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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:19:26 GMT
Hollywood tells us that love stories are about the beginning -- catching an eye across a crowded room, a first date, a dramatic proposal. We see little, if anything, after the fairytale wedding. But for many, the greatest testament to love is not the first moments, but the last. And, for some of us, navigating the last moments means asking for help. Yet people in Appalachia can be suspicious of end-of-life care, especially hospice care. There’s a perception that when hospice comes in, it’s only for the last hours before someone dies, rather than easing the last weeks or months of life. That was certainly what Sheila Brown thought. Sheila and Waitman Brown were married for 50 years. They were high school sweethearts and raised two children in rural Wyoming County -- in southern West Virginia. “He was a coal miner,” said Sheila. “We got married in ‘67, I graduated high school in ‘68. And then I got pregnant with my son in the latter part of ‘68 and he was shipped to Vietnam.” There,
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:46:11 GMT
As state administrators throughout Appalachia grapple with mounting health care costs, a new resource is offering assistance to policymakers by taking lessons from success stories outside of the health sector. A healthy community is born of sound policies. That’s the premise of a just-released report from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Trust for America’s Health titled “ Promoting Health and Cost Control: How States Can Improve Community Health and Well-being through Policy Change .” The study examines successful policies outside the health care sector that states, including those in the Appalachian region, have adopted to improve their communities’ health and well-being outcomes while reducing health care costs. Among those included are universal pre-kindergarten, rapid rehousing legislation and housing rehabilitation loans and grants, syringe-exchange programs and tobacco and alcohol taxes. According to John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, the study
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:37:09 GMT
The nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization says it has accepted an invitation from West Virginia lawmakers to visit the state Capitol in the wake of an Islamophobic display outside the House of Delegates chamber.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:36:08 GMT
Student loan debt is a major issue for many millennials. A bill in Congress would offer loan forgiveness to West Virginians who want to return home, or stay in the state, to work.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:14:02 GMT
Mountaineer Gas Co. has asked the Public Service Commission for a rate increase.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:50:04 GMT
Updated on Mar. 20, 2019 at 11:53 a.m. A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student will be out of his job after this school year.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:54:18 GMT
Former coal miner John Robinson’s bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:31:13 GMT
About 300 people gathered inside the Islamic Association of West Virginia last night to hold a vigil in memory of the 50 people who were killed in New Zealand last Friday. Religious leaders from several faiths were among those who spoke inside the South Charleston Mosque.
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, about 300 people gathered inside the Islamic Association of West Virginia last night to hold a vigil in memory of the 50 people who were killed in New Zealand last Friday. Religious leaders from several different faiths were among those who spoke inside the South Charleston Mosque, as Roxy Todd reports.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:03:02 GMT
West Virginia receives the fourth most federal funding of any state in the country, according to a new analysis .
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:21:43 GMT
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered highway crews to compile a list of secondary road projects in their counties.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:54:24 GMT
A Virginia man is accused of threatening a GOP member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who called the LGBTQ community a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:42:46 GMT
Hundreds of West Virginia residents attended the state's first public hearing to prepare for an upcoming special legislative session to address education issues.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:51:23 GMT
Updated on Mar. 19, 2019 at 3:12 p.m. A Catholic diocese and its former bishop in West Virginia knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks on camp and school workers, a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the state attorney general charges.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:37:13 GMT
A memoir called “ I Am a Dirty Immigrant ” is the story of one man’s journey from the West Indies to West Virginia. Anderson Charles grew up in a tightly knit community in Grenada, and in 1986, moved to Kentucky to play basketball and attend college.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:40:51 GMT
West Virginia native Emily Calandrelli goes by the name “The Space Gal” online. She has a passion for space exploration and getting more young people, especially girls, into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, also known as STEM. She recently spoke in Charleston as part of the Higher Education Policy Commission’s Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series . It was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation . This career was never in her plan. Calandrelli said she was going to be an engineer and has degrees from West Virginia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “West Virginia University was the best place I could have ended up at. Everyone there was so welcoming and so supportive and so encouraging of me as a woman in STEM that I could not have done it without their help," she said. Calandrelli did well at WVU, earning a 4.0 GPA and she received national scholarships that allowed her to complete a masters program at MIT. Then, she got a call she
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Monring, people can be suspicious of end-of-life care, especially Hospice. There’s a perception that when Hospice comes in, it’s only for the last hours before someone dies. In the final story of the series about aging in Appalachia, Kara Lofton found that for some families, Hospice services can not only help the dying live, but ease the caregiving burden on their families for weeks or months.
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:05:46 GMT
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is having an Earth Day celebration next month. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston.
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:57:33 GMT
Automaker Toyota is planning to announce a major investment in solar and other renewable energy in Appalachia and the Southeastern U.S. The plan includes a massive new solar facility on an old surface coal mine property in Kentucky. Sources close to the deal tell the Ohio Valley Resource that the Kentucky site is part of a much larger plan. Toyota plans to purchase as much as 800,000 megawatt hours per year, or roughly 365 megawatts, of renewable energy, primarily from developers in Appalachia and the South. “A project of this magnitude is certainly significant,” said Alex Hobson, director of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association , a leading industry research group. “You’re talking enough energy to power about 50,000 homes.” Toyota has already undertaken ambitious energy efficiency goals, with a similarly sized solar array installed on its headquarters in Plano, Texas. But once completed, Toyota’s solar mega-project would place the automaker among the largest
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:39:50 GMT
The automaker Toyota announced Thursday major new investments in facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia to increase production of hybrid vehicles. Toyota plans to invest about $750 million in facilities in five states with almost half of that going to its plants in Kentucky and West Virginia. Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, already the largest Toyota facility in the world, will get a $238 million boost. “It gives me much pleasure to announce that beginning in May, TMMK will begin producing the Lexus ES 300 Hybrid,” said Susan Elkington, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. The facility will also increase production of the hybrid RAV4. At the same time Elkington made her announcement, her colleague in Putnam County, West Virginia, shared news of an expansion there. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia President Leah Curry said her facility will double production of the transaxles used in hybrid vehicles. “And I’m also excited to announce that to meet these