Wed, 08 Apr 2020 22:58:34 GMT
In many cities and towns, there are people in charge, and there are people who get things done. Joe Slack is an instigator for community change in West Virginia’s Upper Kanawha Valley. He sees the needs in his region, one that’s been hit hard by one economic disappointment after another. But Slack is a self-described squeaky wheel. He connects people, helps identify realistic opportunities and then works to make things happen. This episode of Us & Them is presented with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 21:09:24 GMT
In the face of social distancing requirements implemented to limit the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the state are re-examining their commencement plans.
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 19:21:41 GMT
In March, West Virginia saw 90,000 unemployment claims . In a typical month the state averages 5,000. According to the U.S. Labor Department , one of the industries hit the hardest nationwide is arts and entertainment — a sector that depends heavily on social events, something that is nearly impossible during the coronavirus pandemic. We recently spoke with West Virginian artists to see how they are coping, and we wanted to check in with the Tamarack Foundation For The Arts, which directly supports nearly 2,000 artists in the state. They have recently promoted their interactive newsletter to help West Virginian artists still feel a sense of community.
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 18:41:52 GMT
Updated Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Gov. Jim Justice has announced that another West Virginia county has been designated as a “hot spot” for COVID-19. Marion County will join six others who have been allowed to expand the enforcement of public health guidelines. During a virtual news conference, Justice also said he is holding off on calling a special session to address budget issues related to the ongoing pandemic.
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:31:27 GMT
Updated at 1:11 p.m. ET Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established. "I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth. And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible," Sanders told supporters in livestreamed remarks , shortly after he had broken the news to campaign staff. YouTube Sanders' decision comes weeks after the coronavirus pandemic upended the Democratic race. The worsening outbreak delayed primary contests and the party's nominating convention and halted all in-person campaigning, forcing the two candidates to hold virtual events from their respective homes. Sanders suspended his campaign after mask-wearing voters went to the polls Tuesday in Wisconsin. The state controversially forged ahead with its primary, despite public health concerns. Results for the
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:50:09 GMT
Free charitable health clinics like the West Virginia Health Right in Charleston play an important role in helping those in poverty or those without insurance get access to necessary medical care. However, the medical and financial impacts of the coronavirus are putting a large strain on Health Right and organizations like it. In response to the pandemic, West Virginia Health Right is offering testing to the state’s most vulnerable communities at a mobile clinic at Manna Meal Soup Kitchen. West Virginia Health Right Executive Director and CEO Dr. Angie Settle spoke with reporter Corey Knollinger about how the organization is adapting.
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, returning to old traditions in the time of the novel coronavirus. And we hear how one clinic that serves some of West Virginia's most vulnerable is adapting to the crisis. But first, spring has sprung!
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 12:36:23 GMT
John Prine, a wry and perceptive writer whose songs often resembled vivid short stories, died Tuesday in Nashville from complications related to COVID-19. His death was confirmed by his publicist, on behalf of his family. He was 73 years old. Prine was hospitalized last week after falling ill and put on a ventilator Saturday night, according to a statement from his family. Even as a young man, Prine — who famously worked as a mailman before turning to music full-time — wrote evocative songs that belied his age. With a conversational vocal approach, he quickly developed a reputation as a performer who empathized with his characters. His beloved 1971 self-titled debut features the aching "Hello In There," written from the perspective of a lonely elderly man who simply wants to be noticed, and the equally bittersweet "Angel From Montgomery." The latter song is narrated by a middle-aged woman with deep regrets over the way her life turned out, married to a man who's merely "another child
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 11:00:00 GMT
On April 8, 1951, a C-47 transport plane crashed near Charleston’s Kanawha Airport, which is now Yeager Airport, killing 21 members of the Air National Guard. They were on their way to Charleston for the funeral of fellow Guardsmen Major Woodford Sutherland. Sutherland had been killed in a freak training accident in Florida in which his parked P-51D Mustang was hit by another plane. At the time of the tragedy, the West Virginia Air National Guard was only four years old. It was organized in the aftermath of World War II by Lieutenant Colonel James K. McLaughlin as the 167th Fighter Squadron, stationed out of Charleston. During the war, McLaughlin had led the largest Allied daytime bombing raid over Germany. The 167th’s first planes were P-47D Thunderbolt fighters, which were soon replaced with the famous P-51D Mustangs. In 1955, the 167 th was relocated to Martinsburg after part of the squadron had been separated out to form the 130 th Troop Carrier Squadron, which remained in
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 05:47:39 GMT
At least five people at a nursing home in West Virginia's capital have the coronavirus , officials said Tuesday as they wait on dozens of test results.
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 21:28:48 GMT
In his daily virtual press briefing, Governor Jim Justice said WorkForce West Virginia processed 28,500 claims representing 20 million dollars in benefits yesterday alone. In March, they processed 90,000 unemployment claims. A typical March, he said, the state would process about 3,400. For every day in April they’re now averaging 2000-6,700 claims a day. To address the need, WorkForce West Virginia is working 24/7 from three different call centers. Justice said reports of people calling and not being able to get through are “unacceptable” and that with the additional bandwidth provided by the National Guard, they’re able to be more responsive to questions and calls. “So we’re catching up and we’re catching up really really fast.” On Tuesday the governor also announced WorkForce West Virginia would begin distributing an additional $600 in federal pandemic unemployment compensation for eligible unemployment claims. Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 21:15:32 GMT
A West Virginia-based charitable foundation affiliated with the WVU Health System announced it has purchased more than $1.3 million in personal protective gear for health workers across the state.
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 19:35:35 GMT
Kerri Namolik lives in Shepherdstown, W.Va. with her husband and two daughters. She is an assistant professor for Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and is working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. But like many parents, she has also found herself homeschooling her two girls – Scarlett and Lilah – and using baking as a way to implement some math.
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:27:15 GMT
A federal judge rejected a request to have several inmates released in West Virginia due to the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers on Monday denied Mountain State Justice's request that the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation be ordered to release inmates from prisons and jails, the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said in a news release.
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:39:56 GMT
You can still find West Virginians sporting WW2 and Korean War vet hats, wars that were fought more than 70 years ago, as well as hats representing Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 145,000, or nearly 10 percent, of the state's population have served their country. Over the course of their service, many were exposed to everything from heavy smoke, to oil fires, to the highly-toxic chemical Agent Orange. This means many vets are either elderly or they have preexisting conditions, making the veteran population particularly susceptible to the new coronavirus.
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:35:04 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, the models have shifted to favor West Virginia in its fight against the coronavirus, but experts are urging cautious optimism. We also hear how one VA hospital is preparing for a potential influx of veteran patients with coronavirus.
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:18:30 GMT
New projections on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic show cause for cautious optimism in West Virginia, but as the state braces for the virus to peak in the coming weeks, researchers and health care officials urge residents of the state to remain at home.
Mon, 06 Apr 2020 20:44:06 GMT
During Monday’s virtual press briefing, Governor Jim Justice urged West Virginians to continue following social distancing and hand washing guidelines saying “it’s working” despite the state now having four deaths due to the virus. “We’re the most elderly state, we’re the most chronic risk state, we’re the highest risk state of all and we’re within a rocks throw of all these populations where people are dying like flies,” he said. “And you got to listen and you got to stay the course. The storm is either close upon us or in some places it's even looking like it's fading away. We’re close, we’re close, please stay the course.” However, over the weekend Justice issued additional orders for six counties with the highest rates of coronavirus, limiting gatherings to five people or fewer and restricting the number of people allowed in stores. “They represent right at 60 percent of the total positive cases we have in the state,” he said. “They’re true hot spots and we need to stay right dead
Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:34:51 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we hear about a new play that honors those who lost their lives at the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster 10 years ago. We also bring you the latest updates on coronavirus in West Virginia.
Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:15:48 GMT
As coronavirus cases continue to increase throughout the Ohio Valley, rural hospitals are preparing for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients. But as they do so, these hospitals face tough financial decisions, and some could close down altogether.