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Sergeant First Class Casey Phalen / WV National Guard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a press release announcing details on how survivors affected by West Virginia flooding can get assistance. Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Last week, state health officials warned people about flood waters filled with contaminants, like sewage or gasoline. While they are still urging caution, officials at West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection say the volume of flood water likely diluted the most toxic substances.  

Ashton Marra

Flooding debris is piling up as waters continue to recede. Mixed in the debris: hazardous materials. An emergency response unit at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is coordinating with the state’s National Guard to deal with flood debris.

Jessica Lilly

Seventy-five-year-old Carol Holmes lives in Nicholas County, one of the counties hit hardest by the downpours that fell on June 23. Several people have died because of the severe weather. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin called the floods “the worst in a century for some parts of the state.” The Associated Press reports that President Obama spoke to Tomblin by phone Saturday to offer federal assistance and condolences to the people of West Virginia.

This is the second time her home has been flooded in the past 20 years. Listen to her explain why she doesn’t want to leave Richwood. She also explains that tough times are nothing new to her family. She also explains why she's “West Virginia tough.”

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The West Virginia attorney general has approved the merger of two hospitals in Huntington.

Local news outlets report that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey signed off on the merger of Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center on Wednesday.

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President Barack Obama signed the first overhaul of toxic chemical rules in 40 years into law today. West Virginia's Republican senator Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic senator Joe Manchin are applauding the action.

Opioids
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A new report says nearly 12 million Medicare beneficiaries received at least one prescription for an opioid painkiller last year at a cost of $4.1 billion. Federal data show how common the addictive drugs are in many older Americans' medicine cabinets.

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West Virginia has improved from 43rd to 39th among all states in a foundation's rankings for overall child well-being. 

The group West Virginia KIDS COUNT announced the change in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 national rankings of child well-being.

West Virginia KIDS COUNT says the Mountain State tied with five other states for the second-largest improvement since the 2015 marks.

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More cases involving patients possibly exposed to hepatitis at a heart clinic in West Virginia have emerged.

 

Attorney Stephen New tells WVVA-TV that his firm has 60 clients who he believes contracted hepatitis from the Raleigh Heart Clinic in Beckley.

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Construction is underway for a new drug treatment center in southern West Virginia.

WVVA-TV reports Open Minds Recovery Services is expected to open by mid-August in Mount Hope. The 100-bed facility will treat males dealing with drug addiction.

Sherry Young

  The hearing examiner for the West Virginia Osteopathic Board of Medicine has recommended suspending the license of a doctor accused of failing to meet care standards.

The Register-Herald reports that on June 2 hearing examiner Jennifer Taylor recommended suspending Dr. Michael Kostenko's license for no more than five years. She also recommended that Kostenko be prohibited from practicing medicine in West Virginia during that time.

WVU Medicine

A new clinic will soon offer a variety of healthcare services in Marion County. WVU Medicine broke ground for a new complex located right off of I-79 in Fairmont Monday.

WVU Student-Journalists Use DIY Electronics to Examine Water Quality

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WVU student Jillian Clemente makes sure the sensors are secure before finding a good spot for them to sit on the creek.
Colleen S. Good / WVU Stream Lab Project

With the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, our nation’s drinking water — and what’s in it — has been on everyone’s minds. 

 

West Virginia has also had its share of issues with contaminated water. While the coal industry helps create jobs in the state, it also creates the potential for another water crisis. 

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Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Another of the 3,500 lawsuits alleging links between people's illnesses and DuPont discharging C8 into drinking water and the Ohio River is heading to trial in federal court in central Ohio this week.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the case against the Delaware-based chemical company alleges a Washington County man got testicular cancer because of C8, a chemical used to make Teflon.

Baby
Mangus Manske

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito introduced a federal bill Friday with bipartisan backing that would help newborns suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome have access to quality care.

The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies Act, also known as CRIB, would recognize residential pediatric recovery facilities as providers under Medicaid.

This means the families whose newborns are born with NAS will be able to bill Medicaid for the services offered.

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The City of Parkersburg will provide water to some parts of Vienna in response to high levels of a carcinogenic chemical in the town’s drinking water.

The Parkersburg Utility Board’s Assistant Manager Eric Bumgardner says the lower-third of Vienna, also known as the town’s commercial district, had its water switched over to Parkersburg’s water supply Wednesday.

This will remain in effect until a permanent fix is in place.

 “I feel sad for the [Washington Works] plant because it was the epicenter for Parkersburg [West Virginia], for income, for community life, for identity. The identity of Parkersburg was tied to DuPont,” said DuPont retiree Jerry Moraczewski. He remembers
Glynis Board / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 

Update: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

 

The City of Vienna issued a statement today saying residents may bring clear containers to one of four locations between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to collect water for drinking and food preparation:

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West Virginia officials are investigating the death of a coal miner.

State Department of Commerce spokeswoman Leslie Smithson says preliminary information suggests the miner at the Leer Mine in Grafton may have suffered a medical condition. She says a full investigation is under way by the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.

Jessica Lilly

A jury has ruled in favor of a coal company in Wyoming County Circuit Court. The verdict came in Thursday afternoon after only a few hours of deliberations.

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A West Virginia University official says test results at the WVU Coliseum confirm the presence of asbestos in materials that were exposed during recent construction activities.

WVU Environmental Health and Safety John Principe says the material discovered Friday was in an area above ceilings in restroom entrances that surround the concourse. He says the asbestos did not pose a health hazard and was only exposed by renovation work. He says the Coliseum was closed immediately after the asbestos was found.

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