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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WVSORO concerned about floodplains and gas drilling

Sep 11, 2013

The West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization is focusing its attention on how floodplains are used in natural gas drilling activity.

WVSORO co-founder Dave McMahon says because of the regulations on the books, surface owners aren't notified when gas drillers want to put equipment on floodplains. This is usually the case if the surface owner doesn't own the mineral rights.

McMahon says floodplain ordinances, implemented by counties, need to change accordingly to fix the gaps.

Gov. Tomblin
Dave Mistich

This morning Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin laid a wreath near the Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial on the State Capitol grounds to mark the twelfth anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

On this day 12 years ago, Governor Tomblin was serving as Senate President in the State Legislature. He said he first heard reports of the planes striking the World Trade Center as he was getting ready for the day while the legislature was in special session. Tomblin said he rushed to the Capitol and watched the rest of the day’s events unfold.

EarthEcho President Philippe Cousteau discusses the health of a trout fishing stream in Grant County W.Va. with Jenny Newland, Canaan Valley Institute executive director, for a documentary about the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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Federal Budget Cuts, EarthEcho education project and black lung roundtable

EarthEcho - West Virginia will be one of the states featured in a new education project created by EarthEcho International that focuses on in the Chesapeake Bay. EarthEcho is launching a new multi-year expedition program that will focus each year on an environmental problem.

(We most recently updated this post at 4:02 p.m. ET.)

Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons, as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.

Marshall University’s college of science is conducting an experiment that they hope will help them in the future.

The Marshall University College of Science installed a green roof in a small space just off the second floor of the science building. It’s the beginning of an experiment that will illustrate what it will take to maintain larger green roofs on the biotech building on campus. That building is being constructed. It’ll also play a role in Marshall’s continued effort to better handle storm water.

Chuck Somerville is the Dean of the College of Science.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) continues to lobby for a bill he’s cosponsoring with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) promoting a diplomatic solution to problems in Syria.

Manchin and Heitkamp have proposed a joint resolution that would give Syria’s president 45 days to agree to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention and comply with its provisions. The Convention prohibits the development, stockpiling or use of chemical weapons and requires they be destroyed.

At this point Manchin opposes the Obama Administration’s proposed limited military strike.

Daniel Tiger has a new mobile app

Sep 10, 2013
Image Credit: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ©2013 The Fred Rogers Company.

A second app from the popular series Daniel Tiger's NeighborhoodDaniel Tiger’s Day & Night.

Designed for children ages 2-4, the app is available now on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  Later this fall it will be available for Android devices.

Dave Mistich

With the possibility of a U.S. attack on Syria still in limbo, a new poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center and USA Today suggests an overwhelming majority of Americans stand in opposition. A group sharing the same sentiment came together for a vigil in Charleston Monday night with hopes that Congress will hear their message.

Last Tango in Halifax
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The critically acclaimed British drama LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX premieres Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 8 p.m.  on West Virginia PBS.

The six-part series leads into the finale of the MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! courtroom drama “Silk” as part of the continuing Sunday night destination for drama on PBS. LAST TANGO is an uplifting comedy/drama about romance and second chances. Full of zesty humor, authentic characters and glorious dialogue, it’s about timeless love in a very modern setting.

Only about a quarter of West Virginia schools met state-mandated requirements in student proficiency and academic growth according to data released by the state Department of Education. The results, based on WESTEST scores from this year, are the first to be released under the state’s new accountability system, created by West Virginia education experts.  While department leaders see the new system as a step forward for West Virginia students, the principal of one school said he’s still waiting to see the major changes roll out.

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