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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 01:53:50 GMT
The Senate Energy, Industry and Mining committee voted Tuesday evening to reinstate 60 updated human health standards into Senate Bill 167, a rules bill that outlines a state regulation limiting pollution discharges into the state’s streams and rivers. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed the updates to the state's Water Quality Standards in a proposed rule released in July. In November, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association asked the Legislative Rulemaking Review Committee to remove the updates. The trade group also asked that the public be given additional opportunities to provide state-specific data and studies that might factor into how the health standards were calculated. Following a two hour public meeting last week , DEP officials said they did not receive any new information. At Tuesday’s committee meeting, which at times left lawmakers struggling to keep up with both the complicated rulemaking and timeline, DEP Deputy Secretary Scott
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:06:26 GMT
We take an in-depth look at House Bill 2010 – modifying the state’s foster care system by transitioning it into managed care. We’ll also bring you the latest action on Senate Bill 1 – the ‘last dollar in’ community and technical college bill, and we have a piece on volunteerism in West Virginia.
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:18:28 GMT
A new crayfish species found in West Virginia was just named after an enthusiastic crayfish expert who lives in here in the state.
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:47:17 GMT
The West Virginia Senate’s top legislative priority drew lengthy debate Tuesday over proposed amendments to a bill that would create a grant program to pay the remaining tuition balance for community and technical college students.
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 19:33:57 GMT
President of the West Virginia Board of Education David Perry joined Suzanne Higgins host The Legislature Today last night to discuss some of the biggest education issues, concerns and ideas for this legislative session, including an omnibus education bill expected to be taken up this week in Senate Education.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 23:22:28 GMT
President of the West Virginia Board of Education David Perry joins host Suzanne Higgins to weigh in on multiple proposals this session, including their own to the school aid funding formula. We'll also have our Social Media Monday segment and the latest from the Capitol with Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 19:21:04 GMT
Unions representing public educators and school service personnel are trying to stave off a bill that hasn’t even been introduced yet. What some are calling an omnibus education bill would boost teacher salaries and benefits, but could also reform education in ways the unions oppose.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:05:09 GMT
Nancy and Rich Potter had the kind of marriage that made other couples jealous. He’d take her on spontaneous trips. She’d wear her Daisy Dukes just for him. Joyce Birman said her late husband, George, made a terrible first impression. It was his apology for it that made her fall for him, hard.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:53:00 GMT
Southern West Virginia is a playground for hikers, cyclists and rock climbers, but in the heart of that lush landscape rests the site of what many consider the worst industrial disaster in American history. Today, from a picturesque overlook on the mountain above, tourists can see the gate of the Hawks Nest Tunnel, located on the New River in Gauley Bridge. There, water rushes through 16,240 feet of steel and rock. But almost 90 years ago, thick clouds of dust blurred the eyes and choked the lungs of workers inside the tunnel. The project attracted thousands of men, hoping to find work during the Great Depression. Three-fourths were African-Americans fleeing the South. "To these men, going to West Virginia was like going to heaven — a new land, a new promised land — and when they got here, they found that they had ended up in a hellhole," says Matthew Watts, a minister and amateur historian in Charleston, W.Va. Hundreds of workers would die after working in the tunnel from exposure to
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:00:00 GMT
It’s Friday, which means we're joined by veteran statehouse reporters to discuss the latest action from the West Virginia Legislature. Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by Jake Zuckerman and Ryan Quinn of the Charleston Gazette-Mail and Brad McElhinny of WV MetroNews.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:17:54 GMT
A new study has found that older adults who weren’t sedentary did better on thinking and memory skills tests. Exercise didn’t have to be complicated – it could be walking or even moderately physical housework, but the researchers found that movement may be essential to preserving thinking and memory skills when there are signs of dementia in the brain. The study looked at more than 450 older adults – about 40 percent of which had dementia. The participants were given physical exams and thinking and memory tests every year for 20 years. All agreed to donate their brains for research upon death. Researchers found that people who had better movement and coordination also had better thinking and memory skills. And that the more active they were, the more impact it had on their brain. About 19 percent of West Virginians are over the age of 65. The study was published this week in the online issue off Neurology. Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:32:40 GMT
Two West Virginia State Police Troopers have been discharged following an internal investigation into the beating of a 16-year-old Martinsburg resident in November. A spokesperson for the West Virginia State Police says Michael Kennedy and Derek Walker, who both held the rank of Trooper First Class, have been discharged from the force. Their discharge is effective as of Thursday. Both Kennedy and Walker had been suspended without pay.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:29:50 GMT
A public meeting to gather additional information that may affect an embattled regulation to limit pollution discharged into the state’s rivers and streams yielded little new data, but prompted concerns by environmental advocates that the state agency tasked with protecting human health and the environment is prepared to side with industry.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:59:59 GMT
A coalition of environmental groups is challenging an air quality permit issued to a proposed petrochemical plant along the Ohio River.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:49:04 GMT
For many families in parts of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia, the absence of clean, reliable drinking water has become part of daily life. This week on Inside Appalachia we’ll hear from folks like Blaine Taylor, a 17-year-old resident of Martin County, Kentucky, who struggles to manage basic hygiene when his water comes out with sendiment in it.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:52:09 GMT
The Farm Service Agency office in Mayfield, Kentucky, is so quiet you can hear the tick of the Department of Agriculture-branded clock on the wall.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:14:25 GMT
West Virginia Public Theatre is hosting professional actors and musicians this week in Morgantown. They’re rehearsing a new musical based on a novel about life in the coal camps of southern West Virginia leading up to the historic Battle of Blair Mountain. Authors and musicians aim to highlight the sacrifices that laid the groundwork for the modern labor movement.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania are looking for a solution to the complex water infrastructure challenges facing underserved communities in places like southern West Virginia. As part of their solutions driven-project, a team of six students visited McDowell County to tour the water plants. Inside Appalachia host, Jessica Lilly, has that story.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:20:03 GMT
Graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania are looking for a solution to the complex water infrastructure challenges facing underserved communities in places like southern West Virginia. As part of their solutions driven project, a team of six students visited McDowell County to tour the water plants.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:32:12 GMT
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has selected a registered lobbyist working on behalf of the governor’s family companies to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of a state senator. Paul Hardesty of Logan County will replace former Sen. Richard Ojeda in the state Senate’s 7th District, which covers Boone, Lincoln, Logan and parts of Mingo and Wayne counties.