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The Front Porch: Who's to Blame for Appalachia's Drug Addiction?

West Virginia has the nation's worst rate of drug overdose deaths. It started with prescription painkillers, and now is increasingly fueled by heroin. On this week's "The Front Porch," we debate what's causing the epidemic, and what might actually work in curbing it.
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It's an unsettling reality in Appalachia. Many people, young and old, rich and poor, are falling victim to heroin addiction.

True, heroin addiction is spreading in communities across the country. But here in Appalachia, people in remote rural areas have an even more difficult time finding access to treatment options.

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A miniseries filmed predominantly in the Eastern Panhandle premieres Monday on the National Geographic Channel.

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West Virginia has the nation's worst rate of drug overdose deaths. It started with prescription painkillers, and now is increasingly fueled by heroin.

On this week's "The Front Porch," we debate what's causing the epidemic, and what might actually work in curbing it.

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The Higher Education Policy Commission met at Shepherd University Friday to discuss tuition increases and a new reverse transfer policy.

David A. Farmer, Executive Director, W.Va. Jail Authority
West Virginia Regional Jail Authority

 The interim chief of the state's regional jail agency has gotten the job permanently: David Farmer.

The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority's board promoted David Farmer to executive director on this week.

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  Prosecutors oppose a motion by former executives asking a judge to move their criminal case over a chemical spill.

In Charleston federal court Thursday, prosecutors wrote that ex-Freedom Industries officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell didn't sufficiently prove that public sentiment over a water crisis is so prejudiced that fair and impartial jurors can't be found in southern West Virginia.

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Unemployment rates dropped in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in April according to WorkForce West Virginia.

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources West Virginia's spring gobbler season runs from April 27 through May 23, 2015
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

  The Division of Natural Resources says West Virginia hunters killed 9,038 turkeys this spring. That's down slightly from the same period last year.

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If you've read this post's title, you know that you're in for a treat overnights this weekend. So without further ado... it's Mountain Stage After Midnight!

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage After Midnight takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

  Correction: Our segment about treatment facilities in West Virginia incorrectly described the 2013 Justice Reinvestment Act.  The legislation was crafted with the assistance of the Justice Center for the Council of State Governments, not the National Council of State Legislatures.  The Justice Reinvestment Act does not alter the penalties for drug offenses.  The Justice Reinvestment Act also includes a multi-year funding commitment for drug treatment facilities.  The Four Seasons Treatment Facility in Mercer County that will open soon to provide 20 treatment beds for men

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