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Updated on June 18, 2020 at 9:15 a.m.

 

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has settled a yearlong debate over four provisional ballots in Harpers Ferry. 

The state’s highest court voted unanimously on Monday for the Harpers Ferry Town Council to count four provisional ballots from last June’s municipal election. The council had thrown out those ballots over typographical errors.

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History was made in Wheeling last Tuesday with the election of West Virginia's first openly trans public official. 


On this West Virginia Morning, we share a youth report on an athlete’s perseverance. We also hear about what high schools in West Virginia are doing about graduation ceremonies, and we check in with communities cleaning up after flooding this weekend.

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The high numbers of absentee ballots in West Virginia’s primary election last week have left at least a couple major races still undecided. With canvassing now underway, elections officials say those races are expected to have a declared winner in the coming days.

On this West Virginia Morning, all this week we’ll be hearing from and about some of West Virginia’s younger residents. We hear a youth essay from Charleston where one young black West Virginian shares his vision for the future, and we also hear from young people in the Ohio Valley region.

People on both sides of the Atlantic are waiting for official confirmation whether the U.S. will pull 9,500 troops out of Germany — over a third of its total 34,500 troop presence in the country.

The possible proposal was first reported June 5 by The Wall Street Journal. A U.S. official confirmed to NPR the plan exists, but no orders have been issued.

Court In West Virginia Police Excessive Force Suit: 'This Has To Stop'

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A federal appeals court has vacated part of a finding that cleared five West Virginia police officers on qualified immunity grounds in an excessive force lawsuit, which was filed by the estate of a homeless black man shot 22 times.

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By now it’s become a familiar scene: Marchers fill the streets with placards proclaiming “Black Lives Matter,” and chants fill the air as the demonstrators recite the names of those lost. 

But there’s something different about some of these protests around the Ohio Valley in the past week. They’re not just happening in the larger cities such as Louisville, Lexington, Columbus and Cincinnati. Smaller college towns such as Athens, Ohio, and Morgantown, West Virginia, have seen marches. Communities in Kentucky farmland and the heart of Appalachian coal country, such as Hazard and Harlan, Kentucky, have seen people protesting against racial injustice and police violence. 

 

On this West Virginia Morning, we bring you the latest on West Virginia’s primary election. We also hear a report on protests against racism and police brutality in the Ohio Valley region, and we look at an investigation into a public water utility that serves Fayette County.

On this West Virginia Morning, it’s primary election day in West Virginia. The election was postponed due to the coronavirus. In this show, we answer questions you may have if you’re heading out to the polls. Also, we speak with author Amy Jo Burns about her new novel “Shiners.”

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Today is primary Election Day in West Virginia. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, state officials delayed the state's May 12 primary, allowing all registered voters to request an absentee mail-in ballot. 

 


It’s primary election day here in West Virginia and it’s unlike any election in modern history. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, state officials delayed the state's May 12 primary and allowed all registered voters to request an absentee mail-in ballot. Per usual, voters also had the opportunity to vote early in person. 

If you’re heading to the polls today to vote, here are a few frequently asked questions and answers. 

On this West Virginia Morning, protests against police brutality and racism continue across West Virginia; we bring you reports from Charleston and Bluefield this weekend. We also bring you a report about an online action group called Black Birder’s Week, and we hear from black faith leaders from across West Virginia who attended a virtual listening session with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.

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A protest that had been planned Sunday at the West Virginia Capitol was postponed by organizers due to safety concerns following threats, according to event organizers.

The event was expected to attract thousands of people, protesting police brutality against African Americans. A small crowd still gathered at the capitol grounds Sunday afternoon for a peaceful event.

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Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the Eastern Panhandle. Berkeley County has counted 22 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the past three days. 

Berkeley County’s total number of positive cases, as of Friday morning, is 325 with 14 probable cases, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and it has the highest number of positive cases in the state. 

On this West Virginia Morning, it's election season, and in West Virginia that used to mean everyone and their dead brother was casting a vote. Have times changed? We talk with a historian about voter fraud. Also, we hear a report on high numbers of cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Panhandle, and we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

Evening at the State Fair of West Virginia
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West Virginia continues to reopen sectors of its economy shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. At a virtual media briefing Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice announced fairs and festivals would resume on July 1, ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend. 

On this West Virginia Morning, we have a conversation with coronavirus czar Dr. Clay Marsh. Also, we speak with Kentucky attorney and author Cassie Chambers about her memoir “Hill Women.”

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This story was updated at 3:55 p.m. on June 3, 2020 to include additional comments by Gov. Jim Justice. 

 

All inmates at West Virginia’s correctional facilities are set to be tested for the coronavirus by June 12, Gov. Jim Justice said at a virtual press conference Wednesday morning. 

Watch a moderated forum featuring candidates vying for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in West Virginia's 2020 Primary Election.

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While the winners of Divisions 1 and 2 for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will each serve a full 12-year term on the state’s high court, the winner of Division 3 will serve the remaining four years of an unexpired term. 

On this West Virginia Morning, we conclude a three-part series of stories on candidates vying for seats on the West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals. We also bring you reports from protests in West Virginia against police brutality and racism, and we speak with historian Stan Bumgardner who shares an essay on Appalachia.

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Hundreds of people peacefully marched through the streets of downtown Morgantown on Tuesday calling for justice and equality for people of color following the deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of police. 

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Candidates for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Division 2 have expressed remarkably different ideas about what the state’s high court should focus on. The winner, who will serve a full 12-year term, will replace the seat currently held by Justice Margaret Workman.

On this West Virginia Morning, we meet the Division 2 candidates running for the West Virginia Supreme Court. Plus, we answer some of your voting questions, and we bring you a report on reopening concerns in the Ohio Valley.

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One week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody, demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism continued across the United States. Many cities imposed curfews, and President Trump again warned he would order active duty military forces to restore order if state and local governments, in his judgement, failed to do so.

Here are details of some protests around the country.

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The coronavirus pandemic has quickly become the biggest story of 2020, eclipsing the kind of news coverage we'd usually see in the run up to an presidential election. West Virginia will host its primary election next month, on June 9. 

For many of us, civics class was longer ago than we’d like to admit. And even if it wasn’t, there are plenty of changes this year due to COVID-19. (Here’s our primary voting guide if you have questions on how things have changed.) (And here’s our story about key races to watch.)

 

On this West Virginia Morning, we explore the traditional craft of basketmaking. We also meet the Division 1 candidates running for seats on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals chamber is pictured in September 2019.
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Editor's Note: Candidates for West Virginia Supreme Court Division 1 spoke to West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications at Shepherd University as part of a forum featuring candidates from each of the three divisions in this year’s election. 

The June 9 primary will decide three seats on the bench of the state’s highest court. Eleven candidates across three divisions are vying for the open seats on West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals. 

Widespread protests across the nation have followed several high-profile deaths of African Americans in recent weeks, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, as well as allegations of racial profiling,

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