Lori Kersey

Lori Kersey

Lori Kersey is a reporter with a decade of experience reporting in West Virginia. She covers state government for West Virginia Watch.

Federal funding will allow step toward daily service of Amtrak’s Cardinal line through WV

By: - December 8, 2023

A $500,000 award from the federal Department of Transportation will allow Amtrak to complete the first step toward restoring daily service of its Cardinal line, which goes through West Virginia, the Biden administration announced Friday.  Expanding the Cardinal line is one of several projects named as part of the Corridor Identification and Development Program, which […]

Mountaineer Gas sues West Virginia American Water over West Side outage 

By: - December 5, 2023

Mountaineer Gas has filed a lawsuit against West Virginia American Water over the water main break last month that officials say caused a gas outage that affected more than 1,100 customers on Charleston’s West Side.  In its complaint, the gas company asserts that the water company is responsible for the outage.  “We firmly believe the […]

West Side main ‘relatively young,’ had no history of breaks, water company officials say

By: - December 5, 2023

During a hearing before the state Public Service Commission Tuesday, West Virginia American Water officials testified that the water main that broke on Charleston’s West Side last month, causing a gas outage that affected more than 1,100 residents of Charleston’s West Side, was “relatively young” and had no history of previous breaks. Responding to a […]

Now at Garnet, Manna Meal looks to buy property or lease long-term 

By: - December 5, 2023

A Charleston soup kitchen has a roof over its head again after serving meals outdoors from a food truck for most of November, but the former Garnet Career Center will likely not be a forever home for Manna Meal, leaders said Monday.  Amy Wolfe, Manna Meal’s executive director, said the non-profit’s next step will be […]

Manna Meal to resume indoor service in downtown Charleston

By: - November 30, 2023

After serving meals outside from a food truck for more than two weeks, Charleston’s only soup kitchen will resume indoor service this weekend at a new location.  Beginning Saturday, Manna Meal will serve breakfast and lunch from the former Garnet Career Center in downtown Charleston, the nonprofit announced Thursday.  “This move is a reflection of […]

Six correctional officers from Southern Regional Jail charged in relation to inmate’s death 

By: - November 30, 2023

Six more former Southern Regional Jail correctional officers are facing federal charges for an assault that led to the death of a man there last year.  A grand jury on Thursday indicted Mark Holdren, 39; Cory Snyder, 29; Johnathan Walters, 35; Jacob Boothe, 25;  Ashley Toney, 23 and Chad Lester, 33, on federal charges related […]

West Virginia school district to implement solar power

By: - November 30, 2023

A West Virginia school district will partner with Solar Holler to implement solar electric in a project the solar power developer called the “largest single demonstration” of the energy source in public schools in Appalachia. As many as 10,000 solar panels will be installed in the Wayne County school district’s buildings under a Power Purchase […]

Justice ‘deeply concerned’ about potential downsizing or closure of South Charleston mail facility 

By: - November 28, 2023

Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday the United States Postal Service’s review and potential downsizing or closure of a South Charleston facility has “deeply concerned us in West Virginia.”  In a letter to Postmaster General Louis Dejoy, Justice said potential changes to the Charleston Processing and Distribution Center  “strikes at the heart” of the state’s postal […]

‘This is not fixed yet’: West Side residents await repairs to damaged appliances

By: - November 28, 2023

Two weeks after a high-pressure water main break infiltrated its natural gas distribution lines, Mountaineer Gas says it has restored service to 100% of Charleston’s West Side.  But while gas has been accessible to everyone in the community since Friday, some households are still waiting on their water-damaged appliances to be repaired or replaced, meaning […]

Weld drops out of AG race, will seek reelection to state Senate 

By: - November 22, 2023

Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, is dropping out of the race to be West Virginia’s next attorney general, he announced Wednesday. Weld will instead seek re-election to the state Senate.  “Politics is a grind that sometimes requires candidates to compromise their core principles for political gain,” Weld said in a statement posted to the social media […]

‘Several hundred’ more residents of Charleston’s West Side were affected by a gas outage 

By: - November 21, 2023

Mountaineer Gas has restored service to an estimated 1,000 customers on Charleston’s West Side, but in the process workers found “several hundred” more affected households than its original 1,100 estimate, the gas company said in an update Tuesday afternoon.  Moses Skaff, senior vice president for Mountaineer Gas, said the company does not have a definitive […]

Report outlines ‘pressing crisis’ for dental care access in West Virginia

By: - November 21, 2023

Nearly a quarter dental practices in West Virginia are not accepting new patients, and people in the state wait on average 70 days for their first dental care appointment, according to a report released earlier this month.  “Beyond the Waiting Room: the State of Dental Care Access in West Virginia,” outlines what contributors call a […]