- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Acting U.S. Attorney Carol Casto will serve as U.S. Attorney in southern West Virginia, but her stint may be finished in four months or sooner.

A news release says Attorney General Loretta Lynch appointed Casto to U.S. Attorney starting Friday. She will remain in the post until a presidential appointment is made, or until 120 days after the appointment.

If 120 days pass without a presidential appointment, the U.S. District Court in southern West Virginia can appoint a replacement until the vacancy is filled.

Casto has served as acting U.S. Attorney since Jan. 1. She accepted the job after former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin resigned in December to run for a governor, a bid which he lost.

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