Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:05:55 GMT
Four people who sued West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner last year accusing him of wrongful termination have settled outside court for nearly $1 million total.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:38:20 GMT
West Virginia lawmakers have gathered in Charleston to discuss some hot-button issues as part of interim committee meetings.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:16:39 GMT
Federal regulators gave the Atlantic Coast Pipeline the green light to restart construction Monday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission halted construction of the 600-mile pipeline last month after a federal court threw out two of the project’s federal permits.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:30:11 GMT
Teachers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Sunday to rally support for electoral candidates who say they will make “fixing” the Public Employee Insurance Agency a top priority. Organizers hope to continue the momentum they built during the March teacher’s walkout. That action resulted in a 5 percent pay increase for WV teachers and other state employees. Now, they want to tackle PEIA. Dale Lee is the president of the West Virginia Education Association. He said it’s important for teachers to show that the work in March and February was just the beginning, and that they will continue working in unity to put elected leaders in office that support their platform. “I’m a member of the PEIA task force, and so we want to make sure that the recommendations that are made are carried through at the legislature,” Lee said. “And I don’t believe that this current legislature makeup - that the actions that are needed can get through.” The president of the American Federation of Teachers
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:46:34 GMT
New data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show a rare bright spot amid the opioid crisis. Fewer high schoolers in the region appear to be using opioids. School officials in the Ohio Valley want to continue that trend with more school-based programs designed to help prevent substance use disorders. But these are not the same drug prevention programs many people remember from their school days. These new prevention efforts use a different approach as officials learn from past mistakes. Drawing on evidence from prevention science, these programs emphasize the behavioral health issues tied closely to addiction, rather than focusing on the drugs themselves. A Different D.A.R.E. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program started in the Reagan era “War on Drugs,” with police officers and a school curriculum that gave kids warnings about the dangers of drugs. It was one of the first school-based drug prevention programs and Rick Crossen has been working with it for a
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morining, teachers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Sunday, Sept. 16, to rally support for electoral candidates who say they will make fixing the Public Employee Insurance Agency a top priority. Kara Lofton reports.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:01:00 GMT
In a sign that America's two centuries-old democracy is under strain, nearly 2 in 5 American voters do not believe elections are fair, according to a new NPR/Marist poll . Nearly half of respondents lack faith that votes will be counted accurately in the upcoming midterm elections. Race, gender and partisan identity are all a factor for those who question the cornerstone of the democratic system. Nonwhite voters, women and Democrats all report substantially greater doubts about the fairness of elections compared to Republicans, 91 percent of whom believe elections are fair. Overall, 47 percent of all poll respondents said they think it is either likely or very likely that not all votes will actually be counted in November. And that was driven by the almost 60 percent of non-white voters who think there will incorrect tabulation. "On a whole this is a pretty lousy report card on the state of American elections," said Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public
Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:37:00 GMT
Updated at 3:55 a.m. ET on Monday Tropical Depression Florence is continuing to bring relentless, torrential rain to much of the South. Florence has already set a record for rainfall in the state of North Carolina, and thousands have evacuated to shelters in North and South Carolina to ride out the storm. More than 500,000 remain without electricity in North Carolina. Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday morning, but officials warn the worst of the storm is not yet over, with river levels rising, along with the risk of flash floods. The storm's death toll has reached at least 17, according to The Associated Press, and officials expect that number to grow. "Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters," said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Sunday. "The storm has never been more dangerous than it is now." Cooper warned residents throughout North Carolina to stay off the roads. "The threat of
Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:56:43 GMT
As rainfall from Hurricane Florence makes its way into West Virginia, Major Nate King with the West Virginia National Guard said the agency is monitoring the risk of flash flooding across the state over the next two days. 2-3 inches of rain is forcasted in the high mountains, and 1-2 inches is forecasted for much of the state, King said.
Sun, 16 Sep 2018 09:18:00 GMT
Updated 11:40 a.m. ET Sunday Florence weakened to a tropical depression Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center said, but flooding continued to be a major danger throughout the Carolinas. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the storm is more dangerous now than when it made landfall. "Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters," Cooper said in a news conference on Sunday. "The threat of flooded roads keeps spreading," Cooper continued. In its 5 a.m. update, the agency said the storm was moving west and had picked up a little speed to 8 mph with sustained winds of 35 mph. The storm's death toll climbed to 14 on Saturday, a number that's expected to rise. More flooding is expected, with central and western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia likely facing another 5 to 10 inches of rain; southern North Carolina and northern South Carolina facing 4 to 6 inches with 8 inches in some areas; and 2 to 4 inches with
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:24:43 GMT
As we head into the final weeks of summer, this week on Inside Appalachia we explore the impact of baseball throughout the region. We’ll learn about the history of early baseball in the coal camp towns of southern West Virginia, and go inside the legendary baseball bat factory — the Louisville Sluggers. And we’ll meet a man who went from living in an isolated timber town in Pocahontas County, West Virginia to being a professional umpire for the Cincinnati Reds.
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:54:05 GMT
A West Virginia resort is offering shelter for people who have had to leave their homes because of Hurricane Florence.
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:55:00 GMT
Mountain Stage broadcast its first regularly scheduled episode on Dec. 11, 1983. Host Larry Groce and West Virginia Public Broadcasting will celebrate the program's 35 years on public radio with episode #935 on Sunday, December 2 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Ticket info is available here . Returning to Mountain Stage for the third time as a solo artist, in addition to many appearances with Indigo Girls, singer songwriter Amy Ray will return with her band to perform songs from her newest release of original material, “ Holler .” Recorded at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, Ray says “Holler” is “inspired by traditional country, southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass.” Due on September 28, “Holler” features cameos by Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, Kofi Burbridge, The Wood Brothers and The Freedom Singers, among others. Since her last appearance on Mountain Stage in 2012, the fearless Anais Mitchell has been busy with her Off-Broadway musical theater
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:47:55 GMT
What does food have to do with an Appalachian history of civil disobedience? Some might argue, quite a lot. The Appalachian Food Summit began as an online conversation between mountain foodways chefs, scholars and farmers who have a stake in the region’s food culture. It grew into annual, in-person gatherings of those stakeholders. This year’s conference was held in West Virginia for the first time.
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:19:00 GMT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQk9seykCi0 Updated at 5:20 a.m. ET Saturday Tropical Storm Florence is still a slow-moving giant that poses danger to people in North and South Carolina, as its storm surge and intense rains bring high floodwaters to towns both on the coast and inland. The storm has been linked to at least five deaths, a toll that is expected to climb. At 5 a.m. Saturday, the storm was moving toward the west-southwest at about 5 mph and sustained winds had decreased to around 50 mph. Water levels could reach between 2 and 5 feet above ground in parts of North and South Carolina, the National Weather Service said. "This rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding," the agency said Saturday morning. The storm's center was located about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and 45 miles south-southeast of Florence, S.C. Florence is expected to turn toward the north and go through the Ohio Valley by Monday, according
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 21:16:16 GMT
The head of the Catholic Church in West Virginia resigned this week. The pope announced the acceptance of his resignation Thursday while also announcing an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 20:29:53 GMT
Updated: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at 5:28 p.m. West Virginia’s House Minority Whip is requesting the governor to call the legislature back into session to consider impeaching a former state Supreme Court justice who was not included in earlier proceedings. In a Thursday letter , Del. Mike Caputo asked the Gov. Jim Justice to bring lawmakers back to Charleston to consider impeaching former Justice Menis Ketchum.
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:34:25 GMT
A candidate for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has filed suit to remove another candidate from the ballot and seeks to prohibit the recent temporary appointments of two justices to the bench of the state’s high court. Charleston attorney William Schwartz has filed a writ of mandamus and a writ of prohibition with the West Virginia Supreme Court to have Congressman Evan Jenkins' name removed from the November ballot in his bid for a seat on the bench and stop his appointment. The filing also argues that former House Speaker Tim Armstead’s appointment is unconstitutional.
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:57:59 GMT
Stephan Said takes his fiddle and guitar to refugee camps and war zones. He's on a quest to make music that speaks across boundaries.
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:48:32 GMT
Despite improved state policies to prevent obesity, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in seven states, according to a new analysis. West Virginia ranks number one for obesity and obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. In the annual Robert Wood Johnson State of Obesity report, researchers found West Virginia's adult obesity rate is currently about 38 percent, up from around 24 percent in 2000 and approximately 14 percent in 1990. The current rate is fairly stable from last year’s data. That may be because West Virginia is actually doing pretty well in terms of recommended state policies to prevent obesity such as PE requirements for elementary and middle school students (although the state does not extend the requirement to high schools as is recommended) and allowing communities to access school recreational facilities outside school hours. Over the past five years, though, no state had a statistically significant decrease in its obesity rate so more