Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:02:18 GMT
A West Virginia town that spent the past 17 years living under a boil water advisory finally has access to clean water.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:46:54 GMT
Health officials in Huntington, West Virginia, say a cluster of HIV infections has grown to 71 confirmed cases. That’s in a city that usually sees about eight HIV infections in a year. As with an earlier such cluster in northern Kentucky , officials say the primary cause of infection is needle drug use.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:38:47 GMT
A few details are emerging about Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations reported in West Virginia last week. The state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety provided West Virginia Public Broadcasting Monday with a list of inmates held in regional jails on ICE-related charges.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:40:16 GMT
Bail was set at $200,000 Sunday for a homeless man from West Virginia who was charged with placing two devices that looked like pressure cookers in a New York City subway station.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT
West Virginia's new Roman Catholic bishop is set to be installed this week. A ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling for the Most Rev. Mark Brennan, who previously was auxiliary bishop of Baltimore.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, Health officials in Huntington, say a cluster of HIV infections has grown to 71 confirmed cases. That’s in a city that usually sees about eight HIV infections in a year. As with an earlier such cluster in northern Kentucky, the primary cause of infection is needle drug use. Health officials say harm reduction programs are an effective tool against HIV, offering needle exchanges and health screening services. But as the Ohio Valley ReSource’s Mary Meehan explains, many people are wary of syringe exchanges. And in some places, that means programs are closing just when they’re most needed.
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:40:45 GMT
The Greenbrier resort has announced it's giving away prizes and tickets to an upcoming golf tournament. A coal company controlled by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is paying for the tickets. The Professional Golfers’ Association will hold a tournament, dubbed “A Military Tribute”, at the Greenbrier resort from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15. The Associated Press reported the resort announced there are 30,000 tickets available for fans who register online starting Friday, Aug. 16. During the tournament the resort says there will also be several drawings for a total of 150 prizes, those being valued at $1,000 or more. Those interested can also register online . Tickets are courtesy of coal mining company Bluestone Resources. Justice owns both Bluestone and the Greenbrier resort. He and his companies have recently been under fire for being rife with conflicts of interest -- the businessman turned governor operates dozens of companies regulated by state agencies he oversees. The
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:33:53 GMT
Mountain Valley Pipeline this week suspended some construction activities that could affect threatened or endangered species.
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:03:12 GMT
A religious organization in West Virginia has issued a statement, condemning recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, and other hate speech invoking violence against immigrants. The West Virginia Council of Churches released a press release Friday, calling on lawmakers to fund efforts to understand the root causes of gun violence, white supremacy, and hate crimes against immigrants. The Council also urged foundations to assist in these efforts to curb the tide against hate and violence, and asks people in power to refrain from hateful remarks against those of other faiths.
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 18:04:33 GMT
The economy of central Appalachia has long revolved around extractive industries: timber, coal, oil and natural gas. The jobs associated with these industries are often good paying jobs. They also can bring environmental and health issues to the region. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll explore how an increase in natural gas development has brought challenges and concerns, both for our health and our natural environment. But for some, the jobs and economic benefits that come with this increased activity are welcome, especially as so many jobs have left our region in recent years.
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:08:06 GMT
The recent rise of oil and gas drilling across West Virginia has raised questions about industry regulation and taxation. Many bear a striking resemblance to similar questions raised about the coal industry in years past. Ken Ward Jr. is a reporter for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. He’s been writing about the coal industry his entire career. He sees a number of similarities between the coal and natural gas industries and how those industries are regulated. In the 1950s, then Gov. William C. Marland proposed taxing coal with a 10 cent per ton severance tax. “Let’s use this equitable source of revenue, because whether we like it or not, West Virginia’s hills will be stripped, the bowels of the earth will be mined and the refuse strewn across our valleys and our mountains in the form of burning slate dumps,” he said. The move was considered political suicide. “I think we see that now,” Ward said. “We see places where coal jobs have vanished were greatly diminished. We see that a lot of
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 16:54:32 GMT
There’s a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia where some locals say living there is a "blast." As part of our occasional series, "What’s in a Name," we take a look at the history and folklore of the names of Appalachian places. The town in question, Nitro, West Virginia, grew out of the explosives industry and was home to a factory that helped supply the U.S. Army with gun powder during World War I. Ken Thompson volunteers at the World War I museum in the city of Nitro. According to Thompson, Nitro was established in 1917 by the federal government to manufacture nitrocellulose, a highly flammable compound formed by bringing cellulose from trees or plants into contact with it to nitric acid. It is also known as “guncotton,” because of its explosive characteristics. “It was to support the war effort for WWI," he explained. "A lot of people were under the impression it was nitroglycerin. It was not. It was nitrocellulose. That was added to the other components to make the gunpowder
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:22:55 GMT
Updated Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:42 p.m. Authorities in Morgantown and Monongalia County have confirmed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement informed them they would be operating in the area. While ICE officials have confirmed “routine targeted enforcement operations,” information on possible arrests and detainments is still unknown.
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:02:06 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we speak with a police officer turned sociologist. He offers a researcher’s perspective on gun violence. We also hear a report from The Allegheny Front on fracking concerns in Ohio, and we hear this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 23:44:25 GMT
This summer in Morgantown, elementary school students had access to a special summer art camp series almost every week. Last week, students learned a story telling art form rooted in Appalachian tradition called crankies. Crankies are also sometimes called moving panoramas, as they are a drawing or painting that can be manually moved and is portrayed within a box.
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 20:21:10 GMT
A West Virginia woman has sued the nation's largest e-cigarette maker, claiming the company uses a deceptive marketing campaign to intentionally target teenagers. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Charleston. It names San Francisco-based Juul Labs along with Altria Group and Philip Morris USA. The lawsuit claims Juul violates state consumer protection law by using fraudulent and deceptive marketing practices to "exploit themes that resonated with teenagers. Plaintiff's attorney Brett Preston says parents are finding nicotine Juul pods in their children's backpacks and bedrooms that are meant to resemble USB drives. The plaintiff is identified only by her initials. The lawsuit says her 16-year-old child is addicted to Juul products. Spokesmen for the defendants said the lawsuit is without merit.
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:29:51 GMT
As the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy continues to graduate more West Virginia teens than ever, its leaders say the program has reached its capacity for the existing facility at Camp Dawson. Legislation from the most recent special session advocates not only for an expansion there in Preston County, but for a second location in Fayette County. Lawmakers didn’t specify in writing where they want the new academy to go, but many are confident it will end up being at the former WVU Tech campus in Montgomery.
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:02:46 GMT
Authorities in West Virginia say a woman was killed and five others — including the suspect — were hurt in a series of shootings.
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:44:19 GMT
Two hours into Amy Fabbri’s English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class, Marie’s exhaustion slowly began to show. First, her fingers gave her away, as she gently used them to cover her eyes, like temporary blinds. And then, later, she leaned her head into her left hand, the nearest pillow she could find, while the rest of class carried on.
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:54:43 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, the Mountaineer Challenge Academy in Preston County wants to open a campus in southern West Virginia, but there’s some skepticism as to whether it will be possible. Reporter Dave Mistich also brings us the latest from the statehouse.