Ashton Marra http://wvpublic.org en Program is Turning Warriors to Farmers Across W.Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/program-turning-warriors-farmers-across-wva <p>As the country continues to struggle to help its military members returning from war, one fledgling program in West Virginia isn’t wasting any time tackling the issues veterans face.&nbsp;</p><p>From transitional job training to psychological therapy, members of the Warriors and Veterans to Agriculture Program say they’re discovering they can help West Virginia veterans in more ways than they ever anticipated.<br /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:23:43 +0000 Ashton Marra 15877 at http://wvpublic.org Program is Turning Warriors to Farmers Across W.Va. The Three Ways the NAACP Says W.Va. Can Reduce Pollution and Create Jobs http://wvpublic.org/post/three-ways-naacp-says-wva-can-reduce-pollution-and-create-jobs <p>Civil rights and environmental advocates gathered at the Capitol Thursday morning for the release of a new national report. The NAACP’s Just Energy Policies details ways states can reduce pollution and create jobs.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:46:37 +0000 Ashton Marra 15557 at http://wvpublic.org The Three Ways the NAACP Says W.Va. Can Reduce Pollution and Create Jobs The Five Things You Need to Know About the CSB's Preliminary Investigation at Freedom Industries http://wvpublic.org/post/five-things-you-need-know-about-csbs-preliminary-investigation-freedom-industries <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Investigators from the U. S. Chemical Safety Board presented preliminary findings Wednesday from their investigation into the January chemical leak at Freedom Industries in Charleston.</p><p>Lead Investigator Johnnie Banks explained the process they’ve gone through collecting evidence and information and said they will soon begin to analyze that data to put together a final report and recommendations.<br /> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:38:13 +0000 Ashton Marra 15509 at http://wvpublic.org The Five Things You Need to Know About the CSB's Preliminary Investigation at Freedom Industries Congressional Stalemate May Cause Construction Delays for W.Va. Roads http://wvpublic.org/post/congressional-stalemate-may-cause-construction-delays-wva-roads <p>U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sat at a table with Senator Rockefeller, Congressman Nick Rahall and West Virginia DOT Secretary Paul Mattox in the main hall of the state Culture Center in Charleston.<br /><br />He came to West Virginia to talk about infrastructure and the funding it will take to fix an aging system not just in West Virginia, but across the country. That funding, though, as Foxx said, is stuck in Washington.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:08:47 +0000 Ashton Marra 15402 at http://wvpublic.org Congressional Stalemate May Cause Construction Delays for W.Va. Roads Ryan, Warren Campaign in W.Va. For Senate Candidates http://wvpublic.org/post/ryan-warren-campaign-wva-senate-candidates <p></p><p></p><p>Two major Congressional players made stops in West Virginia Monday to rally around their respective party’s candidate for Senate.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:50:43 +0000 Ashton Marra 15401 at http://wvpublic.org Ryan, Warren Campaign in W.Va. For Senate Candidates New Coalition Battles Mine Site Near State Forest http://wvpublic.org/post/new-coalition-battles-mine-site-near-state-forest <p>About 7 miles outside of Charleston sits 9,300 acres of protected land. The Kanawha State Forest is home to hiking and biking trails, campsites and a shooting range, but just a few hundred acres away, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved a mountain top removal mine site.</p><p>The Kanawha State Forest Coalition, a group of concerned Kanawha County residents, formed to fight the site and get the administration to withdraw the permit, saving hundreds of plant and animal species on Middle Lick Mountain where mining is set to begin.</p><p><strong> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:16:00 +0000 Ashton Marra 15340 at http://wvpublic.org New Coalition Battles Mine Site Near State Forest Senator Who Backed Pseudoephedrine Restrictions Reacts to CVS Ban http://wvpublic.org/post/senator-who-backed-pseudoephedrine-restrictions-reacts-cvs-ban <p>Two major retailers in West Virginia announced this week they would no longer be selling some over the counter cold medications in their stores. CVS Pharmacies stopped selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medicines in late June and Walgreens intends to follow suit.</p><p><br />Senator Greg Tucker of Nicholas County sponsored legislation this year intended to curb the meth problem by making psuedoephedrine—meth’s main ingredient—available only by a doctor’s prescription. The bill, however, died in the final hours of the session. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:48:54 +0000 Ashton Marra 15194 at http://wvpublic.org Senator Who Backed Pseudoephedrine Restrictions Reacts to CVS Ban Number of Registered Democrats in W.Va. Drops to Historic Low http://wvpublic.org/post/number-registered-democrats-wva-drops-historic-low-0 <p>Republicans in West Virginia are touting an accomplishment this week that has historical significance for the state. For the first time in more than 80 years, Democratic voter registration has dropped to below 50 percent.</p><p>Numbers from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office show it is true, that number has dropped, but just barely. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:02:43 +0000 Ashton Marra 15165 at http://wvpublic.org Number of Registered Democrats in W.Va. Drops to Historic Low Preston County Schools Regain Local Control http://wvpublic.org/post/preston-county-schools-regain-local-control <p>The state board of education declared a state of emergency in Preston County in 2009 and as part of their intervention, seized decision making authority from the county.<br /><br />Everything from finances to the school calendar, hiring to curriculum, all were set at the state level. But that oversight will officially end August 1 after a unanimous vote from the board yesterday. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:29:36 +0000 Ashton Marra 15126 at http://wvpublic.org Preston County Schools Regain Local Control Schools for Deaf and Blind Workers Want Change in New Hiring Policy http://wvpublic.org/post/schools-deaf-and-blind-workers-want-change-new-hiring-policy <p></p><p>The state Board of Education heard from child care workers at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind Wednesday morning about an upcoming change in their job requirements. The board decided in March those workers will now be required to obtain an associates degree.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:53:28 +0000 Ashton Marra 15115 at http://wvpublic.org Schools for Deaf and Blind Workers Want Change in New Hiring Policy Martirano Called Visionary Leader W.Va. Needs http://wvpublic.org/post/martirano-called-visionary-leader-wva-needs <p>West Virginia got a glimpse of its newly appointed superintendent of schools Tuesday when Dr. Michael Martirano was introduced to a crowd of state employees and members of the media.</p><p>The appointment comes more than year into Governor Tomblin’s mission to strengthen public education in the state.<br /> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:44:56 +0000 Ashton Marra 15077 at http://wvpublic.org Martirano Called Visionary Leader W.Va. Needs DHHR Survey: One-Fifth Reported Symptoms Related to Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/dhhr-survey-one-fifth-reported-symptoms-related-spill <p></p><p>The state Department of Health and Human Resources released the results Monday of a survey of households in the nine county area affected by the January chemical spill. The results are similar to those released in previous months. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:54:58 +0000 Ashton Marra 14994 at http://wvpublic.org DHHR Survey: One-Fifth Reported Symptoms Related to Spill WVOASIS Rolls Out Largest Phase to Date http://wvpublic.org/post/wvoasis-rolls-out-largest-phase-date <p>Tuesday marks a major change in the way state government does business, but it’s a change you likely won’t even notice.<br /><br />West Virginia is rolling out its third phase of OASIS, Our Advanced Solution with Integrated Systems. It’s software that integrates a majority of the business state government conducts, but it’s not necessarily that simple. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:21:44 +0000 Ashton Marra 14980 at http://wvpublic.org WVOASIS Rolls Out Largest Phase to Date CVS Stops Some Pseudoephedrine Sales in W.Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/cvs-stops-some-pseudoephedrine-sales-wva <p>After a bill to make pseudoephedrine available only through a doctor's prescription died on the final night of the legislative session this year, two pharmacies are announcing their intentions to stop selling the drug.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:19:47 +0000 Associated Press & Ashton Marra 14957 at http://wvpublic.org CVS Stops Some Pseudoephedrine Sales in W.Va. Testimony Entered in PSC Investigation, W.Va. Working to Limit Exotic Pets, and Humans of Fairmont http://wvpublic.org/post/testimony-entered-psc-investigation-wva-working-limit-exotic-pets-and-humans-fairmont <p></p><p>West Virginia American Water entered written testimony last week in the Public Service Commission's investigation into the January chemical leak in Charleston. The PSC wanted more information about how the company responded to the crisis, including justification for not shutting of their source water intake.</p><p>State officials are working on a list of animals they feel are too dangerous to own as pets and a North Central West Virginia man's Facebook project is picking up steam as he tries to introduce you to the 'Humans of Fairmont.'</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:12:37 +0000 Ashton Marra 14956 at http://wvpublic.org Testimony Entered in PSC Investigation, W.Va. Working to Limit Exotic Pets, and Humans of Fairmont Dangerous Wild Animals: Who Made the List? http://wvpublic.org/post/dangerous-wild-animals-who-made-list <p></p><p>When you hear the phrase “dangerous wild animals,” what image pops into your head? A lion? Tiger? Bear?</p><p>State officials are working to define what a dangerous wild animal is in order to restrict West Virginia residents from keeping them as pets. It’s an effort Sen. Bob Beach of Monongalia County said started for him in 2004 as chair of the House Agriculture committee.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:12:13 +0000 Ashton Marra 14953 at http://wvpublic.org Dangerous Wild Animals: Who Made the List? The Tradition of The Old Guard, History's Tale of J.R. Clifford and The Black Lillies Perform http://wvpublic.org/post/tradition-old-guard-historys-tale-jr-clifford-and-black-lillies-perform <p></p><p>A Princeton native is continuing the more than 250 year old tradition of The Old Guard, a military group tasked with formal duties like playing taps at the Arlington Cemetery and firing traditional gun salutes. Parsons remembers J. R. Clifford, a prominent black attorney in the 1800s who stood up for the rights of African American teachers, and The Black Lillies perform "Gold and Roses" on the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:16:54 +0000 Ashton Marra 14794 at http://wvpublic.org The Tradition of The Old Guard, History's Tale of J.R. Clifford and The Black Lillies Perform Federal Funding Reduced Third Year in a Row for Black Lung Clinics http://wvpublic.org/post/federal-funding-reduced-third-year-row-black-lung-clinics <p></p><p>The federal government announced Wednesday a reduction in the amount of aid West Virginia’s eight black lung clinics will receive this year for operating and clinical costs. The announcement continues funding cuts for the state’s Black Lung Program for the third year in a row.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:53:21 +0000 Jared Kline & Ashton Marra 14758 at http://wvpublic.org Federal Funding Reduced Third Year in a Row for Black Lung Clinics W.Va. Hiring Freeze 'Indefinite' According to Revenue Secretary http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-hiring-freeze-indefinite-according-revenue-secretary <p>Although the state was able to finish the fiscal year in the black, a member of Governor Tomblin’s cabinet say a hiring freeze will continue indefinitely.</p><p>Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss made the statement on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, referring to a freeze Tomblin implemented in January. The action saved the state an estimated $33 million in the second half of the fiscal year.<br /> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:17:37 +0000 Ashton Marra 14742 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Hiring Freeze 'Indefinite' According to Revenue Secretary Exploring New Options for Water Sources, Free Lunches for Kids, Matewan Improvements & New SBA Chief http://wvpublic.org/post/exploring-new-options-water-sources-free-lunches-kids-matewan-improvements-new-sba-chief <p></p><p>The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection heard the thoughts and opinions of members of the public on lifting an exemption that prevents the Kanawha River from being used a source for public drinking water. The discussion comes after a chemical leak into the Elk River left 300,000 West Virginians without usable drinking water for up to 10 days.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:16:34 +0000 Ashton Marra 14732 at http://wvpublic.org Exploring New Options for Water Sources, Free Lunches for Kids, Matewan Improvements & New SBA Chief