West Virginia Morning

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Whether it's important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in-depth stories and interviews from around the state.    

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There's a tropical fruit in season right now, and it grows right here in Appalachia. It's called a pawpaw, and it resembles and tastes like a mango. 

Last week, at least 8,000 visitors from around the world flocked to Athens, Ohio, to celebrate the fruit at the Pawpaw festival. 

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Twenty American veterans turn to suicide every day according to a new report from the Veteran’s Administration. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Eric Newhouse spoke with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly to give some understanding about the struggle this group of veterans face when they return from war.  

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It’s been about 15 years since the opioid epidemic first hit Appalachia, and now, there’s a whole generation of teenagers in West Virginia and Kentucky who have grown up with drug addiction strongly affecting their friends and families. 

Carrie Mullens is a novelist from Eastern Kentucky who returned from college to find that her community had been devastated by the drug epidemic. Mullens spoke with Roxy Todd about her coming-of-age novel based on the frightening realities facing many young Appalachians.   

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On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill to provide $85 million in state funding to help pay for continued flood clean-up and recovery costs. 

The $85 million accounts for 25 percent of the nearly $340 million in total damage caused by the June 23, 2016, flood that killed 23 people. The federal government will pay the rest of the cost.

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On West Virginia Morning, the two agencies that oversee higher education responded to a performance review nine months after the review was given.  Liz McCormick has that story and a report from Green County, Pennsylvania, just across the West Virginia border, about coal and the presidential race. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Nicole Erwin with the Ohio Valley Resource explores how farmers are using data to determine when to plant and when to harvest.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Zain, the youngest member of a family that immigrated from Syria to West Virginia and Mannington native William Matheny is along with the Mountain Stage song of the week. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis reports from Huntington where students at the former ITT Tech are getting help completing their education after the school closed all of its campuses nationwide and Ashton Marra previews her latest political podcast Viewpoint with an interview with the Libertarian candidate for governor.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission says too many college students in West Virginia are dropping out.  The agency says students are becoming discouraged when they go to college and are placed in remedial courses to strengthen their basic math and English skills because those classes don’t count for college credit, but students still have to pay for them.

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On West Virginia Morning, the massive flood in June caused over three million dollars in damages to farms.  Roxy Todd visits one such farm in Greenbrier County and Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton spends a day with a crew from the HealthNet Aeromedical Services.

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W.Va. Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano says budget cuts says have strained the Department of Education to the tipping point.

"We can't take any more cuts without having some sort of fatalistic impacts," he said in an interview with Ashton Marra on West Virginia Morning.

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On West Virginia Morning, the Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday over the case of Erik Wells, a former Democratic state senator who wants to run for Kanawha County clerk as an independent candidate and Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees to talk about our new political podcast, Viewpoint. 

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On West Virginia Morning, today is the deadline to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.  We’ll talk with a FEMA spokesman about the process and from Morgantown a story about a debate over urban agriculture. 

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FEMA and SBA application information is below.

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On West Virginia Morning, the National Academy of Sciences is beginning a comprehensive study to see if mountain top removal coal mining affects the health of residents who live near them. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly talks with author J. D. Vance.  His new bestseller is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the quartet Darlingside is along with our Mountain Stage song of the week. 

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On West Virginia Morning, we conclude our series about food insecurity with a report from McDowell County where farmers are trying to sell their local produce but meet with certain challenges and in Wayne County pop up farmers markets are bringing fresh food where it’s needed. 

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On West Virginia Morning, we continue Roxy Todd’s series about food insecurity in one southern West Virginia county and some schools in Kanawha County have had to close due to air conditioning issues, but in may offices, the air conditioning works too well. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News Reporter Kara Lofton on how physical activity can help students perform better in the classroom and Roxy Todd reports on people’s grocery buying habits. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports that even if coal producing states win the case against the U.S. EPA over coal regulations, experts think the outcome won’t bring coal back and Roxy Todd reports about food insecurity in one southern West Virginia county.

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On this West Virginia Morning, earlier this year in McDowell County, the Walmart superstore—the county’s only chain grocery store-- closed, making it tougher for residents to access food. Even before the Walmart shut its doors, much of McDowell County was already considered a food desert- an area where a large number of people don't have a large grocery store in their town.

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