Wed, 26 Jun 2019 01:42:56 GMT
Updated at 11:14 p.m. ET Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, giving Democrats the star witness they've long wanted to put before the American public. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Tuesday that Mueller agreed after he was subpoenaed to testify publicly. He will be questioned separately by the two committees on July 17, according to a congressional aide. The two committee chairmen said in a statement, "Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia's attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign's acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates' obstruction of the investigation into that attack."
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:20:09 GMT
The West Virginia Parkways Authority announced that State Farm is sponsoring the Courtesy Patrol program along the 88-mile stretch from Charleston to Princeton.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:40:57 GMT
Updated on Tues. Jun. 25, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. The National Weather Service says storm-related damage indicates that a rare tornado touched down in West Virginia.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:00:00 GMT
It’s sure to be a busy summer for live-music fans in our area as the Mountain Stage schedule continues to grow with some exciting artist additions to our upcoming events.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:42:55 GMT
The National Weather Service says it will be surveying storm damage in West Virginia. News outlets report a storm system passed through the Charleston area Monday evening knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than 20,000 Appalachian Power customers without electric.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:35:21 GMT
Anyone who has tried to shop around for hospital services knows this: It's hard to get prices in advance. President Trump signed an executive order Monday that he says would make such comparisons easier, and make the pricing process more transparent. The order directs agencies to draw up rules requiring hospitals and insurers to make public more information on the prices they hammer out in contract negotiations. Also, hospitals and insurers would have to give estimates on out-of-pocket costs to patients before they go in for nonemergency medical care. "This will put American patients in control and address fundamental drivers of health care costs in a way no president has done before," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said during a press briefing Monday. But just how useful the effort will prove for consumers remains unclear. If the executive order leads to finalized HHS rules , proponents say it could encourage competition and lower prices. Other health care analysts say
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, our most recent Wild, Wondering West Virginia question came from Wheeling resident Brian Joseph. He wanted to know about the Appalachian Mountains and their sister mountains, and how they shape who we are. “Sometimes we forget. We think we are who we are, but remember even our state motto: Montani Sempre Liberi -- which is, Mountaineers will always be free,” he said.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 01:22:00 GMT
Our most recent Wild Wondering West Virginia question came from Wheeling resident Brian Joseph. He wanted to know about the Appalachian Mountains and their sister mountains, and how they shape who we are. “Sometimes we forget. We think we are who we are, but remember even our state motto: Montani Sempre Liberi - which is, mountaineers will always be free.”
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:11:19 GMT
This is a developing story and may be updated. Despite tornado warnings and a brief recess in which lawmakers and the public were evacuated downstairs at the Capitol, the West Virginia Senate voted Monday to pass a controversial omnibus bill that could most notably lead to the state’s first charter schools. Senators fast-tracked the bill by suspending rules that would normally require they read the bill three times on three separate days.
Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:58:45 GMT
The leader of West Virginia’s Republican party is applauding a state senator’s call for intolerance against members of the LGBTQ community. Republican state Sen. Mike Azinger wrote an opinion article Sunday titled “The Shame of LGBTQ Pride” in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel after the paper covered a gay pride picnic. State GOP chairwoman Melody Potter then wrote on Facebook that Azinger’s article was “right on.”
Mon, 24 Jun 2019 19:29:58 GMT
Charles “Country” Bowers takes long, quick strides down a worn dirt path and is soon in front of a thicket of bushes made deep and tall by spring rains. He’s leading me on a tour of camps made by homeless people in wooded corners of Fayette County, Kentucky. He stops and lifts a hand to signal that he’s spied something.
Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, homelessness is often considered an urban problem. But a recent NPR survey found a third of rural Americans say homelessness is a problem in the communities. In the first in a series of reports from the Ohio Valley ReSource Mary Meehan explores rural homelessness. Those working on the issues say it remains largely hidden, even as the region's opioid crisis pushes more people into need.
Sat, 22 Jun 2019 15:33:13 GMT
Mine-safety regulators say the March 2019 death of a West Virignia miner occurred because the mine operator didn't identify the place where the miner was standing as an area that should be avoided. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says the operator also didn't train miners to avoid such areas. Media outlets report MSHA released details of Adam DeBoard's death in an investigation report.
Fri, 21 Jun 2019 20:39:16 GMT
West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 4.8% in May. WorkForce West Virginia says it's the lowest rate for the state since 2008. The number of unemployed state residents fell by 800 last month to 37,800. Total nonfarm employment has increased by 5,200 jobs since May 2018. Job losses of 1,300 in construction and 200 in mining and logging were offset by hundreds more jobs in other areas.
Fri, 21 Jun 2019 20:24:00 GMT
A new regional medical school campus is expected to launch next June in Charleston. The initiative is a collaboration between the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and Charleston Area Medical Center who announced the two organizations had signed a letter of intent earlier this week. Charleston Area Medical Center is providing space for the campus, including use of its existing training facilities, according to a press release. Over the next year, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine will determine a curriculum for the campus, appoint accredited faculty and perform administrative functions at the site. In a press release, CAMC chief executive officer David Ramsey said the collaboration is part of an effort to educate, recruit and keep highly trained health care providers in Southern West Virginia. Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with support from Marshall Health and Charleston Area Medical Center.
Fri, 21 Jun 2019 18:13:24 GMT
This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re taking another listen to an episode we aired last winter. With the political season heating up, we probably all need another reminder. We’re wading into the American political divide and bringing you voices with distinct points of view from opposite sides of the country. It’s no secret that these days, we live in the divided states of America. Sometimes, it can feel like the only thing that unites us anymore is that now-nearly universal experience of sitting awkwardly around the Thanksgiving table with family members who have different political beliefs, trying to find a way to avoid politics altogether.
Fri, 21 Jun 2019 14:13:43 GMT
West Virginia’s Senate leader says he wants to pass a sweeping House GOP education bill that would allow the state’s first charter schools. Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael told The Associated Press on Thursday that he’s not going to try to amend the proposal when it gets to his chamber.
Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:45:00 GMT
Mountain Stage is excited to announce two more additions to the late Summer offerings here in our home town of Charleston, WV.
Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:23:57 GMT
A Congressional panel heard testimony and had some sharp questions Thursday about the epidemic of black lung disease among Appalachian miners. Labor leaders are calling on federal regulators to strengthen protections for miners and several lawmakers wanted to know why the country’s top mine safety agency is not doing more in response to the dramatic increase in the preventable but deadly disease.
Fri, 21 Jun 2019 12:37:00 GMT