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An audit of the West Virginia Supreme Court has found two justices may have violated state Ethics Act provisions that prohibit using public office for private gain.

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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.

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House and Senate lawmakers introduced 28 joint resolutions in just the first week of the legislative session each calling for amendments to the state constitution. Some around the Capitol say such a number feels like a lot, while others say it’s rather normal. What is agreed upon, though, is that it is rare to have so many proposed constitutional amendments gaining traction this early in the session.

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With the Legislature paying more attention to the West Virginia Supreme Court’s spending, conversations continue about how lawmakers might have a hand in overseeing the budget of the judicial branch.

Chief Justice Allen Loughry gave a presentation to the House Finance Committee Friday morning where he tried to explain spending that has been criticized in recent months.  

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Legislative auditors have set their sights on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports auditors notified the legislative Post-Audits Committee on Sunday that they planned to audit the state Supreme Court this year.

Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred did not elaborate, beyond saying they had notified the court and haven't received a response.

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The West Virginia judicial system is joining a regional effort to combat opioid abuse, and a Kanawha County Circuit Judge will lead a multidisciplinary team that will work with seven other states.

A West Virginia office that has supervised sex offenders for nearly a decade will end.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the Intensive Supervision Office will end in September. The move comes after West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Justice Allen Loughry signed an order calling for a consolidation and reformulation of the state's probation office on June 26.

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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 remains of a World War I Medal of Honor recipient could be relocated to a West Virginia military cemetery.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Chester Howard West is buried at an overgrown and untended plot located in Mason County's Chief Cornstalk Wildlife Management Area. A state Supreme Court opinion filed Wednesday affirms a March 2016 county circuit court ruling on a petition to relocate West's remains in a place of honor at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Institute.

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West Virginia's highest court has reversed its November decision and ruled that natural gas companies can deduct post-production costs from the royalties paid to landowners for mineral rights.

The Supreme Court split 4-1 in its Friday reversal.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld dismissal of felony civil rights charges against a former Marshall University football player accused in a 2015 attack on two men he saw kissing.

The justices voted 3-2 Tuesday to send the case of Steward Butler back to Cabell County Circuit Court for further disposition.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that a video of the cell extraction of an inmate at the Western Regional Jail cannot be made public, reversing a Kanawha County judge's ruling.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the justices ruled Wednesday that footage of flash-bang grenades thrown inside inmate Shane Marcum's cell reveals the facility's design and operational procedures. The 20-page opinion authored by Justice Robin Davis says the release is thus prohibited under state law.

Allen Loughry has been selected to serve a four-year term as chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court.

The court says in a news release that it marks the first four-year term for a chief justice since 1888. Chief justices typically serve one-year terms.

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Gary Johnson has been named permanent administrator of the state Supreme Court.

The court announced Johnson's appointment Monday. He had been serving as acting administrator since his appointment in January to replace Steve Canterbury.

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West Virginia’s newest elected member of the state Supreme Court has taken her oath of office and is now officially ready to assume the bench in January. 

Current Justice Allen Loughry administered the oath of office to Justice-elect Beth Walker in the Supreme Court chamber on the Capitol grounds. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees to discuss the appeal hearing in the case of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and Glynis Board visits a lab in the Northern Panhandle that is making new products out of coal.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision preventing a former Democratic state Senator from running for local office as an independent. 

The justices released the order Monday upholding an August Kanawha County Circuit Court decision.

On this week's episode of Viewpoint, host Ashton Marra talks presidential politics with West Virginia native Paige Lavender, senior politics editor with The Huffington Post

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Lavender discusses the Wednesday evening NBC forum where both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton appeared on the same stage, although separately, to discuss national security and their qualifications to be the next command-in-chief.

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On West Virginia Morning, the Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday over the case of Erik Wells, a former Democratic state senator who wants to run for Kanawha County clerk as an independent candidate and Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees to talk about our new political podcast, Viewpoint. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, a complete wrap up of the results of the state’s primary election, plus PROMISE scholarships are on hold until after a state budget is determined and West Virginia State University has a new president. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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After losing a close race in 2008, Morgantown attorney Beth Walker has come back to win the first nonpartisan election to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. She did it with substantial backing from outside groups.

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May 10 is Primary Day in West Virginia and the only time this election season voters can pick their choice for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

West Virginia’s primary is the only time state voters can choose judicial officers at all levels, from magistrate all the way to Supreme Court. This year is also the first time judicial officers will be elected on a nonpartisan basis.

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On West Virginia Morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dons a coal miners hard hat as the crowd waves signs saying “Trump digs coal” at a rally in Charleston last night.  While Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about poverty in McDowell County. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Bill Wooton is a former legislator who held office for 26 years, but has been a practicing attorney for almost 45. Now he wants to add the title of Supreme Court Justice to his name.

Wooton’s resume is a long one. Raised in Beckley, he graduated from Marshall University in 1966 and got his law degree from West Virginia University in 1971.

Wooton became a clerk for a judge on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the fourth circuit, then an assistant attorney general, followed by nearly 3 years as a prosecutor.

Wooton resigned from his job as prosecutor to run for the West Virginia State Legislature.

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Beth Walker is running for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

 

The name may be familiar to you, maybe because of her unsuccessful bid for the high court in 2008, or maybe because of her legal challenge to opponents Brent Benjamin and Bill Wooten’s use of public campaign financing in the race, but now, Walker is traveling the state to make sure voters recognize her for her conservative values.

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May 5, 2016

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra profiles Supreme Court candidate Beth Walker and Appalachian Health News reporter Kara Lofton looks at the declining number of doctors who specialize in caring for the elderly. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees with an outline of the campaign stops by presidential candidates this week.  Also a profile of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin who is seeking re-election to the high court. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Brent Benjamin was first elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2004 during a race that became known for the influence of outside spending.

At the time, Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship funneled big bucks into the race attacking Benjamin's opponent, incumbent Justice Warren McGraw, and now Benjamin, the conservative lawyer turned centrist judge, is attempting to move past his former political ties in 2016's nonpartisan race.

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