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New West Virginia environmental secretary appointed

Jan. 21, 2021 4:13 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Harold Ward as the state's new environmental secretary on Wednesday. The Department of Environmental Protection is in charge of regulating everything from air and water quality to overseeing abandoned mine lands. Ward was most recently...

The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks after arriving back in his hometown of Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Pence has returned to his Indiana hometown, where he told a small crowd that serving in the White House was the greatest honor of his life. Pence flew on a government plane Wednesday afternoon into the Columbus Municipal Airport with his wife, Karen, after attending President Joe Biden’s inauguration. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pence returns to Indiana hometown as vice presidency ends

Jan. 20, 2021 5:23 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence returned Wednesday to his Indiana hometown, where he told a small crowd of family member and supporters that serving in the White House was the greatest honor of his life. Pence flew on a government plane into the Columbus Municipal Airport with his...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 20, 2021 3:11 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 20 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the inauguration of President Joe Biden marking ‘a new day in America': Though it was hardly peaceful, it was a transition — an essential transition after four years of tumult capped by an...

Biden will pick a new judge for Detroit's federal court

Jan. 20, 2021 2:12 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The federal court in Detroit could have one of President Joe Biden's first judicial appointments. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts is taking senior status, which allows her to reduce her caseload. It also creates a slot for another judge, who would be nominated by Biden and considered by...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, a county election worker scans mail-in ballots at a tabulating area at the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

EXPLAINER: Election claims, and why it's clear Biden won

Jan. 20, 2021 1:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday as the nation’s 46th president, Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters still believe Biden was not legitimately elected after Trump continues to argue the election was stolen. There is no evidence of the widespread fraud that Trump and...

Justice to appoint successor for judge in residency case

Jan. 20, 2021 11:25 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is preparing to appoint a judge who would be in line to hear the residency lawsuit filed against him. Justice will decide who succeeds longtime Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King, who had been hearing the case but died in December, the...

West Virginia cabinet secretary Dennis Davis dies

Jan. 20, 2021 4:41 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Dennis Davis has died, the governor announced Tuesday. Gov. Jim Justice praised Davis at a news conference and said he gave “a lifetime of service” to the state. “Without question, he...

Pima County Superior Court gets 3 judges to fill vacancies

Jan. 20, 2021 12:10 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County Superior Court is getting three new judges. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday appointed Jeffrey Sklar, Lisa Abrams and Gary Cohen to the court to fill some judicial vacancies. The vacancies were created by the appointment of Judge John Hinderaker to the United States...

National Guards deploy inside the security perimeter surrounding the Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

McConnell pressures Democrats to keep Senate filibuster

Jan. 19, 2021 7:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In one of his final acts as majority leader, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is pressuring Democrats to keep the filibuster — the procedural tool that liberals and progressives are eager to to do away with so President-elect Joe Biden's legislative priorities can be...