Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:13:49 GMT
The area outside the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber was filled Saturday morning with t-shirts and buttons from various election campaigns throughout the state. Several people wore red bandanas, symbolic of the West Virginia miner strikes and the state’s rich labor history.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:29:30 GMT
Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with statehouse reporters to recap a week of legislative action. We also bring you a story looking at the newly created West Virginia Narcotics Intelligence Unit.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:50:25 GMT
Lawmakers highlighted both a potential conflict of interest and staffing concerns in a bill establishing responsibilities for a newly created and appointed foster care ombudsman.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:38:40 GMT
Here in central Appalachia, we have plenty of high-tech skills, and many of us can connect to orbiting satellites, and therefore people and ideas on the other side of the globe, in milliseconds. But there are also a lot of isolated pockets throughout Appalachia where a smart phone is rendered pretty dumb.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:09:02 GMT
Resourceful. Self-reliant. These are some of the values many people who live in the mountains pride themselves on. But could we sustain ourselves? As part of our occasional series “Wild, Wondering, West Virginia,” Lana Lester of Wyoming County submitted her question to the Inside Appalachia team: “Could West Virginia Be Self-Sustaining?” She said she, “always had the feeling that God Blessed West Virginia with all of our natural resources and we have everything there in the state to survive.”
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:35:12 GMT
It’s the 21st century, and West Virginia officials in charge of combating drug crimes say trafficking and other offenses are more sophisticated and elusive than ever before.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:58:50 GMT
A group of Kentucky coal miners who blocked a railroad track for three days over unpaid wages have ended their protest, claiming victory with their paychecks. Miners and their families began standing on the tracks leading from Quest Energy in Pike County on Monday, preventing a train loaded with coal from leaving. The miners said they hadn’t been paid since Dec. 16.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:36:30 GMT
In Appalachia, organizations like seed libraries and community gardens are helping to save traditional heirloom vegetables from being lost. Sometimes, the seeds are found in unexpected places like w hen Travis Birdsell visited the barn of an Ashe County farmer in 2017. There, he found tomato seeds smeared on the side of an old grocery store sack. “All the words said were 'Big Red,'” Birdsell said.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we talk with psychologist Carol Dweck on building resilience in ourselves and our neighbors. She compares the tradition of barn raising to emotional support we can offer each other, to not lose hope. We also take a look at the newly created West Virginia Narcotics Intelligence Unit and we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:38:00 GMT
Rep. John Lewis is the last living speaker from the March on Washington, the 1963 landmark civil rights protest that culminated with Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But before Lewis dedicated his life to fighting for racial equality, he grew up in Troy, Ala., with dreams of becoming a different kind of orator. "When I was very young, I wanted to preach the gospel," Lewis said on a visit to StoryCorps in February 2018. He wanted to be a minister. His nearest congregation was the family livestock. "With the help of my brothers and sisters and cousins, we would gather all of our chickens in the chicken yard, and I would start preaching to the chickens. They never quite said 'Amen.' " But in school, he had a mentor who would eventually open up his career in civil rights. "I had one teacher who'd tell me over and over again, she would say, 'Read, my child. Read.' " He followed her wisdom. "I tried to read everything," he said. His parents couldn't afford a subscription to
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 01:51:41 GMT
The Clorox Company says it plans to build a new manufacturing facility that would employ 100 workers in West Virginia. Company officials told The Journal that they took the first step in the process of locating to the area by filing draft plans with the Berkeley County planning commission. Plans call for the plant to be located in the Tabler Station Business Park.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:10:27 GMT
Host Suzanne Higgins sits down with Gov. Jim Justice to discuss his proposed budget, his work over the last four years as governor, and his thoughts for the future. Higgins also speaks with Reporter Emily Allen and Senior Reporter Dave Mistich about the latest news from the Capitol building.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:13:33 GMT
A controversial proposal that failed in the GOP-led West Virginia Legislature’s education overhaul last year has been reintroduced in the state senate.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:48:32 GMT
The federal Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that the number of guns found at West Virginia airports nearly doubled last year. The agency on Wednesday said officers stopped 18 firearms at airport checkpoints last year, up from 10 guns in 2018. The Tri-State Airport and Yeager Airport accounted for most of the weapons.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:41:02 GMT
Many voters casting ballots in West Virginia in 2020 will do so on new voting machines. Secretary of State Mac Warner announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, that the state has used a $6.5 million federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant to help upgrade voting systems, Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:06:16 GMT
The West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy announced the launch of a new online Overdose Data Dashboard that tracks drug overdoses across West Virginia. The data is broken into sections -- suspected drug overdoses that emergency medical services responded to and hospital emergency room visits related to overdoses -- as well as by month and county. Since January of last year, West Virginia emergency rooms have received more than 6,700 visits related to overdoses and EMS has responded to more than 6,600 suspected overdoses. The idea behind the dashboard is to help emergency personnel, law enforcement and health care providers identify areas that would benefit from drug intervention programs and track whether current interventions are having an impact. Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with support from Marshall Health and Charleston Area Medical Center.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:54:27 GMT
West Virginia has some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the country – especially for participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, more commonly known as WIC. But the Department of Health and Human Resources is working to change that, by providing WIC participants with an app that provides 24/7 breastfeeding support. The app is called Pacify and it connects users to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants to answer questions and concerns about breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that for the first six months of life, babies get all of their nutrition exclusively from breastmilk. When babies begin eating solid foods, normally at six months, mothers are recommended to keep breastfeeding, at least until their baby is a year old. But West Virginia’s breastfeeding rates are well below the national average. Only about 69 percent of women ever breastfeed compared to a national average of 83 percent,
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:50:54 GMT
According to the Secretary of State’s website , 18 people filed financial disclosures last year declaring their intention to run for governor against incumbent Republican Jim Justice. The official period to file just began in the state , and candidates have until Jan. 25 to get their paperwork submitted to the Secretary of State’s website. West Virginia's primary election is May 12.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:16:53 GMT
This year at the Legislature, energy and environment issues will no doubt be hot topics of debate. From water quality regulations to natural gas to the state's coal industry — tell us what YOU want to know more about. Your question might be selected as the topic of a news report during this legislative session.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:37:35 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, the House of Delegates passed a bill known as the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The measure calls on doctors to use “reasonable medical judgement” in the event of an unsuccessful abortion. It passed with bi-partisan support.