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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:19:20 GMT
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Hours after a West Virginia Supreme Court justice pleaded not guilty in federal court, top legislators have asked committee chairmen to consider to impeachment proceedings against the embroiled justice and others.
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:14:58 GMT
On this week’s show, we’re exploring issues in our region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We’ll hear from a teenager getting ready for an LGBT formal. We’ll learn how difficult it can be to access healthcare in eastern Kentucky for one gender nonconforming Appalachian. We’ll also take a look at efforts in West Virginia to provide legal protection to people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:04:54 GMT
The chemicals used by a West Virginia factory to make non-stick products are dangerous at levels the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had thought were safe, according to a federal study that had been previously blocked from publication.
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:49:35 GMT
West Virginia's lottery commission has set its rules for sports betting in the state, and its director says the goal is to have sports wagering underway by football season. The rules were approved at an emergency meeting Thursday, media outlets reported. West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick said the rules give the state's five casinos plenty of time to become familiar with the regulations.
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:45:08 GMT
Update from Jun. 21, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has quashed a proposal to raise parking rates for state employees. The state Department of Administration proposed the increase June 11 as well as higher fines for some parking violations. The plan was to have been open for public comment for one month.
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:58:18 GMT
THIS SUNDAY's Mountain Stage welcomes The Wood Brothers, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Todd Snider, Kat Wright, and special guest-host Peter Mulvey!
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:49:44 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear about a new program at Marshall University that aims to accommodate all students. It’s called the Trans Closet -- where students who identify as transgender can find clothing in a judgement-free zone. This story and more on West Virginia Morning.
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:56:04 GMT
Editor's Note: This post reflects the views of the author and does not represent the views of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. There’s an old episode of The West Wing where the President stands in front of a crowd of students and tells them, “Decisions are made by those who show up.” It’s a statement that rings true. Be it at the ballot box or state Capitol, you have to show up if you want your voice to be heard. It’s a truth I wish our Governor would learn and take to heart.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:15:45 GMT
A federal lawsuit filed this week by an environmental group alleges two protected crayfish species are being harmed by coal mining in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. The suit, filed Wednesday in West Virginia by the Center for Biological Diversity, alleges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has missed the one-year time frame set under the Endangered Species Act in which to designate habitat areas for the two crayfish species.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:30:04 GMT
Happy Retreat is a historic mansion in Charles Town that was once the home of Charles Washington – founder of Charles Town and brother to the nation’s first president. Today, the house is becoming a hub for public events, community outreach, history and tourism.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:49:40 GMT
A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has filed suit against Gov. Jim Justice over a provision in the state constitution requiring the governor to reside in the state capital. Del. Isaac Sponaugle, a Democrat, filed a complaint in Kanawha County Circuit Court stating that Gov. Justice has not lived in Charleston or conducted the business of his office in the state’s capital.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:20:38 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, hazardous chemicals left over from coal-fired power plants are leaching into groundwater across Kentucky. This new look at coal ash pollution comes from the power plants themselves -- they were recently required to make public the data from groundwater monitoring. WFPL’s Ryan Van Velzer has the second story in the series, Coal Ash, Uncovered.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:18:08 GMT
Places like Lake Tahoe, Nantucket and Colorado ski country are playgrounds for the wealthy. To make the playground run smoothly, there’s a dire need for people to cook food, bus tables, clean rooms, mow lawns, manicure golf courses and operate ski lifts. It all works well until those same workers don’t have a place to lay their heads at night.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:00:00 GMT
"A voice that's part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman," Shemekia Copeland returns to the Mountain Stage with a fiery performance of "The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On)." Catch it on over 240+ NPR stations during this week's encore Mountain Stage broadcast.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:55:07 GMT
The Trump administration today released a politically charged study on the health impacts of perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS chemicals, including the compound known as C8, which has been detected in some water systems in the Ohio Valley. The draft report, released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), finds these fluorinated chemicals, which are used in some nonstick products and flame retardants, can endanger human health at levels 7 to 10 times lower than the Environmental Protection Agency has previously said were safe.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:30:00 GMT
Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. "We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order. The president signed the order in the Oval Office just after 3 p.m. with Vice President Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who has been the subject of intense criticism , present for the signing. The order aims to end the separation of most migrant families by detaining them together while they await their court dates in criminal and immigration court. It says that while the administration will "rigorously" enforce immigration laws, it is "also the policy of this
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:05:51 GMT
A grand jury in West Virginia’s southern district has indicted state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry on 22 counts. The charges include fraud, witness tampering and making false statements. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says FBI agents arrested Loughry Wednesday morning and brought him to the Robert C. Byrd federal courthouse in Charleston for processing.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:55:23 GMT
Curt and Debbie Havens’ ranch style home is the gathering place for their family. Their two boys grew up playing in the streets in this quiet neighborhood in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. Now, their grandchildren do the same. “They played ball, all kinds of games,” Debbie recalled during a recent interview. Family photos and knick-knacks line the walls. One heart-shaped sign reads “May love be the heart of this home.” “Everybody wants to come to grammy’s and pappy’s,” she added. Chester, West Virginia, is a small town of about 3,000 people, just a stone's throw from Pennsylvania to the east and Ohio to the north.The region’s rolling hills are dotted with family farms and the “world’s largest teapot” proudly welcomes visitors into downtown. But the area is also home to another object of record-breaking size: the largest coal ash waste site in the United States. In the mid-1970s, Pennsylvania Power Company, a subsidiary of Ohio Edison Company, built the coal-fired Bruce Mansfield
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:43:22 GMT
The U.S. Department of Justice announced a “Zero Tolerance” policy in illegal immigration earlier this year , and that policy has recently come under scrutiny for news that children are being separated from their parents as they enter the United States across the Mexican border. A group, called “Mountaineers for Progress”, hosted a protest Monday evening against the policy.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:47:53 GMT
A new study finds that medications used to treat opioid use disorder are greatly underutilized even though they’re proven to significantly reduce chances of opioid-related deaths . The study found that opioid overdose deaths decreased by nearly 60 percent in populations receiving methadone treatment and almost 40 percent for those receiving buprenorphine , compared to patients not receiving medication - assisted treatment. In other words, if someone struggling with addiction participates in a medication assisted treatment program, they’re a whole lot less likely to die from an overdose. T he study also found that only about one in three overdosed patients were provided with any medication -assisted treatment in the first year following that overdose. Also , within a year, more than a third of those people were subsequently prescribed one or more prescriptions for opioid painkillers. The study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health and published today in the Annals of

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