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ABA Spirit of Excellence Award recipient reflects upon distinguished military legal career

MORGANTOWN – Excelsior Bottom's most-famous son, retired Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Gray, says he's honored to have received the American Bar Association's 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award and observed the military has a way to go toward gender and racial inclusivity.

Bail reform bill's passage step toward fixing 'broken' system, ACLU-WV policy director says

CHARLESTON – Bail reform legislation to change how West Virginia magistrates set bond in misdemeanor criminal cases that passed the state House of Delegates will help fix a broken system, a civil liberties advocate said.

Legislation to end civil forfeiture without due process will rise again, ACLU spokesman says

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is keeping hope alive for legislation to end civil forfeiture without "real due process" in the state.

WVU soon will offer legal forensics degree

MORGANTOWN – The complexity of modern white-collar crime has pointed up the need for an advanced forensics law degree that will be offered at West Virginia University beginning this summer, the director of WVU's Master of Law program said during a recent interview.

Kay Casto & Chaney adds three attorneys to new Martinsburg office

MARTINSBURG — Kay Casto & Chaney is opening the firm's next chapter in its 95-year history with a new office in Martinsburg.

West Virginia Innocence Project working to overturn convicted rapist's conviction

MORGANTOWN – Less than a month since a man who spent 20 years in prison for raping his 5-year-old daughter was freed, the director of the West Virginia Innocence Project explained why the program does what it does.

West Virginia would be hard hit with loss of DACA

NEW YORK — Data about the impact of immigrants and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) on West Virginia's economy is part of today's iMarch for Immigration, a 50-state campaign calling for a congressional solution to the impasse over the measure also known as the DREAM Act by year's end.

Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of the Week enjoying a 'successful' second season

CHARLESTON – With more than a dozen games visited and more scheduled across the state through the rest of football season, the second year of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of the Week is proving as successful as the first, he says.

WVU professor: NAFTA renegotiations 'might even make things worse' for state

MORGANTOWN – The devil might be in the details of a Trump administration-renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that could end up hurting West Virginia even if it benefits the rest of the nation, a West Virginia University law professor said during a recent interview.

WVU Law ranks 34th best law school in recent study regarding loan debt

MORGANTOWN – A financial education company's recent high ranking of West Virginia University College of Law points up the benefits of graduating new attorneys with well managed debt loads, a university admissions and financial support official said.

McKinley, others meet with Trump to discuss opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON – A recent discussion with President Trump and members of his administration marked the latest public effort West Virginia U.S. Rep. David McKinley has taken to fight the nation's opioid epidemic.

McKinley: War on Coal now 'officially over' with Trump's executive order

WHEELING – Two members of West Virginia's congressional delegation praised President Trump for the executive order they witnessed him sign that the president said is part of his administration's efforts to end the war on coal.

WV Supreme Court orders authorization of injured bus driver's MRI

CHARLESTON – West Virginia's Workers’ Compensation Board of Review has been ordered by the state's Supreme Court of Appeals to authorize a medically recommended procedure for a Wood County Schools bus driver injured on the job in 2010.

Trump expected to sign resolution to end coal rule, McKinley's office says

WASHINGTON — The beginning of the end of the so-called "war on coal" began this week when both chambers of Congress approved resolutions to overturn the Obama-era Stream Protection Rule, the office of U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.V., announced Feb. 2.

Ohio Valley Research Consortium formed by U.S. House Rep. McKinley

WASHINGTON – A research consortium focused on drug addiction and opioid abuse, cyber-security, health care, and job creation among area veterans was formed late last month, according to a press release.

Charleston's newest city councilman and daughter attend Trump inauguration

CHARLESTON – Newly seated Charleston City Councilman Charles R. "Rusty" Webb could be in only one place on Jan. 20.

McKinley named vice chairman of Energy & Commerce subcommittee on Environment

WASHINGTON – The state's 1st Congressional District representative, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee since 2011, has been selected to be vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment.

McKinley 'optimistic' of solution in miner retirement and health care impasse

WASHINGTON – A fellow congressional supporter of U.S. Rep. David McKinley's re-introduced House bill to protect pensions and health benefits of more than 120,000 retirees and their families says the legislation is picking up support and momentum.

McKinley praised for agreement after long coal ash fight

WASHINGTON – After seven tries at coal ash disposal legislation, the U.S. Representative from West Virginia's 1st Congressional District is being praised for an agreement between House and Senate Conference Committees announced earlier this month.

Meractus report: Health care in West Virginia has room for improvement

FAIRFAX, Va. – Although there is some not-so-bad news for West Virginia's health care ranking in a report recently released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the predicted direction is predominantly up, according to one of the report's authors.