Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:19:19 GMT
The West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization is asking state environmental regulators for a hearing to discuss a proposed transfer of more than 3,800 oil and gas wells located across West Virginia.
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:17:59 GMT
The state of West Virginia has settled wrongful-termination lawsuits with six more former employees of the Secretary of State's office who say they were fired for their political beliefs.
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:10:00 GMT
In 1969, the world’s attention turned upward to the Moon, as Neil Armstrong took humankind’s first momentous step off Earth onto another world. But that year also saw momentous federal legislation spurred by a disaster that riveted the nation’s attention downward, hundreds of feet below the Earth and the hills of West Virginia. The simply named Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act was enacted into law the day before New Year’s Eve in 1969. It ratcheted up federal mine inspections, toughened mine standards nationwide and gave miners safety and health benefits they’d never had before. But the impetus was far from simple. The year before, on Nov. 20, 1968, 78 miners died in the Farmington Mine disaster, when a series of explosions ripped through the Consolidation Coal Company’s No. 9 mine, north of Farmington and Mannington in Marion County. While it may seem like ancient history, as the 50th anniversary of the No. 9 disaster is marked this month, its devastation and impact have never
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:04:54 GMT
A coalition of environmental groups are suing to stop a mountaintop removal coal mining operation in Raleigh County. In the lawsuit filed Friday, Coal River Mountain Watch, Appalachian Voices and the Sierra Club allege mine operator Republic Energy is illegally operating on the more than 2,000-acre Eagle No. 2 surface mine.
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning… Vultures usually get a bad rap. But that hasn’t always been the case – find out why. And we hear a story from the Allegheny Front's Kara Holsopple about having tricky conversations over Thanksgiving dinner.
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:06:34 GMT
Thousands of unused items like computers, monitors, keyboards and mice are being donated to the West Virginia Education Department for use in schools across the state.
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:45:12 GMT
West Virginia's buck firearm season is underway. Up to 250,000 hunters are expected to head into the woods for the deer gun season, which lasts through Dec. 1.
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:35:29 GMT
West Virginia University Medicine says it plans to open a new residential addiction treatment facility in March. WVU Medicine spokeswoman Amy Johns told The Dominion Post said officials expect to start accepting patients at the $12 million facility in Morgantown.
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 19:05:25 GMT
On a soggy autumn day in late October, a group of university students stood by the edge of an orange-tinted creek in the southeast Ohio village of Corning, a place built during coal mining’s boom days and now struggling amid a loss of jobs and population. As the group listened, watershed specialist Michelle Shively explained a plan to make the water here run clear: take the orange sludge and turn it into paint. Beside them, water laced with iron oxide seeped out of an abandoned underground coal mine at a rate of around 1,000 gallons a minute. The minerals raise creeks’ acidity and settle on their beds, killing off habitats for fish and other freshwater species. It’s a problem that has long plagued Appalachian communities whose economies have depended on commodities. But a pilot water-treatment facility launched last month in Corning aims to show that the pollution can be turned into something usable, even beautiful, and that the process, developed by professors of engineering and art
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:31:41 GMT
When Jennie and Brian Kahly decided to move to a 150-acre family farm in West Virginia’s Preston County, they thought a lot about what type of farmers they wanted to be. “We went ahead and made a list of values, and one of those values was to minimize our fossil fuel use,” Jennie said. “That doesn't mean we don't use fossil fuels. It means we make a conscious effort to minimize them.” Installing solar panels was high on their wish list. After two years of planning, this fall Possum Tail Farm began running on sunshine. The Kahlys installed an 18-kilowatt solar array. Fifty-two panels sit atop the steel roof that adorns the farm’s storefront. Inside, they sell cuts of the certified naturally-grown beef. Two inverters convert the energy created by the panels into electricity that can be used on the farm and sent into the grid. Anything extra they produce gets credited to their power bill. In recent years, the cost of solar systems has dropped significantly, but it can still be a costly
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:13:48 GMT
In 2007, a small bell-making company in East Hampton, Connecticut was inspected by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a workplace injury. The company was cited for serious noise exposure, failure to provide protective eye equipment and other violations. The company’s manager, Doug Dilla, didn’t take well to being inspected, according to the report. Dilla “stated he would close his doors. [Dilla] does not like OSHA and made it clear.” The report said the manager did not seem to want to improve worker safety at the company. The next time OSHA showed up was in 2011. An anonymous complaint alleged numerous worker safety violations at the factory, and OSHA opened an investigation as part of a national program aimed at minimizing amputation risks. Dilla was still manager, but by then, the company’s ownership had changed. Now, Bevin Brothers Bells was owned by Matt Bevin. An investigation revealed that the company had several serious worker safety
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:05:03 GMT
Grant Oakley’s second day of work was the last day of his life. Seventeen, sandy-haired and tall, Grant liked to fish, tinker with motorcycles with his father, Mike, and play tuba in the school marching band. He was excited in the fall of 2015 when he landed his first part-time job at a farm supply business. The location was convenient; Bluegrass Agricultural Distributors was just across the highway from the Oakley family’s farmhouse near Lancaster, Kentucky, in rural Garrard County. This April, Pam Oakley walked across the yard and pointed at the front porch. “Week before this happened, we sat on that porch and took his senior pictures,” she said. “He never got to see ‘em.” Pam and Mike Oakley avoid the front porch now. The view of the now-empty storage sheds and silos at Bluegrass Agricultural is a constant, painful reminder of the accident that took their son’s life. Until recently, they didn’t even cross the street. Grant worked a few hours after school on a Monday. But he was
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:25:09 GMT
Katie Fallon is the author of " VULTURE: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird ." In an interview with WVPB reporter and Inside Appalachia producer Roxy Todd, Fallon explains while most humans may not like vultures, without them, our interstates and roads would be overflowing with disease, garbage and dead animals.
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, states in the Ohio Valley are cultivating economic benefits by embracing clean energy, and we remember the Farmington Mine Disaster that occurred 50 years ago this week.
Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:08:30 GMT
Higher education officials say the number of students attending public four-year colleges in West Virginia has dropped 3 percent from a year ago, including a 9 percent dip in the number of first-time freshmen.
Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:17:42 GMT
The U.S. Department of Justice says a federal court should not overturn the conviction of former coal baron Don Blankenship.
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:50:43 GMT
It’s beginning to look and sound a lot like the holidays around West Virginia Public Broadcasting. WVPB has a great holiday lineup of specials for both radio and television for the upcoming holidays. THANKSGIVING: Radio: The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential, Nov. 22, 12 p.m. Television: America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays, Nov. 19, 8 p.m. HANUKKAH/CHRISTMAS: Radio: Chanukah in Story and Song 2018, Dec. 4; 8 p.m. A Rochester Festival of Lessons & Carols 2018, Dec 17; 8 p.m. A Paul Winter Consort Solstice Concert Celebration, Dec. 20; 8 p.m. A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (Live), Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to Noon. Repeat Dec. 25, Noon to 2 p.m. Ratatat Man –The Little Drummer Boy Comes of Age, Dec. 24, 8 p.m. Joy to the World, revised 2017 performance, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. Christmas Day encores: 10 a.m. to Noon; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Television: The Carpenter's Christmas Memories (WVPB Pledge Special), Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Hanukkah Festival of Delights
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:21:44 GMT
The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office has released information on the use of a mobile voting platform for overseas military voters.
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:00:00 GMT
This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll take a look back at a story we aired earlier this year. The story details the life of Kentucky politician and pastor Danny Johnson and the investigation that exposed a long line of questionable actions that preceded his rise to power. “ The Pope’s Long Con ” from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has earned several national honors, including a Peabody Award . The five-part investigation revealed some shocking facts about Johnson’s personal life, including one account from a woman who alleges that he sexually molested her. On Dec. 12, 2017, a day after a print version of this report ran, Johnson held a press conference at his church, where he denied the accusations. A day later, he killed himself. For more information about this story, see the original post here . Listen on SoundCloud Glynis Board produced and mixed our episode this week. Roxy Todd edited this episode. Our executive producer is Jesse Wright . Molly Born is our web
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:51:45 GMT
Political debate in this country has become anything but civil. Who's to blame? Nearly a third of Americans surveyed by NPR said: “the media.” Can the news media win back trust? In this episode, Red State host Trey Kay goes to a Trump rally to see how reporters are treated, and Blue State host Chery Glaser talks with a West Coast journalist about how journalists should respond.