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Advocates, some AGs wary of Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Some state attorneys general and opioid addiction activists pushed back Tuesday against a settlement offer from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it didn't include enough money and goes too far in protecting the company and family members who own it from ...

Bill would ease burden of proof for black lung benefits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has introduced a new bill aimed toward helping the families of miners who die due to black lung disease, which is caused by inhaling coal dust. The bill would lift some burdens off families who currently need to provide proof ...

Feds: WVa man sold devices to anti-government supporters

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge after he was accused of selling machine gun conversion devices online to followers of a far-right extremist movement. Timothy John Watson entered the plea Tuesday to possession ...

GOP attorneys general question stimulus barring tax cuts

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican attorneys general from 21 states are questioning a provision in the $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue plan that bars states from using its funds to offset tax cuts. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday, they ...

OxyContin maker Purdue proposes $10B plan to exit bankruptcy

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Purdue Pharma, which helped revolutionize the prescription painkiller business with its drug OxyContin, is proposing a $10 billion plan to emerge from bankruptcy that calls for it to be transformed into a different kind of company funneling profits into the ...

West Virginia woman cleared in false abduction trial

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman was cleared on Monday of charges that she made up a story about an Egyptian man trying to kidnap her child in a shopping mall. A Cabell County jury found Santana Renee Adams, 25, of Milton, not guilty of falsely reporting an emergency, news ...

WVa to vaccinate 16 and over with medical conditions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians aged 16 and older with underlying medical conditions are now eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, along with all essential workers of any age, Gov. Jim Justice announced on Monday. The list of eligible conditions include asthma, heart disease, high ...

Magistrate resigns after investigation of comments, messages

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A magistrate in West Virginia has stepped down after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate comments and text messages, according to a news report. Mercer County Magistrate Charles Poe resigned in a letter to Mercer County Circuit Judge William Sadler on ...

W.Va. receives $12.4M for substance abuse, mental health

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia received two federal grants totaling $12.4 million for substance abuse prevention and treatment and for mental health services. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the grants to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human ...

2 charged in assault of Capitol officer who died after riot

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have arrested and charged two men with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Jan. 6 riot, but they do not know yet whether it caused the officer's ...