Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:17:40 GMT
Gun culture runs deep in much of the Ohio Valley, where hunting is a revered tradition and the majority of state lawmakers in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia boast “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association. But even here the growing national student activism on gun safety is taking hold in the wake of recent school shootings. With some three dozen events in the region coinciding with the national March For Our Lives protest, more students from the region are deciding to speak out.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:50:36 GMT
President Donald Trump Friday signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill funding the federal government through Sept. 30, hours after he threatened to veto the legislation. Trump’s signature on the more than 2,200-page bill averts a government shutdown. Broadly, the bill rejects many of the White House’s proposed budget cuts and actually boosts spending for both the military and domestic agencies.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:37:51 GMT
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's needle exchange program has reduced disease and helped people with addiction find treatment. But first responders and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones are upset at the proliferation of needles and people with addiction coming to their city.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:30:56 GMT
West Virginia's capital could soon be home to a spirited new attraction. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals approved a conditional use permit for a downtown microdistillery Thursday. Jeff Arthur's proposed Mountain State Distillery would allow visitors to witness the entire process of distilling alcoholic beverages, including whiskey, rum, vodka and moonshine.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:15:50 GMT
It was unexpected to have people sitting in trees in the first place, but several people have been camping in the treetops on Peters Mountain since February 26. It’s all in an effort to stop progress on construction of the 303-mile-long Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The natural gas pipeline company sought a court injunction, and Monroe County Circuit Judge Robert Irons indicated he was inclined to rule in favor of MVP. The company only needed to file follow up documentation showing they did, in fact, have proper permissions to cut the trees in West Virginia.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:28:41 GMT
A former coal miner and veteran from West Virginia has been honored with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in volunteerism. Wayne McDonald has volunteered over 9,000 hours, over five years, helping fellow veterans through AmeriCorps & VISTA. McDonald is an Army veteran who served during the first Gulf War. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when he returned to West Virginia. The local Ceterans center in Logan County actually helped him find medical care. Later, they approached him about joining AmeriCorps, through their VetCorps Program.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:00:43 GMT
This recipe is from farm-to-table chef and farmer from Harrison County, Mike Costello. He shared this recipe on a recent episode of Inside Appalachia. Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 2 lb fresh greens (turnip greens, kale or collards) rinsed and coarsely chopped 1 large onion, cut into ⅛” slices 3 cloves garlic, minced 4 slices smoked bacon, diced 3 Tablespoons maple syrup ½ cup dry hard apple cider ½ cup chicken stock Course salt, as needed Directions: In a medium stock pot or large cast-iron skillet, over medium heat, cook bacon for 4-6 minutes until fat begins to render. Remove bacon and reserve. Add onions and garlic, then cook for 2-4 minutes until onions are slightly translucent. Add chopped greens and cooked bacon, sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add hard cider, chicken stock and 2 T of the maple syrup. Reduce heat to low. Place a lid on the pot or skillet and simmer over low heat for 10-20 minutes until greens are tender. Remove the lid and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:57:44 GMT
In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll travel to the sugar shacks of Appalachian maple producers, and we’ll learn how to use syrup in everything from glazed greens to buttermilk ice cream – and even roasted rabbit.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:45:55 GMT
Less than two months after being appointed as director of the West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy, Michael Brumage has stepped down. The state Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement that Brumage's resignation Friday was effective immediately. He was appointed by Gov. Jim Justice on Feb. 5.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:08:00 GMT
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he has formed a new unit and a hotline to fight elder abuse. Morrisey said in a statement that the civil litigation unit will be dedicated to holding accountable anyone who abuses, exploits or neglects senior citizens. He said the unit will use a new hotline, email address and scam alert database to connect seniors with services.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:04:45 GMT
The new owner of the Charleston Gazette-Mail says the newspaper's vice president of circulation is being promoted to publisher. HD Media announced Thursday that 64-year-old Jim Heady would take over the role on April 1.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:55:12 GMT
Drivers in one West Virginia city are being told to watch out for fraudulent parking tickets. Morgantown Parking Authority director Dana McKenzie says in a news release the agency received several calls about the tickets Thursday.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:49:27 GMT
Republican Sharon Lewis Malcolm has been appointed to a West Virginia House of Delegates seat. Gov. Jim Justice announced Malcolm's appointment Thursday. The 39th District seat represents Kanawha County.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:51:16 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from West Virginia high schools students gearing up for the March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.; a farmer and chef who uses maple syrup as a main ingredient in his recipes; a former coal miner and veteran who has been honored with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in volunteerism; and this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:30:00 GMT
The lineup for Sunday's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is going to be an Americana honors class that embraces our diverse love of music here in Charleston, W.V. We'll welcome Lee Ann Womack, James McMurtry, The Low Anthem, Inara George and John Moreland. Of course, there's nothing quite like being there, and tickets are still available online as of this writing, or at the door, if available, on Sunday, starting at 5p.m. If you can't join us in person, we have good news. Thanks to the WVPB Video Production team and our partners at VuHaus , you can watch the show LIVE from anywhere with an internet connection. Just point your browser to MountainStage.org or VuHaus.com at 7p.m. EDT this Sunday, and watch along. Here's the order: John Moreland, The Low Anthem, Inara George, James McMurtry, Lee Ann Womack As always, our regulars Julie Adams, along with the Mountain Stage Band, and pianist Bob Thompson will join in with their performances. You can tweet us to let us know you're watching,
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:36:17 GMT
Coal plant closures are expected to outpace new construction for the first time in the modern era by 2022, but that still might not be enough to meet international emission reduction goals intended to fend off the worst anticipated impacts of climate change.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:31:41 GMT
In post-Depression-era Appalachia, moonshining was a way of life. It was a respected, although technically illegal, profession. It kept food on the table for the Butler family for over 100 years. Raymond Butler recalls his first job in the family business: “I was about six. My dad put me down in one still to clean it. If there’s any green or blue, that’s got to come out of copper — it’s poisonous. When I came out of the still, it had to look like a new penny.” Now, over half a century later, Raymond is distilling legally in the family moonshine business that he’s been working at all his life. In 2013, his son Raymond Jr. — called Chuck by all — took action to make the long-illicit business legit. Today, at age 74, Raymond, and his son and grandson, Raymond III (nicknamed Trey), are making their moonshine legally at Dalton Distillery. Their moonshine is called TazaRay and is made with sunflower seeds, the only such spirits in the world. Raymond looks every bit the part of a moonshiner,
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:13:26 GMT
President Donald Trump’s call to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers grabbed headlines Monday. But public health officials within the Trump administration are stressing other elements of the president’s plan to address the opioid crisis. Acting Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anne Schuchat , outlined her agency’s plans for the Ohio Valley, which has some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdose deaths.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:33:25 GMT
West Virginia's congressional delegation is urging President Donald Trump to approve Gov. Jim Justice's request for a federal disaster declaration for severe storms in the state in February. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Congressmen David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins wrote to Trump on Wednesday.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:27:55 GMT
The West Virginia Women's Commission is honoring eight women next week with the Legacy of Women Awards. The commission said Christine Weiss Daugherty is being given the Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Award for lifetime achievement.