CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On Nov. 2, 2016, just a few months after devastating floods hit West Virginia, then-Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette scrawled his name across a memo urging emergency action on an agreement to help manage millions in federal disaster relief dollars.

The memo was addressed to David Tincher, who was the state Purchasing director at the time.

West Virginia was anticipating approval of federal Community Development Block Grant funds for disaster relief.


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