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If you want information about where to find help for substance abuse in West Virginia, call 1-866-WV-QUITT, contact your local comprehensive behavioral health center, or visit the West Virginia Prescription Drug Abuse Solutions Program's website.

Roxy Todd / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

Janet Kunicki / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Abortions are now banned 20 weeks after conception in West Virginia.

The ban became effective Tuesday, despite Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's disapproval.

Sketch artist Jesse Corlis

Former coal boss Don Blankenship wants his July trial start delayed until January.

In a motion in Beckley federal court Friday, attorneys for the ex-Massey Energy CEO say they wouldn't be prepared for a July 13 trial start.

Texas floods have business owners singing the blues

May 26, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Alberta Cross

Flooding has disrupted life for many in the Lone Star State. Kellie Moore was at her bakery in Austin yesterday when the water levels began to rise.

"It was crazy," Moore told Kai Ryssdal. "I looked in the back room and I noticed that water was coming through the building ... [I] was trying to sop it up, but then it started coming into the kitchen and into the front of our showroom, and there was no way to stop the water."

Press the play button above to hear more of Kellie's story. 

Kai Ryssdal

This story comes as, I guess you might say, a mea culpa for the aspersions I cast on millennials the other day.

Maybe this'll ring a bell: 

There are 14,000 lobbying groups in Washington

May 26, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

To see just how ubiquitous lobbying has become in Washington, I make an appointment for lunch with Lee Drutman. He's a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of "The Business of America is Lobbying."

He’s waiting for me at the buffet, and we're about to zero in on the food business: loading up our plates, then dissecting them to see which foods have lobbyists at the table. 

Home prices and sales are up, but who's buying?

May 26, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour

Home values in 20 U.S. cities rose 5 percent for the year ending in March, according to the S&P Case-Shiller index out on Tuesday.

Five percent is better than economists expected and is pretty solid, especially when you throw in that the pace of new home sales sped up substantially to 6.8 percent in April, according to the Commerce Department. 

One of those new home sales was courtesy of Tara Ilsley Murillo, 28, and her husband in Durham North Carolina. 

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Shhh ... we're talking about Fight Club

May 26, 2015
Kai Ryssdal, Mukta Mohan and Robert Garrova

The first rule of Fight Club is … do not talk about Fight Club. We’re going to break that rule, because there is now a sequel and it’s written in a completely different style than the original. Author Chuck Palahniuk teamed up with artists David Mack and Cameron Stewart to release a 10-part comic book that brings back Tyler Durden.

West Virginia State Treasurer's Office

West Virginia's latest unclaimed property auction features a rare penny that Treasurer John Perdue expects will draw attention from coin collectors.

The 1909-S VDB penny is among a variety of items that will be offered for sale. The penny is ranked 14th in the second edition of "100 Greatest U.S. Coins." Its appraised value is $500.

  Coming up at 7:41 on West Virginia Morning, our series about the heroin epidemic “The Needle and the Damage Done” continues.  Today, reports about law enforcement officers feel about carrying and using a drug to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.  That’s coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story. 

Amy Scott

On a spring morning at Oyler Community Learning Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio, an announcement comes over the PA system: "Would the following students please report to the cafeteria..." It sounds like someone's in trouble.

But, it's just the opposite. They're being summoned for a  donut breakfast — a reward for making the honor roll, or missing no more than two days of school during the quarter.

PODCAST: Beers and board games

May 26, 2015
David Brancaccio

The guy behind the guy at Apple gets a promotion. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson explains. Plus, Bernie Sanders officially kicks off his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency on Tuesday. The senator from Vermont describes himself as a “Democratic Socialist”.  We report that while some see socialism as an improbable platform for a U.S.

Where everybody knows your game

May 26, 2015
Elaine Jones

Geek culture is having a bit of a moment. Superheroes are smashing box office records. Comic conventions have become national news. Now, gamers are getting their very own bars. A new pub in Savannah, Georgia is offering a place to throw back a few drinks while you battle it out in video or board games.

Walking into the Chromatic Dragon feels like entering most bars — at first. You decide if you want to sit at the bar or get a table; inside or out. A friendly employee approaches, but he’s not a server. He’s a "game master."

Here's why we care about durable goods

May 26, 2015
Nova Safo

Why do we care about the durable goods report, which the U.S. Census Bureau publishes each month to tell us how big-ticket item sales are going? Let Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, explain: "We get lots of information about what businesses are saying, but they don't always do what they say they're going to do." 

The durable goods report, Shepherdson says, is a hard-data antidote to that problem. "The one thing that businesses don't do if they're worried about the future is invest large amounts in new equipment."

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Today in marketing to Millennials: Disney's news site

May 26, 2015
Tony Wagner and Tobin Low

$55 billion

That's the value of the deal in which Charter will merge with Time Warner Cable, as announced Tuesday morning. That puts the valuation of Time Warner Cable at almost $79 billion, and brings the companies' combined customer base to 24 million. Charter also bought Bright House Networks, a smaller company, whose numbers figure into the customer base totals.

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Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As law enforcement officials are increasingly turning their attention to the growing problem with heroin in West Virginia, many of them have strong opinions on the legislation that provides greater access to Naloxone, an opioid antagonist that combats the effects of an overdose. That bill, which goes into effect Wednesday, will allow police officers to carry the medicine. But some law enforcement officials believe that increased access enables heroin users.

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