News Around the State...
Sat, 22 Feb 2020 01:23:16 GMT
West Virginia could be one of more than 30 states to “ban the box” and prohibit certain employers from asking applicants about their criminal history, after lawmakers considered House Bill 4905 Friday evening.
Sat, 22 Feb 2020 00:05:56 GMT
A bill granting compensation benefits to first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) passed the West Virginia House of Delegates unanimously Friday.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 23:44:31 GMT
The West Virginia State Board of Education has selected someone to take over as state superintendent of schools.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 22:44:06 GMT
We recap this week’s legislative action with statehouse reporters, and we take a special look at bills seeking to bar discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:45:32 GMT
Members of the West Virginia Senate have voted to provide free feminine hygiene products to inmates of the state’s prisons and jails. Senate Bill 484 would have the superintendent of a state correctional facility to provide inmates their choice of tampons or sanitary napkins within eight hours of a request.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:57:37 GMT
One could spend a lifetime learning about Appalachia, and just scratch the surface. On this week’s episode, we take a deeper look at traditional cultural practices found throughout these mountains. We’ll hear stories spanning from fiddle music, to Appalachian style food. We’ll also hear how moonshine getaway cars turned into an Appalachian subculture of families who rebuild and race hot rods.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:35:56 GMT
Old-time music is a large part of West Virginia’s heritage – it is the folk music of the state. And although it has now gained the popularity of people from all over the world, hundreds of years ago it was isolated within Appalachian communities. However, as it gains traction, some people think the uniqueness is lost. In a special report exploring folkways traditions, as part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Project , Caitlin Tan explores the master-apprentice relationship in the old-time music community.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:27:55 GMT
Ona, West Virginia is a town with two stop lights, but it’s also a place where legends are made. Greg Sigler has been racing at Ona Speedway for nearly two decades. But today, he’s coaching his 15-year-old son, Cole, from the sidelines, using a headset that lets them talk back and forth. Cole, who drives a white 2006 Cobalt sporting the number 99, has just embarked on his own racing career. It’s his first time behind the wheel of a car.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:27:53 GMT
On any given Friday night, a parade of customized cars and trucks cruise from north to south and back again on Williamson Road in Roanoke, Virginia. Modified with neon lights, spinning rims and streamlined spoilers, these vehicles do not necessarily scream “folk tradition”—but they are just the modern version of a long-running Appalachian tradition.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 17:47:53 GMT
The West Virginia House of Delegates is closer to a vote on House Bill 4176, which would add the existing West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center into state law.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:16:18 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll explore some old fiddling traditions unique to very specific geographic locations.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 01:03:54 GMT
We explore a major broadband bill that passed the House of Delegates, and we have a discussion with two West Virginia lawmakers who are involved in broadband and technology expansion in the state.
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:12:19 GMT
Charleston Area Medical Center has announced it will be collaborating with Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Greenbrier County and Plateau Medical Center in Fayette County to improve access to advanced care specialists at CMAC. According to a press release, the first initiative will be tele-cardiology support. Cardiology specialists at CAMC will provide cardiology consults via tele-health technology to the physicians caring for patients at the two southern WV facilities. Officials say the collaboration will allow more patients to stay in their own communities and local hospitals for care. Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with support from Marshall Health and Charleston Area Medical Center.
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:01:29 GMT
A West Virginia city has voted to change its ordinance for marijuana possession. Morgantown City County members voted unanimously Tuesday to modify the city’s law on possession of up to 15 grams of the drug, news outlets reported.
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:57:50 GMT
This is a developing story and may be updated. As lawmakers consider a bill to establish the existing West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center in state code, civil liberty advocates are calling on the Legislature to use this as an opportunity to add more privacy and civil liberty protections for West Virginians.
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:18:43 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, we visit with a potter who spends a lot of time on his Preston County property collecting clay-rich soils. We also learn about musician and composer Markus Reuter.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:58:26 GMT
We bring you updates on the energy and environment legislation we've been following, and we also meet some students who visited the Capitol to participate in the page program for their local lawmakers.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 22:27:00 GMT
Foster parents may soon get more money for adopting children under a measure passed by the House of Delegates Tuesday aimed at alleviating West Virginia's overburdened foster care system. Delegates voted 96-1 to approve the bill , with Republican Del. Pat McGeehan as the lone no vote after he was told the measure would cost the state around $17 million. “Great emphasis has been placed on the projected cost of this bill but we must acknowledge that this is an investment, an investment in West Virginia children,” said Del. Jason Barrett, a Berkeley County Democrat. “With these necessary increases agencies will be able to recruit and retain more foster families." The proposal, which now moves to the Senate, would give families at least $900 a month for each child adopted. Child placing agencies would also get $1,000 every time they finalize an adoption. The bill also establishes a foster care bill of rights, which would ensure children and parents understand their rights in the state's
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:37:19 GMT
The West Virginia Senate has rejected a measure that would have eliminated a fund that helps prop up the state’s greyhound racing industry.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:40:44 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, an update on the state’s medical cannabis law. We also hear the latest news from the state Capitol, and we hear a report from StateImpact Pennsylvania on landfill pollution.