Finance Probe Ends Amid Questions

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Justice Robin Jean Davis questions a point  in a rehearing of a $76 million judgment awarded to Harman Mining Co. against Massey Energy Co. before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex in Charleston, W.Va.
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State investigations into a series of 2012 re-election campaign contributions to a West Virginia Supreme Court justice have concluded without prosecutions, but questions remain about several $1,000 donations linked to a Mississippi personal injury lawyer who had a major case before the five-member court, records obtained by The Associated Press show.

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The chief justice of West Virginia's highest court has been parting with furniture this week.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that workers on Thursday took a desk from Justice Allen Loughry's Charleston home to a Supreme Court warehouse.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the state education board's authority to reject Nicholas County's plan to consolidate multiple schools into a single campus following flood damage.

In a ruling Tuesday, the court says the state board "is vested with the constitutional, statutory, and regulatory authority to exercise its discretion" in accepting or rejecting the county plan.

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West Virginia's highest court ruled Friday that a judge made a mistake blocking the state's "right-to-work" law from taking effect after it was passed last year while the court challenge against it continued.

The Supreme Court, divided 3-2, concluded the unions opposing the law "failed to show a likelihood of success" in challenging its constitutionality.

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Landowners have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the reversal by West Virginia's highest court concluding natural gas companies can deduct post-production costs from the royalties paid landowners for mineral rights.

In May, the West Virginia Supreme Court reversed its November ruling in the case after Justice Beth Walker was elected and replaced Justice Brent Benjamin.

A West Virginia magistrate is facing state judicial misconduct charges.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Judicial Investigation Commission has charged Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley with 12 violations of judicial conduct.

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Franklin D. Cleckley, the West Virginia Supreme Court's first black justice, has died at age 77, the court announced Tuesday.

The court said in a news release that Cleckley died at his Morgantown home on Monday. No cause of death was given.

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Two justices on West Virginia's highest court have published strongly worded dissents criticizing the Supreme Court majority for dismissing medical malpractice lawyers' lawsuit claiming they paid too much for their client's medical records.

HealthPort Technologies on behalf of Charleston Area Medical Center charged them $4,463 or 55 cents per page copied, plus sales tax and shipping.

West Virginia's top court says a debt collector didn't violate state consumer protection law by making 250 phone calls to a man who denied owing $1,349.

The Supreme Court, divided 3-2, says Valentine & Kerabatis bought Gary Lenahan's consumer account from security systems provider ADT in 2012.

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Inmates participating in work-release programs do not quality for workers' compensation benefits, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled has ruled.

The court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a Workers' Compensation Board of Review's 2015 decision to not grant workers' compensation to a work release inmate named William F. Crawford, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Crawford's hand was severely injured in a wood chipper in 2013 while he was working on a road crew for the state Division of Highways.

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The state's Supreme Court has heard arguments on whether a former Marshall University football player should be charged with a hate crime under West Virginia law.

The court heard arguments Tuesday to determine if Steward Butler should be charged with a hate crime in connection with a 2015 attack on two men seen kissing.

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West Virginia's highest court has rejected the appeal of a Pennsylvania man convicted of murdering a West Virginia man and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Supreme Court says the trial judge correctly denied the attempt by Rocco Zuccaro, of Burgettstown, to raise allegations that 30-year-old Jason Pratz sold guns and drugs, exposing him to unknown dangerous people who killed him.

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Marmaduke Dent was born at Granville in Monongalia County on April 18, 1849. During his childhood, the nation was descending into the Civil War.

His father, Marshall Mortimer Dent, as editor of Morgantown’s Virginia Weekly Star newspaper, favored compromise to save the Union, and, as a delegate to the Virginia secession convention, voted against secession.

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West Virginia's highest court has disciplined an attorney elected circuit judge last fall for using campaign fliers falsely claiming his opponent partied with President Barack Obama while coal miners lost jobs.

The Supreme Court agreed with the Judicial Hearing Board that Stephen Callaghan should be disciplined, imposing an even more severe penalty of two-year judicial suspension without pay and $15,000 in fines.

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West Virginia will be one of 11 states with a majority of women on their high courts starting next week.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Supreme Court will have a female majority for the first time when Beth Walker takes the bench Jan. 1.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court denied a Logan County circuit judge's appeal to remain on the bench and wrote that voters can't be penalized because of errors made by poll workers.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that after losing his race by 59 votes to Joshua Butcher in May, Judge Douglas Witten argued that irregularities in the polls should void the votes cast at several county precincts.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court is refusing to allow the developer of a proposed natural gas pipeline to survey landowners' property without their permission.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Robert Irons ruled in August 2015 that pipeline officials hadn't proved the project would provide sufficient public use to justify entering private property without an owner's permission.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has blocked the release of documents related to the proposed merger of two hospitals.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Supreme Court voted 3-1 on Wednesday to put a hold on Kanawha County Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman's order to release the documents.

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The state Supreme Court is heading to Marshall University next month.

The court will hear three cases at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Sept. 20 as part of the school's celebration of Constitution Week.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has confirmed that the satellite magistrate offices in Bluefield must soon be closed as a cost-saving measure for the state.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that Bluefield officials felt "blindsided" recently when the Mercer County Commission said it would vote on whether to close the offices by Oct. 1, when the current lease on the offices in Bluefield expire.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has halted the state's Department of Health and Human Resources plan to implement new provider agreements for 19 residential psychiatric care facilities for children.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the high court issued a stay Monday after lawyers representing several of the agencies appealed a judge's recent denial of injunctive relief.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has rejected a woman's request to have her life sentence thrown out for her role in killing another woman.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports court justices denied an attempt Thursday by Jessica May Wilson to reduce or reject her sentence on a first-degree murder charge.

The West Virginia Supreme Court is overturning the child neglect death conviction of a woman whose newborn died after she abused drugs while pregnant.

Friday's 3-2 decision says Stephanie Elaine Louk must be acquitted of the December 2014 sentence imposed by Nicholas County Circuit Court of three to 15 years' imprisonment.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed against the county clerks of Kanawha and Cabell counties over their refusal to accept online voter registrations from the Secretary of State's office.

Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole tells The Herald-Dispatch that she received an official statement Tuesday afternoon from the court saying the petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia had been rejected.

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Of all five of the candidates running for Supreme Court, only two have judicial experience. Current Justice Brent Benjamin is hoping to be re-elected to his seat, and Darrell McGraw, a member of the high court from 1976 to 1988, is trying to take it from him.

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In a crowded West Virginia Supreme Court contest, third-party groups are outspending the five candidates.

Campaign finance reports show that outside groups have spent $1.8 million, while candidates have spent $1.6 million combined through late April.

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A West Virginia Supreme Court justice will speak this week in Welch during the McDowell County Law Day event.

Justice Allen H. Loughry II will be the main speaker at the event, set for 10 a.m. Friday at the McDowell County Courthouse.

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Almost a half-million dollars in outside interest group money is influencing West Virginia's five-way Supreme Court race through advertising.

Disclosures with the secretary of state show the Republican State Leadership Committee bought $269,200 in ads against Bill Wooton and Darrell McGraw, both former Democratic elected officials.

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