2016 Election

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Officials in some states are trying to figure out whether local election offices were targeted in an apparent effort by Russian military intelligence to hack into election software last fall.

The efforts were detailed in a recently leaked report attributed to the U.S. National Security Agency.

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is calling on the president to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation into Russia’s potential tampering in the 2016 presidential race.

The call comes after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Wednesday.

Christine Jacobs, administrative assistant at the LGBTQ+ Center/Women's Resource Center at WVU, leads a moment of silence for the victims of the mosque shooting in Quebec and for Arthur Bagenda, a WVU student who passed away recently.
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Laila Sakkal, a senior pre-med student at West Virginia University who was born in Charleston, held back tears as she talked about her Syrian grandmother, who can no longer join Sakkal's family in the United States as planned. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily barred non-U.S. citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. - though the details of the order are still unclear. 

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Why is Donald Trump so popular in Appalachia? And how confident are Appalachians that Trump will change the economy and bring back thousands of coal mining jobs?

Six W.Va. Stories to Watch in 2017

Dec 30, 2016
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Front Porch hosts Scott Finn, Laurie Lin, and Rick Wilson tell us which stories they'll be following in 2017:

Updated at 1:49 p.m. ET Saturday with confirmation from the U.S. official and comments from Sen. Ron Wyden

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET Saturday with comments from Sen. Angus King

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, a U.S. official has confirmed to NPR.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Donald Trump received overwhelming support in Appalachia, now can he work to save health benefits for 12,000 retired coal miners and statehouse reporter Ashton Marra looks at women in politics.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Telemedicine Suffers from Lack of Broadband

Nov 22, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, host Beth Vorhees talks with Moore Capito and Riley Moore, newly elected Delegates with a family legacy in politics and Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton has the story about how telemedicine is being held up by a lack of broadband.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Two of the grandsons of former West Virginia Governor Arch Moore are looking forward to spending more time together.  They've both been elected to the House of Delegates.  Moore Capito of Charleston is the son of U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Riley Moore of Harper's Ferry is the son of Arch A. Moore III.  They sat down with us for a little family reunion.

What Data Says About Trump Support in Appalachia

Nov 21, 2016
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On West Virginia Morning, Jeff Young of the Ohio Valley ReSource looks at what motivated voters to select Donald Trump as president and a report about what’s it’s like to be released from jail.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

The 2016 presidential campaign was one of the most brutal in America’s history. "Us & Them" host Trey Kay was stunned by the outcome and is trying understand what the whole thing means. Are truth and bitter reality the new Us? Have our news sources become Them?

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, students and others gathered at West Virginia University last night to talk about the election.  It wasn’t a protest, it was an event to promote unity and safety on campus and our series Headwaters continues with a look at a program that’s meant to curb farm pollution into the Ohio River. 

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

WVU, Unity Circle, Trump, Elections
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Monday night, hundreds of individuals joined hands on West Virginia University's campus to show support for each other after last week's presidential elections.

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Jim Justice and Donald Trump both won big in West Virginia, and now it's time to get down to the real challenge of governing.

Jim Justice Victory Speech
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Democratic Gov.-elect Jim Justice says West Virginians can expect to see some noticeable enhancements to the state's sluggish economy in his first 10 months in office.

The billionaire businessman and owner of The Greenbrier resort defeated Republican Bill Cole in Tuesday's election.

Justice to Focus on Growing W. Va. Economy

Nov 9, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning we wrap up election coverage with reporters on the races for Governor and Attorney General and a rundown of the statewide races that were won by Republicans and we'll hear from political analyst Rob Rupp.

That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

On a special episode on Viewpoint, the 2016 General Election results are in, but what do they mean for West Virginians today and into the future?

Conservative columnist Laurie Lin, of WVPB's The Front Porch, and West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy's Ted Boettner join host Ashton Marra to discuss the race for governor and the challenges Democrat Jim Justice will face, particularly with the budget, when he takes office in January. 

Editor's Note: The previous story reported an incorrect total of seats gained by the West Virginia Republican Party in the state Senate. This story has been updated with correct totals.

Heading into Tuesday night, state Republican Party leaders were confident they could maintain their majorities in both the state House of Delegates and Senate. Their predictions were correct with the GOP's number increasing in the Senate by four.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Federal law says all polling places must be accessible by wheelchair. But advocates in West Virginia say there is an ongoing concern that not all the polling places in the state comply with this requirement.

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act states that all polling places must include at least one wheelchair accessible voting machine and an accessible route to and from the precinct. This route must be the same route that all voters take not an alternate route, for instance, in the back of a building.

  Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Donald Trump could be handed an overwhelming win in West Virginia where he’s popular for promising to bring back coal jobs and Hillary Clinton has been largely shunned for making comments perceived as an affront on coal.

The dynamic has resulted in one of the few states where Republicans aren't shying from the billionaire businessman, and instead look to ride his coattails. Meanwhile, many Democrats down ballot are scrambling to distance themselves from Clinton.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, just one week ago, children across the nation voted for the next presidential candidate in a mock election. The “Every Kid Votes!” event began with the 2004 presidential race, and every election year since, school children across the country have accurately voted for America’s next president. Will that trend continue this year? 

Soccer Returns to McDowell County

Nov 7, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, politics and the addiction crisis. A report on two key races that could shape how the state approaches the problem and soccer returns to McDowell County after a long absence.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Drug Addiction in Politics
Alexandra Kanik / Ohio Valley ReSource

The opioid epidemic is on the agenda for political campaigns from the presidential race down to the local level in the Ohio Valley region. Election Day could shape the response to the crisis in states with some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdoses.

Pat Fogarty, Director of Business Development and Mission Advancement at The Healing Place treatment center in Louisville said he’s seen the political discussion about addiction change for the better.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll profile Charlotte Pritt, the Mountain Party’s candidate for governor and we’ll hear from a young Wyoming County woman whose father struggled with addiction and died of a heroin overdose last year. 

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet David Moran, the Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor and Clark Davis looks at the race for the Commissioner of Agriculture.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra profiles Jim Justice, the Democratic candidate for Governor and host Beth Vorhees talks with Ken Ward from the Charleston Gazette-Mail about the settlements reached in the water crisis from 2014.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we profile another candidate for governor. Today we meet Phil Hudok of the Constitution Party and statehouse reporter Ashton Marra looks at the race for State Auditor.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Should Union Group Call Itself "Family Values"?

Oct 31, 2016
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When you think of the term "family values," chances are you think of the Republican Party, circa 1994. But recently, a labor-backed organization called "West Virginia Family Values" is funding attack ads against exclusively Republican targets.

On this week's Front Porch podcast, Laurie Lin suggests this is an attempt to muddy the waters and co-opt conservative messages.

Rick Wilson contests that the Republican Party neither holds a monopoly on family values, nor is it even particularly conservative.

Gubernatorial candidate and Senate President Bill Cole poses with a supporter during a campaign stop Friday, Oct. 28, in Morgantown.
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In his gubernatorial campaign, Senate President Bill Cole has emphasized shrinking the size of state government and cutting down on regulation in West Virginia. Cole has drawn support from like-minded national Republican figures, such as Wisconsin’s controversial governor, Scott Walker.

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