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AG's office files civil complaint against teacher, aides accused of abusing special needs students

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 19, 2019

MARTINSBURG – The state Attorney General’s office has filed a civil complaint against three Berkeley County school employees in the aftermath of abuse allegations against special needs students.

Ketchum seeks probation or fine while federal prosecutors want him to serve 6-12 months

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 18, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum’s attorney says his client only should be placed on probation or fined on a federal wire fraud charge.

Founder DiTrapano's legacy lives on despite Charleston law firm's recent name change

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 14, 2019

CHARLESTON –DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons has a new name, but the members insist it’s the same law firm. The firm, located in downtown Charleston, now is known as DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress.

Canterbury says damage done by Loughry goes deeper than crimes for which he was convicted

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 14, 2019

CHARLESTON – The former state Supreme Court administrator who was fired days after former Justice Allen Loughry became chief justice says he thinks justice has been served.

Loughry sentenced to two years in prison

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 13, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been sentenced to two years in prison and three years supervised probation.

State will get more than $300K of national $72.5M Fiat Chrysler emissions settlement

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 12, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has finalized a $302,500 settlement with Fiat Chrysler as part of a broader multistate settlement with the auto manufacturer.

CALA says excessive litigation cost state $35M in 2018; trial lawyer group disputes study

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 12, 2019

CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group says excessive tort litigation cost West Virginia more than 3,800 jobs and about $35 million in state and local revenue.

Juror at heart of Loughry's motion seeking new trial upset by allegations: 'We were so fair'

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 11, 2019

CHARLESTON – The juror whose social media usage was the focus of former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry’s motion seeking a new trial is upset by the accusations.

Federal judge denies another Loughry request for new trial; sentencing set for Feb. 13

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 9, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been denied a second request for a new trial. On Feb. 8, U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver issued an order related to a sealed motion seeking a new trial. Copenhaver previously denied Loughry’s other request for a new trial last month.

Walker touts new financial policies and the 'new' state Supreme Court

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 8, 2019

CHARLESTON – The “new” state Supreme Court has new policies, and the chief justice wants the public to see them.

UPDATE: House speaker sets public hearings for education reform bill

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 7, 2019

CHARLESTON – House Speaker Roger Hanshaw has requested a public hearing on the comprehensive education reform bill. The hearings for Senate Bill 451 are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the House Chamber at the state Capitol. The second hearing was added later to allow teachers to attend.

State owns 8,380 vehicles -- about 4,000 fewer than what was being insured

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 6, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state of West Virginia owns 8,380 vehicles, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Government Organization. That number is about 4,000 fewer than the number of vehicles that have been insured by the state.

Morrisey, other AGs ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear case on ban of dismemberment abortions

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 5, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined a 21-state effort urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case about a state’s ability to ban a disturbing type of abortion.

AG's office distributing $235K to consumers from cookware company

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has started the process of distributing more than $235,000 to consumers victimized by a kitchen hardware manufacturing and sales company.

Loughry disciplinary hearing rescheduled again; Ketchum sentencing to be moved once again

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — A state Judicial Hearing Board hearing about former Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been rescheduled for a second time. And, the federal sentencing for former Justice Menis Ketchum will be rescheduled once again.

Morrisey wants control of Medicaid fraud unit moved from DHHR to AG's office

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — A state Senate bill would move West Virginia’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from the Department of Health and Human Resources to the Attorney General’s office.

Months after reinstatement, diTrapano becomes partner at Charleston firm

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 4, 2019

CHARLESTON – Less than six months after having his law license reinstated, Dante diTrapano has become a partner at a prominent Charleston law firm.

Morrisey opinion says education bill likely passes 'single-object' question

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 1, 2019

CHARLESTON — As the state Senate's education omnibus bill heads to the House of Delegates, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed an opinion regarding one aspect of the measure.

AG's office urges consumers to safeguard tax information

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 31, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging consumers to protect personal information and exercise caution when preparing and filing their return this tax season.

Theater union member's sexual harassment case against business manager remanded to state court

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 31, 2019

WHEELING – An Ohio County woman’s lawsuit against a union and its business manager alleging sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge has been remanded back to state court.

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