Friday, August 28, 2015


Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today that a consumer representative from the Attorney General’s Office will conduct mobile office hours throughout southwestern West Virginia. The representative will be available to discuss the latest scams the Office has noticed in the state and provides consumers with tips to protect their personal, identifiable information.

Peni Adams, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist with the Office, will host the mobile office hours, which are scheduled below:
  • 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 3 at the McDowell Commission on Aging, 725 Stewart St., Welch;
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Sept. 8 at the Wyoming Council on Aging, 695 Mountaineer Highway, Mullens;
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 9 at CASE WV Commission on Aging, 600 Trent St., Princeton; and
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Wharton-Barrett Community Center, 178 Bennett St., Wharton
“Every month our Office conducts mobile office hours throughout the state to engage with local consumers in their home communities,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “These mobile office hours allow consumers to learn more about the Office, consumer protection issues and the scams they need to be cautious about.”

The mobile office hours are open to the public; reservations are not required.

For information about the mobile office hours, contact Peni Adams 304-993-9106.

W.Va. attorney general warns of medical supply shipments

(AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning consumers about out-of-state enterprises sending unsolicited order forms, medical supplies or medications to insurance customers without their consent.

The Consumer Protection Division has received several reports of consumers receiving what appear to be order forms for medical supplies and prescriptions from out-of-state pharmacies. Consumers and medical providers are also receiving supplies and prescriptions from these pharmacies, even though they have not placed orders from these companies.

Many of these reports are from residents who are diabetic and frequently fill prescriptions for diabetes medications and testing supplies.

Morrisey's office is looking into whether there has been a data breach or theft of customer prescription information.

Unemployment rates drop in 115 Kentucky counties

(AP) — State officials say unemployment rates declined in 115 of Kentucky's 120 counties between July 2014 and last month.

The state Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County had the lowest jobless rate at 4 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Owen counties at 4.1 percent each. The next lowest rates were Boone County at 4.3 percent and Scott County at 4.4 percent.

Three counties each had a 4.5 percent rate — Campbell, Jessamine and Kenton.

Magoffin County had the state's highest jobless rate at 12.8 percent. It was followed by Harlan County at 12 percent, Leslie County at 11.1 percent, Letcher County at 10.8 percent and Carter County at 10.3 percent.

Legal aid group to train lawyers for disability hearings

(AP) — A legal aid group is holding a training session for attorneys who want to help represent some of the 1,500 people who are in danger of losing their federal disability benefits.

The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund will train volunteer lawyers on Saturday at the University of Kentucky Law School Courtroom. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the training lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Mary Going at (800) 678-8525, extension 1315, to RSVP.

The Social Security Administration is reviewing the federal disability benefits of about 1,500 people who were represented by eastern Kentucky attorney Eric Conn. Conn has not been charged with a crime and has denied any wrongdoing.

Each of the people being reviewed will have a hearing and needs to be represented by an attorney.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

W.Va. regulators cite 2 companies in fatal mine accidents

(AP) — Two companies have been cited by West Virginia regulators in separate fatal mine accidents.

The Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training issued two citations to Rogers Petroleum Services Inc. and eight citations to Murray Energy.

A Rogers Petroleum employee, 52-year-old Von Bower, was killed earlier this year when his truck overturned at a surface mine in Raleigh County.

Forty-five-year-old John M. "Mike" Garloch of Neffs, Ohio, was killed and three other workers were injured earlier this year in a roof and rib fall at Murray Energy's Marshall County mine near Cameron.

State inspectors briefed the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety on reports on their investigations of the accidents on Wednesday.

The companies say they are reviewing the reports.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

W.Va. wellness center to receive $200k in federal funding

(AP) — The Williamson Health and Wellness Center will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced the funding on Tuesday.

The money is designated for enhancing psychological and social health care services for people with diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The goal of the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program is to provide more effective care for rural patients living with chronic conditions by integrating behavioral health care into primary care.

W.Va. state workers file grievances over payday switch

(AP) — A change in pay periods for state employees has prompted grievances from workers who say they won't receive their full salaries during the switchover.

The state began switching pay periods in June from twice monthly to biweekly. Pay periods will increase from 24 to 26.

Gordon Simmons with the West Virginia Public Workers says some employees discovered that they will receive 25 paychecks in the switchover year. Overall, he says the change could cost employees millions of dollars.

The grievances include one filed by David Harper Gardner Jr. and 23 other Department of Transportation employees. Gardner says he discovered that he'll lose about $212.

State Auditor's Office spokesman Justin Southern says it's his understanding that no one will lose pay because of the change.