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Multigenerational Addiction in W.Va.

Brooke sits beside her mom on the couch at Rea of Hope’s New Life Apartments. Rea of Hope is an addiction and recovery center for women struggling with alcohol or drug abuse.

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The Struggle to Stay: Jewish Appalachians

Jewish communities across West Virginia are struggling to keep their traditions alive. “It is actually kind of scary. I worry because a lot of people my age are moving away for, like, school or jobs and because of that the communities are getting smaller,” said Kirston Kennedy, a young Jewish Appalachian who inspired our show.

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Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program – known as CHIP, is about to run out and Congress has not renewed funding for it. The kicker is that funding for CHIP has been approved, but is wrapped up in a House spending bill that is unlikely to pass the Senate.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed his former chief of staff to the state Workers' Compensation Board of Review.

Miners’ Pensions A Major Part Of Spending Debate

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  Retired union coal miners are joining teamsters, iron workers and other union retirees in an effort to shore up their ailing pension plans, and they hope the ticking clock on a government spending bill will help.

Some Democrats want to see protections for retirement benefits included in the omnibus spending bill, which Congress must pass in order to prevent a government shutdown. That could set up a year-end showdown over the spending bill, with major implications for retirees in the Ohio Valley region.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, coal retirees are joining forces on a bill with teamsters, iron workers and other unions in an effort to shore up ailing pension plans. Democrats want to see retirement benefits included in the omnibus spending bill needed to prevent a government shutdown.

As Becca Schimmel reports, 43,000 retired miners in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia depend on a pension plan that could be at risk without congressional action.

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A West Virginia city's newly reinstated anti-discrimination ordinance that drew opposition from some residents will be put to a public vote next year.

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The latest, self-titled, album from Kentucky's Joan Shelley was produced by Wilco bandleader and songwriter Jeff Tweedy, in his Chicago studio. The pair met backstage at a Mountain Stage taping in February 2016, and the resulting album, Joan Shelley, is a beautiful testament to Shelley's enchanting vocals and timeless, heartfelt songwriting. You can hear all of Shelley's charms in "The Push and Pull," our Song of the Week.

December 14, 1857: Coal Operator Justus Collins Born in Alabama

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Coal operator Justus Collins was born in Alabama on December 14, 1857. He got his start in coal mining in the Deep South but moved north about 1887 to pursue his fortune in the coalfields of southern West Virginia.

In Mercer County, Collins organized the Louisville Coal & Coke Company, one of the first mines to ship coal on the Norfolk and Western Railway. In 1893, he opened Collins Colliery at Glen Jean in Fayette County. About the same time, he started Greenbrier Coal & Coke and later opened the Whipple mine near Mount Hope.

About one in three West Virginia high school grads need to take remedial classes when they go to college – and that number is growing. Why are so many new college students so unprepared?

Also on this week’s podcast, we’ll break down the results of the Alabama Senate race. If a Democrat can win there, what does that mean for West Virginia’s congressional races?

City of Huntington

  A West Virginia city that has surpassed its previous records for the number of homicide investigations has confirmed two additional killings.

The Herald-Dispatch quotes Huntington police Capt. Hank Dial as saying more officers are needed to address the surge of violent crime. Dial was among officials who spoke within 36 hours of the year's 17th and 18th homicides during a news conference at city hall Tuesday afternoon.

Opioids, Coal-Fueled Energy & A Photographer Being Homesick for Appalachia

Dec 13, 2017
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On this West Virginia Morning, a U.S. House subcommittee focused on the opioid epidemic in Appalachia during a hearing on Capitol Hill.

The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier reports on a federal commission that will decide what to do with a Trump administration proposal aimed at keeping coal and nuclear plants open. 

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Joy to the World Concerts Continue in Bob Thompson’s Absence

Due to a recent personal health matter, pianist Bob Thompson will be unable to appear as scheduled at this week’s two sold-out Joy to the World performances in Charleston, WV. The show will continue, with members of Bob’s band accompanying special guest vocalist Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

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Appalachia is bleeding population; the 2015 U.S. Census showed West Virginia was losing population faster than most other states. There’s a struggle to leave, and to stay.

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