Covering the wild, wonderful state of West Virginia for @AP. Past reporting in NH, MS, MA. I once jumped out of a plane for a story.

Charleston, WV
Joined October 2014
The clinic staff spent Friday canceling the appointments of 60-70 patients scheduled for abortions in the coming weeks. “Some patients broke down and could not speak through their sobbing. Some patients were stunned and didn't know what to say. Some patients did not understand.”
The only abortion clinic in West Virginia is no longer performing abortions, as of today. “Roe has never been enough, but in states like West Virginia, it was the only thing protecting abortion access,” executive director Katie Quinonez said. apnews.com/article/live-upda…
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BREAKING: Democrats push climate, health, tax bill through Congress. It’s a landmark election-year win for President Biden that provides the most spending to fight climate change by one nation in a single push. apnews.com/article/economic-…
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The call from West Virginia Democrats comes after residents in Kansas, another state with a GOP-controlled Legislature, rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed lawmakers to tighten abortion restrictions or ban the procedure outright. apnews.com/article/5dcf02534…
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An increase in turnout among Democrats and independents and a notable shift in Republican-leaning counties contributed to the overwhelming support of abortion rights last week in traditionally conservative Kansas, according to an @AP analysis. apnews.com/article/kansas-ab…
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“We ain’t had too many people care about us. We’re always out there fighting for different things. Everybody’s got an agenda, and our agenda was for working-class people. That’s what everybody’s agenda should be, but it’s not.” apnews.com/article/covid-hea…
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Congress hopes to make clean energy so cheap that it’s nearly irresistible. The House is poised to pass a transformative bill Friday that would provide the most spending to fight climate change by any one nation ever in a single push. apnews.com/article/technolog…
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Senate climate bill has West Virginia written all over it. With crucial role played by Sen. Joe #Manchin would we expect anything else? Good read on the Mountain State impacts of Democrats’ big bill by ⁦@AP⁩’s ⁦@LeahMWillinghamapnews.com/article/d44dffb2c…
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Capito is one is the 35. West Virginia has the highest rate of diabetes in the country.
Senate Republicans on Sunday blocked a $35 monthly cap on the cost of insulin in the private market from being included in Democrats' economic tax and spending package. cbsn.ws/3oZcud8
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CHAVIES, Ky. (AP) — Angel Campbell should have been sitting in her usual chair in her grandmother’s living room this week, looking through her old photo albums and eating her favorite soup beans. Now the living room is gone, and so is her grandmother. apnews.com/article/floods-ke…
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“‘West Virginia tried it, and they stepped back from the ledge. Kansas tried it, and the voters resoundingly rejected it,’ State Representative Justin Moed, a Democrat from Indianapolis, said on the House floor before voting against the bill.” nytimes.com/2022/08/05/us/in…
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“The way she had to leave this earth just shatters me,” she said. “It just feels so cruel.”
My latest for @AP: Angel Campbell should have been sitting in her usual chair in her grandmother’s living room this week, looking through her old photo albums and eating her favorite soup beans. Now the living room is gone, and so is her grandmother. apnews.com/article/floods-ke…
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Eastern Kentucky has been engaged for days now in the slow, grim task of recovering and burying the dead. “I was retrieving people from scenes that I had known since I was a child or I had seen that person grow up,” said coroner Corey Watson. “It’s hard.” apnews.com/article/floods-ke…
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My latest for @AP: Angel Campbell should have been sitting in her usual chair in her grandmother’s living room this week, looking through her old photo albums and eating her favorite soup beans. Now the living room is gone, and so is her grandmother. apnews.com/article/floods-ke…
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I was considering yesterday what Sen. Azinger would possibly say on abortion today but…… even in my wildest dreams I did not think it’d be *a prayer thanking God for not being aborted*
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“We’re never going to have to deal with this because we’re incredibly privileged people,” Del. Kayla Young said. “We are making decisions about other people & we shouldn’t do that. If it’s your religious belief, your moral belief, that’s great for you. But get it away from me.”
My latest for @AP: West Virginia abortion ban advances without rape, incest exceptions apnews.com/article/abortion-…
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A week after a Charleston judge barred West Virginia from enforcing an abortion ban law dating to the 19th century, lawmakers in the state's Republican majority hurried to advance similar legislation that would criminalize abortion with few exceptions. apnews.com/article/abortion-…
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice calls on lawmakers to 'modernize' abortion (from @LeahMWillingham) lawhttps://apnews.com/article/abortion-us-supreme-court-health-charleston-85f2d9e8cebf5c7bb9b197df5286dfc8
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