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Affordable Health Care Not so Affordable for Many West Virginians

Bob Bailey runs a catering and event planning business in Wheeling. He was insured for 21 years through Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield. He had a $250 deductible and paid a monthly rate or premium, of about $500 a month.
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Hemp, known in the scientific community as cannabis sativa, is a cousin to the more commonly known marijuana, but unlike its medicinally and recreationally used relative, hemp does not contain any THC- a mind-altering ingredient. 

So, throughout the nation's history, hemp has been used more practically. It's often turned into fibers used in fabrics or rope or pressed into oils, but the plant itself is still considered a schedule one drug, meaning law enforcement treats it just like they would heroin or Ecstasy.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Managing Editor of the magazine West Virginia Living Zack Harold discussing his latest article, "High Hopes for a New Cash Crop," focused on the state's budding hemp industry.  The article appears in the latest edition of Morgantown Magazine and he joined Ashton Marra to discuss it reporting. 

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Following the flooding in June, thousands of volunteers have been involved in recovery efforts in West Virginia. Long term, there will be more need for volunteers to help flood victims repair their homes and their communities. AmeriCorps is just one organization looking at training volunteers to serve flood victims.

The number of West Virginians signing up to join AmeriCorps has increased in the past year. People in this state sign up for AmeriCorps at a higher rate than 47 other states.

Joe Manchin, Senator, Governor
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U.S. Senator and former governor Joe Manchin was born in Fairmont on August 24, 1947. Growing up in the Marion County town of Farmington, he worked in his family’s grocery and furniture stores. He later returned to Farmington to run Manchin’s Carpet Center and eventually his own energy-brokering firm.

In the 1980s, the lifelong Democrat served a term in the House of Delegates and began a 14-year stint in the state Senate, where he promoted welfare, health care, and Medicaid reforms. A staunch Catholic, he opposed abortion rights, putting him at odds with many Democrats.

Arthur Quattrocchi stands in front of his son's house Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Follansbee, W.Va., joking about having a yard sale. The town was flooded during severe storms that hit West Virginia's Northern Panhandle on Saturday, July 30.
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Both home and business owners in the Follansbee area are now eligible for federal assistance after flooding in late July.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday his request for aid for the July 29 and 30 floods in three counties was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A new analysis of West Virginia educator data shows school administrators have a higher rate of turnover than classroom teachers in the state. 

The analysis is part of regional study focused on the retention and attrition rates of West Virginia educators.

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The Fayette County Board of Education has passed a resolution in support of proposed changes to a plan to fix education facilities there.

The Register-Herald reports the board passed the resolution Monday in a 4-1 vote.

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Employees of a Virginia-based utility have gathered thousands of pairs of donated children's shoes for young flood victims in southern West Virginia.

Richmond-based Dominion Resources' Sharing Our Soles campaign gets into high gear Wednesday.

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The Fayette County Board of Education has passed a resolution in support of proposed changes to a plan to fix education facilities.

The Register-Herald reports that the board passed the resolution on Monday in a 4-1 vote.

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Incendiary slide guitar master and Louisiana native Sonny Landreth returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with a timely song he wrote for his fellow survivors of  Hurricane Katrina: Blue Tarp Blues. You'll also hear performances from Bob Schneider, David Berkeley, Lilly Hiatt, and Jackie Greene.


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