West Virginia

W.Va. AG suit says Catholic diocese "employed pedophiles"

In this image, two rows of pews in a church are packed as church goers face a sermon being held in front of a white wall.
The Wheeling-Charleston diocese celebrates Mass. Photo: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has sued the Catholic diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in a civil lawsuit alleging that the diocese and its former bishop "knowingly employed pedophiles," per the Washington Post.

Details: The suit — which the Post reports is the first sweeping claim against an entire diocese and bishop — alleges that the West Virginia diocese "failed to conduct adequate background checks" for those working in Catholic schools and camps, per a Morrisey press release.

Lawmakers clash after W. Va. statehouse display featured 9/11 image with Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Fiery confrontations erupted in the West Virginia statehouse on Friday after the state Republican Party reportedly assembled an "anti-Muslim" display as part of the inaugural WVGOP Day, featuring a photo of freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar with a Sept. 11 image, per NBC News.

Details: Omar recently came under fire for her critical remarks perceived as "anti-Semitic," which, she contended, diverted attention from a rational debate on Israel. West Virginia House Speaker Roger Hanshaw said his office will investigate the events, adding that an unidentified staffer was injured during Friday's dispute. "We have allowed national level politics to become a cancer on our state ... to invade our chamber in a way that makes me ashamed," Hanshaw said.

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