Manchin’s Donors Include Pipeline Giants That Win in His Climate Deal

The controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline is one of several projects the senator has negotiated major concessions for, benefiting his financial supporters.

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How Republicans Are ‘Weaponizing’ Public Office Against Climate Action

A Times investigation revealed a coordinated effort by state treasurers to use government muscle and public funds to punish companies trying to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Manchin Won a Pledge From Democrats to Finish a Contested Pipeline

To secure the senator’s support for a climate and tax package, party leaders promised to pass a law to complete the line and to prioritize some other fossil fuel projects.

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Severe Weather and Flooding Is Expected to Push East to West Virginia

After deadly flooding in Kentucky, a flood watch was in effect until late Friday for much of West Virginia.

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West Virginia Punishes Banks That It Says Don’t Support Coal

The move to exclude the institutions from state business is part of a growing effort by Republican officials to shut out companies that are backing away from fossil fuels.

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What Joe Manchin Cost Us

Mr. Manchin’s legacy will be climate destruction.

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Drug Distributors Cleared of Blame for Opioids Crisis in W. Va. County

Often described as ground zero for the epidemic, the communities of Cabell County and Huntington, W. Va., had opted out of a settlement and lost their case at trial.

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What We’re Watching For in the Nebraska and West Virginia Primaries

Republican voters in the two states will choose nominees for governor and the House in races that pit Trump-backed candidates against rivals supported by each state’s governor.

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Trump Figures in West Virginia House Race

The incumbent-on-incumbent Republican primary between Representatives Alex Mooney and David McKinley on Tuesday will again test the former president’s grip on the G.O.P.

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Senator Joe Manchin’s Conflict of Interest

How the West Virginia lawmaker intervened on behalf of a coal plant, and earned millions along the way.

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How Joe Manchin Aided Coal, and Earned Millions

At every step of his political career, Joe Manchin helped a West Virginia power plant that is the sole customer of his private coal business. Along the way, he blocked ambitious climate action.

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The Fasnacht Festival Returns, One Year After Covid Cancellation

The Fasnacht celebration in Helvetia, W.Va., draws revelers who soak in the Swiss culture — and burn Old Man Winter in effigy.

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Uproar Over ‘Crack Pipes’ Puts Biden Drug Strategy at Risk

President Biden has made “harm reduction” a central pillar of his plan to fight a record number of drug-related deaths, but a conservative backlash is threatening the effort.

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Why Some Red States Aren’t Going for Broke on Abortion — Yet

A recent rash of 15-week abortion bans gives us a glimpse of post-Roe America.

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Virginia’s Tip Line Suggests Another Kind of Surveillance in America

Some so-called leaders are exhorting Americans to turn in and against one another.

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West Virginia Reporter Is Hit by Car on Air, Striking Nerve With TV Journalists

TV reporters, responding to footage of a West Virginia journalist being hit by an S.U.V., said stations should be more careful about sending reporters out alone.

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Reporter Is Hit by Car on Air, Striking Nerve With TV Journalists

TV reporters, responding to footage of a West Virginia journalist being hit by an S.U.V., said stations should be more careful about sending reporters out alone.

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Judge Dismisses Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Filed by Whitey Bulger’s Estate

The lawsuit, which sought $200 million in damages, contended that prison officials had placed the notorious Boston mob boss in harm’s way when they transferred him to a federal prison where he was beaten to death in 2018.

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Manchin’s Choice on Build Back Better: Mine Workers or Mine Owners

Senator Joe Manchin III is caught between the mine workers’ union, which supports President Biden’s social policy and climate bill, and mine owners in his state who oppose it.

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Worker Killed in Pennsylvania Mine Collapse, State Officials Say

The fatal injury occurred when the mine’s roof fell onto equipment the miner was using, officials said. No one else was caught in the collapse.

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A Nursing Home’s First Day Out of Lockdown: An Update

Residents in West Virginia shared their feelings about being allowed to mix again after months of isolation.

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The Policy Debate at the Heart of the Biden-Manchin Standoff

President Biden and Senator Joe Manchin III have many differences over the proposed domestic policy bill, but one issue stands out: the child tax credit.

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Manchin in the Middle: Is He a ‘No,’ or a ‘Not Yet’?

Democrats have been left hoping that the West Virginian, who fashions himself as an old-school centrist dealmaker, will eventually budge on President Biden’s agenda.

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Has Manchin Doomed the Build Back Better Plan?

The senator from West Virginia has said he cannot vote for the president’s signature policy. Why not? And where does this leave President Biden?

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Behind Manchin’s Opposition, a Long History of Fighting Climate Measures

Senator Joe Manchin III noted climate policy when he said he would vote against the Build Back Better Act. In his life and career, West Virginia coal has loomed large.

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Bye, Maryland? Lawmakers in 3 Counties Float a Plan to Secede From the State.

The proposal to join West Virginia seems destined to go nowhere. But it has tapped into deep-seated feelings of alienation in western Maryland, a mountainous panhandle wedged against the Mason-Dixon line.

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Joe Manchin and the Democratic Party’s Complicated Relationship

If the Biden agenda has a future, it depends on everyone in the caucus being on board.

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What’s Next for Biden’s Climate Plan?

The centerpiece of the president’s environmental agenda has fallen apart because of the objections of a single senator.

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Joe Manchin Versus West Virginia on Climate and Child Care

On climate and children, he’s hurting his own constituents.

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West Virginia Leads U.S. in Flood Risk, Adding to Manchin’s Climate Dilemma

As the senator blocks Democrats’ push to reduce warming, new data shows his constituents are more exposed to worsening floods than anywhere else in the country.

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How West Virginia Established Universal Pre-K

A program in West Virginia, partially rolled out while Joe Manchin was governor, could be a model for the nation. But there were challenges, including the 10 years it took to establish.

#american-families-plan-2021, #education-pre-school, #head-start-program, #manchin-joe-iii, #west-virginia

Jim Justice’s Basketball Dreams Are Blocked. And He Is Crying Foul.

As his state was battered by Covid-19, Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia applied to coach a boys’ team in his spare time. When the school board rejected him, he threatened to haul the members before a judge.

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Dear Joe Manchin: Coal Isn’t Your State’s Future

Coal’s glory days ended during the Reagan era, and they aren’t coming back.

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Joe Manchin Will Craft U.S. Climate Plan

Senator Joe Manchin is already a crucial swing vote in the Democrats’ sweeping budget bill. But he will also write the details of its climate change program.

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A Century Ago, Miners Fought in a Bloody Uprising. Few Know About It Today.

At the Battle of Blair Mountain, thousands of miners clashed with sheriff’s deputies in the largest insurrection since the Civil War.

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How Joe Manchin Can Fix the Filibuster

In mending rather than ending the rule, he might get us a little closer to a workable middle ground.

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What Drives Joe Manchin? Frustrated Democrats Can Look to West Virginia.

The senator has become a lightning rod in his party and a major obstacle to President Biden’s agenda. In his home state, his stubborn belief in bipartisanship is recognized as the core of his being.

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How Joe Manchin Survives as a Democrat in West Virginia

Mr. Manchin stands in the way of the Biden administration’s expansive agenda. But in his home state, progressive Democrats with far-reaching policy goals are not his base — and he knows it.

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How Joe Manchin Could Make the Senate Great Again

He should follow in the steps of Robert Byrd and reform the filibuster.

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G.O.P. Senator Faces Fraught Path to Infrastructure Deal

Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia has been discussing a potential bipartisan infrastructure deal with the White House, but a compromise faces stiff Republican resistance.

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Beer? Money? States and Cities Offer Incentives to Get Vaccinated.

State employees who get vaccinated in Maryland are eligible for a $100 payment, while Detroit is giving out $50 prepaid debit cards to those who give someone a ride to a vaccine site.

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In Washington, Policy Revolves Around Joe Manchin. He Likes It That Way.

Mr. Manchin’s belief in the need to keep the filibuster has set the stage for a collision between Democrats eager to use its majorities to pass sweeping legislation and a political throwback determined to restore bipartisanship.

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A Nursing Home’s First Day Out of Lockdown

Residents in West Virginia shared their feelings about being allowed to mix again after months of isolation.

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Meet America’s 63rd National Park

The New River Gorge in West Virginia got the federal government’s highest protection, thanks, in part, to the latest pandemic relief bill.

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West Virginia Has Everyone’s Attention. What Does It Really Need?

With the right federal response, it could become a model of renewal for other places around the country that prosperity has left behind.

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Jim Justice, a G.O.P. Governor, on Why Biden Needs to ‘Go Big’ on Covid Aid

The governor of West Virginia, who supported a bigger relief bill than Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, initially did, spoke with us about government spending, Covid-19 vaccinations and climate policy.

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The Real Meaning of Hillbilly

I left my hometown because I felt alienated from its conservative values. Turns out many in my community had forgotten our progressive roots.

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How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout

West Virginia has used 83 percent of its allotted vaccines, among the best in the nation. But even efficient operations face a major problem: There simply are not enough shots to go around.

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Republican lawmaker resigns after arrest for storming US Capitol

Derrick Evans sitting in the West Virginia House of Delegates, with a small American flag propped up in front of him.

Enlarge / Derrick Evans in the West Virginia House of Delegates. (credit: Derrick Evans)

The Republican lawmaker who was arrested for storming the US Capitol has resigned from the West Virginia State Legislature. “I hereby resign as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, effective immediately,” Derrick Evans wrote in a one-sentence letter to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Saturday.

Evans also released a statement saying, “I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians. I hope this action I take today can remove any cloud of distraction from the state Legislature, so my colleagues can get to work in earnest building a brighter future for our state.” Evans also wrote that he hopes his resignation will help “begin the healing process” for the United States.

Evans, who served in the state legislature for just one month before his resignation, was part of the Trump-incited insurrectionist mob that broke into the US Capitol on Wednesday last week in an attempt to stop certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. Evans livestreamed himself on Facebook while chanting Trump’s name and yelling, “We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” In another video he posted earlier in the day, he said that “people who are tired of liberals running this country and stealing elections” should “get off the couch and show up today in force and send a message.” The Trump-incited mob violence led to the death of a US Capitol police officer.

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FBI arrests Republican lawmaker who stormed Capitol with pro-Trump mob

The West Virginia state lawmaker who was part of a pro-Trump mob that stormed the US Capitol was arrested today and is being charged by federal authorities.

Derrick Evans, a newly elected Republican who was sworn in to the West Virginia House of Delegates last month, livestreamed himself on Facebook Wednesday as the mob broke into the Capitol. On Friday, Evans was “charged with entering a restricted area of the US Capitol,” the Associated Press reported, citing a Justice Department official.

“Ken Kohl, a top deputy federal prosecutor in Washington, announced the charge against Republican state Del. Derrick Evans on a call in which he presented dozens of new charges against members of the crowd that violently stormed the Capitol on Wednesday,” the AP wrote.

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