Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:55:05 GMT
A total of $14,630,361 has been awarded to West Virginia by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat the opioid epidemic. West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito made the announcement in a press release Thursday.
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:55:36 GMT
Updated on Mar. 21, 2019 at 4:44 p.m. A police dashcam video released Thursday shows a West Virginia police officer kicking and punching a handcuffed teenage boy on the ground and kneeling on his shoulder during a November traffic stop. Berkeley County Prosecutor Catie Wilkes Delligatti released the eight-minute video to The Associated Press. The teen's face is redacted in the video, taken from a sheriff's cruiser.
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:11:54 GMT
The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding.
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, a new apprenticeship program through the West Virginia Folklife Program is helping connect apprentices with master traditional artists in West Virginia. We heard from several of these folklorists in a recent episode of Inside Appalachia called Appalachia’s Folkways: Handmade and Passing it On . Roxy Todd has a story about how one of the people involved in the apprenticeship program is learning old-time fiddle music.
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:00:00 GMT
This week singer-songwriter Mark Cline Bates makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage with songs from his upcoming album, "King Of The Crows." In our Song of the Week, "Ginger," Bates weaves a heart-wrenching tale about aging, reflection, regret and loss.
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:22:12 GMT
West Virginia University researchers have found that suicide rates are higher among some Medicaid-insured youth than those with private insurance. The researchers analyzed suicide trends among 10-to-18-year-olds in 16 states. They found that the suicide rate for Medicaid-insured youth ages 10-to-14 of both sexes was higher than in non-Medicaid youth. Lead researcher Dr. John Campo said the difference may be because kids in the Medicaid population may be exposed to more trauma than wealthier peers. Trauma is associated with suicide risk. Preventing suicide attempts in this population may start with screening Medicaid enrollees for depression and impulse-control problems. The data was pulled from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Database that tracks violent death rates in 32 states – West Virginia and Kentucky are not among them, but Ohio and Virginia are. The study was published this month in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Appalachia Health News is a project
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:50:39 GMT
Sports wagering will remain offline at two West Virginia casinos at the start of the NCAA Tournament.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:19:26 GMT
Hollywood tells us that love stories are about the beginning -- catching an eye across a crowded room, a first date, a dramatic proposal. We see little, if anything, after the fairytale wedding. But for many, the greatest testament to love is not the first moments, but the last. And, for some of us, navigating the last moments means asking for help. Yet people in Appalachia can be suspicious of end-of-life care, especially hospice care. There’s a perception that when hospice comes in, it’s only for the last hours before someone dies, rather than easing the last weeks or months of life. That was certainly what Sheila Brown thought. Sheila and Waitman Brown were married for 50 years. They were high school sweethearts and raised two children in rural Wyoming County -- in southern West Virginia. “He was a coal miner,” said Sheila. “We got married in ‘67, I graduated high school in ‘68. And then I got pregnant with my son in the latter part of ‘68 and he was shipped to Vietnam.” There,
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:46:11 GMT
As state administrators throughout Appalachia grapple with mounting health care costs, a new resource is offering assistance to policymakers by taking lessons from success stories outside of the health sector. A healthy community is born of sound policies. That’s the premise of a just-released report from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Trust for America’s Health titled “ Promoting Health and Cost Control: How States Can Improve Community Health and Well-being through Policy Change .” The study examines successful policies outside the health care sector that states, including those in the Appalachian region, have adopted to improve their communities’ health and well-being outcomes while reducing health care costs. Among those included are universal pre-kindergarten, rapid rehousing legislation and housing rehabilitation loans and grants, syringe-exchange programs and tobacco and alcohol taxes. According to John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, the study
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:37:09 GMT
The nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization says it has accepted an invitation from West Virginia lawmakers to visit the state Capitol in the wake of an Islamophobic display outside the House of Delegates chamber.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:36:08 GMT
Student loan debt is a major issue for many millennials. A bill in Congress would offer loan forgiveness to West Virginians who want to return home, or stay in the state, to work.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:14:02 GMT
Mountaineer Gas Co. has asked the Public Service Commission for a rate increase.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:50:04 GMT
Updated on Mar. 20, 2019 at 11:53 a.m. A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student will be out of his job after this school year.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:54:18 GMT
Former coal miner John Robinson’s bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:31:13 GMT
About 300 people gathered inside the Islamic Association of West Virginia last night to hold a vigil in memory of the 50 people who were killed in New Zealand last Friday. Religious leaders from several faiths were among those who spoke inside the South Charleston Mosque.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, about 300 people gathered inside the Islamic Association of West Virginia last night to hold a vigil in memory of the 50 people who were killed in New Zealand last Friday. Religious leaders from several different faiths were among those who spoke inside the South Charleston Mosque, as Roxy Todd reports.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:03:02 GMT
West Virginia receives the fourth most federal funding of any state in the country, according to a new analysis .
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:21:43 GMT
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered highway crews to compile a list of secondary road projects in their counties.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:54:24 GMT
A Virginia man is accused of threatening a GOP member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who called the LGBTQ community a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:42:46 GMT
Hundreds of West Virginia residents attended the state's first public hearing to prepare for an upcoming special legislative session to address education issues.