Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has built a significant fundraising chest in his bid for a second full six-year term, far outpacing West Virginia Republicans hoping to defeat him this fall.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a petition April 18 with the Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency for a new rule that would reduce the permitting burden for American steel producers.

The proposal asks EPA to modify the New Source Review, a program under the Clean Air Act that requires factories, industrial boilers and power plants to install emissions-control technologies or reduce air pollution when new plants are built or current ones modified.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says 323 West Virginia consumers are entitled to $1.5 million in a debt collection settlement with a Virginia bank.

Morrisey says in a news release Wednesday the settlement resolves allegations that First Sentinel Bank of Richlands, Virginia, engaged in unfair, deceptive or abusive practices in violation of state and federal law.

Morrisey says First Sentinel representatives allegedly visited customers at their homes or businesses to collect debts and had third-party vendors without a state license repossess vehicles.

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin reports raising about $900,000 in the past three months for his 2018 re-election campaign with about $4.1 million on hand.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his agency is transferring $1 million to the state police in an effort to end a backlog of drug testing in criminal cases.

Morrisey announced the funding at a news conference at the state Capitol in Charleston. He says the transfer was made possible as the result of settlements with drug wholesalers accused of flooding the state with millions of prescription pain pills.


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On the heels of President Donald Trump’s announced change to Obama-era immigration policy, West Virginia’s Attorney General and those in nine other states say they will drop a lawsuit against the federal government.

In a news release, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he applauds Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, and called the Obama Administration’s immigration action “unconstitutional” and “unlawful.”

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A new poll puts Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin ahead of likely Republican challengers in the 2018 race for U.S. Senate.

The poll, sponsored by West Virginia MetroNews and conducted by Research America, Inc., puts Manchin 10 points ahead of Congressman Evan Jenkins (50 percent to 40 percent) and 14 points ahead of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (52 percent to 38 percent). Both Jenkins and Morrisey have announced their candidacy for the Republican Primary slated for May 2018.

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Political leaders in West Virginia and Kentucky are joining a coalition of states threatening to sue California over a program the state is pushing that would drop investments in coal.

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West Virginia's attorney general has sent a letter to gas stations and convenience stores across the state asking for information on ways to raise awareness and prevention among businesses and consumers against skimming credit and debit card information.

In the letter, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the request is not part of any investigation into their businesses but seeks input.

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West Virginia's attorney general has been named chairman of the national organization of Republican attorneys general earlier than planned, a domino effect that began when Jeff Sessions was named the nation's top law enforcement officer.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was vice chairman and in line to head the Republican Attorneys General Association at the end of the year.

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  Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says about 2,300 West Virginia consumers could be eligible for $2.9 million in refunds as part of a settlement involving Western Union.

In a news release, Morrisey says the company has agreed to pay a total of $5 million to 49 states plus the District of Columbia to cover costs and fees. That's in in addition to a settlement announced earlier in January in which the company said it will pay $586 million to compensate fraud victims who used Western Union to wire money to scam artists.

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A phone scam that's circulating in the U.S. is also targeting parts of West Virginia.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says the scam involves the recipient of an unsolicited phone call being asked "Can you hear me now?" Morrisey's office said in a news release that answering "yes" allows the caller to record the word and misuse it as the consumer agreeing to pay for a product or service.

West Virginia's attorney general has convinced a judge to move the state's lawsuit against the nation's largest wholesale drug distributor out of federal court and back to Boone County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver ordered Monday that the state's lawsuit against San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. be returned to Boone County Circuit Court.

The owner of a now-closed business in northern West Virginia has been sentenced to 10 years and one month in federal prison for bilking investors out of millions of dollars through what prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in a news release that 65-year-old Donna S. Brown of Clarington, Ohio, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Wheeling for her guilty plea to wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined 17 Republican counterparts from other states urging Congress adopt stop federal regulation overreach.

In a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and congressional leaders, they are calling for job-impact and cost-benefit analyses, greater congressional oversight and its approval of major rules changes.

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West Virginia's newly re-elected Attorney General Patrick Morrisey plans to target Medicaid fraud in his second term and ask the Legislature to give his office more authority to crack down.

Morrisey, who promises this second term will be his last as the state's top lawyer, says he's has had success investigating fraudulent disability claims, saving $1.4 million so far.

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If you’ve turned on a local commercial TV or radio station in the past few weeks, then you probably already know that the race for Attorney General is pretty heated.

Republican-incumbent Patrick Morrisey is up for re-election this year after considering and ultimately passing on a bid for governor. Morrisey is taking on Democratic Delegate Doug Reynolds, a Huntington attorney who also owns media and construction companies.

Both have been on the attack in a race that some polls show is too close to call just two weeks away from Election Day.

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The West Virginia attorney general's race has reached a boiling point in an impromptu, one-on-one debate at high noon on the state Capitol steps.

Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey offered the debate challenge Tuesday, specifically telling Democrat Doug Reynolds to be there at high noon Wednesday. Reynolds arrived without forewarning.

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Attorneys general from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky are expected to meet with experts from law enforcement, health care and faith-based groups next week to discuss the opiate epidemic.

Attorneys General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia, Mike DeWine of Ohio and Andy Beshear of Kentucky will lead a conference Oct. 27 at New Life Church in Huntington.

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The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the case West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the federal Clean Power Plan. That’s the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s attempt to address climate change by limiting CO2 emissions from power plants.

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West Virginia’s solicitor general will argue before a federal district court panel next week that the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is an illegal use of presidential power. 

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey previewed the state’s arguments Thursday.

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Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The case has major implications for the country’s policy on climate change. But some experts and industry leaders say the outcome is not likely to bring coal back from its decline in the power market.

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A spokeswoman for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has lost her job after being identified in a white supremacist YouTube video titled “The Stop White Genocide Video.”

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Thursday that Morrisey's assistant communications director Carrie Bowe appeared in the video first uploaded in December 2012.

The video shows Bowe and other women dressed in all white clothing reciting lines such as “anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.” 

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This week West Virginia’s Attorney General launched his latest lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Patrick Morrisey is leading a dozen other states in a suit that hopes to dismantle a rule aiming to reduce methane emissions produced by the oil and gas industry.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says select fantasy sports are legal in the state.

West Virginia's constitution prohibits private lotteries and other games of chance. But Morrisey's opinion released Monday after a review of state law says cash prizes from fantasy sports are based upon a player's skill in selecting athletes and the actual performance of those athletes.

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The West Virginia attorney general's office is warning people affected by severe storms and flooding last week to be careful in hiring workers for repairs.

A news release from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office said unlicensed workers may target neighborhoods and offer repairs with deals that aren't legitimate. The release said often, money is paid before the work is finished.

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Five drug wholesalers have agreed to a $4.2 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging that they shipped an excessive number of prescription opioids to West Virginia.

A news release from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Thursday announced the settlement with Anda Inc., The Harvard Drug Group, Associated Pharmacies, KeySource Medical Inc. and Quest Pharmaceuticals. As part of the settlement, they deny the lawsuit's allegations.

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Wells Fargo will pay $8 million to West Virginia as part of a settlement of a decade-long dispute involving marketing practices.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Monday that Wells Fargo will pay the money to the Office of the Attorney General on the state's behalf.

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West Virginia officials have reached a $4.9 million settlement with Rite Aid in a dispute involving cost savings stemming from generic prescription drugs sales.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.

The lawsuit stated that Rite Aid failed to accurately calculate and pass along retail savings from its prescription drugs sale. The lawsuit also said that each instance was a violation of the state's Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

Rite Aid denies any wrongdoing.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey discusses the latest in his case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay in the case this week which essentially freezes the implementation of the carbon reducing rules.

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