Fri, 25 May 2018 21:14:31 GMT
This week on Inside Appalachia we’re going to listen back to an episode we originally aired in 2017, about veterans who are turning to traditional farming, for therapy. We’ll travel to Sugar Bottom Farm in Clay County West Virginia to meet Veteran Eric Grandon, the first veteran to go through the Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture program.
Fri, 25 May 2018 14:42:01 GMT
Nancy Abrams is the author of a new memoir The climb from Salt Lick published by WVU press. The book is about her experience as a young photojournalist from the Midwest moving to Preston County to live and work. Abrams documents how she came to love West Virginia and the people who live here. Kara Lofton spoke with Abrams about the new book and what it means to write honestly about one's own life. LOFTON: You begin the book in the early 1970s when you came to West Virginia as an intern at a small-town newspaper in Preston County, at which point you fell in love with West Virginia and ended up returning after you graduated from college. What was the draw for you? ABRAMS: Well, I saw the opportunity to do work that was meaningful and still have time to have a family - to combine work and a private life was really always my ultimate goal. LOFTON: Throughout your book you infer and talk directly about being a feminist, and that a work-life balance was really important to you, and how you
Fri, 25 May 2018 14:37:42 GMT
A mine in West Virginia has been issued three violation notices over the death of a man in a bulldozer that plunged 100 feet when the ground underneath gave way.
Fri, 25 May 2018 13:54:14 GMT
Researchers across different disciplines at Duke University hope to find a sustainable energy system. Part of the initiative is to find out how using more sustainable energy sources like wind or solar will effect the people in traditionally coal dependent communities.
Fri, 25 May 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, researchers at Duke University are investigating how renewable energy sources like wind or solar might affect people in traditionally coal-dependent communities. Duke professor Jonathan Free is overseeing the project called “Coal and America; Stories from the Central Appalachian Coalfields.” He and a group of undergraduate students will be interviewing folks throughout Appalachia this summer. Jessica Lilly spoke with him to find out more.
Thu, 24 May 2018 19:33:28 GMT
Seventeen health science graduate students from across West Virginia are getting money to help pay for their education. Why? Because the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has awarded some health sciences grad students a chunk of cash to help pay for their college education – so long as they commit to practicing medicine in a rural or underserved community in West Virginia following graduation.
Thu, 24 May 2018 19:14:14 GMT
The first death in West Virginia related to an outbreak of hepatitis A has occurred in Kanawha County, health officials said Thursday, May 24. The state Bureau for Public Health said in a news release that a 33-year-old Kanawha County resident died Wednesday. The statement said the victim had several conditions that contributed to the death.
Thu, 24 May 2018 18:26:07 GMT
Meredith Jensen is doing some gardening on a sunny day in a secluded part of Athens, Ohio. “I’m working on our pollinator garden beds,” she said. “Which are a bunch of fun flowers that’ll help attract butterflies, bumble bees, you name it.”
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:22:56 GMT
A lawyer for West Virginia residents affected by a 2014 chemical spill says they will not receive settlements until a judge's final approval, and administrators finish processing the over 95,000 claims.
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:20:16 GMT
West Virginia men’s basketball team forward Sagaba Konate has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school for the 2018-19 season. West Virginia announced Konate’s intentions Thursday, May 24.
Thu, 24 May 2018 16:31:36 GMT
A new study from the National Institues of Health has found that gestational diabetes may put women at a higher risk of developing early-stage kidney disease. Up to ten percent of American women experience gestational diabetes – a condition in which women who did not have diabetes prior to pregnancy get it during pregnancy. It’s unknown how many West Virginia women experience the condition, but gestational diabetes significantly increases women’s risk of developing type two diabetes after giving birth . And West Virginia has the highest rate of type two diabetes in the country. Diabetes is known to increase the risk for chronic kidney disease. Researchers were trying to determine if gestational diabetes also had an affect on kidney function. Using a blood test, researchers found evidence that gestational diabetes may predispose women to early-state kidney disease – the precursor to chronic kidney disease. The treatment and prevention for gestational diabetes is similar to that of type
Thu, 24 May 2018 15:56:01 GMT
Gov. Jim Justice called legislators back into session this week to fix laws passed during the regular legislative session. But addressing flaws in the state’s medical cannabis program wasn’t on the special session call. Democrats are working outside the regular lawmaking process to fix banking issues within the cannabis industry, but the viewpoint of a federal prosecutor seems to be having some influence on the progress.
Thu, 24 May 2018 13:04:38 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Jim Justice called legislators back into session this week to fix laws passed during the regular legislative session. But addressing flaws in the state’s medical cannabis program wasn’t on the special session call. As Dave Mistich reports, Democrats are working outside the regular lawmaking process to fix the law anyway.
Thu, 24 May 2018 11:00:00 GMT
Our Mountain Stage Song of the Week comes from enchanting jazz and pop vocalist Kat Edmonson, who makes her third appearance on the show with songs from her new album called " Old Fashioned Gal ."
Wed, 23 May 2018 19:34:39 GMT
Health officials in West Virginia are urging restaurant and food service employees to get hepatitis A vaccinations if they work in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Eight food establishments in Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties have been identified as having a worker confirmed with hepatitis A.
Wed, 23 May 2018 17:42:49 GMT
America and Iran used to be close allies, but since the Iranian Revolution began in 1979, the relationship has been akin to a bad divorce. After President Trump’s announcement to pull the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, cable news has been abuzz with political pundits and foreign policy scholars reacting to the latest chapter of the tortured relationship. But there are Iranian and American love stories that have worked out.
Wed, 23 May 2018 13:55:53 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, researchers at Murray State University in Kentucky released a pair of studies that found illicit substances in some water sources in the region. One study profiled contamination in wastewater and river waters. The other estimated consumption rates during special events. Cory Sharber of WKMS reports.
Tue, 22 May 2018 21:39:46 GMT
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said today the agency is prepared to take action to limit exposure of widely-used toxic chemicals used to make non-stick items. PFAS is a category of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, C8, GenX, and many other chemicals with stain resistant, non-stick and waterproof properties. Several communities across the Ohio Valley have detected PFAS chemicals in drinking water and a few have significant contamination.
Tue, 22 May 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, lawmakers wrapped up work on a special legislative session Monday afternoon. As Dave Mistich reports, the House and Senate completed eight bills, including technical clean-ups to legislation passed during the regular session, as well as supplemental appropriations.
Tue, 22 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT
The Beckley VA Medical Center is opening a new Whole Health Wellness Center Wednesday as part of its 12th annual Health Fair. The new facility is centered on a more holistic approach to health care representing a “fundamental re-envisioning and redesign in the philosophy and practice of healthcare delivery for our Veterans,” according to a press release. The Wellness Center will offer health-focused classes and alternative approaches to healthy living including space for yoga, tai-chi, meditation, several other innovative therapies. The Health Fair will have more than 35 vendors, including Acupressure, YMCA, Body Works, Blind Rehab, Fresenius, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, and Hospices Compasses. Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with support from the Marshall Health, Charleston Area Medical Center and WVU Medicine.