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The West Virginia State Treasurer’s office said in a news release it paid out $1.45 million in claims last month.

Unclaimed property can include abandoned safety deposit boxes, stock dividends left uncashed or a final paycheck left behind. By law, holders of such assets are required to turn them over to the Treasury.

Field representatives with the Treasurer's office conduct outreach by tracking down property owners through in-house records, courthouse files and checking other documents. 

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Here in Appalachia, it’s apple season. And that means apple growers are sending this year’s crop to farmers markets and grocery stores. But the majority of the apples grown here get sent to manufacturers to be used in apple sauce and apple juice. By the way, did you know that Golden Delicious Apples originated right here in West Virginia?  In fact, apples are our state fruit. 

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On this West Virginia Morning, as the number of coal mining jobs continues to decline in central Appalachia, hemp is getting a lot of attention as one way to diversify eastern Kentucky’s post-coal economy. But the region’s growing hemp industry is riddled with uncertainty.

The lack of land suitable for growing hemp and its association with marijuana pose significant challenges. Rachel Cramer, from our partners at WGBH and The GroundTruth Project, has that story.

Hemp Farmers Face Rocky Road in Diversifying Eastern Kentucky’s Economy

Oct 6, 2017
David Williams, a University of Kentucky Agronomist and Director of the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in Quicksand, Ky., on Monday, September 25, 2017.
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As the number of coal mining jobs continues to decline in central Appalachia, hemp is getting a lot of attention as one way to diversify eastern Kentucky’s post-coal economy. But the region’s burgeoning hemp industry is also riddled with uncertainty. The lack of land suitable for growing hemp, and its association with marijuana pose some significant challenges.

John Deskins, director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research
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West Virginia University's chief economist says the state is on the rebound but will have relatively weak growth in the next five years.

There's a surprising correlation between guns and West Virginia's Trump voters. Also, the fight over school consolidation goes to the Supreme Court. And our favorite Tom Petty songs. On this week's Front Porch podcast.

A nursery where drug-affected babies are treated at Lily’s Place in Huntington, W.Va.
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A new federal study, called “Federal Action Needed to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome,”recommends educating both health care providers and pregnant women on screening and prenatal care to address drug addiction and withdrawal in newborns.

West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito say it's the first federal study on neonatal abstinence syndrome to examine the best practices and approaches to treating infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy. 

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A bipartisan group in Congress has a new bill to save pensions for retired union coal miners throughout the Ohio Valley. As Becca Schimmel of Ohio Valley ReSource reports, the coal industry’s downturn has left tens of thousands of pensioners at risk.

Also, on the latest episode of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Us & Them podcast, host Trey Kay tells us about an African-American man who broke one of the National Football League’s last color barriers, almost 50 years ago.

Bipartisan Bill Would Prop Up Coal Miners’ Pensions

Oct 4, 2017
Becca Schimmel

A bipartisan Congressional group from the Ohio Valley and beyond introduced a new bill to save pensions for retired union coal miners throughout the region.

 

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he plans to meet with GOP Sen. Pat Toomey to discuss gun control legislation they have collaborated on in the past. 

Back in 2012, Manchin teamed up with Toomey on a bill that would have expanded requirements for criminal background checks for gun buyers. 


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Before a September 12th Parkersburg City Council meeting, LGBTQ rights advocates held a rally to let members of the council know that, despite the failure of a non discrimination ordinance, they’ll continue to fight for equal rights in their hometown.

In early August, the Parkersburg City Council shot down an ordinance that would have protected residents from employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The West Virginia Air National Guard's 130th Airlift Wing has sent a transport plane and crew from Charleston to support relief efforts in storm-damaged Puerto Rico.

According to the Air National Guard, the C-130 Hercules plane is transporting equipment from New York to Georgia before departing for the Caribbean island on Thursday.

West Virginia Morning
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When we left off last time in our Struggle to Stay series, 38-year-old Dave Hathaway, a former coal miner who’d been unemployed for 12 months, was offered a job out of state. But it would mean leaving his wife and newborn baby behind. Then, he got another offer closer to home would put him going back to work as an underground coal miner. The Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier delivers the final installment of Dave Hathaway’s, Struggle to Stay story.

President Trump and congressional Republicans have pitched their tax plan as a boost for the middle class.

"The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan," Trump told reporters during a meeting with lawmakers in mid-September.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his agency is transferring $1 million to the state police in an effort to end a backlog of drug testing in criminal cases.

Morrisey announced the funding at a news conference at the state Capitol in Charleston. He says the transfer was made possible as the result of settlements with drug wholesalers accused of flooding the state with millions of prescription pain pills.


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Updated on Thursday, October 19 at 3:37 p.m.

A nearly 200-acre wildfire that began almost 20 days ago in Grant County is now 70 percent contained. Some areas in the Monongahela National Forest are still closed to visitors.

Over 80 firefighters have worked to improve firelines and contain the North Fire that began on October 2 in a remote area of Grant County. The wildfire is located about 12 miles west of Petersburg in the Monongahela National Forest.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump is canceling a previously scheduled trip to Morgantown and a new tool aiming to map overdoses gets attention at Marshall University this week.  

Also, West Virginia has the fourth highest rate in the nation for grandparents raising grandchildren - an arrangement often referred to as “grandfamilies.” And the number of grandfamilies here is on the rise. Most experts blame the opioid epidemic for that. While this arrangement usually benefits children, it can be incredibly stressful for the grandparents. In the second part of our series exploring this subject, Kara Lofton takes a look into the mental health of those involved. 

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At the Epsworth United Methodist Church in Ripley, West Virginia, five grandparents sit around a table listening to a speaker tell them, “You are not alone.”

 

 

Although prayer is mentioned frequently at the meeting, religion is not the subject of today’s conversation - rather, how to communicate with grandchildren after grandparents are thrust into the role of primary caregivers.

Conclusion to Dave Hathaway's Struggle to Stay

Oct 2, 2017
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After going for a year unemployed, Dave Hathaway was back underground, working at a new coal mine -- the Cumberland mine -- in Greene County, Pennsylvania. He didn’t want to have to go back underground, but no other job came close to paying him enough to support his family and be able to live in his hometown. 


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Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump is canceling a previously scheduled trip to Morgantown.

Trump had scheduled an interview and town hall taping with Sean Hannity of Fox News for Wednesday evening. 

In a Facebook post Monday morning, Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom wrote that the county commission had been informed that Trump will not be coming. Bloom had initially shared news of Trump's planned visit on Saturday. 

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