Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s podcast Us & Them. Host Trey Kay speaks with musician Stephan Said. Said has been called a modern-day Woody Guthrie because he’s on a quest to make music that speaks across boundaries.
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:14:52 GMT
Rahul Gupta, MD has resigned from his post as commissioner and state health officer for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, effective Nov. 5. Gupta is moving to the March of Dimes as its senior vice president and chief medical and health officer. Gupta has been commissioner for public health since 2015. Before that, he was the director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. Gupta said he feels that his West Virginia work connects closely to the new position at the national headquarters of the March of Dimes in Washington D.C. “It really has become for me a concern about what happens to the future generation in terms of addictions – whether it’s obesity, tobacco or drugs/mental health,” he said. Gupta said the March of Dimes position will allow him the opportunity to focus more on mothers and babies and how obesity, tobacco and drugs impact prematurity, birth defects and infant and maternal mortality. In so doing, he hopes to address the problems facing the
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:42:38 GMT
Republicans and Democrats are joining forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs. It's expected to pass through the U.S. Senate without issue and would be a rare show of unity against a growing and deadly health-care crisis.
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:37:32 GMT
Demolition crews started tearing down Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County on Monday. The high school was damaged by high waters during the 2016 flood.
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, federal regulators gave the Atlantic Coast Pipeline the green light to restart construction Monday. Brittany Patterson reports. Also on today's show, in the 1976 film ‘Bad News Bears’, a down-and-out and Budweiser-swigging Walter Matthau coaches a group of ragtag little leaguers and tries to whip them into shape.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:05:55 GMT
Four people who sued West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner last year accusing him of wrongful termination have settled outside court for nearly $1 million total.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:38:20 GMT
West Virginia lawmakers have gathered in Charleston to discuss some hot-button issues as part of interim committee meetings.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:16:39 GMT
Federal regulators gave the Atlantic Coast Pipeline the green light to restart construction Monday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission halted construction of the 600-mile pipeline last month after a federal court threw out two of the project’s federal permits.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:30:11 GMT
Teachers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Sunday to rally support for electoral candidates who say they will make “fixing” the Public Employee Insurance Agency a top priority. Organizers hope to continue the momentum they built during the March teacher’s walkout. That action resulted in a 5 percent pay increase for WV teachers and other state employees. Now, they want to tackle PEIA. Dale Lee is the president of the West Virginia Education Association. He said it’s important for teachers to show that the work in March and February was just the beginning, and that they will continue working in unity to put elected leaders in office that support their platform. “I’m a member of the PEIA task force, and so we want to make sure that the recommendations that are made are carried through at the legislature,” Lee said. “And I don’t believe that this current legislature makeup - that the actions that are needed can get through.” The president of the American Federation of Teachers
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:46:34 GMT
New data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show a rare bright spot amid the opioid crisis. Fewer high schoolers in the region appear to be using opioids. School officials in the Ohio Valley want to continue that trend with more school-based programs designed to help prevent substance use disorders. But these are not the same drug prevention programs many people remember from their school days. These new prevention efforts use a different approach as officials learn from past mistakes. Drawing on evidence from prevention science, these programs emphasize the behavioral health issues tied closely to addiction, rather than focusing on the drugs themselves. A Different D.A.R.E. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program started in the Reagan era “War on Drugs,” with police officers and a school curriculum that gave kids warnings about the dangers of drugs. It was one of the first school-based drug prevention programs and Rick Crossen has been working with it for a
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morining, teachers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Sunday, Sept. 16, to rally support for electoral candidates who say they will make fixing the Public Employee Insurance Agency a top priority. Kara Lofton reports.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:01:00 GMT
In a sign that America's two centuries-old democracy is under strain, nearly 2 in 5 American voters do not believe elections are fair, according to a new NPR/Marist poll . Nearly half of respondents lack faith that votes will be counted accurately in the upcoming midterm elections. Race, gender and partisan identity are all a factor for those who question the cornerstone of the democratic system. Nonwhite voters, women and Democrats all report substantially greater doubts about the fairness of elections compared to Republicans, 91 percent of whom believe elections are fair. Overall, 47 percent of all poll respondents said they think it is either likely or very likely that not all votes will actually be counted in November. And that was driven by the almost 60 percent of non-white voters who think there will incorrect tabulation. "On a whole this is a pretty lousy report card on the state of American elections," said Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public
Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:37:00 GMT
Updated at 3:55 a.m. ET on Monday Tropical Depression Florence is continuing to bring relentless, torrential rain to much of the South. Florence has already set a record for rainfall in the state of North Carolina, and thousands have evacuated to shelters in North and South Carolina to ride out the storm. More than 500,000 remain without electricity in North Carolina. Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday morning, but officials warn the worst of the storm is not yet over, with river levels rising, along with the risk of flash floods. The storm's death toll has reached at least 17, according to The Associated Press, and officials expect that number to grow. "Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters," said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Sunday. "The storm has never been more dangerous than it is now." Cooper warned residents throughout North Carolina to stay off the roads. "The threat of
Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:56:43 GMT
As rainfall from Hurricane Florence makes its way into West Virginia, Major Nate King with the West Virginia National Guard said the agency is monitoring the risk of flash flooding across the state over the next two days. 2-3 inches of rain is forcasted in the high mountains, and 1-2 inches is forecasted for much of the state, King said.
Sun, 16 Sep 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Many healthy Americans take a baby aspirin every day to reduce their risk of having a heart attack, getting cancer and even possibly dementia. But is it really a good idea? Results released Sunday from a major study of low-dose aspirin contain a disappointing answer for older, otherwise healthy people. "We found there was no discernible benefit of aspirin on prolonging independent, healthy life for the elderly," says Anne Murray , a geriatrician and epidemiologist at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, who helped lead the study. The study involved more than 19,000 people ages 65 and older in the United States and Australia. The results were published in three papers in the New England Journal of Medicine. There is still strong evidence that a daily baby aspirin can reduce the risk that many people who have already suffered a heart attack or stroke will suffer another attack. And there is some evidence that daily low-dose aspirin may help people younger than 70 who have at least a 10
Sun, 16 Sep 2018 09:18:00 GMT
Updated 11:40 a.m. ET Sunday Florence weakened to a tropical depression Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center said, but flooding continued to be a major danger throughout the Carolinas. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the storm is more dangerous now than when it made landfall. "Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters," Cooper said in a news conference on Sunday. "The threat of flooded roads keeps spreading," Cooper continued. In its 5 a.m. update, the agency said the storm was moving west and had picked up a little speed to 8 mph with sustained winds of 35 mph. The storm's death toll climbed to 14 on Saturday, a number that's expected to rise. More flooding is expected, with central and western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia likely facing another 5 to 10 inches of rain; southern North Carolina and northern South Carolina facing 4 to 6 inches with 8 inches in some areas; and 2 to 4 inches with
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:24:43 GMT
As we head into the final weeks of summer, this week on Inside Appalachia we explore the impact of baseball throughout the region. We’ll learn about the history of early baseball in the coal camp towns of southern West Virginia, and go inside the legendary baseball bat factory — the Louisville Sluggers. And we’ll meet a man who went from living in an isolated timber town in Pocahontas County, West Virginia to being a professional umpire for the Cincinnati Reds.
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:54:05 GMT
A West Virginia resort is offering shelter for people who have had to leave their homes because of Hurricane Florence.
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:55:00 GMT
Mountain Stage broadcast its first regularly scheduled episode on Dec. 11, 1983. Host Larry Groce and West Virginia Public Broadcasting will celebrate the program's 35 years on public radio with episode #935 on Sunday, December 2 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Ticket info is available here . Returning to Mountain Stage for the third time as a solo artist, in addition to many appearances with Indigo Girls, singer songwriter Amy Ray will return with her band to perform songs from her newest release of original material, “ Holler .” Recorded at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, Ray says “Holler” is “inspired by traditional country, southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass.” Due on September 28, “Holler” features cameos by Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, Kofi Burbridge, The Wood Brothers and The Freedom Singers, among others. Since her last appearance on Mountain Stage in 2012, the fearless Anais Mitchell has been busy with her Off-Broadway musical theater
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:47:55 GMT
What does food have to do with an Appalachian history of civil disobedience? Some might argue, quite a lot. The Appalachian Food Summit began as an online conversation between mountain foodways chefs, scholars and farmers who have a stake in the region’s food culture. It grew into annual, in-person gatherings of those stakeholders. This year’s conference was held in West Virginia for the first time.