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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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Brian Blauser

Jam grass heroes Leftover Salmon return to Mountain Stage this week, with a song that contemplates West Virginia History: "Blair Mountain." You'll also hear sets from The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Elizabeth Cook, Cris Jacobs, and Charleston favorites Qiet.

Brian Blauser

Jam grass heroes Leftover Salmon return to Mountain Stage this week, with a song that contemplates West Virginia History: "Blair Mountain." You'll also hear sets from The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Elizabeth Cook, Cris Jacobs, and Charleston favorites Qiet.

West Edge Solar
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The Coalfield Development Corporation took another step Wednesday in the advancement of a solar institute.

At the West Edge Factory in the Westmoreland neighborhood of Huntington, the Coalfield Development Corporation has a solar training program that teaches former coal miners and others how to install solar panels as a possible career path.

Cong. David McKinley in a hearing
Submitted Photo / Office of David McKinley

The House Ethics Committee is scolding West Virginia Rep. David McKinley for disregarding House rules by failing to change the name of his self-titled engineering firm after joining Congress.

McKinley, a Republican, owned McKinley & Associates, an engineering and architecture firm in his home state, before his election to Congress in 2010. After the election, he asked the ethics committee whether he needed to change the firm's name. The panel said yes.

Fireworks
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A bill that would limit the use of fireworks in Charleston is moving forward.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a City Council committee on Tuesday voted to recommend approval of the bill, which will advance to the council for a final vote next week.

Rape Kits
Pat Sullivan / AP

West Virginia has received more than $1 million in federal funding to help improve its testing of backlogged and future sexual assault kits in the state.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release that West Virginia was one of nine jurisdictions to be awarded part of over $13.6 million in funds to expand sexual assault kit testing through the department's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 West Virginia led the charge against the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan yesterday in a day-long hearing at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia's foster care system is dealing with the fallout of the drug epidemic. We hear from one family who intimately understands the challenges that the state faces on this West Virginia Morning.

Bishop George Peterkin
e-WV / WV Humanitites Council

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
AP

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.

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