Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we visit the world of independent pro-wrestling in Appalachia. We shared the mic this week with one of our colleagues here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Adam Harris. He’s spent the past two years recording wrestling shows in Boone County for an episode of Inside Appalachia. In this morning’s preview of that episode, we’ll hear Adam Harris speaking with Dave Allen, who was the ring announcer at the time for All Star Wrestling.
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:02:21 GMT
A new economic forecast shows the recent uptick in coal production is expected to level out during the next two years and decline precipitously during the next two decades. The annual coal production report , released today by West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, shows the recent uptick in coal production will be short-lived.
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:04:20 GMT
Americans tend to sort themselves into tribes that share similar culture, ideas and values. Trey recalls kids at his West Virginia high school sorting themselves into different camps and how one dressed was often a defining factor, right down to the shoes.
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:33:40 GMT
To most folks overnight shift work would be exhausting, and the stress of paying bills at times overwhelming. But to talk to Kelly Strickler of Huntington, WV, who clocks in at a local bakery at 11pm and clocks out at 7am, you’d think she won the lottery.
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will cosponsor a screening of the documentary Recovery Boys tonight at University of Charleston’s Geary Auditorium. It’s part of WVPB's Recovery project – a focus on substance use disorder and the various paths to recovery. Part of this effort is sharing stories of those in recovery. Executive producer Suzanne Higgins recently visited with Kelly Strickler, of Huntington, to hear hers.
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:17:00 GMT
Copyright 2018 West Virginia Public Broadcasting. To see more, visit West Virginia Public Broadcasting . STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The state of West Virginia has a Supreme Court. That court normally has five justices, all of them elected to 12-year terms. And then a federal investigation found that some of the justices misspent taxpayer funds to renovate their offices, along with other misconduct. Now West Virginia's House of Delegates has voted to impeach all of the state Supreme Court justices. The state Senate now holds a trial. Joining us now with a closer look is reporter Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. He's in our studios. Good morning. DAVE MISTICH, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve. INSKEEP: What did the justices do? What was this renovation like? MISTICH: Well, I mean, it came down to, like we've described it, lavish spending. We've seen a $32,000 couch from one of the justices... INSKEEP: OK. MISTICH: ...Very elaborate floor inlays, expensive desks - all across the
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:19:02 GMT
This is a developing list. Please check back for more details. Two West Virginia Supreme Court seats will appear on the midterm election ballot later this fall. West Virginians have until midnight on Aug. 21 to file for either seat. Voters will decide on Nov. 6 who fills those seats.
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:42:51 GMT
Two justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals say they will not resign, despite being impeached by the House of Delegates. The Tuesday announcements from Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justice Beth Walker came hours before a deadline that would trigger a November special election to fill the remainder of any terms left by vacancies. Their statements followed the resignation of another justice Tuesday.
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:12:20 GMT
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has donated a combined $20,000 to the state Republican Party while his family businesses' have tax debts in neighboring states.
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:59:53 GMT
This is a developing story and will be updated. Following the impeachment of all four remaining justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Justice Robin Davis has announced her retirement. She made the annoucement Tuesday morning in the court chambers. Her retirement is effective Monday, August 13.
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:46:39 GMT
Hollywood Casino in Charles Town is the first casino licensed to offer sports betting in West Virginia. The West Virginia Lottery Commission made the announcement Monday. Commission legal counsel Danielle Boyd told The Charleston Gazette-Mail the casino expects to start accepting bets Sept. 1, after installing software and training employees.
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:43:01 GMT
Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power have filed a settlement agreement seeking to use tax reform funds to offset fuel and vegetation management costs, allowing customer rates to remain stable for two years.
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:28:57 GMT
West Virginia lawmakers are calling for harsher drug laws following a possible overdose-related car crash that stopped feet away from a playground. Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, tells The Huntington Herald-Dispatch that he wants to create a "punishment that fits the crime."
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:53:29 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, eight former coal mine employees in western Kentucky faced arraignment last week on federal charges that they conspired to falsify monitoring of coal dust, which can cause black lung disease. The unusual case comes amid a surge in black lung, and the fraud charges highlight the risks miners face. Miners say cheating on dust monitors is widespread. And a recent change in Kentucky law could make it harder for those with black lung to get benefits. Also on today's show, strengthened stream protection regulations spurred a fight between unlikely foes -- environmentalists and tourism entrepreneurs -- about whether those protections go too far. And Gene Kendzior tells his daughter, Jennifer, about her grandfather, who died working in a coal mine in 1967.
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:33:24 GMT
Federal regulators have halted construction of two major natural gas pipelines that cross through Appalachia this month, following several federal court decisions. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) halted the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Friday, Aug. 10. The agency issued a similar stop-work order earlier this month for the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline. Both orders followed decisions issued by the 4 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal appeals court based in Richmond, Virginia.
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:42:23 GMT
The West Virginia Humanities Council is presenting the last of its series on journalism and informed citizens next month in Shepherdstown. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette-Mail and National Public Radio newscaster Giles Snyder will discuss the importance of pursuing complex stories and creating context for them.
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:37:33 GMT
The deputy mayor of Morgantown has been relieved of his teaching duties at West Virginia University after police were called to his home for a noncriminal matter. The Dominion Post reports Mark Brazaitis has been banned from West Virginia University's campus except for attending prescheduled meetings. A letter from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Dean R. Gregory Dunaway says Brazaitis must be assessed by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program to keep his job as an English professor.
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:33:07 GMT
A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit in connection with an industrial fire in West Virginia.
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:42:00 GMT
States, including West Virginia, have seen a spike in death rates from drugs, alcohol and suicide, commonly known as “deaths of despair.” Research from the private health care research organization the Commonwealth Fund found that nationwide, while drug deaths were the smallest contributor to deaths of despair in 2005, they were by far the largest in 2016. In the same time period, deaths from suicide and alcohol rose 25 percent. All states have been affected by deaths of despair, but West Virginia stands out. It has the highest combined death rate in 2016 as well as the largest increase in deaths of despair since 2005. The analysis found that while states are trying to counter the surge in drug overdose deaths, the most pressing need is better access to addiction services. In 2016 for instance, only about 11 percent of adolescents and adults who needed substance use treatment received it that year at a facility with staff trained to provide ongoing addiction treatment. Appalachia
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:21:15 GMT
When former coal mine employees in western Kentucky faced arraignment Wednesday on federal charges that they conspired to falsify the required monitoring of coal dust, the hearing brought renewed attention to the region’s surge in black lung disease . The case highlights the many challenges miners face in the workplace. And health officials in black lung clinics say sick miners also face an increasingly Byzantine bureaucratic process that determines if those afflicted with the lung disease receive benefits. The eight employees at the now-bankrupt Armstrong Coal Company, including safety directors, a superintendent and foremen at two mines, pleaded not guilty . The federal indictment announced in July accuses them of fabricating dust tests, placing dust monitors in clean rooms instead of actual workplaces, and submitting results from days when the mine was not operating. Western Kentucky District U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said company documents back up the allegations. “There is a