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Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:13:57 GMT
Construction is set to start this spring on an apartment building aimed at attracting and retaining teachers and young professionals in McDowell County, the American Federation of Teachers has announced. The building will be the former site of Best's furniture store in downtown Welch. The $7 million space will have two floors of affordable modern apartments and two floors of retail and commercial space. Welch Mayor Reba Honaker said the effort will be the first new multi-story construction project in the town in more than 50 years, according to the AFT. The union has been a main partner of the Reconnecting McDowell initiative since it launched in 2011 to improve education and children’s lives in the state’s poorest county. The plan for Renaissance Village has been in the works for years. At first, the idea was to create four or five floors of apartments, but AFT said that ultimately was too expensive to finance. The changes will allow the project to get the support it needs to start
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:11:10 GMT
A federal appeals court has halted work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through stretches of national forest land. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request this week from environmental groups to stay National Forest Service decisions allowing construction on about 20 miles of the 600-mile route.
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:26:58 GMT
With the midterm election just six weeks away, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is highlighting voter registration. It’s part of a push to increase awareness on National Voter Registration Day.
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, across the nation, more women are becoming farmers compared with previous generations. That’s even more true in some Appalachian states, including West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Chris Williams introduces us to several women who are part of this trend.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:55:44 GMT
A U.S. attorney is suing a West Virginia hemp farm and others, saying they violating the federal Controlled Substances Act. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart has sued Matthew Mallory of CAMO Hemp WV, and Gary Kale of Grassy Run Farms. Grassy Run Farms owns the land, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:22:26 GMT
The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has dismissed cases seeking to challenge appointments to -- and a special election campaign for -- the high court. Arguments were heard Monday and an order was issued hours later in matters involving Congressman Evan Jenkins and former House Speaker Tim Armstead.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:31:33 GMT
Does West Virginia have the clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River? Gov. Jim Justice said so in a tweet. In the Aug. 17 tweet , Justice said, "According to SCUBA divers, Summersville Lake is clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River. This led to earning its name as ‘The Little Bahamas of the East.’ Check it out for yourself today!" (SCUBA is capitalized because it is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.) Summersville Lake is a man-made lake in the southern part of West Virginia. The Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the lake in the 1960s. Justice’s tweet links to an article on wvtourism.com, published by the West Virginia Tourism Office, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The article describes the lake as great for swimming, boating, and underwater exploration. The destination has dive sites where rock formations can be seen 100 feet underwater. However, the WV Tourism article did
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:50:05 GMT
In his quest to win a U.S. Senate seat, Republican candidate Patrick Morrisey is touting a legal accomplishment that he said aided the state’s coal industry. A television ad by Morrisey says, among other things, that Morrisey "beat (President Barack) Obama at the Supreme Court, saving coal jobs." (An earlier ad made a similar claim as well.) Is that correct? We took a closer look. Did Morrisey "beat Obama at the Supreme Court"? This part of the claim refers to the February 2016 decision by five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay that blocked the Clean Power Plan from going into effect. The plan, developed by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency and initially released in 2014, would have set a standard for power plants’ emissions of carbon dioxide, which most scientists say are causing global warming. Critics of the plan included the coal industry, which would have suffered because coal has relatively high emissions of carbon dioxide. The stay put
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:21:32 GMT
As President Trump attempts to revive the struggling coal industry, the administration’s top regulator for mine safety used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo outlined the Trump administration's priorities for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA. The West Virginia native and former coal mine executive addressed students, faculty and industry representatives at the annual William Poundstone lecture series at West Virginia University. Zatezalo told the crowd the agency intends to use technology to reduce mining fatalities and injuries. But while the agency head offered numerous possible ways technology could help reduce mechanical deaths and fatalities, he presented no plan to address one of the industry’s biggest growing concerns, the exposure to coal and rock dust behind a surge in black lung disease. Once nearly
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:28:14 GMT
A free medical clinic for West Virginians in need is set for next month. The clinic will be held Oct. 20 and 21 at the Bible Center School in Charleston.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:18:48 GMT
President Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally in West Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. The president will rally for a slate of Republican candidates in Wheeling, including the GOP Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:35:55 GMT
A group of judicial stand-ins representing West Virginia’s Supreme Court was hearing challenges Monday, Sept. 24, to GOP Gov. Jim Justice’s appointments of two Republican politicians to replace two departed justices.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:00:00 GMT
President Donald Trump’s top mine safety regulator used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe. David Zatezalo, a West Virginia native and former mine executive, focused on how the Mine Safety and Health Administration could use technology to reduce mining fatalities and injuries. But as Brittany Patterson reports, he offered few remedies for the shocking increase in black lung disease.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:00:00 GMT
The 2018 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University is Karen Spears Zacharias . Zacharias grew up in a military family but spent most of her childhood in the hills of Appalachia. During the Vietnam War, her father was killed in action, and his death left a major impact on Zacharias’ life and the lives of her mother and siblings.
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:26:00 GMT
Updated at 9:05 p.m. ET Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her in high school, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her attorneys said Saturday. Bipartisan negotiators have tentatively agreed to work toward a Thursday hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee with Kavanaugh and Ford, but talks continue on a final agreement, according to multiple congressional sources. After multiple extensions last week, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, gave Ford a deadline of 2:30 p.m. on Saturday to decide whether she would testify before the panel next week. If she did not comply, the committee would go ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday. In an email to the committee, lawyers for Ford said that while she has agreed to "provide first-hand knowledge of Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct," they are disappointed "with the leaks and bullying that have tainted the
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Update: Sept. 24, 2018- Thank you to everyone who watched along with us or attended last night's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Listen for this show starting October 26 on our NPR affiliates , and keep an eye on the Mountain Stage VuHaus Channel for select performances from last night's how.
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:23:00 GMT
Copyright 2018 West Virginia Public Broadcasting. To see more, visit West Virginia Public Broadcasting . SCOTT SIMON, HOST: When it comes to making voting more secure, cybersecurity experts say the U.S. should move away from electronic voting machines back towards paper ballots. West Virginia's headed in the other direction. That state is experimenting with allowing service members deployed overseas to vote using an app on their smartphone. But as West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Dave Mistich reports, there are some big security concerns about that app. DAVE MISTICH, BYLINE: Here's the challenge for West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner - federal law says military and overseas voters have the right to cast an absentee ballot. But... MAC WARNER: The real issue here is the difficulty it takes to get that absentee ballot to a deployed soldier on a hillside in Afghanistan or to a sailor under a polar ice cap. The U.S. mail simply doesn't reach those places. And so they do have
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:25:37 GMT
It’s been more than 20 years since Martinsburg had an in-patient detox facility. That changed Friday. The open house for the Paloma Crisis Stabilization & Detox Center attracted dozens from the community. The project took two years and was funded through a state grant of more than $1 million. The center will offer 16 beds to people with substance use disorders. It will be open 24/7.
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:19:01 GMT
Coal miners and their families in Appalachia take great pride in their work and the fellowship that surrounds coal mining. As Jeremy Brock, one former Kentucky coal miner, put it: "It's a culture. It's a brotherhood." “Once you get used to it, I wouldn’t do nothing else," he told the documentary project, Humans of Central Appalachia, in 2016.
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, new data on drug use among teenagers show a rare bright spot amid the opioid crisis. Use of opioids appears to have dropped last year among high schoolers in the region. School officials in the Ohio Valley want to continue that trend with more school-based programs designed to help prevent substance use disorders. But as Aaron Payne reports, those programs use a new approach as officials learn from past mistakes.