Thu, 09 Jul 2020 15:58:51 GMT
Poison Flood , a new novel by Jordan Farmer, is set against the backdrop of an environmental disaster in southern West Virginia. It includes murder, theft and riots. The book is described as a crime and noir-style mystery by the publisher. The disaster Farmer writes about is based loosely on the 2016 West Virginia Water Crisis that poisoned the water of 300,000 central West Virginia residents for more than a week. His version is more devastating than the original, however. When Farmer spoke with Eric Douglas, he said he wanted to tell an entertaining story, but he also wanted to have a main character that was outside the norm. Editor’s Note: This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Douglas: What do you hope readers take away from the book? Farmer: First of all, I want them to be entertained. I think that any art that doesn't entertain you or connect with you on some kind of emotional level, if it's just all just moral, then I think it fails the test of what art should do. So
Thu, 09 Jul 2020 15:22:59 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , we hear from a pediatrician who weighs in on whether children should return to public school in the fall. Also, in this show, we hear an excerpt from the latest episode of Us & Them about the challenges of receiving mental health care during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thu, 09 Jul 2020 14:56:17 GMT
Updated at 2:10 p.m. In a pair of historic rulings on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected President Trump's claim of absolute immunity under the law. The vote was 7 to 2 in cases involving grand jury and congressional subpoenas for Trump's pre-presidential financial records. The court handed Trump a big loss, ruling that he is not "categorically immune" from having his pre-presidential financial records released to a New York grand jury. But in a second decision on the House's request for similar information, the court appeared to question the breadth of congressional authority. Both cases were sent back to lower courts, and above all, Americans will not see the president's taxes before Election Day. In the first case, Trump had sought to block the grand jury subpoena of his documents. The vote was 7 to 2 with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the opinion for the majority that Trump could not do so. In the second case, the Supreme Court ruled that the lower court needs to
Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:17:03 GMT
COVID-19 forces big changes in our society and for our medical systems. When patients with mental health conditions are forced to stay at home isolated, the resulting social distancing can be particularly dangerous. Counselors and therapists are just learning how to use virtual care and teletherapy to support their patients. One group of disorders, eating disorders, can affect a person’s physical health. If they’re left untreated, these conditions can become fatal. We’ll hear how one doctor treats her patients virtually, and helps them stay healthy. This episode of Us & Them is presented with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the West Virginia Humanities Council. Subscribe to Us & Them on Apple Podcasts, NPR One, RadioPublic, Spotify, Stitcher and beyond. You also can listen to Us & Them on WVPB Radio - Tune in on the fourth Thursday of every month at 8 PM, with an encore presentation on the fourth Saturday at 3 PM.
Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Renowned jazz singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli brings his trio to Mountain Stage in this week's encore episode.
Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:50:36 GMT
The Fayette County Bridge Day Commission announced Wednesday that it’s canceling the 2020 Bridge Day Festival, citing concerns about large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a news release, the commission said due to the ongoing pandemic, they felt they could not put on a “large-scale, safe, high-quality event.” According to the commission, about 100,000 people attend the one day festival each year. Bridge Day is the only day of the year it is legal to base jump off of the 876-foot New River Gorge Bridge. The event attracts adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. In the release, the commission noted the seriousness of the cancellation for businesses like restaurants, hotels, and others that rely on tourism related to the event. But in a phone call, Bridge Day Commission Chairwoman Becky Sullivan told West Virginia Public Broadcasting she hopes the economic impact will be minimal because people have already booked accommodations for family reunions and leaf-changing
Wed, 08 Jul 2020 19:33:20 GMT
Gov. Jim Justice says his administration expects to reopen West Virginia schools later than usual this fall because of the coronavirus. That announcement comes despite the Trump administration pushing states to reopen schools as soon as possible.
Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:16:00 GMT
Updated at 12:32 p.m. ET The U.S. Supreme Court has made it more difficult for women to get access to birth control as part of their health plans if their employer has religious or moral objections to contraceptives. The opinion upheld a Trump administration rule that significantly cut back on the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers provide free birth control coverage as part of almost all health care plans. "We hold that the [Trump administration] had the authority to provide exemptions from the regulatory contraceptive requirements for employers with religious and conscientious objections," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority. He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh. The case now goes back to a lower court, which the Supreme Court ordered to lift an injunction that had prevented the implementation of the exception. Justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer, two of the court's four liberals, did not
Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:23:57 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , we hear from Dr. Cathy Slemp, who was recently ousted from her position as the state’s top public health official. Also, in this show, we hear a report from Marshall University as the school voted to remove the name of a Confederate soldier from a campus building; we hear about a settlement paid to a Black woman from Charleston who was forcefully arrested last year, and we hear from author Jordan Farmer on his new book Poison Flood .
Tue, 07 Jul 2020 22:14:19 GMT
The city of Charleston will pay an $80,000 settlement to a Black woman who police arrested and allegedly injured outside a Family Dollar on Charleston’s West Side in October 2019.
Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:34:01 GMT
The Charleston City Council voted on Monday to donate a plaque honoring the Kanawha Riflemen, a company of Confederate soldiers, to a West Virginia history museum. The resolution didn’t specify which one but mentioned the Craik-Patton House Museum in Charleston as a possibility. City workers removed the nearly 100-year-old plaque from Ruffner Park on Kanawha Boulevard on June 29, 2020. It listed the names of 92 members of the unit and was dedicated to honoring “those who served in the Confederate Army.” The monument was a gift to the city from the Kanawha Riflemen Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1922. It was built at a time when Jim Crow laws enforcing segregation were in effect. The Kanawha Riflemen was formed by George Smith Patton, one of the namesakes of the Craik-Patton House, and the grandfather of World War II Gen. George S. Patton. The resolution also requested that the Charleston Historic Landmarks Commission prepare a proposal for a new monument and
Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:13:06 GMT
Updated Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 2:45 p.m. The Marshall University Board of Governors voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the name of a slaveholder and Confederate soldier from the building that houses the university’s education program. The name change comes as other markers and monuments honoring the Confederacy have been removed by choice or by force across the nation.
Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:54:00 GMT
Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET President Trump vowed to exert pressure on states to reopen their school districts this fall even as large parts of the country are experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases . "We're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools," Trump said during a roundtable discussion Tuesday afternoon at the White House. "Get open in the fall. We want your schools open," Trump said. The president spoke alongside first lady Melania Trump, administration officials and teachers as part of planned programming from the White House to push for the reopening of schools. Despite Trump's comments, senior administration officials said on a background call with reporters Tuesday morning that the decision to reopen public schools remains a local one. "Our goal right now is to work hand in hand with the local jurisdictions now to help let them see the best ways to reopen these schools in a safe way and get back to where we would have really preferred
Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:31:23 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , Gov. Jim Justice has ordered the wearing of face masks inside public buildings in West Virginia. Also, in this show, a middle school on Charleston’s west side will change its name after the Kanawha County Board of Education voted unanimously to remove an association with Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, and we hear a story about modern dance from our Appalachia Folkways Project.
Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:43:57 GMT
The Kanawha County school board voted unanimously to remove Stonewall Jackson’s name from a Charleston middle school. Before the 5-0 vote Monday, more than a dozen speakers asked the Board of Education to change the school’s name, including middle school student Camdyn Harris. “I’m speaking for myself, my family, future generations, the West Side and the greater Charleston community as a whole. We are not trying to take away history, but we are moving forward starting today, starting now, for my future, my classmates’ future and future generations,” he said. Born in 1824 in present-day Clarksburg, Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” was a Confederate general who owned slaves and became one of the most recognizable figures of the Civil War. Sites in more than a dozen states bear his name, including several in West Virginia. Nearly half the students at Stonewall Jackson Middle are Black . Discussions are ongoing about renaming the school after influential Black educator Booker T. Washington, a
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 21:04:36 GMT
Students at West Virginia’s two largest universities will be required to wear face masks when they return to campus for fall semester. This tracks with Gov. Jim Justice’s Monday executive order that masks be worn inside all publicly and privately owned buildings in the state, which takes effect at midnight Tuesday. At Marshall University in Huntington, students and employees will receive a Return-to-Campus kit containing face coverings and hand sanitizer. The face coverings will be required in all university buildings but an exception will be made for personal workspaces. The plan is a part of Marshall’s decision , like many other schools nationwide, to offer a hybrid model of face-to-face classes and online learning. Every decision made during this process was executed with our Marshall family in mind," said Tracy B. Smith, Marshall’s director of environmental health and safety, in a news release posted on the school’s website. "We have put in place a number of new policies and
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 19:51:08 GMT
Updated Monday, July 6, 2020 at 5:40 p.m. Citing a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered masks to be worn in buildings outside of a resident’s home. In a virtual news conference Monday, Justice said he is issuing an order that will require anyone over 9 years old to wear a face covering in "all confined indoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained." Justice said there are exceptions for people with certain breathing conditions and those who cannot otherwise remove a mask on their own.
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 18:59:32 GMT
Dave Evans, a native of Cabin Creek, WV and a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, passed away Saturday, July 3 at the age of 68. Evans enlisted at age 17, at the height of the Vietnam war. He was featured in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 2017 documentary, Vietnam: West Virginians Remember . Evan spent the last 4 decades traveling to war-torn countries fitting the innocent bystanders of war with prosthetic limbs. His work was a passion that touched literally thousands of lives around the world, and a life-long commitment Evans made following the loss of his own legs in an ambush in Vietnam in 1970. He was just 18 years old at the time. “We became doctors. We became lawyers. We became a lot, went to work in a lot of different professions, but we never left Vietnam behind us,” Evans told WVPB Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins in a 2016 interview. “When you send an 18-year-old kid to war and they cross that bridge from peacetime into wartime, there’s no way they ever come back. There
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 18:39:42 GMT
Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family companies received at least $6.3 million from a federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by the Treasury Department on Monday.
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:36:36 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , Dave Mistich speaks with Report for America fellow Chris Jones about his recent story looking at and defining two movements: Antifa and Boogaloo Boys. Also, in this show, we remember Vietnam veteran Dave Evans who touched the lives of not just West Virginians, but many people around the world. Evans spent his life after the military helping those ravaged by war. We also hear an interview with a man who worked to tackle challenges faced by Charleston, West Virginia’s Black community during a time when some say urban renewal forced many Black residents in the city to leave their neighborhood.