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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.

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 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.

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  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.

  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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First up, we'll talk about the New York Stock Exchange and its midday happy hour. Plus, we'll talk about what corporate sponsorship looks like in the wake of the arrests of several FIFA officials. 

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As more schools hand more kids laptops and tablets all sorts of things can happen — many of them unexpected, many of them very expensive, and many of them pretty funny, too.

In this humorous, animated look inside the digital classroom, Marketplace explores the way a simple piece of technology can kick off a snowballing sequence of events for teachers, students, parents, IT departments and just about everyone else who has to get involved if you give a kid a laptop.

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That's about how many homeless people are living in Los Angeles, up 12 percent over the past two years. Shelters aren't able to keep up, and more tent cities are cropping up in more public areas. We visited one man, new to the encampments, and looked at the state of homelessness in L.A., beyond Skid Row.

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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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The Environmental Protection Agency has clarified a rule in the Clean Water Act that adds protection for the thousands of miles of streams that feed into West Virginia’s drinking water source. But West Virginia's U.S. senators are speaking out against it.

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In some counties in the state, deaths from heroin overdoses have tripled in the past three years, drawing the attention of both lawmakers and law enforcement looking for ways to combat the problem.

At the statehouse, lawmakers approved the Opioid Antagonist Act during the 2015 Legislative session. The bill expands access to the overdose reversing drug Naloxone, allowing police officers to carry it and also family members and friends of addicts to seek a prescription for the medication.

Naloxone, if followed by more intense medical treatment, can save a person’s life giving them a second chance, according to Joseph Garcia, Gov. Tomblin’s legislative affairs director. Tomblin backed the bill.

But members of both the House and Senate leadership say the new law alone will not decrease the number of heroin overdose fatalities. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael said that ‘more’ should include a focus on rehabilitative services and a program to drug test those on public assistance.

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