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A box to drop off absentee ballots sits in the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland.

Ohio Secretary Of State Allowing Limited Drop Boxes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is allowing more drop boxes but they are must be on the property of local boards of elections. Late Friday, an appeals court said LaRose could and should allow the addition of more drop boxes but didn’t order him to add them. Now, LaRose… Read More

The West Virginia state capitol building

West Virginia Delegate Resigns After Slurs Appear Online

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia House Speaker Roger Hanshaw says a Republican House delegate has resigned after homophobic messages attributed to him circulated online. John Mandt Jr.’s resignation from the West Virginia House of Delegates was effective at the end of Saturday, Hanshaw said in a statement. Mandt, a Republican from Cabell County, was… Read More

Mountain State Spotlight was founded to produce investigative journalism for West Virginians.

New Appalachian Journalism Outlets Tackle Stereotypes, Media Economy

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. (OVR) — It wasn’t too long ago that Michael Farmer, a pastor in Charleston, West Virginia, received an email asking him a question that was already on his mind: “As a Black Southern Baptist pastor in West Virginia, what is my role in telling our stories?” The email was from Ashton Marra, the… Read More