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We’ve fielded quite a few questions from people throughout the region who want to know more about a major deal the State of West Virginia struck with China Energy, the largest energy company in China. Glynis Board recently sat down with the director of WVU’s Energy Institute to get more insight into how this deal was made and what the implications might be. 


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On this West Virginia Morning, The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a salary increase for teachers, school service personnel and state troopers Tuesday. The passage of the bill comes as two of the state’s teacher unions have threatened to strike amid growing frustrations over salaries, problems with the state’s insurance provider and teacher vacancies. Dave Mistich has the story.

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On this West Virginia Morning, The Legislature Today host Andrea Lannom speaks with Delegate Mick Bates, of Raleigh County. He's minority vice chairman of the House Finance Committee. Bates talks about a potential teachers’ strike and the debate at the statehouse over teacher pay and PEIA issues.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the central Appalachian coalfields are in the middle of an unprecedented epidemic of severe black lung disease. A recent medical study confirmed a cluster of more than 400 cases of the most severe form of black lung at just a few clinics, and an investigation by NPR and the Ohio Valley ReSource identified nearly 2,000 cases across Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The condition, caused by coal mine dust, is often debilitating and deadly. Reporter Benny Becker brings us the stories of two men struggling with the disease.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we conclude our series Appalachia Innovators with a story about an entrepreneur from Ohio County who has dedicated his professional life to re-imagining and retooling old materials in the region with new technologies. Glynis Board reports.

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On this West Virginia Morning, people are leaving West Virginia at an alarming rate. From 2016 to 2017, more than 15,000 people left the state, or about 41 people per day. This trend is putting a strain on local businesses, making it tough for employers to find skilled, educated workers. As part of our Appalachian Innovators Series, Roxy Todd has the story of one organization that is trying to tackle this problem in a new way.

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On this West Virginia Morning, in May 2016, a jury found that a coal company owned by then-candidate for governor Jim Justice wasn’t responsible for contaminating the water wells of several Wyoming County residents. Still, an order requiring the firm to provide temporary fresh water stayed in place, and the water kept coming -- until recently, when it abruptly stopped. Molly Born has the story.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we begin a new series of stories called Appalachian Innovators. When you think of Appalachian coalfields, images of stripped mountaintops might spring to mind. But what if these barren landscapes were covered with purple fields of lavender? Some people in West Virginia think lavender could give the state’s struggling economy a boost. Roxy Todd has the story.

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On this West Virginia Morning, during the course of the past week, teacher rallies have sprung up around the state, as the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation for Teachers continue discussions with members about possible strikes or walkouts.

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In his State of the State Address, Governor Jim Justice made clear his intention to make West Virginia’s community and technical colleges free for in-state students. A bill to accomplish that was introduced shortly after this year’s legislative session began. The main goal of the bill is to cultivate a strong workforce in West Virginia. Liz McCormick takes a closer look.

The owners of the Charleston Gazette-Mail agreed Monday to take the company into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to an announcement that was posted on the Gazette-Mail's website Monday afternoon. 

Wheeling Newspapers is currently the high bidder to assume ownership of the company. 

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On this West Virginia Morning, The Legislature Today host Andrea Lannom speaks with Barry Cook, director of the West Virginia Division of Forestry to talk about a controversial bill that would open many state parks to logging.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Marshall County, Kentucky, is still reeling from the school shooting that left two students dead and another 18 injured. As with so many communities around the country, people are searching for answers, including how the shooter got the gun. As Nicole Erwin, of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports, 27 states have laws requiring safe storage of firearms to prevent child access. Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio do not.

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On this West Virginia Morning, The Legislature Today host Andrea Lannom speaks with John Deskins, the director of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, about the state’s economy – the hits it's taken, the challenges still ahead and the investments needed to make desired returns. We have a portion of the that interview, which was taped live from the Capitol on Tuesday evening.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that would create 100 single-member legislative districts following the 2020 U.S. Census.

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On this West Virginia Morning, 2017 was the year of endless Affordable Care Act debates. This year could be the year we see the effects for the people who need health care the most. As part of the series “One Year, Under Trump,” Mary Meehan reports some Ohio Valley health officials are concerned that vulnerable patients could lose access to health care.

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On this West Virginia Morning, President Donald Trump has helped put the national spotlight on the Ohio Valley’s opioid crisis. But his record of action on the issue is mixed. As part of the series, One Year, Under Trump, Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Aaron Payne reports that public health officials in the region say they need more funding to back up the president’s promises.

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The number of West Virginians who have died of opioid-related drug overdoses has climbed drastically every year for the past five years. West Virginia lawmakers say getting a handle on the state’s opioid epidemic is one of their top legislative priorities.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Kristin Phillips is one of two physical therapists in West Virginia specializing in women’s health. In the next episode of our occasional series, Windows into Health Care, health reporter Kara Lofton talks with Phillips about the main issues she sees in her practice. A warning to listeners, this interview includes detailed descriptions of women’s health issues and may not be appropriate for all listeners.

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has opened an email hotline for the early detection of invasive pests.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the Ohio Valley ReSource series, “One Year, Under Trump,” looks at what the president has done on some of the region’s key issues.

As Becca Schimmel reports, despite the coal heavy rhetoric, the area’s industry has seen only minor change in employment.

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On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia Public Broadcasting added a new reporter to its news team this week. Molly Born will be in Williamson, covering the southern West Virginia and Kentucky coalfields. Molly’s position is one of three in the region made possible through a partnership with the Charleston Gazette-Mail, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the GroundTruth Project’s Report for America initiative.

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On this West Virginia Morning, in his second State of the State address, Gov. Jim Justice provided a message of optimism that repeatedly pointed back to the state’s dire economic outlook just one year ago.

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We end our weeklong look at our best stories from 2017, where we stepped into the archives to retell some of our favorite stories from last year.

This morning, we hear from reporters Kara Lofton and Glynis Board.

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This morning and all this week we’re reaching into the archives to retell some of our favorite stories from 2017. Throughout our region, there are many communities with aging water systems built a generation ago by coal companies. As companies pull out or move on, communities are left to maintain the remaining infrastructure. One such water system is in Garwood, West Virginia. In one of our best-of 2017 stories, Inside Appalachia host, Jessica Lilly visited the Griffith family there about a year ago to find out more.

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One of our favorite stories from 2017 comes from Glynis Board who investigated how communities across the region and the country are investing in compassion to improve economy. Sounds a little farfetched. But a growing body of science points to compassion as an economic driver. Glynis explains why many businesses and cities are buying into the idea. 


All hail the queen! Join us for a free preview of Masterpiece - Victoria, Season 2. Experience the first hour of the new season of Victoria at our Charleston or Morgantown offices.

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In this episode of West Virginia Morning, we listen back to one of our favorite stories of 2017, about two flower enthusiasts who love searching for orchids in unlikely places. 


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Among the fallout in the ongoing opioid crisis: more kids are winding up in foster care. Thousands more.

In this episode of West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear from former foster parent Jen Holden.

Throughout the Ohio Valley, thousands of children are in foster care. Liz McCormick reports - the opioid epidemic is sending thousands more to join them.

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Here’s a question:  Is it easier to feel that sense of nostalgia for home when we don’t have to deal with the day-to-day reality of living there?

In this episode of West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear from Jesse Donaldson, who wrote an entire book based on the tension between his own mixture of romance and reality of his memory and longing for home in Kentucky. 


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