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Chemical Spill
12:22 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Public Health Officals Outline Efforts Following Elk River Spill

Credit AP

With little known about the chemical compound MCHM, public health was—and remains—the focus of January’s spill of MCHM by Freedom Industries into the Elk River. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department and other public health officials gathered Tuesday for an online presentation hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials to detail past and on-going efforts.

Gupta began his portion of the webinar to outline the timeline of the spill before moving on to data collected on the event. He said a recent survey shows that, while some residents were using the water to do laundry or for other purposes, many of those affected weren’t drinking the water at the beginning of March.

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Restructuring
4:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

New Deputies Named at W.Va. DHHR

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will have three new deputy secretaries starting next month.

DHHR Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling announced the appointment of three deputy secretaries starting May 1, 2014.

They are Molly Jordan who will oversee the Bureau for Public Health, Harold Clifton who will head the Bureau for Children and Families and the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement and Jeremiah Samples who will be Deputy Secretary of Public Insurance and Strategic Planning.

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CDC benchmark
3:27 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Gupta Says Exposure Standard Needs Revised

Local health officer believes the CDC needs to adjust its chemical spill safe exposure benchmark.
Credit wikimedia / Wikimedia

When federal officials decided what chemical levels West Virginians could safely consume in water tainted by the January 9 spill at Freedom Industries, their standard assumed people would be exposed for two weeks, not 100-plus days.

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Radio
2:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Go to These Concerts

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)
Credit PHOTO: R. SHIVAJI RAO

Feeling cabin fever? Post winter blues?

Then get out of the house to see these concerts:

Be a cross-cultural traveler when you go hear Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Indian Classical Vocalist.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)

Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla)

Tanmay Deochake (Harmonium)

India Center – Charleston, WV

Admission: $ 15 advance or $ 20 at the door

(Children under 16 = Free)

Supporter’s Dinner Before the Event

6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.          $ 50.00 Per Person (includes the program)

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Pressroom
1:18 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

West Virginia Public Broadcasting News Takes Home Three Regional Murrow Awards

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has received the regional Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence in News in the small market radio category, as well as two other top awards.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the 2014 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards today. These awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

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225 Years and Counting
11:18 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Congress, The Underappreciated Branch

Ray Smock
Credit Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

I have a confession to make. I love the United States Congress. I don’t recall hearing that from anyone else lately; although I do know there are others who could say the same thing. If you can trust the latest poll only 6 percent approve of the current Congress and I doubt most in that group would go so far as to profess love for the institution.

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Mingo Corruption
10:50 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Sentencing Reset for Ex-Mingo County Prosecutor

Credit David Benbennick / wikimedia Commons

Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks' sentencing in a federal corruption case has been rescheduled a third time.

Court records show Sparks originally was set to be sentenced Feb. 24. The sentencing was pushed back to March 5 and then reset for Thursday.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston rescheduled Sparks' sentencing again. He's now scheduled to be sentenced June 16 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

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News
10:03 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rahall Convenes Meeting on W.Va. Drug Problems

Credit Rahall.house.gov/

  U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says he has arranged a roundtable discussion with federal and West Virginia officials on the state's prescription drug abuse and trafficking problems.

The event is being held Tuesday in Atlanta in conjunction with a national drug abuse summit.

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Industry
9:42 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Long-Awaited U.S. Rule on Coal Dust to be Announced

Credit AllVoices.com

  Top federal labor and mine safety officials are heading to West Virginia to release a long-awaited final rule on coal dust.

The announcement will be made Wednesday in Morgantown. Among those attending will be U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. The director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, John Howard, will also discuss the new rule.

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Podcast
9:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rural Healthcare and Technology, Hippie Homesteaders, and Ramps

West Virginia Morning on this Earth Day includes a report on healthcare in the state, considering some new technologies; also: Hippie Homesteaders and what they've brought to the state; and it's ramp season!

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Healthcare
10:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Forum: 'The State of Rural Healthcare'

Congressman David McKinley hosted the forum at the Erickson Alumni Center on WVU's Evansdale Campus.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia faces a multitude of challenges when it comes to providing healthcare to its citizens. Because of its rural nature, many citizens face a lack of access to healthcare facilities, healthful foods and places to exercise.

But a recent forum at West Virginia University uncovered problems even more complex, problems with recruitment, public education and cooperation between healthcare providers.

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Fire Closes Trail
8:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

National Park Service Battling New River Gorge Fire

A fire has been burning in the New River Gorge National Park since Sunday. The fire has closed the Endless Wall Trail.
Credit Erin Board

The National Park Service at New River Gorge National River reports that rangers at the Glen Jean station have been fighting a fire in the park since Sunday night.

Updated Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.

 

Firefighters are continuing with their efforts to contain the Fern Creek Fire located in the Endless Wall area of New River Gorge National River.  Officials with the National Park Service said Tuesday morning that the fire burned 69 acres Monday, bringing the current total to approximately 84 acres since it was first reported. In addition to NPS staff, personnel from the from the Mount Hope Fire Department and the Midewin Hot Shots,  a 20-person interagency wildland firefighting crew, hosted by the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois are currently working to put out the fire.

 

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TV
6:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Law Works - Police Corruption

The only weekly television series that deals with legal issues of concern to citizens across West Virginia.

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Books
5:06 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

New Book Examines the Impact of 'Hippie Homesteaders'

Joe Chasnoff, 1975
Joe Chasnoff

They’re known as the hippie homesteaders. People who moved to West Virginia in the late 1960s and 1970s to live off of the land. Some considered themselves as hippies, but others just wanted to leave urban environments for rural America.

A new book by Carter Taylor Seaton, Hippie Homesteaders: Arts, Crafts, Music and Living on the Land in West Virginia, examines the impact these people had on West Virginia. 

 
 You can find out more about this book at this website.
 

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Essay
2:44 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Happy and (For the Most Part) Healthy in Unhappy and Unhealthy West Virginia

Michael Blumenthal

For those of us who like to make up our own minds about who, what, and how we are, this is a strange country, where U.S. News and World Report, TIME Magazine and the Gallup Poll profess to know more about our human condition than we do ourselves.

According to those harbingers of happiness and taste, for example, I and my fellow West Virginias  are now served by (and, in my case, teach at) the nation's eighty-third best law school (up from ninety-ninth in a single year) and reside in its unhappiest, unhealthiest and most obese State.

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Energy & Environment
2:02 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Cease Orders for Two Antero Sites in W.Va. Lifted

Credit Antero Resources

 Antero Resources can resume operations at two drilling sites where water storage tanks ruptured recently.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has lifted orders requiring Antero to cease operations at the well pad sites in Doddridge and Harrison counties.

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Rite of Passage
1:03 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Spring Brings Flowers, Sunshine and Fond Memories for This Mom

Sarah Lowther Hensley

It’s spring and along with bunches of daffodils, robins, and ramp festivals, there is a feeling in the air of fresh starts and new beginnings.

After the winter we have had all I can say is “hallelujah!”

Ironically, though, it was a hint of autumn that made me think of new life this week.

As I drove by our elementary school, I noticed the sign in front heralding that the next day was “Kindergarten Registration Day.”

We are just about a year away from “High School Orientation”  but, boy, do I remember that earlier rite of passage.

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Radio
11:04 am
Mon April 21, 2014

In God We Trust: Finding The 'We'

University of Charleston news series special

What does the national motto, “In God We Trust,” mean to Americans today?

Dr. Daniel L. Anderson, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, James Haught, Imam Ehteshamul Haque, Monsignor P. Edward Sadie, and Rabbi Victor Urecki explore this topic with University of Charleston President Ed Welch in a panel discussion titled, “In God We Trust: Finding the ‘We.’”

The program will air at 2 pm Monday, April 21 on West Virginia Public Radio.

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Real Estate
10:18 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Demolitions Could Affect Beckley Historic District

Downtown Beckley
Credit Tim Kiser / wikimedia Commons

  State historians say a proposed demolition project could threaten uptown Beckley's historic district.

Dan Bickey has proposed demolishing three buildings that he owns and developing the space for metered parking.

Only one property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource to the Beckley Courthouse Historic District. But State Historic Preservation Officer Susan M. Pearce tells The Register-Herald that demolishing the buildings would significantly alter the district's viewshed.

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Health Care
9:59 am
Mon April 21, 2014

West Virginia's Only State Veterans Nursing Home Cuts Wait List

Credit West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility

  West Virginia's only state-run nursing home for veterans has slashed its admission wait list by more than half.

Department of Veterans Assistance public affairs coordinator Heather Miles says 55 people currently are waiting to be admitted to the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility. That's down from 166 in 2013.

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