Digging In To Candidates Vying For Seats On W.Va.’s Supreme Court


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.

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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 spots on West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals. The election decides two 12-year terms and the four remaining years left on the other term. Voters’ choices will have a significant impact on the state’s legal realm for some time, so we’re taking a look at these races over the next few days. Dave Mistich begins this series by introducing voters to the three candidates from Division 1.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee have been making baskets for centuries. Theirs may be an old art form, but basket makers have adapted to a lot of changes over the years, and their traditions have too. From imagining new designs to dealing with hard-to-come-by materials, basket makers are a resilient group dedicated to keeping their craft alive. Inside Appalachia Folkways reporter Rachel Greene spoke with two women in Cherokee, North Carolina doing just that.

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