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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...

Employer COVID vaccine exemptions sought in West Virginia

Oct. 13, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia employers would be limited in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus under a bill introduced by Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday. The proposal, which would allow certain medical and religious...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Oct. 13, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. Oct. 12, 2021. Editorial: Are Manchin’s latest concerns more about money? Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is holding up the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema,...

Redistricting maps advance in West Virginia Legislature

Oct. 12, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Proposed maps of West Virginia's congressional and legislative districts continued to advance in the Legislature on Tuesday. West Virginia lost one of its three U.S. House seats after the 2020 Census. A map to redraw the state into two...

West Virginia lawmakers endorse redistricting maps

Oct. 11, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers endorsed proposed maps of congressional and state legislative districts during a special session on redistricting Monday, setting up a potential fight between two of the state's current members of Congress. West Virginia...

West Virginia lawmakers set to start redistricting session

Oct. 10, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s special legislative session on redistricting starts Monday as lawmakers deal with one less congressional seat and make wholesale changes in the House of Delegates. Lawmakers will meet in special session as part of previously...

Covenant House in W.Va. has been helping people for 40 years

Oct. 09, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Darryl Henry’s secret power is simple. “I’m good at organizing chaos,” said Henry. It’s the silver lining on a childhood with a lot of dark clouds. The eleventh of 14 kids, he was the tenth boy...

WVa gov calls special legislative session for redistricting

Oct. 08, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to deal with redistricting as well as to dole out federal pandemic funding. The session is set to start on Monday. Lawmakers already were...

West Virginia governor trapped in malfunctioning elevator

Oct. 07, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A malfunction caused West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to become trapped in the elevator at the governor's residence Thursday, his office said. The Republican governor was stuck for about 30 minutes after the malfunction as mansion staff, state...

WVa NAACP president is 1st Black male in state Senate

Oct. 07, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — NAACP West Virginia chapter president Owens Brown will be the first Black man to serve in the state Senate, Gov Jim Justice said Thursday. Justice announced Brown’s appointment to the Senate seat vacated by the resignation of Bill Ihlenfeld,...