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Trial by jury and its role in American history is forgotten today

Beth A. White Sep. 19, 2017, 12:12pm

CHARLESTON – September 17, 2017, was the 230th anniversary of the U. S. Constitution and an opportunity to celebrate our rights enshrined there. One of the most important is the right to trial by jury.

West Virginia needs the road bond

Rebecca McPhail Sep. 19, 2017, 12:07pm

CHARLESTON – In West Virginia, location is a key selling point for manufacturing companies that want easy access to eastern markets and east coast shipping channels. Yet location means little if roads and bridges are not well maintained or modernized.

Cyber terrorism strategy important to safeguarding W.Va. elections

Mac Warner Sep. 5, 2017, 12:32pm

CHARLESTON – The most challenging war we may need to fight in the future will be in cyberspace. It’s a fight I am preparing for as your Secretary of State.

A call to action for West Virginians

Patrick Morrisey Aug. 28, 2017, 1:06pm

CHARLESTON – We are in a crisis, one that can only be solved with a great deal of hard work and engagement from citizens across our state. Opioid addiction continues to decimate West Virginia, reducing our workforce, tearing apart families and ultimately, claiming lives day after day.

Lawsuit reform helps small businesses across West Virginia

Roman D. Stauffer Aug. 22, 2017, 9:04am

CHARLESTON – Small and local businesses are a major contributor to the livelihood of local communities across West Virginia. They are often the places we shop with family, celebrate over a meal with good friends, or prepare the car for a long summer beach trip. Unfortunately, many of our small businesses have become a favorite target of abusive lawsuits.

Focus on elections, business sparks results for West Virginia

Mac Warner Aug. 15, 2017, 1:40pm

CHARLESTON – Laser focus on election integrity, customer-oriented service for businesses, and protecting our state’s most vulnerable citizens are the core strengths of the Office of the Secretary of State during the first six months of this administration.

Local officials right to seek recovery of lost tax dollars

David Hammer Aug. 8, 2017, 8:50am

MARTINSBURG – According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioid overdose deaths in 2015 killed West Virginians at the rate of 41.5 per 100,000 residents. Lost lives. Shattered families. An estimated millions of dollars in state, county and municipal debt thanks to the highest overdose rate in the country – one that’s three times the national average.

AG's office is ready, willing and able to help consumers

Patrick Morrisey Jul. 31, 2017, 8:00am

CHARLESTON – Most businesses are reputable, but when a home repair, a vehicle sale or other transaction goes wrong, our office looks out for consumers.

Justice Davis' ethical lapses continue

Roman Stauffer Jul. 24, 2017, 8:00am

CHARLESTON – Leading up to and following the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia's decision in Leggett v. EQT Production Company, there was much attention given to the fact that newly elected Justice Beth Walker’s husband had held some energy stocks before the Court’s rehearing of the case. In response, Justice Walker notified the court that her husband had divested himself of ownership of shares of stock of any company engaged in the business of producing coal, oil, natural gas, wind, and solar energy.

2018 GOP primary for U.S. Senate race heats up early

Hoppy Kercheval Jul. 18, 2017, 4:46pm

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia’s political migration from blue to red means the Republican Party increasingly faces prospects of contested Primary Elections. Last week, West Virginia Wesleyan Political Science Professor Robert Rupp wrote, “As recently as a decade ago the idea of a contentious Republican primary was unthinkable given the weak state of the GOP state party.”

Millionaire lawyers using old tricks for jackpot justice

Roman Stauffer Jul. 11, 2017, 8:12am

CHARLESTON – For too many years, West Virginia’s leaders have worked to attract jobs, small businesses, and spur economic growth while facing the stiff headwinds to much-needed lawsuit reforms from greedy personal injury lawyers and corrupt politicians.

Savings are a good start in fighting disability fraud

Patrick Morrisey Jun. 27, 2017, 11:59am

CHARLESTON – One of life’s little pleasant surprises is reaching into an old coat pocket and finding a few misplaced dollars. Even better is keeping millions of dollars in the pockets of taxpayers, which is exactly what my office’s Social Security disability fraud unit was created to do.

Bloodletting in Charleston

Christopher J. Regan Jun. 20, 2017, 7:13am

WHEELING – From ancient times until the late 1800s, physicians believed in bloodletting as a treatment for all kinds of diseases. Doctors and scientists thought that blood carried what they called “humours” that got out of balance in sick people, and that pouring out some of the blood would balance them and cure the disease. Sometimes leeches were used. We know now that this thinking was wrong and that intentionally bleeding a patient usually hurts and can even kill.

Agriculture commissioner urges state to embrace STEAM

Kent Leonhardt Jun. 13, 2017, 3:14pm

CHARLESTON – Recently, a West Virginia Department of Agriculture employee participated in Career Day at Leading Creek Elementary in Lewis County. Kudos to these teachers for setting forth the importance of introducing their students, at such a young age, to careers that fall under the science, technology, engineering and math initiative called STEM.

What makes West Virginia #AlmostHeaven to you

Chelsea Ruby Jun. 6, 2017, 12:03pm

West Virginians — and everyone who loves West Virginia — I have a small but very important favor to ask: This month, take a few minutes to tell the world what it is you love about our state.

Residents encouraged to vote in upcoming municipal elections

Donald Kersey May 30, 2017, 1:15pm

CHARLESTON – Upon taking office five months ago, Secretary of State Mac Warner wasted no time in teaming up with county clerks across the state to clean up voter rolls in all 55 counties. The results of that teamwork are incredible.

Contingent fees, class actions ensure justice for all, not just rich CEOs

Jane E. Peak May 23, 2017, 11:40am

MORGANTOWN – The January 2014 water crisis following the Freedom Industries' chemical leak affected more than 225,000 Kanawha Valley residents, workers and businesses. People had to purchase bottled water to drink and cook and had to travel outside the area to bathe. Businesses were affected too, especially restaurants, medical offices, hotels and others that depend on safe, clean water for daily operations.

Budget cuts threaten to slam courthouse doors on many West Virginians

Linda A. Klein and Marc E. Williams May 23, 2017, 11:29am

HUNTINGTON – When ordinary Americans need help with life’s big problems, the Legal Services Corporation is there. But its survival is threatened. That’s why it needs help from every resident of West Virginia. What does the LSC do to protect low-income individuals and families who can’t afford a lawyer? Here’s a recent story from Kanawha County.

Painkiller alternatives may reduce risk of prescription opioid abuse

Patrick Morrisey May 16, 2017, 11:49am

CHARLESTON – Opioid abuse is devastating our state, and too often it starts with something as seemingly harmless as the prescription of an opioid-based pain medication.

Justice Walker's spotlight moment

Hoppy Kercheval May 9, 2017, 9:21am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia State Supreme Court is revisiting a controversial decision made last year impacting the amount of money natural gas companies pay to certain royalty owners.