Supreme Court Impeachment Panel Hears Testimony on State Cars, Desk, Budget Spending


On this West Virginia Morning, the House Judiciary Committee has begun to examine evidence in the possible impeachment of one or more West Virginia Supreme Court justices. Members heard testimony Thursday from auditors on the improper use of state vehicles and rental cars, a justice’s possession of a historic desk and a fast spend-down of a budget surplus.

Senior reporter Dave Mistich joins host Teresa Wills to talk about day one of testimony in these proceedings.

Also on today’s show, federal prosecutors have charged eight former coal company employees with falsifying dust monitoring samples in two Kentucky mines. Coal dust exposure increases the risk of black lung disease, and the Ohio Valley is in the midst of a black lung epidemic. 
As the Ohio Valley ReSource’s Becca Schimmel reports, mine safety experts say the indictments raise questions about what executives at the company knew about illegal activity in their mines.

And we hear the Mountain Stage Song of the Week — Lovingly referred to as The First Family of the Banjo, partners in love, life and music Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn perform “Don’t Let it Bring You Down”.

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West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Molly Born, Jessica Lilly, Kara Lofton, Liz McCormick, Dave Mistich, Brittany Patterson and Roxy Todd.

Our news director is Jesse Wright, our producer is Glynis Board and Teresa Wills is our host.