Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:00:00 GMT
Ranky Tanky are a South Carolina based band that specializes in "Gullah" music- a style born out of the coastal region and influenced by West African traditions. Here's the band's take on the American folk song, "O Death," for our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:12:32 GMT
A health department spokesman in West Virginia says more than 20 cases of acute Hepatitis A have been confirmed in Kanawha and Putnam counties since January. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says in a news release that the recent cases are linked to a multistate outbreak.
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:08:16 GMT
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation is accepting applications for a portion of $25 million in grant funding for economic development projects. Applicants have until June 15 to apply.
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:27:39 GMT
The National Institute for Early Education Research released its annual State of Preschool report today. The report found that more young children in the United States are enrolled in public pre-K programs than were in 2002, but that not all of those programs are preparing young learners for kindergarten. West Virginia, though, is one of 10 states that the report said has both expanded access to pre-K while maintaining high quality standards. West Virginia is also one of 10 states with the highest number of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in preschool. West Virginia is also one of 10 states that increased spending per child from 2002 to 2017. In 2002, the state spent nearly $5,000 per child and more than $6,500 in 2017. Pre-K is available to all West Virginia four-year-olds through the state's Universal Pre-K System. Research shows that early childhood education can help prepare children for later academic success, but only if the programs are high-quality. Mark Shriver, CEO of Save the
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:23:29 GMT
Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are seeking to erase his misdemeanor conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. A former lead prosecutor called it a desperate act. A motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston claims federal prosecutors withheld information that would have assisted in Blankenship's defense at his lengthy 2015 trial. It said the government produced reports and other information after the trial's completion.
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:30:21 GMT
Marshall University's Sustainability Department is again hosting an Earth Day celebration on Wednesday. The event promotes sustainable living practices and works to educate Marshall students and the public about local programs and activities.
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:20:45 GMT
Convicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship claims documents that would have assisted his defense weren't made available to his attorneys before his trial and he's asking a federal court to vacate his misdemeanor conviction. Blankenship made the claim in a news release through his U.S. Senate campaign to announce a planned motion to vacate the conviction. No motion was listed on a federal court website Tuesday night.
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:01:04 GMT
Air quality across West Virginia is improving, with levels of fine particle air pollution some of the best ever measured, but smog levels have increased, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report released today.
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:14:23 GMT
On the latest episode of WVPB’s podcast Us & Them, host Trey Kay puts an episode they produced back in 2015 under the microscope. The episode featured a conversation between West Virginian Karl Priest, a retired public school teacher, and physicist Christopher Keating. When this show was originally released, some listeners thought Trey handled the whole thing badly. So he went back to see where things went off the rails.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:51:07 GMT
Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy Solutions made waves last month when it asked the Department of Energy to grant it an emergency order to help keep coal and nuclear plants operating across the Ohio Valley.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:29:37 GMT
West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said he is hopeful the first project associated with the China Energy deal will be announced soon.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:07:31 GMT
Drugmakers would be required to identify the legitimate need for controlled substances to justify their production under a proposed rule intended to rein in the diversion of drugs for illicit purposes. The Drug Enforcement Administration announced the proposed rule change Tuesday.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:31:00 GMT
Updated at 8:05 p.m. ET Tax filers have little longer to get their paperwork in to the Internal Revenue Service. In a statement , the IRS announced it is giving taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes after technical issues on the agency's website made it impossible for people to view their tax record or make payments for much of the day on Tuesday. "Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time," the IRS said in the statement. Problems on the site surfaced early Tuesday and key services remained inaccessible for most of the day. But according to the IRS, the site was fully functional by evening Eastern time. "This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers," said acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. "The IRS appreciates everyone's patience during
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:03:50 GMT
The deadline to register to vote in next month's primary election in West Virginia has arrived. Tuesday, April 17 is the last day for state residents to register if they want to vote on May 8.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:00:17 GMT
Cabell County is leading West Virginia in the number of fatal overdoses for the second year in a row. Citing state data, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 909 people died of drug overdoses in West Virginia in 2017, an increase from the previous record of 887, set in 2016. Overdose deaths seemed to slow during late 2017, though the state Health Statistics Center says that could be due to reporting delays.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:56:46 GMT
More than 40 people were arrested in Huntington this week on drug and gun charges in a sweeping joint investigation targeting accused interstate drug traffickers in what officials called a "turning point" for the city -- and "in the war against the opiate nightmare."
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:53:16 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, Kentucky ranks in the top five highest number of drug overdoses in the country. It also has one of the highest of Hepatitis C, and while HIV/AIDS cases are declining the U.S., Kentucky holds steady with new cases. Much of this can be traced back to people who use IV drugs, using needles or syringes to inject opioids.
Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:57:01 GMT
Ten West Virginia counties are under a State of Emergency due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall. Governor Jim Justice made the declaration in an emailed statement to reporters Monday afternoon.
Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:24:51 GMT
This is a developing story. Please check back for more details. Updated Tuesday, April 17 at 12:06 p.m. New River Gorge National River spokeswoman Julena Campbell said in a news release the engine that derailed landed on its side near the New River. She said no diesel fuel spilled and that crews are working to remove 5,000 gallons of fuel from the locomotive. CSX stated the ten derailed cars remained upright.
Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:26:38 GMT
Marshall University is launching a joint project with West Virginia University College of Law to provide consumer-related information for people in West Virginia.