Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:00:00 GMT
Greg Kelly's grandson, Caden, scampers to the tree-shaded creek behind his grandfather's house to catch crawdads, as Kelly shuffles along, trying to keep up. Kelly's small day pack holds an oxygen tank with a clear tube clipped to his nose. He has chairs spaced out on the short route so he can stop every few minutes, sit down and catch his breath, until he has enough wind and strength to start out again for the creek. "I just pray that the Lord give me as much time as I can with him," Kelly said, his eyes welling with tears. "He just lightens my life. I want to be as fun with him as I can. And do as much as I can with him." Caden is 9 years old, and even at his age he knows what happened to his paw-paw at the Harlan County, Ky., coal mines where Kelly labored as a roof bolter for 31 years. "That coal mine made your lungs dirty, didn't it?'" Kelly recalled Caden asking. "Yeah it did. ... And I can't breathe and I have to have my backpack to breathe," Kelly told him. It's a familiar tale
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 20:59:47 GMT
West Virginia state employees are getting some extra time off during the upcoming holidays.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 20:07:38 GMT
On a cool but clear November day about a dozen residents from eastern Kentucky’s coal mining region crowded into the lobby of an office building in the small town of London, Kentucky. That’s where Kentucky’s powerful senior senator, Mitch McConnell, has his local field office.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:21:46 GMT
West Virginia University is seeking public input on a new proposal to tighten its tobacco-free campus rules. School officials say the new rules will be available for public comment from Monday through Jan. 21.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:18:28 GMT
A lawsuit in West Virginia is challenging a type of state incentive to attract industry. The Exponent Telegram reports a nonprofit organization called Jefferson County Vision has filed multiple lawsuits to stop the construction of an insulation production plant in the Eastern Panhandle, including one that targets the state's Payment In Lieu of Taxes program.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, as Congress nears the end of its session, the clock is ticking on a tax that supports the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. The fund provides benefits to tens of thousands of sick coal miners in the Ohio Valley. If Congress does not extend the tax, the fund will likely slide deeper into debt just as the region is seeing a surge in new cases of black lung. As The Ohio Valley ReSource’s Becca Schimmel reports, the decision is largely in the hands of Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:00:00 GMT
The Affordable Care Act faces a new legal challenge after a federal judge in Texas ruled the law unconstitutional on Friday. The decision risks throwing the nation's health care system into turmoil should it be upheld on appeal. But little will be different in the meantime. "Nothing changes for now," says Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent of Kaiser Health News. "If you need to sign up for health insurance you should," Rovner tells NPR's Michel Martin . "If you're in one of the several states where it's extended where you can sign up through January, you have time to do that too." Below are some questions and answers about the ACA. 1. What was the Texas ruling? U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the Affordable Care Act was not constitutional. O'Connor made his decision after 18 Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors brought their case, Rovner reports. They claimed that the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 because it included an individual
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:30:00 GMT
Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET Ryan Zinke is out as secretary of the interior. Zinke will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of the year; his successor is expected to be announced next week. On Saturday morning, President Trump tweeted that Zinke is leaving after serving for almost two years. He said Zinke has accomplished much during his tenure and thanked him for his service. Zinke's departure comes after a tumultuous two years at the department, marked by mounting allegations of misconduct in office. He also faced the prospect of congressional probes after newly elected Democrats take majority control of the House. The former Navy SEAL and one-term Montana congressman showed up for his first day at the Interior Department on horseback , promising to model himself after Theodore Roosevelt, the famed conservationist and 26 th president. "I shall faithfully uphold Teddy Roosevelt's belief that our treasured public lands are 'for the benefit and enjoyment of the people' and will
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 04:34:18 GMT
In our landmark 35 th year we hosted 23 shows, in three states, with 111 guest-artists, one of W.Va's best liars, and we welcomed three guest-hosts . In this post you’ll find some highlights from shows we recorded in 2018, painstakingly narrowed down by our host Larry Groce and staff. There are t wo Dylan tunes, one Emmy award winner, a Broadway playwright, two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, plenty of fresh faces and some long-time friends. Click the play button to hear each highlight, and find the artist’s entire set via our podcast by clicking the episode number. Whenever possible, we’ve linked to VuHaus videos or NPR music features. Of course we always encourage you to purchase music you like, and go out and hear some live music, whereve r you are, just as soon as you can. Amy Ray made her 10th Mountain Stage appearance on Dec. 2, 2018 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV when we recorded episode #935 - Broadcast coming in March Anais Mitchell was a part of our 35th
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:08:00 GMT
The Republican Party of Kentucky has requested the work emails of several teachers, saying they want to see if there is widespread misuse of government resources. Some teachers, however, see it as ploy to intimidate.
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:34:30 GMT
The state of West Virginia has settled the final two of 12 wrongful-termination lawsuits filed against the Secretary of State's office.
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:09:04 GMT
At the risk of stating the obvious, 2018 was an eventful year. The year started with a legislative session interrupted by a strike and didn’t let up from there. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s dedicated news team met the challenging onslaught of seemingly endless news head on.
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:00:00 GMT
On Nov. 20, 1968, an underground explosion ripped through a West Virginia coal mine and killed 78 miners. Fifty years later, the local community still comes together the Sunday before the anniversary of the Farmington Mine Disaster to remember the men lost that day. Following the tragedy in Farmington in 1968, the widows of the families demanded safer working conditions and action from Congress. The disaster was one of the instrumental forces that led Congress to pass the 1969 Federal Mine Safety Law, also referred to as the Coal Act. This legislation was more comprehensive than any previous mine safety law. The Coal Act required two annual inspections of every surface coal mine and four at every underground coal mine. It also gave federal inspectors more authority in enforcing mine safety violations by issuing fines. And while mine fatalities haven’t stopped completely since the 1969 legislation, the number of deaths of miners has decreased dramatically. And with each passing decade,
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, journalist and professor Bonnie Stewart joins us to talk about the recent 50th anniversary of the Farmington Mine Disaster.
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:32:29 GMT
A federal court today ruled the U.S. Forest Service improperly granted permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross under national forest lands, including the Appalachian Trail.
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:31:23 GMT
A West Virginia county's officials say 57 uncounted ballots have been found from the 2018 general election, all from one voting machine, so they're preparing to ask a judge for permission to include them.
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
This West Virginia Morning, we have another segment in an occasional series called Recovery Stories –– conversations from the heart of the nation’s opioid crisis. Today, we hear a conversation between Dustin Aubrey and Bob Lloyd. They first met at a Dayton, Ohio, support group. Dustin’s in recovery. And Bob’s adult son struggles with substance use disorder.
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:00:25 GMT
Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said. The three were located Wednesday inside Elk Run Coal’s Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek, the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training said in a statement. The mine was described as nonoperational.
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 04:20:24 GMT
An invitation only Wednesday event in Charleston was billed as a symposium on marijuana, but skewed towards opposition of the drug’s legalization for medical and recreational purposes. The event, titled The Colorado Experiment: A Look Back and What You Need to Know, touched on ecological, medical, public safety and law enforcement positions related to marijuana -- with all of the speakers standing in opposition to reforms that would provide wider access to the drug.
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:48:32 GMT
Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Raleigh County judge to serve a temporary term on the state Supreme Court. John A. Hutchison of Beckley will serve until a 2020 special election, with the winner serving the remainder of Justice Allen Loughry's term through 2024. The court had a vacancy after Loughry resigned. In a news release, Justice called Hutchison "one of the most conservative, respected jurists in the state of West Virginia." Hutchinson has served as a circuit judge in Raleigh County for more than two decades and is a member of the state Supreme Court’s Mass Litigation Panel. He has been appointed several times to sit on the high court when a justice has been recused, according to the news release. Loughry's resignation was effective last month, after a federal jury convicted him in October on 11 charges. He was suspended from his seat earlier this year over allegations that he repeatedly lied and used his public office for personal gain. Belinda Biafore, the state Democratic