I've not seen aggressive, continuing consumer enforcement coming out of that office. Sure, there are bright spots when the A.G. goes after price gougers or other bad businesses, but it never seems to be a top priority.Attorney General Ken Paxton appears, as was Abbott, to be more politically-oriented than consumer-oriented. Paxton's recent news releases for September were about voter fraud, sex trafficking, Obamacare, abortion and religious liberty. All worthy causes, but not what I'm looking for in this specific instance.No crooks in Texas for the month of September. Really?Don't get me wrong. I know there are dedicated consumer advocates working hard in Paxton's office to protect Texans. My point is, they are rarely unleashed.In a state as big as ours, it's difficult to get the A.G. office's attention. I remember one case, brought aggressively by Abbott a dozen years ago against a travel club company that promised unobtainable free vacations.Why was the A.G. so aggressive in that … [Read more...] about West Virginia fined Frontier Communications $160 million for poor service. Meanwhile, Texas fines the same company, uh, nothing.
HINTON, W.Va. — Work being done on the Mountain Valley Pipeline in a West Virginia county will be halted as a judge has ordered a temporary stay. The Register-Herald reports Summers and Monroe counties Circuit Court Judge Robert Irons issued the stay Tuesday over construction in Summers County. It will specifically stop work on property where the pipeline will enter the Greenbrier River in Pence Springs. Ashby Berkley, the Greenbrier River Watershed Association and other petitioners brought the motion after neighbors told Berkley workers started removing trees on his land last week. Their attorney Kevin Thompson argued the state Environmental Protection department permit for the crossing isn't in compliance with the Natural Streams Preservation Act. Attorney Robert McLusky represented pipeline interests arguing a stay would create a lengthy delay in construction. … [Read more...] about Work on pipeline in West Virginia county halted by judge
Updated 4:20 pm PDT, Monday, September 17, 2018 In this photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shows Glenn Allen Casdorph, who was arrested Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Police say he beat his mother with a spatula after huffing paint and is facing a malicious wounding charge. (West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP) less In this photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shows Glenn Allen Casdorph, who was arrested Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Police say he beat his mother with a spatula ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shows Glenn Allen Casdorph, who was arrested Friday, … [Read more...] about West Virginia man accused of huffing paint, beating mother
In the three Massachusetts communities rocked by a series of devastating gas fires and explosions, residents are running out of patience, with their fingers pointed at Columbia Gas. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced they were investigating the company. "We will be looking at their record keeping, their procedural compliance, their procedures, their training, the oversight of their contractors," NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said. Government records reveal at least three other serious explosions in Massachusetts, West Virginia and Ohio that are all linked to Columbia Gas. The company a subsidiary of NiSource, a utility company that serves more than three million customers in seven states. A technician who punctured a gas line was to blame for this 2012 blast in Springfield that destroyed a nightclub and damaged nearly a dozen other buildings and injured 17 people. "It looked like Armageddon": Deadly gas blasts destroy homes, spark fires In West Virginia, … [Read more...] about Gas company linked to explosions in Massachusetts, West Virginia, Ohio
World Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of West Virginia bishop Michael Bransfield ahead of an inquiry into clerical sex abuse. Bransfield faces accusations of sexually harassing adults, and in 2012 he was accused of having sex with a minor, claims which he has denied. Bransfield tendered his resignation as all bishops do when they reach 75, although this is usually rejected by the pontiff and the bishop continues to serve. However, just as a group of American cardinals had arrived at the Vatican to discuss on Thursday the clerical sexual abuse crisis with Pope Francis, the resignation was accepted by the pontiff, Vox reported. Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 59 The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World Bishop Michael J. Bransfield waves to parishioners during a mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Whitesville, West … [Read more...] about West Virginia Bishop Resigns Just Moments Before Pope Francis Announces Sex Abuse Inquiry