Health & Science

Child Nutrition
7:56 am
Fri April 18, 2014

W.Va. Expands Women and Children Nutrition Program

Credit West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says a program intended to keep mothers and their young children healthy has raised its income eligibility guidelines.

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Healthy Food Options
7:56 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Reasearch Center Working to Create Food Hubs in W.Va.

The food hubs would help connect retailers with local growers selling Appalachian grown and produced products similar to the way farmers markets are able to pull in people looking for local goods. This farmers market is in Bridgeport.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

An Upshur County research center is examining the idea of creating "food hubs" in West Virginia.

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9:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Are New Regulations Tough Enough to Prevent Another West Virginia Chemical Spill?

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra and The New Yorker's Evan Osnos spoke with Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour about January's Elk River chemical spill. Both Marra and Osnos field questions about whether or not the spill has changed the paradigm in relation to the politics of industry in the state and whether or not recently passed legislation will prevent a similar event in the future.
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Chemical Leak
4:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

WVAM Says MCHM Not Detected After Carbon Filters Changed

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West Virginia American Water said new tests show no signs of MCHM from water filtered through two newly replaced carbon filters.

The company began changing out the 16 activated carbon filters in the Charleston plant on April 1.

In a release this Monday, WVAM said 16 water samples taken throughout the filtration process at that location returned non-detect levels of MCHM.

The results came from Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. in Lancaster, Pa., which WVAM said is testing the water at the 0.38 parts per billion level.

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12:48 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Morrisey Received 10,000 Pages of Abortion Comments

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As Lori Kersey of The Charleston Gazette reports, a spokesperson for Morrisey said it appears that far more comments came from outside of West Virginia than from within and the office has not yet explained how they plan to use the information collected.
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office collected more than 10,000 pages of comments about abortion regulations during an approximately one-month period last summer, but officials aren't saying how many people wrote in favor of increasing regulations versus how many wrote against doing so.
News
11:51 am
Mon April 14, 2014

W.Va. Issues New Fish Consumption Advisories

Summersville Lake
Credit Ken Thomas / en.wikipedia

West Virginia has updated its advisories for eating fish caught in lakes and rivers.
 
The 2014 West Virginia Sport Fish Consumption Advisory removes limits on consumption of Greenbrier River smallmouth bass and walleye caught in Summersville Lake.
 
The Department of Health and Human Resources says newer information indicates lower mercury levels in both fish.
 

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Health Care
11:04 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Survey: W.Va. Home, Long-Term Care Costs Rise

Credit Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

An annual survey shows long-term and home health care costs in West Virginians are outpacing such costs nationally.
 
The Cost of Care Survey released Monday by Genworth Financial shows the median hourly cost of home health aide services in West Virginia has increased 3.8 percent annually over the past five years. Nationally, the annual increase was 1.3 percent.
 

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Chemical Leak
7:28 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Wastewater from Freedom Spill Sent to Ohio, North Carolina

Credit AP

Wastewater containing a chemical that spilled into the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians is heading to Ohio and North Carolina.
 
State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater says Freedom Industries started sending wastewater to an Ohio underground injection control well site this week.
 
The material was vacuumed out of Freedom's tanks and the Elk River. Freedom was storing it at its Nitro facility.
 

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Obamacare fallout
10:06 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

W.Va. Native Sylvia Mathews Burwell May Replace Sebelius as HHS Secretary

Sylvia Mathews Burwell at a April 2013 Senate hearing
Credit Office/Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is resigning and President Obama is expected to replace her with West Virginia native Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Senator Jay Rockefeller, (D-W.Va.) released the following statement about Sebelius’ resignation:

“For the past five years, I have marveled at Secretary Sebelius’s grace under pressure. She never backed down from the tremendous responsibilities of her position, which were of a magnitude no other cabinet secretary has ever had to face with regard to domestic policy.”

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Black Lung
10:11 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Federal Cuts to Black Lung Programs Expected to Hit W.Va. Hardest

Credit National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

A McDowell County clinic is worried that federal cuts could compromise care for coal miners and their families.  The concern comes after grants for the Black Lung Clinic Programs were capped at $900,000. Since West Virginia was the only state to receive more than that annually, it’s expected to hit home the hardest.   

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Chemical Leak
4:01 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Local Health Department Joining W.Va. Chemical Spill Lawsuit

Dr. Rahul Gupta
Credit Kanawha Charleston Health Department

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department plans to join the city of Charleston in suing over a Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated 300,000 West Virginians' water supply.
 
County Health Department board members voted Tuesday to partner on the lawsuit. The city hasn't filed anything yet.

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Volunteers welcomed
2:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Boy Scouts and Others To Plant Chestnut Trees at Reserve

Consol Energy Bridge, Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, Mt. Hope, WV.
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Boy Scouts at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope will conduct a chestnut tree planting April 19. 

The American Chestnut Foundation says the Scout Reserve is located near the center of the American chestnuts’ historical range in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

Volunteers will plant several hundred potentially blight resistant chestnut trees provided by the foundation near the west end of the Consol Energy Bridge.

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Children
6:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

"My Bike" Program Comes to West Virginia

Isabella goes on the bike parade with Sen. Joe Manchin.
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For young children with certain disabilities, it’s just about impossible to ride a conventional bicycle. So a children’s charity known as Variety, which began in Pittsburgh in 1928, along with several people who wanted to get involved, started a program called the “My Bike” program. It provides specialized bicycles, that are built to suit the special needs of the child.

Nearly 30 children received these specialized bikes at a recent ceremony in Morgantown with Variety.

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WNPR's Where We Live
1:01 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Update on West Virginia's Elk River Chemical Spill

Elk River, Charleston West Virginia

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 10:22 am

In January, West Virginia’s Elk River was contaminated by a chemical spill from a nearby coal processing plant, affecting 300,000 local residents. People were without water for days. Now months later, is the water safe to drink? 

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News
7:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Remembering the Devastation of Monongah, UBB, and a Tornado So History Doesn't Repeat

Let's look back at the Upper Big Branch Disaster to see what does it take to change coal culture?

Remembering the worst coal mining disaster in history so history does not repeat.

Wheeling Jesuit University hopes you'll join them to "Celebrate Appalachia".

Local maple syrup could be threatened by climate change.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

W.Va. Delegation Joins Gov. Tomblin in Opposition of Cuts to Black Lung Clinics

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation have joined Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in questioning a sharp drop in federal funding for the state's black lung clinics.
 
State officials say grants for the federal Black Lung Clinic program were recently capped without notice at $900,000 per state. West Virginia had been the only state to receive more than that annually. The state received $1.4 million last year.

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Federal Water Regulations
8:33 am
Fri April 4, 2014

U.S. Chemical Safety Bill Passes Senate Committee

Although it’s only the first step in a long road on Capitol Hill, Senator Joe Manchin’s Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act was passed unanimously by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Thursday.

 “He knows full well what happens when a community is upended because some kind of chemical gets into the drinking water supply and he went to work,” said Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Boxer of Calif.

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Public Health
5:04 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Surveys to Collect Data on Impact of Elk River Spill

Surveys soon to be conducted by local, state, and federal officials will gather data on public health and concerns following the January 9 spill by Freedom Industries into the Elk River.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department will hold phone survey and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) will conduct a door-to-door questionnaire.

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Black Lung benefits
10:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tomblin Hopes Feds Reconsider Black Lung Benefits Funding Cuts

Credit Department of Labor

 Federal funds for black lung benefits in West Virginia were cut about 44 percent. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Black Lung Clinic program now limits awards to $900,000 per grantee.

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Upper Big Branch
10:51 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Subjects in UBB Film Work to Separate from Don Blankenship

Credit Adroit Films, LLC

Families of the victims are bracing for another anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Disaster; an explosion that ripped so violently through an underground coal mine in Raleigh County it left metal and sent a blast of air miles from the source.

Former UBB miner and survivor of that fateful day, Stanley “Goose” Stewart remembered during a speech he gave about a year after the blast.  

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