Some Judges Say There Should be an Alternative to Sending Addicts to Prison

Drug courts are becoming a more and more popular option for judges dealing with minor drug offenders in West Virginia. Instead of being incarcerated, offenders go through a highly structured, highly monitored rehabilitative process overseen by a probation officer and counselor.
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What is an Overdose? ER Doctor Explains

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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  On May 29, 1778, Dick Pointer, a black slave, helped save some 60 settlers in the Greenbrier Valley. Warned of an impending Shawnee Indian attack, settlers had taken shelter at Fort Donnally near Lewisburg. The Shawnee arrived the next morning.

Pointer and a white settler named Philip Hammond were the first to hear the alarm. The Shawnee warriors tried to use tomahawks to break through a door at the fort. However, Pointer and Hammond had braced the door using a large barrel or “hogshead” of water. Pointer grabbed a musket, began firing at the attackers, and awoke the fort’s sleeping inhabitants. Pointer and the other settlers successfully fought off the attack, and the Shawnee retreated at dark.

A panel of law enforcement, health and substance abuse specialists will discuss what's next in West Virginia's fight against substance abuse at the West Virginia Addiction Summit in Charleston Monday.

Hosted by Del. Chris Stansbury of Kanawha County, the panel includes:

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While law enforcement officials, lawmakers and medical professionals are all scrambling to find solutions to West Virginia’s heroin epidemic, EMTs and paramedics across the state are receiving calls almost daily, rushing to the homes of those who’ve made it to the very edge with their addiction.

“Most people, they hear about the problem with heroin. But, I don’t know that they fully understand and can fathom how much of an epidemic it truly is and how many lives are affected by it so adversely,” said Captain Chad Jones, a paramedic and shift supervisor for the Charleston Fire Department.

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Special Sneak Preview Screening--see the first hour of the new series on June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Digital Sky Theater/Clay Center in Charleston! Door prizes include a set of the novels by Winston Graham and limited promo posters. This event is free with your online RSVP, use the form here or call us at 1-888-596-9729 for assistance.

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