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At Edgewood Summit retirement community in Charleston, 93-year-old Mary Mullens is waxing eloquent about her geriatrician.

“Poor old doctor Goldberg…There’s only so much a person can do, and he sure got a lot to do and does it so well,” she said.

Todd Goldberg is one of just 36 geriatricians in West Virginia, according to the American Geriatrics Society. The state needs more than four times that many.

“With the growing elderly population across America and West Virginia, obviously we need healthcare providers,” said Goldberg.

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Federal officials say nearly 5,900 pounds of unwanted and expired drugs were collected in West Virginia during last weekend's Prescription Drug Take-Back day.

West Virginians participated at more than 100 locations around the state last Saturday.

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A bridge that's replacing an existing one on Interstate 77 in Ghent is the first of its kind in West Virginia.

Bala Sivakumar, vice president of HNTB, the company overseeing the project, tells The Register-Herald that construction started Sunday. It's expected to finish Saturday.

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A jury in West Virginia will decide whether a coal company owned by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice contaminated the drinking water wells of residents in Wyoming County.

Local media outlets report the jury is scheduled to begin deliberations Thursday in the case against Justice-controlled companies Dynamic Energy Inc. and Mechel Bluestone Inc.

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Officials are planning to unveil a new mode of public transportation in downtown Charleston.

Tourism officials say they plan a news conference Friday. In attendance will be the chief executive officer of Pittsburgh-based Autopods, which operates a fleet of small cabs. They are powered by foot pedals with electric batteries for use on hills.

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Residents in three western Virginia counties will have a chance to weigh in a proposed new path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said this week that it will collect comments from the public and agencies on changes to the $5 billion natural gas pipeline proposal.

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Kanawha County is establishing a special court for military veterans.

Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Humphreys says the county's adult drug court will offer a separate track for veterans. He says the court will work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to divert veterans into rehabilitation programs.

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West Virginia has eliminated its prevailing wage for new public construction projects.

The repeal passed this winter by the Republican-led Legislature took effect Thursday. Lawmakers overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, which required a simple majority of the Legislature.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra profiles Supreme Court candidate Beth Walker and Appalachian Health News reporter Kara Lofton looks at the declining number of doctors who specialize in caring for the elderly. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

AP Fact Check: Trump Unlikely to Bring Coal Jobs Back

May 5, 2016
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Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer.

 

Trump, however, has yet to explain exactly how he will revitalize Appalachia's coal industry. To pull it off, he will have to overcome market forces and a push for cleaner fuels that have pummeled coal.

 

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In an interview with NPR, Sen. Bernie Sanders explained why he thought the GOP was gaining popularity in low-income areas such as McDowell County, where he is visiting today.

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West Virginia’s Secretary of State has made it very clear, West Virginia voters cannot take photos while in the voting booth. In fact, Secretary Natalie Tennant says you can’t take your phone into the voting booth at all. But some people don’t think state code is clear on the matter. 

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A lawsuit filed by miners who say they were unlawfully laid off in Wyoming County has been certified as a class action.

The Register-Herald reports Judge Irene Berger granted the certification Tuesday in Beckley federal court.

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Officials say Clay County schools will be closed for the rest of the week during an ongoing school threat investigation.

On its website, the school district told media outlets in a statement Tuesday that the decision was made to close the schools Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after additional information was obtained in the investigation. Officials have not said what that additional information was.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed against the county clerks of Kanawha and Cabell counties over their refusal to accept online voter registrations from the Secretary of State's office.

Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole tells The Herald-Dispatch that she received an official statement Tuesday afternoon from the court saying the petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia had been rejected.

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A Virginia man has admitted to a phony cancer scheme involving The Greenbrier resort.

Fifty-seven-year-old Carmelo Carrozza pleaded guilty to wire fraud Tuesday in federal court in Beckley.

U.S. Sens. Angus King and Shelley Moore Capito are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase broadband speed definitions for a grant program that serves rural communities.

The senators sent a letter to the USDA requesting that the agency modernize the Community Connect Grant Program with increased broadband speed and service definitions.

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  The city of Huntington says medication that can reverse the effect of opiates in case of an overdose is now stocked on all of the city fire department emergency response vehicles.

The Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy said in a news release that all firefighters have completed training and educational sessions on the medication, naloxone, and how to administer it. The office said five lives have been saved with the medication since the Cabell-Huntington Health Department received a supply of naloxone in February.

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Former U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller has set up a public service scholarship in his name at West Virginia University.

A WVU news release says the Democrat gave $100,000 to the WVU Foundation to start the scholarship at the new John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees with an outline of the campaign stops by presidential candidates this week.  Also a profile of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin who is seeking re-election to the high court. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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