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News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Jim Justice has issued a state of emergency for West Virginia's 55 counties due to flooding. Justice issued the state of emergency early Saturday after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations. Rain was expected to continue throughout the weekend. The State Emergency Operations Center is on enhanced watch status and will be fully activated if needed.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Supreme Court announced late Friday afternoon it has elected a new chief justice, Margaret Workman, to replace Allen Loughry. Workman issued a brief release through the court saying it's the start of a long process to restore public respect for the court. Loughry also issued a release through the court indicating he asked federal authorities in 2016 to investigate court practices and said he believes the vote Friday is a response to his cooperation with authorities.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have decided not to retry a West Virginia coal boss whose case ended in mistrial on charges of campaign finance fraud. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell of the Northern District of West Virginia said in a statement Friday that prosecutors have filed a motion to have the case against 58-year-old James Laurita Jr. of Morgantown dismissed.

(AP) - West Virginia's Senate has voted to limit new painkiller prescriptions for most patients in an effort to prevent addictions. The bill passed Friday generally would limit initial opioid prescriptions written for adults by their doctors to a seven-day supply.

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