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Drug Epidemic Takes Toll on Foster Care System

The drug epidemic in West Virginia affects more than just the work force, or the number of people in a prison cell or treatment center. It’s also had a major impact on the state’s foster children. West Virginia Public Broadcasting introduces the Holben family who has seen the impacts of the drug epidemic first-hand.
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Bishop George Peterkin
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Bishop George Peterkin died in Parkersburg on September 28, 1916, at age 75. The Maryland native had joined the Confederate Army at age 20, participated in Robert E. Lee’s ill-fated Western Virginia campaign of 1861, and was present for the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.

After the war, Peterkin was ordained as an Episcopal priest and served in churches in Virginia and Maryland. After the Diocese of West Virginia was created, he was elected bishop for the entire state and consecrated at Wheeling in 1878.

Freedom Industries
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A board of federal investigators is releasing its findings about a chemical spill into the water supply of 300,000 people in West Virginia almost three years ago.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board will discuss the results of its investigation into the Freedom Industries spill Wednesday evening. The group's public meeting will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton in Charleston.

Holding Hands, Hold Hands, Baby, Baby Hand, Hand Holding
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The drug epidemic in West Virginia affects more than just the work force, or the number of people in a prison cell or treatment center. It’s also had a major impact on the state’s foster children. West Virginia Public Broadcasting introduces the Holben family who has seen the impacts of the drug epidemic first-hand.

Flood
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Several more meetings are coming up to help homeowners get grants to reduce risks during future disasters in flood-ravaged areas.

Elementary Classroom
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West Virginia school officials have approved Fayette County's plan to trim 18 schools down to 11.

The West Virginia School Building Authority voted unanimously Monday in favor of the consolidation plan following a nine-month review of Fayette County Schools. The vote means Superintendent Michael Martirano will be able to start asking the SBA for money.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

You’ve probably heard by now that the price of the life-saving EpiPen auto-injector has ballooned by 400 percent since 2007. The EpiPen is just the latest pharmaceutical to grab headlines in a series of recent drug-price hikes that also include insulin and Albuterol, a drug used to treat asthma. While drug price hikes affect some families more than others, drug prices will impact every West Virginian, even if you don’t actually use the medication yourself.

 

Here’s how that works.  

Elk River
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A month before a class-action lawsuit over a 2014 chemical spill is set to go to trial, a federal judge has declined to throw out allegations that partly blame chemical maker Eastman Chemical for polluting 300,000 people's drinking water.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. in Charleston also ruled Monday that residents, businesses and workers suing over the January 2014 Elk River spill and the subsequent water crisis cannot pursue claims against American Water Workers Company Inc., the parent of West Virginia American Water, whose customers' drinking water supply was contaminated in the incident.

Olympic medalists and WVU students Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence and Ginny Thrasher pose for a photo Monday, Sept. 26, at the Morgantown Event Center.
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West Virginia University honored three students Monday, Sept. 26, who brought home medals from the Rio Olympic Games.

Olympians Ginny Thrasher, Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence welcomed guests at the Morgantown Event Center as they reminisced about their time in Rio, Brazil, this summer.

Natural Gas, Compressor Station
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DTE Energy Co. plans to spend $1.3 billion for natural gas assets in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Detroit-based company announced Monday that an agreement calls for DTE to purchase all of Appalachia Gathering System in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and 40 percent of Stonewall Gas Gathering in West Virginia from energy company M3 Midstream.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

President Obama’s signature environmental effort to reduce carbon emissions from power plants is back in a courtroom today. More than two dozen state attorneys general are challenging the federal government’s proposed regulations. Leading the fight is West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey.

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