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Tue, 12 Nov 2019 01:10:05 GMT
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has announced he is running for President. Blankenship served a year in federal prison and made a failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018. In a statement posted online , Blankenship says he is seeking the Constitution Party’s nomination for president in 2020. Federal Election Commission records show he filed paperwork in October.
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:30:35 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, for some, The Hatfield and McCoy Feud has become synonymous with the type of mischaracterization of Appalachians that we’d like to leave behind. Full of bloodshed and revenge, a New York Times article in 1896 referred to the Hatfields and McCoys as having an “utter disregard of human life.” The fact that the families got their income from illegal moonshining has also been used to discredit them as outlaws.
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 10:48:00 GMT
In the United Kingdom, Veterans Day is celebrated with red paper poppies pinned to lapels in remembrance of those who served in World War I. The practice caught on after the bloody battlefields of France bloomed with red poppies following the war. Every year, British people wear these red flower pins for about a month leading up to Nov. 11, and buying one of these paper flowers funds veterans groups. The U.K. memorializes the end of World War I with purpose and style. Veterans Day began as a commemoration of World War I, that 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the guns were silenced and the armistice was called and peace came at last. After four long years of fighting in the "war to end all wars," the dead numbered an estimated 9 million troops. Nearly 120,000 were Americans. Nov. 11 was originally Armistice Day in the United States , though it wasn't ratified by Congress until 1938. By the mid-1950s veterans groups urged Congress to change the day to honor
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:44:24 GMT
Doctors point to overwhelming evidence that breast milk is superior to formula. But breastfeeding rates in the United States continue to be low. Reasons for that may be lack of paid maternity leave in the U.S., challenges breastfeeding at work, the role of WIC in subsidizing formula and the fact that for many women, breastfeeding, although natural, is a learned skill and there aren't enough people teaching techniques. We’re taking another listen to an episode this week that we aired earlier this year about this important topic. More than a dozen women share their stories about motherhood, breastfeeding, and society’s demands.
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:17:27 GMT
On Sunday, December 1 Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the long-running live music program heard weekly on 240 NPR stations , will celebrate the show’s 36 th Anniversary at the Culture Center Theater. Anniversary shows are always special for us and this one is no different. Advance tickets sold out in 11 minutes when the public on-sale was opened Friday morning at 10a.m., thanks to increased interest in the scheduled return of Appalachian country music star Tyler Childers . The Kentucky songwriter will make his third appearance on Mountain Stage December 1 st , along with West Virginia bluegrass royalty Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys. More guests will be announced soon. As you can imagine, there was a great deal of interest in this show, since Childers and his band have appeared twice on national television and sold out Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in recent months. With only 460 seats in the Culture Center Theater, this will be one of the most intimate venues they
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:18:08 GMT
In 2013, Jim Dahlman, a journalist and professor of communications at Milligan College in Tennessee, set out to learn more about Appalachia by walking Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road from Tennessee into Kentucky. The walk inspired the recently published book “A Familiar Wilderness: Searching for Home on Daniel Boone’s Road.” It is a collection of history, modern observations and interviews with people Dahlman met along the way.
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, Jim Dahlman set out to learn more about Appalachia in 2013 by walking Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road from Tennessee into Kentucky. He is a journalist and professor of Communications at Milligan College in Tennessee, and decided to document his walk.
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:00:00 GMT
In Florida, Nestlé is taking heat from environmental groups and others concerned about the future of one of the state's most endangered natural resources — its freshwater springs. Florida has more than a thousand freshwater springs, which provide drinking water, important natural habitat and places for recreation . Nestlé wants to begin taking more than a million gallons of water each day from Ginnie Springs, a popular destination in north Florida for swimming, canoeing and tubing. On a recent day, Steve Walborn yelled "Man overboard!" as he splashed with his tube into the Santa Fe River. The river is fed by several freshwater sources, including Ginnie Springs. Walborn said he has heard about Nestlé's request to begin taking more than a million gallons a day from the spring. "I think it's probably bad," he says, adding that he doesn't know all the facts and would like to learn more about Nestlé's plans. "It's especially bad if it's going into individual-use plastic bottles. I mean, I
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:52:25 GMT
State officials have confirmed an invasive pest known to feed on a wide range of crops and trees has been found in West Virginia for the first time. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture said in a press release released Wednesday that the Spotted Lanternfly was discovered in the Bunker Hill area of Berkeley County in late October.
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 17:54:18 GMT
A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday agreed to keep nearly 2,700 lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and hundreds more against the family members who own the company on hold until at least April so the sides can keep working toward a settlement.
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:12:11 GMT
Paying taxes is one of those things we just can’t avoid… except for the local tax measures we get to vote on. One of the best examples is school spending. When local school officials ask for additional money for new academic programs or school buildings, taxpayers must approve it. There’s one man who has worked with citizen’s groups in dozens of places to fight against more money for public schools. He’s been successful in many places and his efforts highlight the Us & Them in all of these communities. For this episode, Trey speaks with APM Educate producer Alex Baumhardt about her time getting to know the “Bond Buster.”
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 15:53:55 GMT
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has selected Aetna Better Health of West Virginia as the company to oversee their management of foster care in West Virginia. A managed care model is essentially a privatized form of contracting out government services to a company in the private sector. In most states, including West Virginia, Medicaid is contracted out through a managed care model.
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, the Hatfield and McCoy ATV trail system that runs through southern West Virginia is an example of how people are using the well-known history of the infamous feud to boost the economy. Other businesses in the region have cropped up in recent years with the name -- most of them catering to trail riders. Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly met one family in Gilbert who are attracting visitors by sharing a piece of their tradition, craft, and even their story.
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:05:00 GMT
Iconic musician, songwriter and producer Nick Lowe returned to Mountain Stage flanked by surf-rock legends Los Straitjackets to perform a set of songs from their latest EP “ Love Starvation/Trombone .”
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:32:44 GMT
WVU Medicine has performed West Virginia’s first heart transplant. The surgery, performed Saturday, was done on a 61-year-old male patient from Chesapeake, Ohio. Surgeons at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance in Morgantown conducted the procedure.
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:11:58 GMT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 working miners.
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:23:12 GMT
Roane General Hospital is spending about $22 million to renovate its facilities in Spencer, West Virginia. A loan of $26 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will cover most of the expansion. There will be a new medical office building, offering more preventative wellness care for the community, including a gym and fitness center, free educational classes, health screenings and support groups.
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:18:00 GMT
Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET House Democrats have announced they will begin public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump next week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announced two days of hearings . The first will be with acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent on Wednesday, Nov. 13. On Nov. 15, the committee will hear from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. All three witnesses have testified in closed-door sessions. Yovanovitch's deposition transcript was released on Monday ; Taylor's was released on Wednesday . Schiff said the public hearings "will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves," and, he said, "to learn firsthand about the facts of the president's misconduct." Schiff said the closed-door testimony taken so far has illustrated "the degree to which the President enlisted whole departments of government in the
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT
In order to help people struggling with addiction, some communities are taking steps to think outside the box. The Potomac Highlands region of the Eastern Panhandle has brought together law enforcement, faith-based organizations and community members. The goal is to create one robust network of support in this rural region for people struggling with substance use disorder. The network strives to combat stigma and offer a safety net that, for some, say feels like a family.
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:00:00 GMT
In recent days, President Trump and his allies have amplified their calls for the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry to be identified, presenting the question of whether it would be a crime for the president to unmask the anonymous whistleblower. According to four former top federal government officials who worked in intelligence and national security, the answer is no. "If Trump thinks he knows the name, he can come out and say it, and he's probably as protected as anyone is," said Robert Litt, former general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence under President Barack Obama. Litt and several other legal experts who talked to NPR said Trump uttering or tweeting the name could in theory trigger an article of impeachment for retaliating against a whistleblower, but it would not run afoul of any federal criminal statutes. Similarly, if a news outlet, member of Congress or member of the public outed the whistleblower, legal experts said, no