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Butchering Hogs And Registering To Vote On This West Virginia Morning

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On this West Virginia Morning, we learn about the art of butchering animals – a practice that is seeing a resurgence in Appalachia during the coronavirus pandemic. Also, in this show, we hear how West Virginia’s two U.S. senators have weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, and we hear a report on voter registration and absentee ballot numbers in West Virginia.

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day, and as Dave Mistich reports, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office has released data on the voter registrations and absentee ballot requests in what’s expected to be a record-breaking election for voting by mail.

West Virginia’s two U.S. senators have now both weighed in on whether a vote should be held to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died late last week.

Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Tuesday she wants to vote on a new appointee from the president before the election in November. This contradicts a statement from Capito in 2016, when after justice Antonin Scalia died, she and other Republicans blocked the Democratic White House from appointing a new justice.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin called this “hypocrisy” in his own statement. Manchin, along with other democrats, are calling on the Senate to wait until after the election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the group will convene soon – this is after adjourning for the summer after another coronavirus bill failed in August.

Over the past several months, people have turned to traditional skills and practices as one way of coping with the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. While some have baked bread or started a garden, some folks here in Appalachia have returned to community traditions of raising and butchering animals at home. We turn to Inside Appalachia Folkways Corps Reporter Nicole Musgrave for the story.

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