Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:00:00 GMT
It’s Friday, which means we're joined by veteran statehouse reporters to discuss the latest action from the West Virginia Legislature. Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by Jake Zuckerman and Ryan Quinn of the Charleston Gazette-Mail and Brad McElhinny of WV MetroNews.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:17:54 GMT
A new study has found that older adults who weren’t sedentary did better on thinking and memory skills tests. Exercise didn’t have to be complicated – it could be walking or even moderately physical housework, but the researchers found that movement may be essential to preserving thinking and memory skills when there are signs of dementia in the brain. The study looked at more than 450 older adults – about 40 percent of which had dementia. The participants were given physical exams and thinking and memory tests every year for 20 years. All agreed to donate their brains for research upon death. Researchers found that people who had better movement and coordination also had better thinking and memory skills. And that the more active they were, the more impact it had on their brain. About 19 percent of West Virginians are over the age of 65. The study was published this week in the online issue off Neurology. Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:32:40 GMT
Two West Virginia State Police Troopers have been discharged following an internal investigation into the beating of a 16-year-old Martinsburg resident in November. A spokesperson for the West Virginia State Police says Michael Kennedy and Derek Walker, who both held the rank of Trooper First Class, have been discharged from the force. Their discharge is effective as of Thursday. Both Kennedy and Walker had been suspended without pay.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:29:50 GMT
A public meeting to gather additional information that may affect an embattled regulation to limit pollution discharged into the state’s rivers and streams yielded little new data, but prompted concerns by environmental advocates that the state agency tasked with protecting human health and the environment is prepared to side with industry.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:59:59 GMT
A coalition of environmental groups is challenging an air quality permit issued to a proposed petrochemical plant along the Ohio River.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:49:04 GMT
For many families in parts of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia, the absence of clean, reliable drinking water has become part of daily life. This week on Inside Appalachia we’ll hear from folks like Blaine Taylor, a 17-year-old resident of Martin County, Kentucky., who struggles to manage basic hygiene when his water comes out with sendiment in it.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:52:09 GMT
The Farm Service Agency office in Mayfield, Kentucky, is so quiet you can hear the tick of the Department of Agriculture-branded clock on the wall.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:14:25 GMT
West Virginia Public Theatre is hosting professional actors and musicians this week in Morgantown. They’re rehearsing a new musical based on a novel about life in the coal camps of southern West Virginia leading up to the historic Battle of Blair Mountain. Authors and musicians aim to highlight the sacrifices that laid the groundwork for the modern labor movement.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania are looking for a solution to the complex water infrastructure challenges facing underserved communities in places like southern West Virginia. As part of their solutions driven-project, a team of six students visited McDowell County to tour the water plants. Inside Appalachia host, Jessica Lilly, has that story.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:20:03 GMT
Graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania are looking for a solution to the complex water infrastructure challenges facing underserved communities in places like southern West Virginia. As part of their solutions driven project, a team of six students visited McDowell County to tour the water plants.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:32:12 GMT
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has selected a registered lobbyist working on behalf of the governor’s family companies to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of a state senator. Paul Hardesty of Logan County will replace former Sen. Richard Ojeda in the state Senate’s 7th District, which covers Boone, Lincoln, Logan and parts of Mingo and Wayne counties.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:22:52 GMT
John Deskins, Director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, joins host Suzanne Higgins for a discussion on the state’s economy, areas of growth, labor force participation, and the employment growth forecast in West Virginia. We also have stories from reporters Randy Yohe and Danite Belay.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:43:29 GMT
Fairmont State University in West Virginia is hosting an appreciation day for federal workers and their families during the government shutdown.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:32:58 GMT
Legislation aimed at expanding high-speed wireless and broadband internet development in West Virginia has advanced in the House of Delegates.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:24:32 GMT
A House Delegate has sponsored a resolution that would add West Virginia to states that are signing up to support a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:47:25 GMT
West Virginia Public Broadcasting will be part of the 2019 Report for America initiative that will allow WVPB to add a full-time multimedia reporter to its news staff, starting in June. The position will be based in Charleston, covering southern West Virginia, with a focus on public affairs and state government.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
On last night’s episode of The Legislature Today, senior reporter Dave Mistich spoke with Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair and House Minority Finance Chairman Mick Bates about the current fiscal situation in West Virginia -- including a look at possibilities for the nearly $186 million-dollar surplus announced in December’s revenue report. We hear an exerpt from the interview on this West Virginia Morning.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:01:33 GMT
Senate Finance Chair Craig Blair and House Finance Minority Chair Mick Bates join Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich to talk budget issues. We also bring you coverage from the West Virginia Department of Education’s budget hearing in House Finance and the latest on the community and technical college tuition assistance bill, SB 1.
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:05:41 GMT
During a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing Wednesday on his nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was pressed by members of the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works about the impact of the government shutdown on the agency as well as his beliefs on climate change. Wheeler noted one casualty of the ongoing partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week, is that a long-awaited long-awaited plan on regulating the PFAS group of chemicals has been delayed.
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:08:50 GMT
Taking a quick glance at Gov. Jim Justice’s legislative agenda, many onlookers are wondering how the budget will shape up by the end of session. With proposals for new spending and rollbacks on taxes currently yielding high-dollar price-tags, getting to a balanced budget remains unknown. But politics are a part of policy making -- and everything becomes a negotiation.