Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:40:44 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, an update on the state’s medical cannabis law. We also hear the latest news from the state Capitol, and we hear a report from StateImpact Pennsylvania on landfill pollution.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 01:51:59 GMT
In an effort to address water issues plaguing rural West Virginia, the state Public Service Commission is supporting a bill that would give the group more statutory authority to assist and order the acquisition of failing water and wastewater utilities throughout the state.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:52:29 GMT
Lawmakers took a major step in 2017 toward legalizing cannabis use in West Virginia when they passed a bill that created a medical program. But nearly three years later, the program still isn’t operational — and many say it’s still more than a year away from launching. This session, lawmakers continue to offer some major tweaks to the as-of-yet-launched program. Those proposals – which are included in multiple bills – could change which forms would be considered medically acceptable.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:35:26 GMT
We bring you a special report on the state's Medical Cannabis program and a bill this session to expand it to further accommodate patients. We'll also bring you an update on other major health bills from members of the House Health and Human Resources Committee.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:45:21 GMT
This is a developing story and will be updated. In an internal memo to employees, Fairmont Regional Medical Center announced today, Feb. 18, it will be closing citing financial difficulties. According to a copy of the memo obtained by West Virginia Public Broadcasting via Facebook, the hospital said efforts to find a buyer or other sources of financial support were unsuccessful. Hospital CEO Robert Adcock wrote the decision to close the hospital was made “only after all other reasonable options” were considered and explored. Fairmont Regional is the fourth hospital in the region to close in recent months. Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Medical Center in the Northern Panhandle region announced closures in late summer 2019, and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in eastern Kentucky announced it was closing last month. Following the announcement, both Mon Health and WVU Medicine issued statements, expressing concern and pointing to local services they offer for the Fairmont/Marion
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:43:02 GMT
Across the Ohio Valley, natural gas drilling waste is trucked from the well pad to disposal sites. The waste contains naturally occurring radioactive elements. Freelance science journalist Justin Nobel spent nearly two years reporting on this topic. He interviewed hundreds of scientists, environmentalists, state regulators and industry workers and uncovered never-before-released early reports from the oil and gas industry that highlight the radioactivity problem and its risks to workers and the public. Energy and Environment Reporter Brittany Patterson spoke with Nobel via Skype about his investigation titled “ America’s Radioactive Secret ” that was published last month in Rolling Stone.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:42:27 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we visit Clay County where educators are revamping the idea of home economics class to inspire resilience in student populations. We also bring you a conversation about radioactive natural gas drilling waste.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:05:02 GMT
Today we're excited to premiere this live performance video of Miss Tess & the Talkbacks with "True Flood," a track from their brand new album The Moon Is An Ashtray, available now to purchase and stream .
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:14:00 GMT
Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy, a sign of the century-old organization's financial instability as it faces some 300 lawsuits from men who say they were sexually abused as Scouts. The organization says it will use the Chapter 11 process to create a trust to provide compensation to victims. Scouting programs will continue throughout. The Boy Scouts had been exploring the possibility of bankruptcy since at least December 2018 , when the group hired a law firm for a possible Chapter 11 filing. Chapter 11 usually involves the debtor making a reorganization plan to keep its business alive and pay its creditors over time. The filing was made in Delaware and is expected to set a new deadline for victims' claims to be made. The Boy Scouts also published a carefully worded open letter to victims of abuse . The letter, signed by BSA National Chair Jim Turley, reads in part: "I am outraged that individuals took advantage of our programs to commit these
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:27:17 GMT
There were events all day at the Capitol celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment – guaranteeing women the right to vote. We hear about West Virginia’s suffragists and the need for West Virginia women to engage more actively in the political process.
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:27:29 GMT
The West Virginia Senate’s Finance Committee unveiled Monday a complicated and sweeping set of tax reforms. The proposed refiguration of the state’s tax code is somewhat of a game of musical chairs — with a few significant hurdles to overcome. Lawmakers in the GOP-led Senate are continuing their push to roll back the manufacturing machinery, equipment and inventory tax but, with a committee originating bill, they’re also tacking on a proposal that would eliminate taxes on retail inventory and automobiles.
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:46:59 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, there’s more and more conversation about what a transition away from a coal-heavy economy might look like in the state. But for many, it’s a hard reality to swallow.
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:59:29 GMT
On a recent soggy Wednesday evening, dozens of West Virginians packed a conference room inside the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to discuss the need for a “just transition” for coal-impacted communities. As the nation grapples with climate change, the need for a fair transition for workers and communities that depend upon coal jobs and revenue has also gained traction.
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 10:10:00 GMT
Efforts to stem the tide of teen vaping seem to be a step behind the market . By the time Juul pulled most of its flavored pods from the market in October of 2019, many teens had already moved on to an array of newer, disposable vape products. "Juul is almost old school ... It's no longer the teen favorite," says Meredith Berkman , co-founder of the advocacy group PAVE, Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes. "Among the disposables [that] are most popular, there's Puff Bar, there's Stig, there's Viigo," Berkman says. They're designed for one-time use. Then, they're tossed, she explains. "These have just flooded the market," Berkman says. These products are flourishing despite the Trump administration's partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes , announced in January and in effect as of Feb 5. The enforcement guidance issued by Food and Drug Administration was aimed at stopping young people from vaping. It focused enforcement on flavored cartridges, like Juul's popular products. But it left
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 01:01:02 GMT
In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues. Lawmakers are on the verge of passing the South's strictest gun laws, broadest LGBTQ protections, highest minimum wage and some of its loosest abortion restrictions, churning through landmark legislation on a near-daily basis.
Sun, 16 Feb 2020 16:07:08 GMT
The SteelDrivers are unable to appear at tonight’s Mountain Stage event in Charleston, W.Va. as scheduled. We will work to reschedule them as soon as possible. The band sent us this message:
Sat, 15 Feb 2020 19:34:00 GMT
Officials have released the identity of a kayaker who went missing along the banks of the Middle Fork River in West Virginia last Sunday. Officials with the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety say Jamie L. Gray, 41, of Hacker Valley is presumed drowned after going missing on Feb. 9. The agency is closing access to the Middle Fork River between Audra State Park in Barbour County and Tygart Valley River to bring in equipment to assist with the recovery of Gray. Officials say Gray was kayaking with a group of nine fellow paddlers in river last week. Her kayak capsized and she was swept downstream. She then capsized again and swept under a large rock, where she never resurfaced.
Sat, 15 Feb 2020 03:57:33 GMT
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday offered a conditional apology for calling a high school girls basketball team “thugs,” saying he didn’t know the remarks would cause any trouble.
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 23:29:00 GMT
Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for those who work in restaurants. It's also a day that many in the industry love to hate. Second only to Mother's Day, Valentine's Day is the most popular day of the year to dine out, according to the National Restaurant Association . For couples, it can be a long-awaited night out on the town. But for servers and others in the industry who wait on them, it can be a night of dread, where expectations are high, the volume of customers relentless, and the tips often underwhelming. "We kind of refer to it jokingly as 'rookie night.' It's a night where everyone wants to come out and dine," says Kip Mullin, general manager of Circa 1918 in Newport News, Va. Many of those customers, however, don't normally dine out at other times of the year. "It's a somewhat different vibe on Valentine's Day than other nights," Mullin says. "Because we do about two-and-a-half to three times the business of a regular night. It's a much more expensive
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 22:24:38 GMT
We’ve passed the deadline for bills to be introduced in the House of Delegates this session. On Monday, that same cut-off will be in the Senate. Host Suzanne Higgins sits down with statehouse reporters Ryan Quinn of The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Taylor Stuck of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, and Brad McElhinny of WV MetroNews for this week’s roundtable.