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Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:32:33 GMT
A pastor in St. Albans has been helping residents of a local homeless encampment called Tent City get back on their feet. But not everyone in the town approves of the work he’s doing. “They hate to move every night. They hate to bother people,” Stan Smith, a pastor in St. Albans, W.Va., said as he drove around the outskirts of town, pointing out the tucked-away thickets where homeless people have set up camps. “They’re not trying to break into people’s homes. I’m not saying that some don't,” he said. “But the majority of them are just broken people who want to be treated with respect and dignity and remain private and remain out of the public eye.” Stan knows these camps well because he takes care of the people facing homelessness in and around St. Albans. This past summer, Stan heard the sheriff was going to shut down the largest of these camps, a place called Tent City. When Stan heard the news, he did something big. He purchased the land that the camp was on. The camp was on private
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:22:06 GMT
Adversity isn’t new to Appalachia. We’ve faced boom and bust cycles for over a century. This episode of Inside Appalachia looks at some of those struggles and various efforts to curtail them. We’ll hear stories about West Virginia’s overwhelmed foster care system, to questions about what is killing off apple trees. And we’ll explore the research behind job creation programs — many of which are supported by federal grants. Do they bring long-term economic impact to Appalachia?
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:00:00 GMT
Pianist Bob Thompson returns with 27 th edition of Joy to the World , featuring guest-vocalist Jane Monheit.
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, in rural Appalachia, if you face homelessness, it can be challenging to find resources to help get back on your feet. A pastor in St. Albans, Kanawha County, saw that a homeless encampment consisting of about 10 tents in his community was being pushed out. People were being told they had to leave. So, he decided to help. But not everyone in the town approves of the work he’s doing. Independent producer Kyle Vass spent some time this summer looking into what’s been happening with the “tent city.”
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:46:38 GMT
Two police officers in Charleston have been placed on paid administrative leave following an incident during an arrest on Monday. According to a press release from the Charleston Police Department, the incident is being investigated by the Police Department’s Professional Standards Division to determine whether the force used was necessary and within the department’s policy. A citizen captured the arrest on video and it was posted on Facebook Tuesday. The video shows an officer punching a handcuffed suspect several times. The investigation “will be expedited and is expected to take no longer than two weeks,” according to the release. The police department met Thursday with Reverend Roberta Smith with RESET, an organization of Charleston clergy and community advocates who serve as liaisons to the Charleston Police Department and the community-at-large, to discuss the incident. As a result of the meeting, CPD will be conducting a series of trainings for officers, according to the release
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:28:32 GMT
Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday he has appointed John “J.R.” Pitsenbarger to the West Virginia Senate to represent the 11th district.
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:49:22 GMT
An attorney representing the family of a patient who died at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia says he plans to sue over what he believes is the man's suspicious death from a wrongful insulin injection.
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:52:06 GMT
A legislative audit says West Virginia's Division of Labor cited more than 500 violations of a jobs act intended to give local laborers the majority of roles on state-funded public works projects.
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:37:30 GMT
Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore attorney and civil rights advocate who served in Maryland's legislature before representing the state in the U.S. House, where he took on a lead role in investigating President Trump, has died. He was 68. Cummings , the head of the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Reform, died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital from complications related to longstanding health challenges, according to The Associated Press. "He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation's diversity was our promise, not our problem," said Cummings' wife, Maryland Democratic Party Chair Maya Rockeymoore Cummings. It's been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Cummings "my brother in Baltimore" as she spoke about him on Thursday. "In the Congress,
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:21:52 GMT
A farming business owned by the family of West Virginia's billionaire governor has received $125,000 in soybean and corn subsidies, the maximum allowed from a federal program meant to help American farmers through the U.S. trade war with China.
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, Republican candidates in West Virginia’s 2020 congressional races appear to be significantly out-fundraising Democrats, according to third quarter campaign finance reports. Dave Mistich has more.
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:05:00 GMT
Songwriter's Hall of Fame member and twice-grammy nominated artist Beth Nielsen Chapman performs on this week's episode of Mountain Stage with guest-host Kathy Mattea.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 20:52:11 GMT
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Salango says he's divesting from the parent company of The Charleston Gazette-Mail ahead of the 2020 election.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 19:21:19 GMT
Updated Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:50 p.m. Republican candidates in West Virginia’s 2020 congressional races appear to be significantly out raising Democrats, according to third quarter campaign finance reports.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:20:18 GMT
Federal regulators are putting a temporary stop to most construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline amid litigation over key project permits.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:38:21 GMT
The U.S. Small Business Administration says small businesses in three West Virginia counties are eligible for economic injury disaster loans as a result of excessive rain and flooding earlier this year. The agency said Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties in the Northern Panhandle are eligible because they’re contiguous to one or more primary counties in Ohio. The loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:27:32 GMT
State leaders — including Gov. Jim Justice — gathered Tuesday afternoon outside the Putnam County Career and Technical Center to unveil a new initiative that combines free substance abuse treatment with free job training.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, Dr. Steven Paine serves as West Virginia’s 31st state superintendent. When asked what he’s most excited about in education spheres throughout the state, he says there are promising indications of improved student academic achievement, and he points to the state’s impressive graduation rates. He also highlights the career and technical education programs throughout the state. Education reporter Glynis Board spoke with Paine in depth about these and other issues. We hear some of that conversation.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:00:00 GMT
Steven Paine, Ed.D., currently serves as West Virginia’s state superintendent for the second time in his career. He was the 25th state superintendent of schools from 2005 – 2011 and took up the post again in March of 2017 to become the 31st superintendent. He’s now also considered the longest serving state superintendent of schools in the country. He recently sat down with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to discuss the state of education in the Mountain State.