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Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:12:55 GMT
West Virginia teachers and school employees will be back on the job Thursday after a deadline passed for a controversial education reform bill to be revived. Leaders of teacher and school service personnel unions made the announcement following a Wednesday evening floor session in the House of Delegates.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:03:46 GMT
Miners and advocates rallied Wednesday at the West Virginia Capitol in support of a series of bills aimed at preventing and treating severe black lung disease. Five bills introduced by lawmakers would make it easier to make qualify for state benefits and provide benefits to miners who have early-stage black lung.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:23:11 GMT
It was the second day of a statewide teacher and service personnel walkout over a comprehensive education reform bill. We bring you up-to-date on the latest action, and we also bring you special reports on black lung-related legislation, economic development, and tourism.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:53:26 GMT
It's time for you to choose the next story for Wild, Wondering West Virginia , our series devoted to answering questions about the Mountain State. Last time, you voted for Bonnie Brown's question about Native American History in West Virginia . We're ready for round 2 and it's up to you to decide, West Virginia!
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:53:02 GMT
Updated Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:05 p.m. With the omnibus education bill effectively dead, the House of Delegates has turned its attention to providing pay raises for state employees, including teachers, service personnel and state police. The lower chamber’s Finance Committee cleared a bill Wednesday that would do just that.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:36:16 GMT
The Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state of West Virginia unlawfully discriminated against a retired U.S. marshal when it excluded him from a more generous tax break given to onetime state law enforcement officers. The court ruled unanimously for retired marshal James Dawson.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:33:32 GMT
The percentage of West Virginia adults aged 60 and older is growing more rapidly than any other part of the population. And most of them, like 91-year-old Paige Omohundro, want to stay home as they age. Omohundro has lived in her modest two-story brick home for 54 years and wants to stay as long as possible. But she can barely handle steps these days -- which is a big problem because once you get into her home you HAVE to climb stairs. The front door opens onto a small landing leading onto a split staircase. She said she’s thought about buying a stairlift, but would have to buy two -- one for each side -- and they’re expensive, costing more than one grand, sometimes several thousand, apiece. “I just don’t go downstairs very much,” she said. “I go when I have to -- my laundry room is down there. Usually when my daughter comes over, she’ll carry my laundry down for me or bring it back up, so that’s a big help.” But staying in her home is vital to her sense of well-being. “I guess I’ve
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, despite the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killing a long, sweeping and controversial education reform package, teachers and school employees will be off the job for a second day today. Dave Mistich reports on a long, loud day at the Capitol that brought hundreds of teachers to Charleston.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:59:29 GMT
Despite the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killing a long, sweeping and controversial education reform package, teachers and school employees will be off the job for a second day Wednesday. Leaders of teacher and service personnel unions cited the slightest of chances that Senate Bill 451 could be revived through a House motion to reconsider action on the measure. On Tuesday, the House adopted a motion to postpone the measure indefinitely , effectively killing the bill on a 53-45 vote.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:51:06 GMT
A West Virginia House committee on Tuesday, Feb. 19, voted down an amendment that would have restored the state’s water quality standards to the version originally proposed by state environmental regulators last summer. The House Energy Committee rejected an amendment by Del. Evan Hansen, a Democrat representing Monongalia County, that would have re-inserted 60 proposed human health water quality standard updates into the state rules that govern pollution discharge into the state’s streams and rivers. The Water Quality Standards rule within SB 163, formerly SB 167, has been embroiled in controversy since lawmakers first considered it in the Senate Rulemaking Review Committee in late November. At the behest of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, the committee agreed to remove 60 updates to human health standards that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had proposed. Since then, the 60 updates were added back in by the Senate Energy, Industry and
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:24:47 GMT
Teachers and school workers were on strike in 54 of West Virginia’s 55 counties Tuesday. But shortly after 12:30 p.m., the controversial education bill, which drove them out of school, was postponed indefinitely by a motion in the House of Delegates. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich discuss the action on the bill, and the leaders of the teachers and school service personnel unions join the show to discuss whether the bill could have another shot at passage.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:12:18 GMT
Teachers and service personnel in the Northern Panhandle joined picket lines this morning and were on their way home before a typical school day would have closed. Many teachers were relieved, but uneasy.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:45:57 GMT
Editor's Note: A previous headline on this story said the House killed the education omnibus education bill. While the vote today makes it difficult for the bill to survive, there are still some technical maneuvers that could bring the bill back to the floor. This story will be updated when the situation becomes clearer. The West Virginia House of Delegates has effectively killed a controversial education reform measure that has forced the second teacher strike in as many years.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, Schools across the state are closed after leaders of West Virginia teacher and school service personnel unions announced a statewide strike. The announcement of a strike came just before the state Senate cleared the latest version of a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill. Also on today’s show, Suzanne Higgins spoke with Delegate Matthew Rohrbach, Chairman of the Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse, and Minority Chairman Delegate Andrew Robinson on last night’s Legislature Today. And we begin a new health series that focuses on issues facing elderly residents in West Virginia. West Virginia Morning is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting which is solely responsible for its content. Support for our news bureaus comes from West Virginia University, Concord University, and Shepherd University.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 23:55:09 GMT
Updated February 18, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Leaders of West Virginia teacher and school service personnel unions have announced a statewide strike will begin Tuesday. That announcement came at a Monday news conference as the upper chamber was set to adopt an amendment to the House of Delegates’ version of Senate Bill 451.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 23:30:55 GMT
Late in the afternoon on Monday, the West Virginia Senate took up SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – as amended by the House of Delegates. But the upper chamber provided its own amendment to the House’s version. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich break down the day’s floor action over the bill and what could come next. We also hear from the chairman and minority chairman of the House Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:55:51 GMT
Updated on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 at 7:58 p.m. The West Virginia Legislature continued a back and forth Monday on a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill. The upper chamber adopted an amendment to the House of Delegate's version Senate Bill 451, which makes some notable changes to the measure.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:15:11 GMT
Sue Meeks has worked with children for years as a registered nurse. Meeks manages the family navigator program at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. Several years ago, she started noticing three and four-year-olds coming into the program with certain distinctive behaviors. “Children that appear to be neurologically very overstimulated,” she said. “They often aren’t social in your typical way. They don’t respond to trying to calm them or trying to divert their attention to something else, laughing with them, or getting a response from reading.” She saw delays in language and motor development. The symptoms did not line up with the typical presentation of autism or ADHD for children of that age. But there was a common denominator: exposure to drugs in the womb. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome , or NAS, is the result of severe in-utero drug exposure. It has hit the Ohio Valley hard with more than 16,000 babies affected over the past five years in
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, the opioid crisis is hitting a new generation in the Ohio Valley with thousands of babies born affected by drugs in the womb. Doctors call it neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. Now researchers are looking for the long-term effects NAS has as children grow. As the Ohio Valley ReSource’s Aaron Payne reports, the research could help parents, schools and communities meet a new challenge.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:44:25 GMT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a chemical company may have broken federal law by failing to notify the agency before it started manufacturing and repurposing new industrial compounds.

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