Health & Science

2:53 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

City Council to Hear Morgantown Truck Traffic Proposal

Recent photo of heavy trucks traveling through downtown Morgantown.
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Morgantown City Council will meet to discuss amending traffic code to address heavy trucks traveling through the downtown business district.

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Health & Science
2:03 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

CDC: W.Va. Bureau for Public Health Was Untrained for Freedom Chemical Spill

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  A federal report says West Virginia public health officials weren't trained to respond to a January chemical spill along the Elk River.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the state Bureau for Public Health had no epidemiologists trained specifically to deal with chemical or natural disasters. Instead, those who focus on infectious diseases led the bureau's response to the spill Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries.

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Chemical Leak
1:41 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Investigations into January Chemical Spill Continue

Now disassembled Freedom Industries tank farm that leaked into the Elk River on January 9, 2014.
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The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding a discovery conference on Monday, August 18th in its ongoing investigation of West Virginia American Water's response to the January 9th chemical spill.

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Oil and Gas Industry
11:45 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Illegal Fracking Practices Identified in W.Va., Pa.

Credit Baker Hughes

An environmental watchdog non-profit just released a report identifying companies who are using diesel fuel in their horizontal drilling fluids. Apparently, that’s illegal without a special permit.

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Elkhorn Regional Water Project
9:26 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

McDowell Residents Closer to Safe Water

Credit Daniel Walker

Residents in several McDowell County communities are one step closer to safe, public water. The Elkhorn Regional Water Project will replace two water systems that date back about 70 or 80 years. 

Listen to hear more from the construction zone.

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5:48 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Feds: W.Va. Prison Had 10 Serious Safety Issues

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A federal investigation has found employees at a McDowell County federal prison were allegedly exposed to blood-borne pathogens and other safety hazards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's January investigation into the Welch prison found 10 serious violations. This was OSHA's first inspection of the facility.

OSHA says the prison failed to train employees on pathogen issues and didn't ensure trainers were knowledgeable. Employees didn't use puncture-resistant containers for contaminated sharp objects.

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300 jobs available
2:54 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

WVU Healthcare To Hold Open Interview Session Wednesday

WVU Healthcare is holding interviews for 300 jobs Wednesday.
Credit West Virginia University

Open interview sessions for approximately 300 positions at WVU Healthcare will be held Wednesday.

WUV Healthcare includes the teaching hospitals and clinics for WVU’s health professions schools.

The job interviews will be held from 10 am to 6 pm at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center.

Per diem, casual, part-time, and full-time positions are available, including management, direct patient care, support services, and administrative.


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9:50 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Department of Highways Weighs In On Proposed Morgantown Heavy Truck Ban

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As efforts to limit heavy truck traffic in Morgantown’s downtown district continue, the WV Department of Highways is weighing in on who has jurisdiction over road regulation. 

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Water Resource Management
5:21 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Watching Over Water: Researchers Pool Resources

Pictured, are, left to right: Dr. Bruce Dickson of the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Dr. Benjamin Stout of Wheeling Jesuit University, Dr. Elisabeth Dakine of Duquesne University and Melissa O'Neal of the West Virginia Water Research Institute. These researchers just collected a commemorative first sample from the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh's Point State Park.
Credit WVU

Citizen and university researchers involved in monitoring water quality at 54 sites on the upper Ohio River basin will gather for a first-of-its kind conference on Monday, Aug. 11, at Duquesne University.

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Chemical Spill
6:59 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Feds Describe New W.Va. Chemical Spill Studies

Federal health officials are outlining new studies on the chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply.

The National Toxicology Program said in a Thursday memo that potential pregnancy and liver complications are among study topics.

One study will see if pregnant rats exposed to MCHM show birth defects or health issues in their offspring.

Another will see how the chemicals affect zebrafish and roundworms over their entire lifespans.

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Healthcare Facility
6:53 am
Fri August 8, 2014

W.Va. Hospital Being Replaced Thanks to U.S. Loan

Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison, W.Va.
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With the help of a federal loan, Boone Memorial Hospital has broken ground for a new hospital in Madison.

The ceremonial start came Thursday, but CEO Tommy Mullins said the ground breaking was 12 years in the making.

The State Journal reports construction was made possible through a $31.8 million loan  from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The replacement hospital will be constructed next to the existing facility in Madison. Construction will take about 24 months to complete.

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Hospital Merger
6:41 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Cabell Huntington Explores Aquiring St. Mary's

Cabell Huntington Hospital is exploring an acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center.

Cabell Huntington said Tuesday in a news release that it is discussing a potential acquisition with Pallottine Health Services, Inc., which operates St. Mary's.

Both hospitals are located in Huntington. St. Mary's has 393 beds and is the largest private employer in Cabell County. Cabell Huntington has 303 beds.

Cabell Huntington and Pallottine Health Services say they believe a merger would improve the delivery of health care services.

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Pharmacy Education
4:04 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

New Marshall Pharmacy to Serve Multiple Purposes

Credit Clark Davis

Patients of Cabell Huntington Hospital have a new option for getting their medicine. The Marshall Pharmacy that will provide Marshall Pharmacy Students a new learning environment.

The new pharmacy located on the first floor of the Marshall University Medical School at Cabell Huntington Hospital will serve multiple roles for students and the community. Brian Gallagher is the Director of Pharmacy Services for Marshall Health.

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Mental Health
8:50 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Plan Approved to Ease Staff Shortages at Two W.Va. Hospitals

The Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington.

A judge has approved a plan to ease staff shortages at two West Virginia psychiatric hospitals. According to media reports, Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom approved the plan for the Department of Health and Human resources hospitals.

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5:24 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

24-Hour Robotics Competition Kicks Off in Morgantown


High school teams from all over the country are pitting their robots against each other in a series of events designed to test their ability to work together and endure.

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Inside Appalachia
4:38 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Voices of Appalachia on EPA Regs, Ky. Fancy Farm Picnic, Beaten Biscuits and more

Appalachian voices sound off at hearings about proposed EPA regulations:  “Our jobs our securities, for our families, I’m a recent retiree my benefits may be in jeopardy.”

But some residents are supporting new regulations: “We need to make it clear that the EPA does have the authority and the mandate and moral obligation to reign in CO 2 emissions.”

A Kentucky political tradition goes without a strong voice: “Darling if you want to use your outside voice you can go over there and play on the playground, OK. We’re trying to get some serious conversation going on so you can go over there play on the playground.”

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5:02 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Educating About Electric Shock Drowning: One Mom's Mission

Safety experts warn you should never swim within 100 yards of a boat dock or marina
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

A new law designed to keep West Virginians safe around boating docks and marinas was originally supposed to go into effect August 1, 2014, but has been delayed until January 1, 2015. The Michael Cunningham Act was passed last year, after a Bridgeport teenager was killed as a result of Electric Shock Drowning. 

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Black Lung
7:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Black Lung Victims Hope New Regs Provide a Different Future for Young Miners

Credit Jessica Lilly

Landmark regulation by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration meant to lower the amount of dust in mines begins Friday. The first part is meant to fix the loopholes in the sampling process. Victims of black lung hope the new regulations give young workers a better future. 

Listen to hear more from black lung victims Gary Hairston, Robert Bailey, and Assistant Secretary of Labor of the MSHA, Joe Main.

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Black Lung Regulations
4:47 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

New Black Lung Regs Take Effect


The first part of the landmark regulation meant to prevent black lung disease takes effect Friday. This phase is meant to fix regulatory loopholes in the sampling process.


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4:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

$1 Million for Four W.Va. Health Centers From Obamacare

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced funds for 4 WV health centers Thursday.
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Four health centers in West Virginia will expand behavioral health services using funds from the Affordable Care Act.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced almost a million dollars in funds from the federal health care act will support and expand services for about 29,000 West Virginians  that seek treatment from those 4 health centers.

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