2018 Primary: AG Patrick Morrisey Defeats Blankenship, Jenkins; Teacher Strike a Factor at Polls


On this West Virginia Morning, we take a look at Tuesday’s primary election. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, beating out five other candidates, including front-runners former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and Congressman Evan Jenkins. As Dave Mistich reports, the race drew national attention as Republicans take aim at the seat held by Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin.

Educators and their supporters across West Virginia pledged to “Remember in November” the state lawmakers who held out on the raise they demanded this winter during the teacher strike. On Tuesday, they went to the polls to, as some put it, “Make Them Pay” in May. Molly Born and Jesse Wright have more on that and the other notable state-level races.

Also on today’s show, an invasive insect is killing the eastern hemlocks throughout forests in our region. The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant visited an insectary where land stewards are trying a new approach to control the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

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