Alex Thomas

Thursday October 26, 2017

Trump declares opioid epidemic a public health emergency

The declaration will allow agencies to redirect resources and make temporary appointments to expand treatment services.

Wednesday October 25, 2017

House committee warns of subpoena in pill dumping hearing

The committee has struggled to receive information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on pill shipments to West Virginia.

Former League of Women Voters leader spending week at the University of Charleston

Nancy Tate, the immediate past executive director of the League of Women Voters, is spending this week at the University of Charleston.

Monday October 23, 2017

Jenkins introduces bill to create fentanyl, heroin task group

The Fentanyl and Heroin Task Force Act would result in the creation of a unit that will coordinate efforts to stop the trade, production and distribution of these drugs.

Sunday October 22, 2017

PolitiFact expands coverage to West Virginia

PolitiFact announced last week it will begin to keep watch over political figures, advertisements and interest groups in three states.

Saturday October 21, 2017

Manchin, 32 other senators request information on law limiting DEA

A letter from legislators asks officials for information regarding the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act.

Thursday October 19, 2017

Jenkins part of group introducing legislation to restore DEA authority

The legislation is a response to a journalistic investigation into the revolving door between the DEA and drug distributors.

Wednesday October 18, 2017

Manchin announces 2018 campaign staff

Members include longtime adviser Larry Puccio and two former staffers of Gov. Jim Justice.

Tuesday October 17, 2017

Manchin ‘thrilled’ about bipartisan health care deal

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander and Washington Sen. Patty Murray put forward the proposal Tuesday.

Monday October 16, 2017

Manchin asks White House to pull drug czar nomination

Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino is under fire following a journalistic investigation into the powers of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Sunday October 15, 2017

Manchin, Capito confident tax reform will happen

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress will pass tax reform even if it means keeping lawmakers in Washington during Christmas.

Friday October 13, 2017

McVey: Insurance market ‘so uncertain,’ needs stabilization

More than 37,000 West Virginians currently have health insurance purchased through the state insurance exchange program.

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Women leadership seminar held in South Charleston

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was among the event's speakers.

Tuesday October 10, 2017

Pruitt signs proposal to repeal Clean Power Plan

The request is another action by the Trump administration to scrap the environmental policies of the preceding administration.

Monday October 9, 2017

Pruitt to sign Clean Power Plan repeal Tuesday

Former President Barack Obama pushed the Clean Power Plan as a way to reduce carbon emissions.

Sunday October 8, 2017

US GAO recommends further action in NAS treatment

The recommendation comes following an Oct. 4 report.

Wednesday October 4, 2017

Schumer to address state Democrats at November dinner

The Roosevelt-Kennedy Annual Dinner will be held Nov. 3.

Tuesday October 3, 2017

US Senate subcommittee discuss natural gas hub, marketing products

The subcommittee — in which Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., serves as ranking member — discussed two bills that could affect West Virginia.

Morrisey announces $1 million transfer to state Forensic Lab

The funding will come from the office's Consumer Protection Fund, which consists of money from settlements involving the state.

Monday October 2, 2017

Manchin, Capito among those who confirm Pai as FCC chairman

Democrats have criticized Pai, a Republican, for cutting back FCC regulations, including in regards to net neutrality.

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