Health & Science

Rough Weather
4:57 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Flood Conditions Improve in Southern W.Va., Now What?

Route 19 in Fayette County was at a standstill for parts of Thursday.
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Flood waters that left residents stranded in their homes have receded in most places, according to emergency services in some southern West Virginia Counties. The flood warning issued by the National Weather Service  remains in effect until 6:45 p.m. Thursday for parts of West Virginia.

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High Waters
6:37 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Gov. Tomblin Declares Statewide State of Emergency

Credit Office of the Governor

Rainfall and melting snow is causing creeks and rivers to rise across West Virginia. The rising waters pushed 15 counties to dismiss students early from public schools on Wednesday.

In a release sent out Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a statewide State of Emergency. The declaration mobilizes state resources to combat severe weather conditions and ensure the safety of residents across the state.

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High Waters
12:03 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Creeks Rising in Southern West Virginia

High water in the Hanover region of Wyoming County began to reach roads Wednesday morning.
Credit courtesy of Luke Jackson

High waters are creating dangerous conditions in southern West Virginia. Dispatchers say some residents are being evacuated.

Emergency dispatchers in Wyoming County say that the rainfall Wednesday morning caused a mudslide. One resident in Jesse told dispatchers that part of the mountain slid into their residence. Deputies are on scene evaluating the situation.

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Oil & Gas
4:41 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

USGS Needs More Data to Assess Water Impacts Around Gas Development

Credit U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey says more data and research are necessary to best understand the potential risks to water quality in areas with unconventional oil and gas development.

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Health & Science
1:05 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

WVSU, United Arab Emirates University Partner on Health Conference

Credit Steve Shaluta / W.Va. Department of Commerce

West Virginia State University is partnering with the University of Sharjah on an international health conference.

The "Solutions for Better Life" conference will be held Nov. 15-19 at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

West Virginia State said Monday in a news release that participants will include world health experts and high school and university students from 100 countries. The goal is to identify innovative solutions to global health problems.

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Oil & Gas
9:57 am
Mon February 23, 2015

New York Report Analyzes Industry Science Behind Fracking

Credit Adam Zyglis / The Buffalo News

  A new report released in the wake of New York State's decision to ban the horizontal gas drilling process known as fracking analyzes more than 100 scientific studies that have been approved and distributed by oil and gas industry representatives.

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Public Health
10:40 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Health Effects of “Climate Disruption” Discussed at WVU

Brent McCusker, PhD; Yong-Lak Park, PhD; Heather Basara, PhD

  “Climate Change and Population Health” was the title of a recent discussion at West Virginia University. Three panelists, a social scientist, an entomologist, and a public health expert turned over research and health concerns related to that research on climate change - or as the discussion moderator, Interim Chair of the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership in the WVU School of Public Health, Robert Duval, was more apt to call it: Climate Disruption.

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11:42 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Addiction Treatment Center On Track to Open in Bluefield

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Plans are on track for an addiction treatment center in Bluefield.

Supporters met Thursday to discuss current plans for the Four Seasons Recovery Center at a former school.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the new center is expected to open in early May.

Officials say the center will be staffed with people who have experienced their own battles with substance abuse and addiction. It also will not use drugs such as methadone or suboxone for its treatment program.

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Veteran Health Care
5:36 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Permanent VA Clinic Planned for Mercer County

Credit Dept. of Defense

Princeton will soon be home to a permanent VA clinic.

According to a release from Senator Joe Manchin’s office, Mercer County’s mobile health clinic, which served as an extension of the Beckley VA Medical Center, will become a permanent VA clinic.

The release says an increased number of veterans in need of healthcare in the area, called for a more permanent solution.

The Princeton VA will be able to serve a total of 1,200 eligible veterans.

Senator Manchin currently serves as a member on the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee.

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4:23 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

West Virginia and Mississippi Toughest on Immunizations

Credit Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Mississippi and West Virginia are known for their struggles with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around.

A recent measles outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people has brought attention to policies in 48 states that allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their children because of their religious or personal beliefs, or both.

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Therapy Outing
9:22 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Canaan Valley Hosts Therapy Outing for Military Members

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Canaan Valley Resort is hosting an adventure therapy outing for wounded or injured military members.

Friday's outing is one of four offered annually by the nonprofit Gathering of Mountain Eagles.

Canaan Valley says in a news release that skiing, mountain biking, zip lining and other activities are encouraged to help the military members' physical and psychological recovery.

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Hospital Expansion
9:52 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Camden Clark Medical Center to Expand


Camden Clark Medical Center plans to expand its South Tower by more than 100,000 square feet.

The Parkersburg News & Sentinel reports that the city's downtown business and facade committee recently approved the hospital's plan to add a wing to the tower. The wing will house a new emergency department and a 30-bed private room inpatient unit.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

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Raleigh General Hospital
10:52 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Raleigh General Investigates Doctor's Procedures


Raleigh General Hospital is investigating whether heart procedures performed by a doctor were warranted.

Raleigh General CEO David Darden tells The Register-Herald that the investigation was prompted by an ongoing internal review. He says the review identified cases in which a patient's condition might not have warranted the placement of a stent.

Darden says the hospital has enlisted national experts to review cases involving procedures performed by the doctor.

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The First 1,000 Days
4:32 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Sabrina Shrader; The Face of Poverty Says "Never Give up"

Sabrina Shrader has been friends with Heather Wingate since attending Head Start together.

McDowell native Sabrina Shrader is featured in the new West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentary, The First 1,000 Days: Investing In WV Children When It Counts. We first heard from Shrader when she shared her story in 2013 of how a program called Upward Bound provided resources that helped her to graduate from college after a difficult and abusive childhood. She was working as an Upward Bound Coordinator at Concord University. Things have changed since then.

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Documentary Premiere
3:09 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

The First 1,000 Days: Watch Now

The First 1,000 Days is a new TV documentary that explains the science and techniques that build healthy brain architecture during the first 3 years. You can watch 1,000 Days on demand through our website.

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Early Childhood Education
11:13 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

LISTEN: Behind The First 1,000 Days: Q&A with Producer John Nakashima

John Nakashima can be seen standing in the right of this image.

Producer John Nakashima sits down to discuss the making of The First 1,000 Days: Investing in WV Children When it Counts.

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Childhood Education
8:58 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Concord University Hosts Screening of The First 1,000 Days

Credit Production still by Raelyn White.

Concord University is hosting a special screening of a documentary that explores the long-term educational challenges for children in low-income homes.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's The First 1,000 Days: Investing In WV Children When It Counts will be shown on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Athens campus. 

The hour-long documentary explores how poverty affects early childhood development and the challenges families face when the adults either have low-paying jobs or are unemployed.

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Diesel Spill
4:50 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Weather Moves Water Distribution Indoors in Greenbrier County

Update Monday January 26, 2015 at 9:11 p.m. 

  Water samples taken from the Greenbrier River did not show dangerous levels of diesel, the Charleston Gazette is reporting.

This means the water intakes will be turned back on to refill the tanks and restore water pressure.

Earlier today, Al Whitaker said that after the intakes are turned on, residents will be boil water advisory for at least three days.

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11:24 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Diesel Spill Taints Water for 12,000


Lewisburg is asking its water customers to conserve water following a diesel fuel spill.

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Coal Heritage Lecture Series
5:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

"Music of the Coalfields" Kicks Off Coal Heritage Lecture Series


  An annual spring lecture series that explores the heritage of the coal industry kicks off the first week of February with featured musicians and poets.  

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