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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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. 


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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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On this West Virginia Morning, the Trump administration announced it is reviewing an Obama-era rule that protects miners from exposure to coal dust, and that has some health and safety advocates concerned. As Benny Becker reports, the review comes amid a tide of regulatory rollbacks and at a time that the most severe form of black lung disease is on the rise.

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On this West Virginia Morning, roughly 107 million Americans will hit the road this weekend for Christmas -- the most ever for holiday travel, according to AAA. But getting in the car can be dangerous -- hazardous for your health, even. Kara Lofton reports on one phenomenon you might not be that familiar with -- exploding sunroofs.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from listeners who speak about their journeys to reconnect with their roots in Appalachia -- and return home.

While producing this week's Inside Appalachia show, we asked for your stories of homesickness on Twitter, and we got back variety of heartfelt responses.

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On this West Virginia Morning, coal retirees are joining forces on a bill with teamsters, iron workers and other unions in an effort to shore up ailing pension plans. Democrats want to see retirement benefits included in the omnibus spending bill needed to prevent a government shutdown.

As Becca Schimmel reports, 43,000 retired miners in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia depend on a pension plan that could be at risk without congressional action.

Opioids, Coal-Fueled Energy & A Photographer Being Homesick for Appalachia

Dec 13, 2017
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On this West Virginia Morning, a U.S. House subcommittee focused on the opioid epidemic in Appalachia during a hearing on Capitol Hill.

The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier reports on a federal commission that will decide what to do with a Trump administration proposal aimed at keeping coal and nuclear plants open. 

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On this West Virginia Morning, the science is clear -- addiction runs in families. It’s not just opioids, but alcohol and even tobacco use, too. Kara Lofton takes a look at multigenerational addiction in West Virginia and the challenges families face in breaking the cycle.

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In eastern Kentucky’s coal country jobs are scarce and many people struggle with substandard housing. Some high school students think they can help tackle those big problems by building tiny houses. As part of the series, “Changing Course,” Benny Becker of Ohio Valley ReSource reports on a project called “Building It Forward” that has vocational students designing, building and selling tiny homes.

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On this West Virginia Morning we hear the next part of our occasional series on the timber and forest products industry – from seedlings to final products, we reach our first final product:  hardwood flooring.  Today independent producer Jean Snedegar visits Armstrong Flooring in Beverly, in Randolph County, and meets the plant manager, Blaine Emery. 


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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear an Inside Appalachia preview. In honor of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which begins Dec. 12, this weekend’s episode of Inside Appalachia explores stories of Jewish-Appalachians.

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On this West Virginia Morning, as coal country looks for a new path forward, some communities are looking to their public schools. Many are changing not just how they prepare students but how they can help meet economic and social challenges.

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On this West Virginia Morning, here in West Virginia, one source of energy -- coal -- tends to dominate discussions about the economy. But it’s another form of energy production that brought The World’s Jason Margolis to the state.

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On this West Virginia Morning, coal miners were some of President Trump’s staunchest supporters in the 2016 election. He promised to bring back jobs in the industry, and that promise is tantalizing to some in coal country.

Reporting for StateImpact Pennsylvania, The Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier found coal miners who are sticking with the industry, instead of looking for a new career.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we conclude our 8-month series, The Struggle to Stay. We hear the final chapter of Derek Akal’s story.

Derek is from a coal-camp town called Lynch, in Harlan County, Kentucky. The last time we heard from Derek, he was planning to move to California. But to do that, he needs to save enough money.

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On this West Virginia Morning, environmental advocates and energy industry stakeholders are meeting in West Virginia’s capitol for two days of hearings on a proposal to repeal carbon emission regulations -- regulations that haven’t yet been implemented.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we'll hear about what's being done in the Ohio Valley to fight food insecurity among veterans. Napoleon famously said that an army marches on its stomach; troops must be fed in order to fight. But what happens when that army fights hunger back home?

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear the next chapter in The Struggle to Stay. Lately, we’ve been following 21-year-old Derek Akal, a native of eastern Kentucky. We’ve met several generations of his ancestors, and heard the stories of how they moved to and from the coal-camp town in Harlan County, where Derek lives.

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On this West Virginia Morning, several lawmakers from the Ohio Valley region have joined a bipartisan push to fund what’s called carbon capture and storage. That technology can strip CO2 from power plant emissions. But it is also extremely expensive.

Glynis Board spoke with a journalist who just spent a year traveling around the world to explore the topic.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we have a preview of this week's Inside Appalachia episode, in which we learn more about a four-part series by Us and Them about gun violence, race and urban revitalization in West Virginia.

Inside Appalachia’s Jessica Lilly sat down with Trey Kay, the host of Us and Them, to talk about Charleston’s West Side -- the poorest neighborhood in the city.

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On this West Virginia Morning, October was black walnut season in Appalachia. It’s when these green, tennis ball-sized nuts rain onto fields, roads, and sometimes, people. They can be dangerous. And their inky juice stains everything they touch.

But for some Appalachians, As Eileen Guo reports, black walnuts are proof that, sometimes, money does grow on trees.

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On this West Virginia Morning, during a special session of the West Virginia Legislature last month, lawmakers passed a bill that makes redeveloping historic buildings in the state more viable, financially. As Liz McCormick reports, the bill had widespread support from both sides of the aisle, but some are concerned it doesn’t go far enough.

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On this West Virginia Morning, it’s been more than two weeks since an industrial fire began in Parkersburg at a recycled plastics warehouse. It burned for more than eight days. It’s still largely unknown what exactly burned that week. Dave Mistich spoke with two experts about how air quality was monitored in the wake of the fire.

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