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Wed, 23 May 2018 19:34:39 GMT
Health officials in West Virginia are urging restaurant and food service employees to get hepatitis A vaccinations if they work in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Eight food establishments in Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties have been identified as having a worker confirmed with hepatitis A.
Wed, 23 May 2018 17:42:49 GMT
America and Iran used to be close allies, but since the Iranian Revolution began in 1979, the relationship has been akin to a bad divorce. After President Trump’s announcement to pull the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, cable news has been abuzz with political pundits and foreign policy scholars reacting to the latest chapter of the tortured relationship. But there are Iranian and American love stories that have worked out.
Wed, 23 May 2018 13:55:53 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, researchers at Murray State University in Kentucky released a pair of studies that found illicit substances in some water sources in the region. One study profiled contamination in wastewater and river waters. The other estimated consumption rates during special events. Cory Sharber of WKMS reports.
Tue, 22 May 2018 21:39:46 GMT
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said today the agency is prepared to take action to limit exposure of widely-used toxic chemicals used to make non-stick items. PFAS is a category of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, C8, GenX, and many other chemicals with stain resistant, non-stick and waterproof properties. Several communities across the Ohio Valley have detected PFAS chemicals in drinking water and a few have significant contamination.
Tue, 22 May 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, lawmakers wrapped up work on a special legislative session Monday afternoon. As Dave Mistich reports, the House and Senate completed eight bills, including technical clean-ups to legislation passed during the regular session, as well as supplemental appropriations.
Mon, 21 May 2018 20:20:28 GMT
Protesters in Jefferson National Forest erected a new protest site today aimed at blocking construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Fern MacDougal is the latest in a string of protesters to take to the trees in protest of the 303-mile pipeline.
Mon, 21 May 2018 20:03:46 GMT
The City of Martinsburg has sued the federal government over alleged chemical contamination of a drinking water plant. Martinsburg attorney Kin Sayre filed the claim this month, requesting the Air National Guard pay for damages caused by high levels of two chemicals that the city said seeped into the water supply at the Big Springs water filtration plant in Martinsburg in 2016 .
Mon, 21 May 2018 19:55:47 GMT
West Virginia lawmakers wrapped up work on a special legislative session Monday afternoon. The House and Senate completed eight bills, including technical clean-ups to legislation passed during the regular session, as well as supplemental appropriations. Although lawmakers fast-tracked the measures on Gov. Jim Justice’s special session call, Delegates debated House Bill 101 for nearly an hour. The bill creates the Department of Arts, Culture and History.
Mon, 21 May 2018 17:45:34 GMT
Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third-place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it's unclear if the move violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law.
Mon, 21 May 2018 16:22:06 GMT
Following heavy rains, construction at a Mountain Valley Pipeline site in Virginia has been suspended until erosion control measures are established.
Mon, 21 May 2018 15:52:18 GMT
Far from the ocean and Puerto Rico’s famous beaches, narrow roads wind into mountains not unlike the country roads of our home, West Virginia. After hours of driving we reach a rural community in the island’s center called Tetuan Tres. Like so many places in rural Appalachia, you don’t come here accidentally.
Mon, 21 May 2018 12:57:18 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, earlier this year the Trump Administration imposed new tariffs on solar panels. It's part of the administration's "America-first" approach to trade. But one Appalachian organization is worried that the tariffs are leaving a lot of Americans in the dark. Glynis Board has our story.
Sun, 20 May 2018 22:49:39 GMT
An audit has looked further into West Virginia Supreme Court employees' travel expenses. The audit was released Sunday during legislative interim meetings in Charleston.
Sun, 20 May 2018 19:06:29 GMT
A small group of West Virginia lawmakers received an update Sunday on the progress of a subcommittee tasked to hear concerns and proposed solutions from public employees regarding their health insurance program.
Sun, 20 May 2018 18:25:10 GMT
The West Virginia Division of Corrections is relocating inmates and some staff from the Anthony Correctional Center in White Sulphur Springs after black mold was found. The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says in a news release that the transfers started Friday after Corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen received initial findings from an ongoing inspection of the facility. The statement says black mold was found in the Anthony Center's main building, which includes administrative offices, the facility's kitchen, gym and some housing units. The minimum-security Anthony Center houses about 200 young-adult offenders serving sentences ranging from six months to two years. Female inmates are being moved to the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County. Male inmates are being sent to correctional centers in Parkersburg and in Pocahontas County
Fri, 18 May 2018 21:29:14 GMT
An annual report from the United Health Foundation found that West Virginia’s seniors are some of the most unhealthy older adults in the country. The report looked at the intersection of behaviors, community & environment, policy and clinical care to determine health outcomes. The most striking data has to do with oral hygiene. In West Virginia, more than 30 percent of seniors have had all their teeth removed, compared to almost 6 percent of seniors in the lowest ranked state, Hawaii. The state with the next highest full-mouth teeth extraction rates is Mississippi at about 26 percent. West Virginia also ranks in the top ten most socially isolated states with risk factors, including poverty, marriage status, disability and living alone. The report found that West Virginia’s food insecurity rate increased from about 15 to almost 19 percent, ranking the state sixth in the total percentage of older adults experiencing food insecurity. West Virginia is one of five states with the
Fri, 18 May 2018 20:43:57 GMT
Updated: May 21, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Gov. Jim Justice has issued a call for a special session that will coincide with May interims. Lawmakers are being asked to address clean-ups to various bills passed during the 2018 session.
Fri, 18 May 2018 19:40:59 GMT
The 10 counties in the United States most at risk for an HIV outbreak are all in Central Appalachia, a ccording to a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compiled after a 2015 outbreak of the disease in southern Indiana, the report found that places with a combination of high poverty, low access to health care, and rampant intravenous drug were mostly likely to experience a similar outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C.
Fri, 18 May 2018 13:37:51 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, one of the ripple effects of the opioid epidemic is an increase in blood-borne diseases like hepatitis or HIV. A key method to prevent the spread of such diseases, its needle exchange program, is proving to be controversial in West Virginia’s capital city. The program was eventually suspended. Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly recently spoke with the Charleston-Kanawha Health Department’s spokesperson to find out more.
Thu, 17 May 2018 23:12:17 GMT
If you've been paying attention, you know by now that Appalachia is in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis. You may have seen suffering with substance abuse disorders in your own neighborhood.