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West Virginia's attorney general has filed lawsuits against two pharmacies that he's seeking to block from doing business in the state.

  Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office filed the lawsuits against David Pharmacy LLC and Rock City Pharmacy LLC in the Raleigh Circuit Court Thursday. His office says both pharmacies are based in Utah.

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  About 430 West Virginia students won't have to pay nearly $446,000 in outstanding loans for online courses of a Pittsburgh firm that runs for-profit trade schools and colleges.

  Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced West Virginia's portion of the settlement Monday with Education Management Corporation.

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A Jackson County meat wholesaler has been ordered to comply with a subpoena in an investigation by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office.

  Morrisey's office has been investigating complaints that Thaxton Wholesale Meats LLC coerced elderly customers into buying products.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning residents about a new scam involving bank card customer service numbers.

Morrisey says scammers are buying phone numbers similar to those of actual customer service numbers used by debit and credit card companies. They place ads online promoting the number as a customer service hotline to trick people who are looking for help with their account. Callers hear a recorded message promoting them to enter their personal information.

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The attorneys general of Ohio and West Virginia are leading an effort to oppose new federal rules that clarify which small streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield from pollution and development.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey — along with their counterparts from a dozen other states — signed a letter to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement this week saying that the rules will hurt coal mining operations.

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A political operative hired by West Virginia's attorney general has quit.

Lance James Henderson's resignation Wednesday followed a report of his hiring by the Charleston Gazette-Mail. In a statement on his resignation, Henderson said his hiring as Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's deputy chief of staff had become a distraction.

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West Virginia's attorney general has hired a veteran political operative for a new position as his deputy chief of staff.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Attorney General Patrick Morrisey eliminated a job in his office's consumer protection division to hire 51-year-old Lance James Henderson of Walla Walla, Washington. His salary is $99,500.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginians about a scam involving bogus credit card debt collections.

Morrissey says the callers target consumers about an overdue credit card debt and insist on getting payment information over the phone.

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Former West Virginia Delegate Mark Hunt is joining the 2016 race for attorney general.

Hunt announced his candidacy on Wednesday on his website.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his office will host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event at the state Capitol.

The event is set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday near the East Rotunda. Morrisey is asking residents to look through their medicine cabinets and bring any unused, unwanted or expired medications to the event for safe disposal.

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Charleston attorney David Higgins has opened a fundraising account for a possible 2016 bid against Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

The Democrat filed pre-candidacy papers Friday. He is a founding member of Robinson & McElwee, PLLC. Higgins was a Charleston city councilman from 2003 to 2011. He spent $188,400 in a losing state Senate bid in the 2006 Democratic primary. He loaned his campaign almost $100,000.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says West Virginia will receive more than $845,000 from a multistate settlement with Amgen Inc.

The $71 million settlement resolved investigations by 48 states and the District of Columbia into illegal marketing of Amgen's drugs Aranesp and Enbrel.

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  According to a recently conducted survey by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, at least six of 55 county commissions in West Virginia start their meetings with a prayer.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Tuesday that Jackson, Mineral, Pleasants, Ritchie and Tyler county commissioners say a prayer at meetings, while the Berkeley County Commission opens its meetings with a prayer by a clergy member or commissioner.

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 Cabell-Huntington Hospital is one step closer to acquiring St. Mary’s Medical Center. An antitrust agreement filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office establishes a series of conditions for the acquisition.

At a news conference Friday, Morrisey said the agreement ensures the merger follows state and federal law while also providing access to affordable health care in the area through economic competition.

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Republican attorneys general from across the county will meet next month at The Greenbrier resort.

The Republican Attorneys General Association is set to hold its summer national meeting at the resort in White Sulphur Springs from Aug. 1-4.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey sits on the organization's executive committee. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi chairs the executive committee.

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A federal judge has ruled that West Virginia must pay about $92,000 to lawyers who fought the state's same-sex marriage ban.

The Charleston Gazette reports that fees approved Thursday by U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers were less than one-third the amount the lawyers requested. He said the number of hours billed and the hourly rates were excessive for West Virginia.

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West Virginia and eight other states are suing over new water regulations criticized as overly burdensome on farmers and landowners.

On Tuesday, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was filed in southern Georgia federal court.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he won't run for governor next year, instead seeking re-election for his current post.

The first-term Republican made the announcement Tuesday during a conference call with reporters.

The decision could help the state's newly empowered Republican Party avoid a bruising primary fight.


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A federal appeals court has thrown out a pair of lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's plan to address climate change.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the lawsuits are premature because the proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency is not yet final.

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Six months after mid-term elections, the race for West Virginia’s next governor is already underway with two major announcements this week from Republican leaders.

On Monday, Republican Congressman David McKinley announced on a conference call with reporters he was setting aside personal aspirations to run for re-election to the House of Representative. His announcement was followed quickly Tuesday by a press conference where Senate President Bill Cole confirmed he would run for the office.

“I will be a candidate for governor of the great state of West Virginia,” Cole said during the short speech at his Nissan dealership near Bluefield. He followed the announcement with a second press conference in Charleston where he was surrounded by Republican members of both the House and Senate.