Fri, 18 Sep 2020 23:40:17 GMT
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., surrounded by family. She was 87. "Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice." Architect of the legal fight for women's rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the nation's highest court, becoming its most prominent member. Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:43:45 GMT
In this year like no other, Election 2020 will be unlike other elections. The coronavirus pandemic makes some of the usual in-person voting a potential health hazard. Election officials have had to create new ways to safely and fairly conduct elections. And the hyper-partisan political atmosphere can make it harder to get accurate information about how to vote.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:06:29 GMT
West Virginia's elk restoration project has added at least 15 new calves to its herd this year, according to the state Division of Natural Resources. Over the summer, wildlife managers for the WVDNR were able to confirm the births of about 15 calves, bringing the state total elk population to 85.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:39:13 GMT
Marshall University officials said Friday they have put a professor on administrative leave while they investigate controversial statements made in a virtual classroom setting. In a news release, Marshall University administrators said they are aware of a video in which a faculty member made an “overtly political statement.”
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:36:49 GMT
This episode of Inside Appalachia is about returning home. For some people, timing and circumstance force you back. It is only then that you realize how much you missed home. Others spend decades longing to return. There are many songs about that longing. One of the most famous is “Take Me Home, County Roads,” a song that has come to represent the feeling of homesickness that many Appalachians know so well.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:28:09 GMT
Over the past several months, people have turned to traditional skills and practices as one way of coping with the challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic. Many have baked bread or started a garden, while others have returned to community traditions of raising and butchering animals at home. In a special report as part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Project , Nicole Musgrave spoke with several people in Floyd County, Kentucky who have used the pandemic as an opportunity to teach others how to process meat at home.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:27:42 GMT
Known for its distinct sour taste when it first ripens, and its creamy applesauce when it matures, an heirloom apple with Russian roots still grows in Appalachia. Generations of southwest Virginians and West Virginians have kept these trees alive for more than a century. The growing season, flavor and versatility of this fruit set it apart. “I think this is an apple that has sour powder in it,” said five-year-old Renee Halsey when she took her first bite of an Early June Transparent Apple from a neighbor’s tree in Bluefield, Virginia. Mike Snyder, a long-time middle-school teacher in Randolph County, West Virginia, and writer for the West Virginia Farm Bureau News, said he’s seen many shiny commercial apples thrown in the school trash because the taste is so poor. An heirloom like the Early Transparent has a unique, wonderful flavor that children won’t experience if we don’t save these trees, he said. Currently, 90 percent of apples sold in the United States are of only 11 apple
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:23:22 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , we unpack the iconic song, “Country Roads.” Also, in this show, we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week from Canadian indie-folk rockers Cowboy Junkies.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT
One night in 1970, Bill Danoff and his then-girlfriend Taffy Nivert were hanging out with John Denver, and they played a few verses from a song they’d been working on. Denver immediately said he wanted to record it. “It was sort of like an old movie,” Danoff recalled in a 2010 interview with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. “You know, ‘why don't we all do it together?’ And I said, ‘okay, well, we got to finish it.’ He said, ‘well, let's finish it.’” The three of them -- Danoff, Nivert and Denver -- stayed up all night finishing the song. Knowing little about the state, Nivert pulled out an encyclopedia and looked up West Virginia. “We kept just throwing out lines,” Danoff said. “And then we'd write down the ones that seemed to fit.” They played “Country Roads” the next night, at The Cellar Door, an iconic intimate venue in Washington D.C. “The people clapped for about five minutes straight,” Danoff said. “First time they'd ever heard the song. And you knew you had something
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:25:24 GMT
State regulators are ordering Frontier Communications to make some changes, more than two years after initiating an investigation into the company’s infrastructure for landline phones in West Virginia.
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:07:26 GMT
A group of West Virginia doctors is asking the state attorney general to withdraw support for a federal lawsuit that seeks to throw out the Affordable Care Act, which provides medical insurance for hundreds of thousands in the state.
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:02:10 GMT
More than $800,000 has been awarded to four county school boards in West Virginia to help with school safety needs. Grant, Pocahontas, Upshur and Marshall County Boards of Education will see a portion of an $824,774 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:34:47 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , equity is a recurring theme. We hear the latest on the dismantling of homeless encampments in the Northern Panhandle, details about a Black Lives Matter event in central West Virginia, and we hear from a former white nationalist.
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:05:00 GMT
Our look back at some of our favorite episodes continues with this week’s look back to 2012 for a show with Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, songwriter and now Tony-winning Playwright Anais Mitchell , Australia’s journeyman songwriter Paul Kelly and The Cowboy Junkies.
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 20:29:01 GMT
West Virginia corrections officials say they’re now linking a prisoner death in July to COVID-19, referring to newer medical records that they received Tuesday.
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:23:10 GMT
Coal mining giant Murray Energy Corp. has emerged from bankruptcy with a new name and a commitment to rehire all of its former union employees, according to a news release from the United Mine Workers of America.
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:16:22 GMT
The National Park Service, the federal agency that oversees America’s national parks, monuments and other conservation lands, got a new leader last month. West Virginia native Margaret Everson is taking the helm at the agency . Everson comes to the role with decades of natural resources experience.
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:52:11 GMT
In a new book titled, The Southern Wildlife Watcher: Notes of a Naturalist , author Rob Simbeck explores the wonders and curiosities of wild animals you might be taking for granted, like coyotes, American Robins, or even often underappreciated earthworms. The book features essays on 36 animals — 12 each that inhabit land, water and air -- alongside humans throughout the southeastern United States. Eric Douglas spoke with him to learn more. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Douglas: Tell me why you wanted to focus our attention on some of those more common animals. Simbeck: I think, too often, we are prone to think of the outdoors as something special that you've got to drive somewhere to see. And that the wildlife really worth paying attention to is the bald eagle or to see dolphins when you're at the beach, or to catch a glimpse of a bobcat or something — which we hardly ever do. For me, the thing that's special about the natural world is that it's all around us all
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:07:22 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , the National Park Service has a new person in charge, and she’s from West Virginia. We have a conversation with Margaret Everson, the organization’s new leader. Also, in this show, we hear about a new book titled “The Southern Wildlife Watcher: Notes of a Naturalist” written by author Rob Simbek.
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:29:30 GMT
West Virginia officials are once more changing a color-coded map of coronavirus cases that determines whether it’s safe for local school boards to offer in-person learning and extracurricular activities.