Amidst A Pandemic, Tuesday’s Primary Was All About The Voters


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.

Tuesday’s primary election was one for the history books. While the election results themselves are of course important, the coronavirus pandemic shifted several parts of West Virginia’s election process. Senior political reporter Dave Mistich joins host Teresa Wills in our studio to recap the day.

Black Lives Matter protests against racial injustice and police brutality started in large cities. But over the past week these protests have now spread to smaller cities, towns and rural communities in the Ohio Valley. The Ohio Valley ReSource’s Liam Niemeyer has more on why these smaller communities are coming together and, in some cases, facing a backlash.

State regulators have opened an investigation into a public water utility serving more than 600 households in Fayette County. The local county commission has called for the removal of the water utility’s volunteer board members. Both actions come after a year of failed negotiations between the utility, and the company West Virginia American Water — this, at the height of a global pandemic. Emily Allen reports.

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