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How long will the government shut down last?

Oct 2, 2013

West Virginia's Congressional Delegation is trying to get government back on track. But they aren't exactly in-line on how to do it, or who is at fault.

Listen to this story to learn more.

Let's Talk in Wheeling!

Oct 2, 2013
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Join West Virginia Public Broadcasting staff and friends at OglebayFest in Wheeling this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We'll be along Market Walkway in Mansion Woods. (Look for our Let's Talk signs.)

Browse the slideshow above for snaps from our Let's Talk event in Morgantown last Saturday.

Upcoming Let's Talk events include:

Bridgeport: Oct. 13 Noon to 2 p.m. at the Bridgeport Farmer's Market

Princeton: Oct. 26 at the Princeton Public Library. Time to be announced.

Ashton Marra

The number of uninsured West Virginians is expected to drop by 70 percent in the next three years. That’s according to numbers from the state Insurance Commissioners Office and presented by West Virginians for Affordable Health Care in the wake of open enrollment under the health care exchange.

Marshall Men's basketball began practice this week for the 2013-2014 season.

  After finishing last season with a 13-19 record, there were not many positives to look forward to this season for Marshall Basketball. But the Herd is a team of newcomers mixed with just a few returnees. Counting graduations and departures Marshall only returns six players from last season and mixes them with nine newcomers. Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion said he likes the mix of guys he has.

Over the summer West Virginia University got a new system of transmitting internet wirelessly up and running. AIR.U, named after the Advanced Internet Regions consortium, is the name of the system that is using vacated television spectrums to broadcast the internet to students and the public.

John Campbell, associate provost and chief information officer at WVU explains that a couple of years ago the Federal Communications Commission made the decision to move to high definition broadcasting.

On this WV Morning, Ben Adducchio reports on what West Virginia’s delegation to the U.S. House is thinking as the government shutdown continues into day two, and Cecelia Mason reports the director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University is appalled at the way Congress is handling the appropriations process. That and more.

Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

As the wrangling between the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans over whether to fund the budget and whether to tie changes in the Affordable Care Act to that funding continues, the Director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University, Ray Smock, is appalled at the way Congress is handling the appropriations process.

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With the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health holding a hearing last week to discuss issues related to medical marijuana, there remains a long road of discussion and debate.

Here's where a handful of key state legislators stand on the issue:

Imagine you’ve just spent the better part of 24 hours working your way through a canal so tight that your skull had to unhinge to allow you through. Now imagine before your eyes can adjust, the first thing you experience once you’re through is a slap and a mugging. You’d cry too, right? Well new practices are taking the newborn’s point of view more carefully into consideration and it’s changing the culture of delivery rooms, and perhaps the state as well.

Govrnor Earl Ray Tomblin sitting in front of a blue background at a table with small, international flags in front of him.
Ashton Marra

Governor Tomblin announced a trip later this month touring 5 European countries to lobby business leaders for investment in West Virginia industries.

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden walking out of the U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston.
Ashton Marra

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge stemming from a federal investigation into corruption in the county. Baisden agreed to a plea bargain from federal prosecutors and will await his sentencing in January.

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard
Dave Mistich

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard said of the more than 2,300 full time guardsmen and women that would have gone back to work Tuesday, 1,150 of them were sent home because of the shutdown of the federal government.

Hoyer said jobs affected by the shutdown include everything from mechanics to pilots. He expressed frustrations over not being able to protect the pay of the men and women who he said are responsible for protecting the nation and state.

Clark Davis

The fight for same-sex marriage has come to West Virginia with a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Huntington. Currently the state defines marriage as between a man and a woman.  

Three same-sex couples filed suit yesterday morning in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The lawsuit seeks the freedom to marry for three couples all from the surrounding Huntington area. One of those couples is Justin Murdock and William Glavaris. Murdock said they are glad to see things start to happen.

Charleston CVB opens opens new visitor center
Dave Mistich

The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday a  new visitor center at the Capitol Market.

Charleston CVB President and CEO Alisa Bailey pointed to Huntington’s visitor center at Heritage Station as the model for the decision to move to the Capitol Market. She said putting a visitors bureau in a building with other businesses was the right thing to do.

On this WV Morning, welcome to the new Affordable Care reality--Ashton Marra and Beth Vorhees describe what consumers can expect and why. Also, WVU explores new technology for making broadband internet more accessible.

Eastern Area Observed Fire Danger Map
Wildland Fire Assessment System

The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state's fall forest fire season starts Oct. 1, 2013 and runs through Dec. 31, 2013. During these three months, daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.    

State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile.    

Rendering of replacement of Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Department of Transportation

Construction continues  to replace the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge, which spans the Kanawha River between Nitro and St. Albans.

Officials with the Department of Transportation said the state looked at options for bridge repairs over the years and eventually lowered the weight limit to less than 10 tons. Over time, rust and deterioration became too much.  

West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources has been working for months to organize their federal-state partnered health insurance exchange beginning enrollment on October 1.

Likened to the travel website Expedia, the exchange will allow consumers to go online, compare plans from private insurance providers and choose the one that’s best for them, but the site will also determine your eligibility for coverage on state programs like Medicaid.

On this WV Morning, Glynis Board talks about the lessons we're learning in delivery rooms from kangaroos. Also, the 14th annual WV Filmmakers Festival kicks off this coming Friday at the Elk Theater in Sutton in Braxton County.

As the benefits for retirees remain in limbo, a federal court dismissed an attempt by the union to secure health coverage.  Federal Judge Joseph R. Goodwin has dismissed a case meant to force two coal companies to pay for retiree health care benefits. Peabody Energy and Arch Coal created Patriot Coal, which filed for Chapter 11 last year.

The United Mine Workers of America says it will take an act of Congress and Peabody and Arch providing significant resources in order to secure long term funding for miner benefits.

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