Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:41:18 GMT
Charleston city leaders launched an advisory group to advocate for marginalized communities on Tuesday.
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:21:41 GMT
Universities across West Virginia have released updated COVID-19 plans detailing how and if employees are expected to return to campus for the fall semester.
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 20:03:00 GMT
AILSA CHANG, HOST: Two female firsts in the Supreme Court are retiring. We're talking about the marshal of the court and the reporter of decisions. In 2001, Marshal Pamela Talkin became the first woman to oversee security. Christine Luchok Fallon has been at the court for 31 years, the last nine as the reporter of decisions. NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg reports. NINA TOTENBERG, BYLINE: Pam Talkin had been at the Supreme Court in the top security job for less than two months when 9/11 hit. Her first task that morning was to evacuate the building. But Chief Justice Rehnquist was in a conference room conducting his annual meeting with the chief judges from around the country. Talkin sent in a note to no avail. Finally, she walked into the room to get everyone out of there. A month later, the anthrax attack cross-contaminated all the mail in the Capitol complex. And this time, the court had to do something it had never done since the Supreme Court building opened in 1935.
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:01:06 GMT
Daelim Chemical USA, a major investment partner in a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio, across the river from Moundsville, West Virginia, announced on Tuesday that it is exiting the project.
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:47:20 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , we learn about Karst Topography, which makes up parts of the Mountain State. Also, in this show, we hear updates on West Virginia’s special mine reclamation fund and efforts by the West Virginia House of Delegates to call a special session. We also hear from a former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who discusses the importance of face masks.
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:21:44 GMT
As coronavirus cases continue to climb in the U.S., two governors on opposite sides of the country took a similar step on Monday: reducing the number of people allowed at social gatherings, among other restrictions. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people will be prohibited starting Wednesday. Gatherings of up to 25 people were allowed in Phase One of the state's reopening plan, and indoor limits increased to 50 for counties that reached Phase Two . Brown also extended the statewide face covering requirement , which took effect earlier this month, to outdoor public spaces where six feet of distance cannot be maintained. Oregon recorded 332 new cases on Sunday, bringing its cumulative total to 12,170. Brown said on Monday the state reported more cases in the past week than the entire month of May. "Today we are sounding the alarm because we are at risk of letting the virus spiral out of control," she said . "The question now is whether
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:33:06 GMT
A new lawsuit brought by environmental groups raises the alarm over the solvency of a fund that can be used to clean up coal mining operations when mining companies walk away. Three groups — the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Sierra Club — filed the citizen’s suit Thursday against the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and its secretary, Austin Caperton. The complaint alleges the agency violated federal mining laws by failing to alert federal mine regulators that recent actions jeopardize the state’s Special Reclamation Fund. Those actions include the bankruptcies of Murray Energy and Blackjewel Mining L.L.C., the possible bankruptcy of Southeastern Land, LLC and an emergency motion filed by the DEP in March seeking to place more than 100 permits controlled by coal operator ERP Environmental Fund into a special receivership so they wouldn’t be forfeited “The WVDEP has failed to properly manage its reclamation program,
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:00:00 GMT
West Virginia’s active coronavirus cases grew by more than 200 over the weekend, with the majority reported in Monongalia County among young people ages 20-29. Monongalia County now has the most cases of any county with 557 out of 4,316. As a result of the spike, Gov. Jim Justice announced today at a virtual news briefing that he has again capped crowd sizes at 25 statewide and imposed restrictions on some businesses in Monongalia County. Namely, Justice said he is ordering bars in Monongalia County to close for 10 days. Many bars and restaurants in the area had preemptively closed or limited services, citing employees or patrons testing positive. Restaurants that serve alcohol are still allowed to remain open. Statewide, group gatherings are now limited to no more than 25 people and events like festivals, music concerts and fairs are canceled. As part of the governor’s reopening plan, that cap had been set at 100. While churches are exempt from the mandate that limits the size of
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 19:37:55 GMT
Updated Monday, July 13, 2020 at 4:25 p.m. Lawmakers in the West Virginia House of Delegates are approaching a needed number of signatures to call themselves into a special session, but such an effort appears to be dead on arrival in the Senate. The push comes as some legislators have taken issue with Gov. Jim Justice’s spending of federal funding related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 16:22:41 GMT
More than 50 Ohio Valley coal companies received loans totaling as much as $119 million through the Paycheck Protection Program meant to keep people employed during the pandemic’s economic downturn.
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:54:03 GMT
Emergency response data from across the Ohio Valley show sharp increases in suspected drug overdoses since March, when health measures including school and business closures and stay-at-home orders increased social isolation. For public health officials, it’s a grim reminder that another epidemic is ongoing and possibly worsening during the isolation associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:47:48 GMT
Updated at 12:45 p.m. ET The NFL franchise in Washington, D.C., says it is officially retiring the moniker it has had for the past 87 years, which is widely viewed as a slur against Native Americans. "Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review," the team said in a statement Monday . "That review has begun in earnest," it said. "As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward." The team did not elaborate on what its new name would be, saying only that team owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera are "working closely to develop a new name and design approach." Several news outlets, including Sports Business Journal and The Washington Post , have reported that the team is working out trademark issues surrounding its preferred new name. The name change, while widely expected, gained momentum following the franchise's announcement on July 3 it would "undergo a
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:21:39 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , the coronavirus pandemic has kept many people who would otherwise gather, away from one another including a group that takes part in shape-note singing. Also, in this show, we hear a conversation with an epidemiologist in Monongalia County who speaks to the county’s recent spike in coronavirus case numbers and how to tackle further spread.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:27:51 GMT
A group of 30 organizations across West Virginia is calling on the Capitol Building Commission and Gov. Jim Justice to take down a statue of Stonewall Jackson from the state Capitol grounds.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:25:38 GMT
The Appalachian Regional Commission is awarding $6 million to several programs across West Virginia. This money is meant to help support small businesses that were impacted by COVID-19. According to the SBA , more than 113,000 businesses in West Virginia are considered small businesses — almost 99 percent of businesses within the state.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:18:02 GMT
The former West Virginia public health leader forced out by the governor says decades-old computer systems and cuts to staff over a period of years had made a challenging job even harder during a once-in-a-century pandemic. Republican Gov. Jim Justice demanded Dr. Cathy Slemp’s resignation on June 24. He complained about discrepancies in the number of active cases and accused Slemp of not doing her job. He has refused to elaborate.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:09:31 GMT
Updated Friday, July 10, 2020 at 3:50 p.m. Gov. Jim Justice says he is considering closing bars and indoor dining in Monongalia County as the Morgantown area experiences a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases. Justice said in a Friday virtual news briefing that closing some aspects of business in the county may be the only way to avoid another statewide shutdown.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:52:18 GMT
In this episode of Inside Appalachia , we hear how religious leaders are adapting to change and finding ways to continue helping people find solace and peace during the pandemic. We also hear a series of stories from high schoolers who were challenged to work outdoors, in snow and ice and didn’t complain. Quite the opposite. Their teachers say they appeared to be more engaged in learning. The students reported on topics like sheep farming and ice hockey, as part of a project that’s meant to help students build resilience through storytelling and outdoor education.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:28:18 GMT
The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups .
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:59:08 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia postal carrier pleaded guilty Thursday to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots.