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Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Nov. 17, 2021 13:35 PM EST

Charleston Gazette-Mail. Nov. 15, 2021. Editorial: Rules are different for the uber wealthy It’s no great revelation that there is a dichotomy in this country between how middle- and lower-income Americans are treated compared to the rich. ...

Facing many unclaimed remains, officials seek to change law

Nov. 16, 2021 12:33 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office is storing nearly 250 sets of unclaimed remains, some since the 1970s, according to a report that has prompted a legislative committee to recommend changes to the state law. The West Virginia...

Biden nominates NLRB board counsel as mine safety chief

Nov. 15, 2021 17:06 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick to oversee U.S. mine safety is the second straight choice to lead the office from West Virginia. Christopher Williamson was nominated by the president on Friday as assistant secretary for mine, safety and health at the...

Gov.: Ex-West Virginia House Speaker Robert Kiss dies at 63

Nov. 06, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Robert Kiss, who spent a decade as speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates and later served as state Department of Revenue secretary, has died, Gov. Jim Justice announced. The cause of death of Kiss, 63, was not mentioned in a statement...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Oct. 27, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Oct. 25, 2021. Editorial: Learning from W.Va. neonatal drug rules According to a recent Post-Gazette investigation, roughly 1 in 10 babies born to mothers from the rural southwest corner of Pennsylvania is exposed to drugs...

WVa officials welcome idea of adding Maryland counties

Oct. 22, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Top West Virginia officials on Friday said they would welcome three Maryland counties that inquired about becoming part of the Mountain State, even though the likelihood of the union is almost nonexistent. “We're absolutely standing here with...

After delays, West Virginia Senate passes redistricting map

Oct. 19, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After days of delays, West Virginia's Republican-controlled Senate approved its redistricting map with little debate Tuesday. The 17-district map passed on a 31-2 vote after the start of the Senate's floor session was pushed back multiple times....

COVID-19 vaccine exemption passes West Virginia House

Oct. 15, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill to limit West Virginia employers in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus passed the House of Delegates on Friday. The proposal, which would allow certain medical and religious exemptions to company...

GOP US House incumbents plan to seek reelection in WVa

Oct. 14, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two incumbent Republicans in the U.S. House whose West Virginia districts merged under a newly minted congressional map announced Thursday that they will run for reelection next year. Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney announced their...

West Virginia lawmakers OK redistrict maps amid criticism

Oct. 13, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s House of Delegates passed its redistricting map Wednesday amid sharp criticism from Democrats that the new single-member district system for all 100 delegates was weighted heavily in favor of supermajority Republicans. Based...