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Probe of WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources ad contract flap ends; no charges

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia officials aren't commenting on their next step following an investigation arising from a contract bidding dispute.

Three top deputies at the Department of Health and Human Resources were reassigned in July after they objected to the handling of bids for an advertising contract. One of them, John Law, has since been fired.

The department's inspector general investigated the matter and sent his report to Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants.

Plants said the probe found signs the deputies used bad judgment and violated department policy. But he says there's no evidence of criminal intent or a cover-up.

Plants declined to pursue charges Monday, and says any administrative sanctions is up to the department.

The remaining deputies, Susan Perry and Jennifer Taylor, filed a whistleblower lawsuit in October.

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