Federal Shutdown

Podcast
9:38 am
Tue October 22, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 22, 2013

Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss addressing legislators in a Joint Committee on Finance meeting in the House Chamber. The meeting focused on ways the state could insulate itself in the event of another federal shutdown.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Governor Tomblin's call for a bill that would insulate businesses and individuals from another federal shutdown, Glynis Board has more on the Israeli Consul General's visit to a Morgantown synagogue, Concord student Chad Brown bring us more on a college "prep rally", and more.

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Federal Shutdown
11:19 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

How did West Virginia's delegation vote? Congress re-opens government and raises debt ceiling

U.S. Capitol
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

From the Associated Press: Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.

Passage of the bill late Wednesday in the House and Senate ended a Washington-created crisis that closed much of government for 16 days. It came on the eve of the date the Treasury Department warned it would no longer be able to borrow to pay the government's bills.

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Podcast
8:55 am
Tue October 15, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 15, 2013

On this WV Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Senator Joe Manchin's ideas on how to get the government funded, and Glynis Board brings us a feature on the first annual WV tatto expo. Those stories and more!

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Federal Shutdown
3:53 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Manchin says default not an option

Senator Joe Manchin

Twelve Senators are reaching across the aisle on a deal to end the government shutdown and increase the federal debt limit before Thursday, the day the country would likely default on its debts if Congress doesn’t act. One of the 12, Senator Joe Manchin said default is not an option.

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Federal Shutdown
11:05 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Rafters furloughed: how the federal shutdown impacts the Grand Canyon

Credit by Rob Elliott / Arizona Raft Adventures

Kathy Zerkle is a river ranger for the National Park Service who works in Fayette County in New River Park, and, you guessed it, she’s out of work these days. Furloughed. And while she’s concerned about what that means for the safety and well-being of the New River Park and the public that visit, and her personal future financially, she’s also concerned about how the government shutdown impacts the Grand Canyon—or at least her ability to experience it.

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Federal Shut Down
5:53 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Technicians returning to work, but National Guard still facing challenges

Adjutant General James Hoyer briefing the media in Charleston Tuesday about how the federal government shut down is continuing to affect the West Virginia National Guard.
Credit Ashton Marra

A majority of the furloughed West Virginia National Guard members and support staff are returning to work this week because of a movement in Congress to extend military pay to reserve members.

But the state’s top-ranking Guard official said a return to work doesn’t mean those members, and the overall safety of the state, won’t continue to be affected by the federal government shut down.

“The Guard in West Virginia will overcome obstacles and we’ll make things happen to take care of our people in this state, but we shouldn’t have to operate this way.”

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Federal Shutdown
4:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

W.Va. agriculture chief: Shutdown won't affect operations

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick said Tuesday the partial federal government shutdown won't affect his agency's operations.
 
     Helmick said  in a news release that the Department of Agriculture is continuing daily inspections at livestock slaughter and processing facilities.
 
     The department also is continuing surveillance of egg and dairy products, testing poultry flocks for disease and conducting other routine activities.
 

Federal Shutdown
10:57 am
Tue October 8, 2013

UMWA: 'check on your buddy' during government shutdown

United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts

The United Mine Workers is reminding miners to stay safe during the government shut down. Three miners died in just as many days over the weekend. 

UMWA president Cecil Roberts is urging all miners to be especially careful at work.

Roberts said, “check on your buddy,” and “watch each other's back.”

On Friday 62-year-old Roger R. King from Moundsville was killed after an accident at CONSOL Energy's McElroy mine in Marshall County. He was employed as a longwall maintenance coordinator and had 42 years of mining experience.

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Podcast
9:27 am
Tue October 8, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 8, 2013

On this West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly details one mine safety advocate's concerns over the federal shutdown, Cecelia Mason reports on a study on health and wellness in the Eastern Panhandle, and Glynis Board has more on WVU President James Clements' State of the University address.

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Federal Shutdown
11:05 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Could the federal shutdown set back mine safety progress?

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is inevitably affected by the standoff in Washington. MSHA is partially open with less than half the staff.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Federal lawmakers struggle to make good

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with 48 other senators and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) sent a letter today to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. 

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Podcast
4:12 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Inside Appalachia- Oct. 5, 2013

Birders look for migrating raptors at Hanging Rock in Monroe County, W.Va.
Credit Rt 219 Project

One of the most immediate effects of the federal government shutdown hits tourists.

A record number of raptors flew over an observation point in West Virginia recently.

A story teller puts a new twist on old Appalachian traditions.

And a Kentucky school program helps who want to children learn music.

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Broken Government
11:52 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Government shutdown affects....bass fishing?

Tim Mitchem talks to the press about the bass fishing tournament, last week.
Credit Ben Adducchio

With a shutdown in the United States government, nearly one million employees are not able to work. But in northern West Virginia, area fishermen and women are also feeling that pinch.

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Podcast
8:56 am
Fri October 4, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 4, 2013

On this West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis brings a story of obesity and research that is changing how we look at it. Plus, bass fishers are shut down? Those stories and more. 

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Broken Government
9:51 am
Thu October 3, 2013

McKinley hoping for stronger collaboration on shutdown negotiations

David McKinley, US House of Representatives
Credit United States Congress

First District Congressman David McKinley says he’s wanting better communication with members of the Senate, on how to end the government shutdown that’s left close to one million federal workers unable to work. McKinley says the issues behind negotiations deal with health care and the economy.

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Freedom's Run
7:51 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Shutdown may affect upcoming marathon

Freedom's Run Marathon in 2010
Credit Freedom's Run

The federal government shutdown could possibly impact the upcoming Freedom’s Run marathon in the Eastern Panhandle if the shutdown is still going on at the end of next week. But the Marathon will continue regardless of whether the government’s closed.

This is the fifth year for the marathon and one of its main attractions is the route it takes through four national parks. Those parks are closed because of the federal government shutdown. But there is a contingency plan.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Manchin calls Boehner to allow House vote, end shutdown

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)

 

 

  

Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin delivered a speech on the Senate floor to discuss the government shutdown. He apologized for ongoing political antics and reiterated the call for House Speaker John Boehner to call a vote on a clean continuing resolution bill.

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Podcast
9:01 am
Wed October 2, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 2, 2013

On this WV Morning, Ben Adducchio reports on what West Virginia’s delegation to the U.S. House is thinking as the government shutdown continues into day two, and Cecelia Mason reports the director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University is appalled at the way Congress is handling the appropriations process. That and more.

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Federal Shutdown
8:36 am
Wed October 2, 2013

What does the Robert C. Byrd Center director think of government shutdown?

Ray Smock
Credit Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

As the wrangling between the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans over whether to fund the budget and whether to tie changes in the Affordable Care Act to that funding continues, the Director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University, Ray Smock, is appalled at the way Congress is handling the appropriations process.

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Military
4:40 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

National Guard hit hard by federal shutdown

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard outlines the effects of the federal shut down to reporters during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Hoyer said he had to send home nearly half of the 2,300 guardsmen and women around the state.
Credit Dave Mistich

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard said of the more than 2,300 full time guardsmen and women that would have gone back to work Tuesday, 1,150 of them were sent home because of the shutdown of the federal government.

Hoyer said jobs affected by the shutdown include everything from mechanics to pilots. He expressed frustrations over not being able to protect the pay of the men and women who he said are responsible for protecting the nation and state.

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