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Fri, 07 Aug 2020 23:48:16 GMT
The state’s topmost regulatory agency is giving a small, struggling Fayette County water utility 30 days before it forces a nationally funded, statewide provider to take over.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 21:37:04 GMT
Counties in southern West Virginia are experiencing a significant rise in new COVID-19 cases compared to the rest of the state, which health leaders blame on residents traveling for the summer.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 21:20:09 GMT
The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia received documents from the City of Martinsburg Friday afternoon — all related to treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters in late May . The ACLU-WV filed a freedom of information act request more than a month ago, and having not received the documents within the legally mandated time frame, filed a lawsuit earlier Friday. The documents arrived thereafter.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 18:31:33 GMT
Tyson Foods sought and received federal permission to increase the operating speed at poultry processing plants in Kentucky and southern Indiana even as public health officials reported dozens of coronavirus cases among Tyson workers. Now, a union representing workers at meatpacking plants in Kentucky and southern Indiana is one of several plaintiffs suing the federal government over waivers that allowed Tyson Foods and other companies to operate faster.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 18:00:12 GMT
Amid the rolling hills and strip-mined mountain tops that stretch through Logan County, West Virginia is Route 10 -- a newer highway that was 20 years in the making. It made road travel in southern West Virginia more accessible, but it also replaced the McDonald airfield. And like most airports in the coalfields, the McDonald airfield is but a faint memory, recalled only by a few who used to fly there.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:54:15 GMT
Twenty businesses in West Virginia provide materials, make airplane parts or service engines and airframes for the aviation industry and the state exports more than $150 million of airplane parts every year. One of the bigger players is Pratt and Whitney in Bridgeport. Pratt and Whitney is a multinational corporation that manufactures jet engines for civilian and corporate jets. The West Virginia facility, though, services older engines. “Engines will come in and we’ll bring them in, disassemble them all the way down to the nuts and bolts,” said Pratt and Whitney’s general manager Tim Tucker. “We go through them, clean’em, inspect them, repair anything that's deviating and then bring it back and build it all back up together, right here.” Richard Aboulafia studies trends in the aviation industry for the Teal Group. He says West Virginia’s work in servicing older aircraft engines may give it an economic edge over the rest of the country. “The major centers primarily do new builds. And
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:53:17 GMT
A little after midnight on June 6, 1979, a Douglas DC 6 cargo plane crashed in Charleston, West Virginia while attempting to land at the old Kanawha airport, what is now Yeager Airport. The plane was carrying approximately 20,000 pounds of marijuana and the crew was made up of drug smugglers from South America. They had never flown into Charleston before, but decided to come to West Virginia believing security would be lighter, according to Stan Bumgardner, a West Virginia historian, and the editor of Goldenseal Magazine. The plane was too big for the airport at that time and it was overloaded. Unable to stop in time, the plane crashed over the hillside at the end of the runway.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:46:46 GMT
Many of us are dreaming about the things we want to do when this pandemic is over — like traveling someplace far away. If you have wanderlust, or the itch to fly, these are not ideal circumstances. But being grounded does give us time to reflect and dream about flights in our future and those in our past. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we are looking at the history of flight in West Virginia and some of the unique stories that comprise the Mountain State’s history of aviation.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:40:02 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , we learn about West Virginia’s only World War I flying ace. Also, in this show, we learn about an unregulated landfill near South Charleston, Kanawha County and we bring this you week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:21:01 GMT
Updated 10:55 a.m. ET Friday President Trump on Thursday invoked his emergency economic powers to impose broad sanctions against TikTok, a move that steps up pressure on the Chinese-owned app to sell its U.S. assets to an American company. In the order , which takes effect in 45 days, any transactions between TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, and U.S. citizens will be outlawed for national security reasons. In practice, experts told NPR the order likely will mean the viral video service could no longer receive advertising from American companies and the app could be removed from Apple and Google's app stores. For the more than 100 million Americans who have downloaded TikTok, experts say the app may no longer be sent software updates, rendering TikTok unmanageable, and eventually nonfunctional, with time. "When we talk about sanctions against Russian oligarchs and kleptocrats, well, the sanctions are that no American can do business with them," Stewart Baker, the former general
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 04:05:00 GMT
On a recent sticky July afternoon, Diana Green stands on the muddy bank of lower Davis Creek in South Charleston, West Virginia.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:00:00 GMT
Staghorn Sumac has been used used to treat colds since ancient times. Learn how to make Sumac Lemonade with nature photographer Buddy Dempsey! Used as a spice throughout the Middle East, Sumac berries makes a pleasent, lemon-flavored tea that's rich in Tannic Acid. Be sure to filter the tea to remove the tiny hairs, which can irritate the throat. Warning - Staghorn sumac is a member of the cashew family, so be careful if you have nut allergies. Also, do not pick white Sumac berries; these belong to Poison Sumac. Edible Mountain is a bite-sized, digital series from WVPB that showcases some of Appalachia’s overlooked and underappreciated products of the forest while highlighting their mostly forgotten uses.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:30:56 GMT
An animal rights advocacy group published a report Thursday that says Kentucky is “a center” for illegal cockfighting breeding that ships tens of thousands birds across the world to the Philippines, Mexico, and other countries.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:39:33 GMT
Updated at 10:35 p.m. ET Hours after announcing he had tested positive for COVID-19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Thursday evening that a second test for the virus came back negative. DeWine announced that he was administered an antigen test in the morning and a PCR test in the afternoon, and was more confident in the results of the latter. PCR tests for the governor, members of his staff and First Lady Fran DeWine were run twice, he said, and came back negative both times. "We do not have much experience with antigen tests here in Ohio," DeWine said. "We will be working with the manufacturer to have a better understanding of how the discrepancy between these two tests could have occurred." The governor and first lady plan to have another PCR test on Saturday, "out of an abundance of caution and at the discretion of medical professionals," and will release the results of those tests. PCR, or diagnostic, tests are generally considered to be the most reliable testing option, as NPR's
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:45:04 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , the coronavirus pandemic has led to a steep drop in standard immunizations. We explore the local and national conversation surrounding vaccines. Also, in this show, we hear how one state in the Ohio Valley region is trying to increase coronavirus testing access.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:05:00 GMT
Songwriter's Hall of Fame member and twice-grammy nominated artist Beth Nielsen Chapman performs on this week's encore episode of Mountain Stage with guest host Kathy Mattea.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:36:32 GMT
The race is on to develop a vaccination that can bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers around the world are working on an immunization to slow or stop the outbreak. As that effort ramps up, there’s clear evidence that childhood vaccination rates for existing infectious diseases have plummeted.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:30:14 GMT
Gov. Jim Justice announced at a virtual news conference Wednesday a handful of school reopening policies. Justice says his administration is developing a color-coded system that would determine coronavirus threat levels that would determine whether schools would operate in-person at full capacity or deploy altered instructional plans.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:20:27 GMT
The Harrison County Commission revisited a discussion on the possible removal of a statute of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson that sits in front of the courthouse in Clarksburg.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:16:33 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , in the wake of COVID-19, many city dwellers in New York and elsewhere have found themselves rethinking housing situations – especially now, if they can suddenly work from home. Also, in this show, we hear a report on the recent endorsement by the United Mine Workers of America for Ben Salango for West Virginia’s governor.