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Justice plea hearing set


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HAMLIN - Court proceedings for a 2012 fatal shooting incident appear to be nearing a conclusion, following a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court, last week. Greg Aaron Justice, 35, appeared before Circuit Judge Jay Hoke, Tuesday, August 25, 2015. He was previously accused in connection with the death of Daniel Cook of Sumerco on July 6, 2012. In the wake of the shooting, Justice was said to have admitted to shooting the victim and “dumping him in the Laurel Fork area of Lincoln County.” That was according to the criminal complaint filed in the matter at the time in Lincoln County Magistrate Court.

As reported previously in The Lincoln Journal,…

Manchin voices outrage at oxycontin for kids decision

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has sent a letter to the Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Stephen Ostroff, condemning the agency’s recent decision to approve OxyContin for use for children as young as 11 years old.

“This recent decision by the FDA to prescribe OxyContin to children as young as 11 years old is a horrifying example of the disconnect between the FDA approval process and the realities the deadly epidemic of prescription drug abuse are having on our communities,” Senator Manchin said. “We have years of evidence that shows that drug use at an early age makes a child more likely to abuse drugs later in life. We don’t sell…

Out-of-state pharmacy order warning

CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey last week alerted consumers to be on the lookout for out-of-state pharmacies sending unsolicited order forms, medical supplies or medications to insurance customers without their consent.

The Office’s Consumer Protection Division has received several reports of local consumers receiving what appear to be order forms for medical supplies and prescriptions from out-of-state pharmacies. Consumers and medical providers are also receiving supplies and prescriptions from these pharmacies, even though they have not placed orders from these companies.

Many of these reports are from residents who are diabetic and frequently fill prescriptions for…