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Abortions are now banned 20 weeks after conception in West Virginia.

The ban became effective Tuesday, despite Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's disapproval.

On West Virginia Morning, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey appeared before Congress yesterday to say the EPA’s clean power plan is illegal.  And Jesse Wright has the story about how service dogs can help veterans dealing with PTSD.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey testified in front of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee Tuesday saying the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is illegal.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office will present oral arguments before a U.S. Court of Appeals Thursday fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon emission standards. 

The proposed standards were released for comment last summer by the federal EPA. They would require states across the country to reduce their carbon emissions by 30 percent in 15 years, focusing particularly on emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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 Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the owner of a company that sold illegal synthetic drugs in West Virginia has been fined $375,000.

Morrisey said Thursday that the fine is part of a permanent injunction issued by the Putnam County Circuit Court against Nutragenomics Manufacturing LLC owner Drew Green. According to the attorney general, Green violated state law by misleading customers and mislabeling the chemicals his now-defunct company sold over the phone and online.

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  In a possible bid for governor, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he raised more than $310,000 over two months and has about $546,000 in cash.

In a news release Thursday, Morrisey said the totals account for a late January fundraising start and a new $250,000 self-loan.

Morrisey's campaign says he may use the cash for re-election or the open governor's race next year.

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Imagine you go to pull your social security card or driver's license out of your wallet, and instead find a note demanding money for its return. The digital version of that scenario played out in one business owner's computer.

Ryan Whittington owns and operates Club K-9, a dog-boarding facility in South Charleston. He was blind-sided by the Cryptolocker virus, which is a type of malicious software broadly known as ransomware.

At the legislature today, Republican leaders are one step closer to realizing their tort reform goals this session as the Senate passes a bill imposing comparative fault. The amended bill heads back to the House for its approval. And on tourism day at the legislature, we'll meet the new Tourism Commissioner and find out her priorities to grow the number of visitors to the state. These stories and more coming up on The Legislature Today.

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A West Virginia attorney general report says the company behind last January's chemical spill knew of its facility's defects for years.

The report released Thursday by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey office's says in 2010, one manager's report even said "a potential catastrophic failure" could occur without drainage improvements.

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Three West Virginia law enforcement departments getting money to buy boxes for residents to safely get rid of unused prescriptions.

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A Putnam County store operator has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to the state to settle a price-gouging complaint after the January water crisis.

Under the terms of the agreement released Tuesday by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Mid Valley Mart LLC says it will comply with state consumer protection laws. In exchange, a Putnam County Circuit Court complaint will be dismissed.

On West Virginia Morning, a report about a study that explores the health benefits of lower carbon emissions and we’ll learn more about a new report released yesterday about economic recovery in the state and the transition from coal to natural gas. 

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Tuesday's docket before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals included a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey against the state's Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel. The decision in that case could potentially give more power to the Constitutional office.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is reminding citizens to be on guard against a phone scam in which a caller pretends to work for the Internal Revenue Service and threatens residents if they don’t pay a certain sum using a pre-paid debit card or money order.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office will argue in front of the West Virginia Supreme Court for the ability to assist county prosecutors who request help with criminal cases.

A hearing is set for Sept. 30.

In a June petition, Morrisey asked the court to prohibit enforcement of a legal opinion by two state entities saying his office's lawyers can't serve as assistant prosecutors.

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  Twelve state attorneys general are urging an appeals court to decide quickly on a lawsuit over the legality of proposed carbon emission standards.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced the motion Wednesday at a news conference in Ashland, Kentucky.

Wednesday's filing in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asks for a quicker timeline on a lawsuit saying the federal standards should be thrown out.

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The Charleston Gazette is suing West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey over the release of state records.

The Gazette reports that it filed the lawsuit Thursday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. The newspaper is seeking records related to the attorney general's office's ongoing case against a drug company that Morrisey's wife lobbies for in Washington, D.C.

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  The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the claim in bankruptcy court in Charleston.

The claim against Freedom Industries covers multiple agencies' spill response efforts, including personnel costs, clean water supplies, research and testing.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked a judge to postpone ruling on a federal lawsuit challenging West Virginia's same-sex marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews a ruling in a similar case in Virginia.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban on Monday.

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  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is suing President Barack Obama's administration over allegations of hand-picking which laws to follow.

The Republican's lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

The filing by Solicitor General Elbert Lin targets an Obama administrative fix to let some people temporarily keep unqualified plans under the Affordable Care Act.

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