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Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:53:01 GMT
This story was updated on 7/16/19 at 4:35 p.m. EST. A coal company with mines in Kentucky and West Virginia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:07:28 GMT
Best-selling author Sheila Redling, from Huntington, West Virginia, has written nine books under the pen name SG Redling. After losing her will to write, she is back on track and more books are on the way. In this interview she talks about the importance of protecting your ability to write and gives advice to writers. Redling explained that after a fast start, writing several books, she burned out. “I had taken a few years off writing; I'd gotten really burned out," she said. "I had been writing when my mother was dying, and I wasn't taking care of my writing process, which I think is something I wish somebody had warned me about that earlier." For Redling, the key was to find other ways to recharge her creativity. She branched out into art and even acting to find new inspiration. “It's just a lovely homecoming coming back to writing," she said. "It is still my favorite thing to do in the world, which is both an important lesson for you to learn for yourself, but also for other writers
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:21:40 GMT
A priest in Kentucky handed out more than $20,000 on Monday to miners struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. People crowded Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Harlan as Father Jim Sichko signed checks for more than 100 miners who are currently out of work, news outlets reported.
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, best-selling author Sheila Redling from Huntington has written nine books. After losing her will to write for a time, she is back on track and more books are on the way. Inside Appalachia associate producer Eric Douglas spoke with her about the importance of protecting your ability to write. And she has some advice for other writers.
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:55:29 GMT
Dr. Patrice Harris took the oath in June to become the first African-American woman to serve as president of the powerful American Medical Association , the largest professional association for physicians in the United States.
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:43:34 GMT
Declining coal tax revenues place coal-reliant counties in Appalachia at risk of fiscal collapse, according to new research from the centrist Brookings Institution and Columbia University. Policies designed to prevent further climate change would accelerate that decline, the report found, but could also provide a new stream of revenue to help communities rebound from coal’s demise.
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:08:49 GMT
The West Virginia House of Delegates will return to the state Capitol to finish up work on their first special session of the year. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw sent a letter Monday to delegates, calling on them to return to Charleston next week.
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:58:15 GMT
If someone had a crystal ball, they could tell you exactly what the future holds for Weirton. Sadly, there are no magic tools to make this a short story. But, with a bit of help from the gift of gab, I’ll tell you about the current trajectory of the area. As it's already been established, Weirton Steel offered a seemingly unbreakable backbone of employment, high wages, and community identity to the city and the nearby stretch of the Ohio Valley. The mill helped Weirton in countless ways, from building hospitals and libraries to plowing the streets and hanging lights during Christmas time. Harold Miller, the mayor of Weirton, emphasized just how integral the mill was to maintaining the city. “It was a wonderful company to work for. I mean, it's just, it was unbelievable, it was a fairytale. It was a one horse town, you know, and it just, so many businesses thrived off of Weirton Steel. We built a new hospital because of Weirton Steel,” he said. Another part of the steel backbone was the
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:57:01 GMT
The consequences of deindustrialization manifest in many different ways. Sherry Linkon and John Russo, two prominent scholars in working class studies, have written several books and articles about this topic, and at this point, they find you can easily make a list of what will happen when industry leaves. Let’s run down it. In most cases, there’s a decline in population, a loss of jobs, a loss of homes, a loss of healthcare, a reduction in the tax base and therefore cuts in public services. There’s usually an increase in crime, depression, suicide and drug and alcohol abuse. You’ll find more instances of family violence and divorce, and a loss of faith in public institutions. And, as the landscape decays and buildings crumble, there’s even a loss of personal identity. It’s not a pretty picture. So how has it been painted in my hometown, Weirton? I went to talk to one of my middle school teachers, Melanie Donofe. She’s been in the Hancock County school system for 29 years. I wanted to
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:55:58 GMT
“History tells us, like it or not, as goes the mill, so goes Weirton, in good times and bad.” This is a quote from Dr. David Javersak, a former professor and local Ohio Valley historian, from his book, "History of Weirton." There’s a lot of truth in that statement: Weirton would have never existed without the mill. And up until its fateful bankruptcy, the town fully depended on Weirton Steel, like any devoted company town. This episode will trace through some of the highlights of Weirton’s history, providing an overview of its prominence and decline. When Ernest Tener Weir arrived in the Ohio Valley in 1909, he had a larger-than-life vision: a fully integrated steel mill, or a steel mill that contained all the steps of the steelmaking process. The mill in Weirton had all of this and more, from the initial iron-making in blast furnaces, the smelting of steel in open hearths, to the eventual coiling of steel sheets. It was a massive production that required more than 10,000 workers. Long
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:55:18 GMT
One person’s story can change your outlook on an entire town. Unfortunately, their story can leave you with more questions than answers. By 2018, around 10,000 people had already left Weirton in search of a better life. I wanted to find someone who had stayed in the area and could tell me about their experience with the mill’s downfall. This led me to a story written in 2006 by an Associated Press reporter, Vicki Smith. She wrote about Weirton’s decline through the lens of the tragic death of a Weirton Steel employee. His name was Larry Tice, and his surviving wife, Mary, lives in New Cumberland, West Virginia, about six miles north of Weirton. I figured if there was anyone who could summarize the pain felt in the region it was Mary, so I took a drive up Route 2 to visit her. Mary described her home as a red brick cottage with a green mailbox, and when I pulled into the driveway of a house that fit the description, she was waiting for me at the door. She showed me in, and I was
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:29:00 GMT
The number of cases of children entering the foster care system due to parental drug use has more than doubled since 2000, according to research published this week in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) , a federally mandated data collection system that includes information on children in foster care in the United States. They looked at nearly 5 million instances of children entering foster care between 2000 and 2017 and analyzed how many times foster children were removed from their homes due to their parents' drug use each year. "A lot of the work out there [on the opioid epidemic] has focused on mortality and overdoses and how it affects adults," says Angelica Meinhofer , instructor in health care policy and research at Weill Cornell Medicine. "[It's] less known how the epidemic might spill over to children. And that's something I'm trying to shed light on." April Dirks , an associate professor of
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:48:00 GMT
Updated at 3:35 p.m. ET The Trump administration is moving forward with a tough new asylum rule in its campaign to slow the flow of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Asylum-seeking immigrants who pass through a third country en route to the U.S. must first apply for refugee status in that country rather than at the U.S. border. The restriction will likely face court challenges, opening a new front in the battle over U.S. immigration policies. The interim final rule will take effect immediately after it is published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, according to the departments of Justice and Homeland Security. The new policy applies specifically to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that "an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border after failing to apply for protection in a third country outside the alien's country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which the alien transited en route to
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, the American Medical Association marked a milestone last month. The largest professional association for physicians in the United States inaugurated its first African American woman as its leader. The Ohio Valley ReSource’s Aaron Payne recently spoke with the newly elected president, who has a unique understanding of West Virginia. And she says the organization will work for patients and physicians as they face some of the nation’s toughest health challenges.
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 02:06:19 GMT
In Appalachia, we know too well the symptoms of industry in decline. However, some aspects are much more visual than others. On March 9, I stood anxiously with a crowd of Weirton natives and former steelworkers on a hillside in Weirton, West Virginia, overlooking Weirton Steel’s Basic Oxygen Plant, or BOP. Thousands of people contributed to the steelmaking process in the huge structure since its construction in 1967. Now, they were offering their final goodbyes.
Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:25:00 GMT
Charles Bowers takes long, quick strides down a worn, dirt path and stops in front of a tall thicket of bushes. He lifts a hand to signal that he's spied something. He's leading me on a tour of camps made by homeless people in wooded corners of Fayette County, Kentucky, and there, slightly up the hill, is a patch of blue. A tent. He keeps his voice low to avoid startling those inside. "That's what you are looking for right there. It ain't as thick as I would like, but you still can't see it," he says, pointing out what he would look for in a campsite in his homeless days, just a few months ago. Bowers is tall with a wild beard flecked with gray. His nickname, "Country," is fitting for someone who figures he's spent at least half of his 51 years living outside. Bowers had been living in these wooded areas, hidden from view, until he recently got sober and moved into an apartment. He says it's a hard and sometimes dangerous life, living in the elements. He's seen tragedy out here,
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 19:52:22 GMT
As Ryan Brown stood outside the West Virginia Capitol Buidling on a breezy Friday evening, her husband Ali was in Guinea, the neighboring country to Sierra Leone where Ali’s originally from.
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 15:50:00 GMT
Updated at 4:32 p.m. ET Barry reached Louisiana's central coast, near Intracoastal City, on Saturday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said, before weakening to a tropical storm. The storm has already brought flooding to New Orleans, where tornado warnings have been issued. Residents across other parts of Louisiana have also been bracing for flooding — forecasters predict up to 25 inches of rain across much of southern Louisiana and southwest Mississippi, leading to dangerous, life threatening flooding. "Today is really going to be the day of the biggest impacts from Barry," John Cangialosi, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center, told NPR. Cangialosi said the biggest impacts from the storm will be caused by heavy rains and storm surge. The hurricane center said a storm surge warning is in effect for much of southeast Louisiana, stretching from Intracoastal City to Biloxi, Miss. On Thursday night President Trump declared a federal
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 19:39:31 GMT
Where do we learn how to have a democratic dialog these days? Perhaps Parkersburg? It’s not really a skill taught in schools, and depending on your political, religious, socio-economic status, or even favorite football team, the chances of you not wholly agreeing with your neighbor, friend, relative or city council member is high. If we can’t take more from a conversation than the fact that we disagree, how do we work together in a polarized world to develop shared solutions for the betterment of our communities? “Is it worthwhile to try to talk to people who disagree with us?” asked Jean Ambrose, coordinator of the Civic Life Institute, which is presented by the West Virginia Center for Civic Life at WVU Parkersburg. It’s a question she hopes Us & Them host Trey Kay can help answer during next week’s event as he presents his Top Ten conversation skills to help participants facilitate discussions that are divisive. “I’m not sure anyone knows better than Trey how to have a difficult
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 19:22:44 GMT
What is the human impact of a failure to prioritize workplace safety? In this episode, we’ll explore how weak regulatory laws, and a failure to prioritize worker safety, may be contributing to more deaths, and a higher risk of workplace accidents -- both at the state and national levels.