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A Roman Catholic diocese has closed two Catholic schools in a West Virginia county this year, citing low enrollment.

Local news outlets report the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced Thursday that All Saints Catholic School in Moundsville will not reopen for the 2017-2018 school year. The announcement follows the closure of Bishop Donahue High School.

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Gov. Jim Justice says he'll veto legislation to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital in Beckley, saying the sale of state medical facilities must be part of a comprehensive plan.

Federal regulators released a draft of a final assessment of the environmental impacts of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would travel from West Virginia into and through Virginia.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) assessors say if built, the Mountain Valley pipeline would have “significant” impacts on forests in West Virginia and Virginia. The assessment says the $3.4 billion proposed project would have "limited" adverse effects in the proposed pipeline's path elsewhere.

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Last year, we spoke with Keith Thompson and his mother Gerda right after the flood. Keith’s dad Edward passed away from complications of hypothermia after being in floodwaters for several hours. Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly went back to Rainelle to see how things have changed since the flood. She found that for Keith, the flood was just the beginning of his heartaches in the past year.

Labor Gains: From Horseback to Hospitals

Jun 23, 2017
Mary Meehan

Dressed in crisp blue scrubs, Certified Nurse Midwife JoAnne Burris walks briskly, the click of her sensible clogs a counterpoint to smooth jazz in the hall.

The UK Midwife Clinic with large, color prints of newborns on the earth-tone walls, still has that new furniture smell. But word-of-mouth already has the waiting room full.

Inside Exam Room 3 Emily and Johnathan Robertson wait to hear their baby’s heartbeat.

And there it is the echoing “whoosh, ump, whoosh, ump, whoosh ump” of a strong fetal heart. “Best part of the appointment,” Burris said, “every time.”

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Paducah, Kentucky, is home to USEC, a Department of Energy uranium enrichment facility that operated for 50 years until being decommissioned in 2013. Just across the Ohio River lies the Honeywell corporation’s Metropolis Works, the nation’s only uranium conversion plant.

Former State Sen. Bob Leeper thought it made sense to build on that existing capacity. So he introduced a bill to end the state’s decades-old moratorium on nuclear power. That was ten years ago.

Scott McClanahan has built his career on defying expectations and blurring genres. The West Virginia author has been an indie-lit favorite for years, earning fans who admired his bizarre and often funny short fiction. In 2013, he gained something of a national profile following the publication of Crapalachia, a memoir, and Hill William, a novel. Though the genres were different, both critically acclaimed books drew from McClanahan's own sometimes troubled life.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we are revisiting some of the people whose lives were changed forever after the flooding of 2016. This episode was part of a TV special called A Year of Recovery. We hear about the hurt of losing loved ones and how flood victims are coping after the disaster. We hear why when a community goes through devastation together, they can come out stronger.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Today marks one year since floods devastated many parts of West Virginia, killing 23 people and causing major damage to many communities, including homes, businesses and schools.

Melissa Stilwell

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with the Huntington drummer with the best seat in the house, keeping time for William Matheny and Tyler Childers. This... is Rod Elkins.

Heavy rains cause the ground to collapse underneath the Main Street Motors office building in Richwood, WV.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The National Weather Service forecasts heavy rain across West Virginia starting late Thursday and continuing into early Saturday from Tropical Storm Cindy until another front pushes through Friday night into Saturday.

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Governor Jim Justice is set to sign into a law today groundbreaking legislation that will increase funding for state roads.

Justice will sign Senate Bil 1006 today that increase funding for the  State Road Fund. It does so by raising the flood on the average wholesale price for gas, creating a registration fee for cards that do not use gasoline and increasing the sales tax on vehicle purchases. It will also increase DMV fees.

Cameron Williams

Last September Mark Combs and Cameron Elias Williams set out for California hoping to develop careers in the arts and entertainment industry. But once they reached Denver they found it difficult to get their lives financially under control. They also fought loneliness.

“It's been, it's been kinda tough to be honest. I didn't think I would miss people back home this much,” Mark recorded after a lonely Thanksgiving in Denver.

Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse.

John Oliver
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Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a "false and malicious broadcast" last Sunday evening. It's seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment's "defamatory statements."

Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" coal segment criticized the Trump administration's effort to revive the industry, saying coal jobs have dropped for decades and other energy alternatives are driving the industry's decline.

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After months of a budget standoff, Governor Jim Justice announced he would allow a budget heavy on cuts and with no tax increases to become law without his signature.

That doesn’t mean he was happy with it.

“I can’t possible sign this,” he said. “They voted against the people of this state. They didn’t hurt me. They hurt the people.”

A topless protest is planned in West Virginia's capital city despite the mayor's request to reschedule.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports nearly 200 people have RSVP'd for "Free the Nip Top Freedom Rally" on Facebook. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones asked organizers on Wednesday to protest another day, accusing them of "seeking to parade naked in front of young children," as local arts nonprofit FestivALL has several kids' events planned also on Saturday.

The first hearing has been held in a lawsuit involving drug wholesale distributors accused of fueling West Virginia's heroin epidemic.

Tuesday in Charleston a legal team for several West Virginia counties argued damages are necessary for opioids' harmful impact on communities, alleging the firms breached their duty under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to oversee suspicious orders of prescriptions entering the state over the past several years.

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West Virginia health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito in Cabell County.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department has been trapping mosquitoes and submitting them for tests to monitor the virus. The department's physician director, Michael Kilkenny, says West Nile can cause fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting diarrhea or body rash.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Morgantown summer music clinic is taking local kids and turning them into rock stars—teaching them the importance of the arts while introducing them to new and exciting people. This story is part of Joni Deutsch's 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.

Samantha Waldron

“We felt that by coming together to write authentic music, we offer a modern-day "sound treaty" to the legends and heroes of grassroots, outlaw country and bluegrass music.”

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