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A national response to the fentanyl epidemic

By Evan Jenkins | Nov 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Last month, President Trump brought national attention to an issue affecting West Virginia more than any other state – the fentanyl and opioid crisis. By declaring a public health emergency, new resources and support will be coming to West Virginia to help stop drug trafficking and expand treatment for people struggling with addiction.

Human trafficking can happen here

By Patrick Morrisey | Nov 7, 2017

CHARLESTON – When many hear the phrase “human trafficking,” they may think of people from abroad being smuggled into this country to work.

President Trump is right to decertify Iran deal

By Patrick Morrisey | Nov 1, 2017

CHARLESTON – By decertifying the Iran deal, President Trump has taken an important step toward making the United States, and the world, a safer place.

DiTrapano leaves a rich, colorful legacy

By Tim DiPiero | Nov 1, 2017

When a man like Rudy DiTrapano, your legal mentor and friend, lives a full life for 89 years, you're naturally sad but you have an abiding sense of gratitude that he was around so long and so sharp until the very end. But some lives touch you and so many others in such profound ways that their death is especially noteworthy and significant. And you find yourself not willing to say good-bye silently. That’s the case with Rudy. I've got to publicly thank him and pay tribute to his incredible life.

The unauthorized practice of law

By Sharon Eubanks | Oct 25, 2017

WHEELING – Each state has laws that prohibit the unauthorized practice of law. Generally, these laws restrict the practice of law to lawyers who are licensed by the state. Licensing requirements are not uniform, but they frequently require taking and passing one or more bar examinations and a background investigation as to the fitness of an individual to practice law.

Incentivizing change to combat opioid abuse

By Patrick Morrisey | Oct 17, 2017

CHARLESTON – As the chief legal officers of our states, myself and other attorneys general are taking action on many fronts to fight the opioid epidemic. We recognize that the devastating cost of addiction demands an unyielding commitment that utilizes every tool at our disposal.

Understanding the importance of underinsured motorist coverage

By John Artimez | Oct 10, 2017

WHEELING – Few things in the practice of law are as frustrating as having a client who needs help, deserves help, and yet can’t get that help. To make matters even worse, more often than not the dilemma is created by the client herself. Allow me to explain.

The Flag, the Medal of Honor and the President

By Christopher J. Regan | Oct 3, 2017

WHEELING – During the Civil War, flags on the battlefield had enormous tactical and strategic importance. Regimental flags allowed soldiers to know the position of their units, and which direction they should be moving to keep up with it.

Major reform of nation's tax system badly needed

By Conrad Lucas | Oct 3, 2017

You've probably heard in the news that President Trump is beginning to move Congress toward tackling tax reforms.

Transportation vital to West Virginia's economic development

By Matthew Ballard and Bill Bissett | Sep 26, 2017

CHARLESTON – In today's global economy, adequate, efficient and effective infrastructure is one vital component of successful economic development. Economic opportunities are increasingly related to the mobility of people, goods and information.

Fall in love with #AlmostHeaven West Virginia

By Chelsea Ruby | Sep 26, 2017

CHARLESTON – In #AlmostHeaven West Virginia, choosing a favorite season can be next to impossible. Each one seems wilder and more wonderful than the last. Snow-capped winter mountains give way to springtime blooms which transform into the deep and rolling green hills of summertime. But for many of our state’s most devoted fans, one season stands out from the rest. And it’s just around the corner.

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

By Beth A. White | Sep 19, 2017

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

By Rebecca McPhail | Sep 19, 2017

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

By Mac Warner | Sep 5, 2017

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

By Patrick Morrisey | Aug 28, 2017

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

By Roman D. Stauffer | Aug 22, 2017

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

By Mac Warner | Aug 15, 2017

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

By David Hammer | Aug 8, 2017

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

By Patrick Morrisey | Jul 31, 2017

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

By Roman Stauffer | Jul 24, 2017

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.

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