Nairouz Katrib
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Telling West Virginia's Syrian Story: Part One, Nairouz

For 26-year-old Nairouz Katrib, making a phone a call to her family is not as easy as it is for the rest of her friends in South Charleston, West Virginia.
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West Virginia has the highest number of youth drug overdose deaths in the country, according to a new national report.

The study, produced by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health, found that nationwide, youth drug overdose deaths have more than doubled among people aged 12-25. In a third of states, among them West Virginia, rates have tripled or quadrupled. The increase in deaths is most pronounced among young adults (defined as ages 19-25). West Virginia’s rates are almost double the national average.

A judge has ordered Murray Energy's CEO to inform coal miners about their rights to file complaints with federal mine safety regulators. The judge also ordered a 150-thousand-dollar fine before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. 

Doug Estepp / Coal Country Tours

The West Virginia Mine Wars is a period of our state’s history that until around the 1980s was often censored or left out in classrooms across the state. But a new class through Shepherd University's Lifelong Learning Program will offer tools for history teachers in West Virginia and beyond.

W.Va. Delegate Joshua Nelson, R-Boone, has launched a petition seeking to stop Syrian refugees from coming into America, at least until better safeguards are in place.

His experience serving in the military informed his decision, he said.

"Most people in that area just want to live peaceful lives. I've served with Middle Eastern people, Islamic people, that had my back," Nelson said

"But, in regards to what happened in Paris, these guys are posing as Syrian refugees. Until we are certain that (screening) process is adequate, we have to be very careful."

Brian Blauser

For the Thanksgiving holiday, Mountain Stage revisits one of its favorite broadcasts of this decade - a 2011 show which featured Jason Isbell, James McMurtry, Blitzen Trapper and Matthew Sweet. The episode closes with a set from Dawes, who perform this song, "A Little Bit of Everything."

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, meet a young Syrian immigrant who is getting an education in Charleston, and learn about how hospitals are dealing with increases in newborns who are addicted to drugs.

Opiate Addiction Sometimes Begins in the Womb

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Neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS as it’s known in the medical community, is yet another problem that stems from the heroin epidemic ravaging West Virginia. NAS occurs in newborns exposed to opiates while still in the womb. When they’re born, they feel the full effects of withdrawal.

Health care professionals are now trying to come up with ways to track and deal with the problem more effectively.

November 24, 1893: W. Va. Governor John Jacob Dies at 63

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Governor John J. Jacob (1829-93)
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  West Virginia governor John Jacob died in Wheeling on November 24, 1893, at age 63. The Hampshire County native was the first governor born within the borders of what would become West Virginia and, in 1870, became the state’s first Democratic governor.

The Robinson Grand, or Rose Garden Theater in downtown Clarksburg.
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A public hearing on the planned restoration of the Robinson Grand Theater is set in Clarksburg.

The Exponent Telegram reports Tuesday's hearing will give citizens an opportunity to learn more about the city's plans to put the downtown landmark back into use.

Telling West Virginia's Syrian Story: Part One, Nairouz

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Nairouz Katrib
courtesy of Liu Yang

For 26-year-old Nairouz Katrib, making  a phone a call to her family is not as easy as it is for the rest of her friends in South Charleston, West Virginia.