West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice talks about his budget proposal during a stop on his Save Our State Tour on Thursday, March 3, 2017, at Fairmont State University.
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Gov. Justice Issues Special Session Call, But Hot Topic Issues Not Included

Updated: May 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Gov. Jim Justice has issued a call for a special session that will coincide with May interims. Lawmakers are being asked to address clean-ups to various bills passed during the 2018 session.

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Appalachia Has Highest Risk of HIV & Hepatitis in Nation. The Proposed Solutions Are Controversial

The 10 counties in the United States most at risk for an HIV outbreak are all in Central Appalachia, a ccording to a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compiled after a 2015 outbreak of the disease in southern Indiana, the report found that places with a combination of high poverty, low access to health care, and rampant intravenous drug were mostly likely to experience a similar outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C. This week on Inside Appalachia we explore how community members in the region are coping, and what resources are available to to help prevent the spread of these diseases.

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An audit has looked further into West Virginia Supreme Court employees' travel expenses.

The audit was released Sunday during legislative interim meetings in Charleston.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

A small group of West Virginia lawmakers received an update Sunday on the progress of a subcommittee tasked to hear concerns and proposed solutions from public employees regarding their health insurance program.

Anthony Correctional Center

The West Virginia Division of Corrections is relocating inmates and some staff from the Anthony Correctional Center in White Sulphur Springs after black mold was found.

The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says in a news release that the transfers started Friday after Corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen received initial findings from an ongoing inspection of the facility.

The statement says black mold was found in the Anthony Center's main building, which includes administrative offices, the facility's kitchen, gym and some housing units.

May 19, 2002: Sergeant Gene A. Vance Jr. Dies in the Afghan War

May 19, 2018
US Army honor guards carry a flag-draped coffin with the remains of Sgt. Gene Arden Vance Jr. from Morgantown, West Virginia, off a C-17 plane at the Ramstein, western Germany, US Air Base, Monday May 20, 2002.
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Sergeant Gene A. Vance Jr. of Morgantown was killed in combat in Afghanistan on May 19, 2002. Vance was the only member of the West Virginia National Guard to die in the Afghan War, but 14 other West Virginians in active duty also lost their lives in the conflict.

May 19, 1920: Miners, Baldwin-Felts Agents Killed in Matewan Massacre

May 19, 2018
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On May 19, 1920, one of the bloodiest events in the West Virginia Mine Wars unfolded in the Mingo County town of Matewan. Four months earlier, the United Mine Workers of America had launched a major campaign to organize southern West Virginia’s non-union coalfields. Along the West Virginia-Kentucky line, some 3,000 miners joined the union and were fired from their jobs. Hundreds had to leave their coal company-owned houses. Those who refused were evicted by the detested Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency.

An annual report from the United Health Foundation found that West Virginia’s seniors are some of the most unhealthy older adults in the country. 

The report looked at the intersection of behaviors, community & environment, policy and clinical care to determine health outcomes.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice talks about his budget proposal during a stop on his Save Our State Tour on Thursday, March 3, 2017, at Fairmont State University.
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Updated: May 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Gov. Jim Justice has issued a call for a special session that will coincide with May interims. Lawmakers are being asked to address clean-ups to various bills passed during the 2018 session.

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The 10 counties in the United States most at risk for an HIV outbreak are all in Central Appalachia, according to a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Compiled after a 2015 outbreak of the disease in southern Indiana, the report found that places with a combination of high poverty, low access to health care, and rampant intravenous drug were mostly likely to experience a similar outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C. This week on Inside Appalachia we explore how community members in the region are coping, and what resources are available to to help prevent the spread of these diseases.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, one of the ripple effects of the opioid epidemic is an increase in blood-borne diseases like hepatitis or HIV. A key method to prevent the spread of such diseases, its needle exchange program, is proving to be controversial in West Virginia’s capital city. The program was eventually suspended. Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly recently spoke with the Charleston-Kanawha Health Department’s spokesperson to find out more.

May 18, 1932: Industrialist I.T. Mann Dies at 68

May 18, 2018
I.T. Mann
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Financier and industrialist I. T. Mann died in Washington on May 18, 1932, at age 68. As a young man, the Greenbrier County native apprenticed at his father’s bank. Then, in 1889, he helped organize the Bank of Bramwell in Mercer County. The bank became a financial pillar of the southern coalfields and attracted wealthy coal operators to the town. Bramwell soon achieved the distinction of being the “richest small town in America.”

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