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A Senate committee approved an agreement Thursday that would modify the way immunization exemptions are granted in West Virginia, taking the power from the county level and centralizing it at the state Bureau for Public Health.

Members of the Senate Health Committee initially received a bill that would have allowed parents to seek religious exemptions from some immunization requirements. A committee substitute offered last week removed that exemption, but members still had concerns and asked for more time to work on a compromised version.

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A Senate committee removed religious exemptions from a bill allowing local physicians to exempt children from some vaccines with the approval of the state chief health officer Tuesday. The original bill would have allowed for the religious exemptions in addition to medical exceptions already contained in state law.

Three Senators removed their names from the bills as sponsors before the Senate Health Committee took up the bill Tuesday. Sen. Mike Hall said his sponsorship was a clerical error to begin with, but Senators Mark Maynard and Chris Walters removed their backing because of concerns over the religious exemption in the original bill.


The deadline is approaching to submit aboveground storage tank inspections required by a new state law to protect public water supplies.

A group of public health organizations say West Virginia isn't spending enough money on programs to prevent tobacco use.

According to a report, states this year will collect $25.6 billion from the national tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes. But they'll spend less than 2 percent of it on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

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West Virginia officials say retailers continue to ensure they're not selling tobacco to minors.

An annual statewide survey indicates that 87.8 percent of retailers inspected did not sell tobacco products to youth under the age of 18 during 2014.

Beginning next summer, smoking will be prohibited in all public places in Brooke County.

Media outlets report that the Brooke County Board of Health unanimously voted Monday night to ban smoking in all enclosed public places. The ban also will apply to outdoor places like fairs, festivals and playgrounds.

 The board previously had allowed bars and restaurants to designate 25 percent of their seating as smoking sections. The new ban will go into effect July 1, 2015.  

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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board sits down with an expert on stress to talk about how social factors play a role in our health.  And Ashton Marra reports from legislative interim meetings at the state capitol.

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On West Virginia Morning a report about the correlation between climate change and a rise in allergies and asthma.   Beth Vorhees talks with Jarl Mohn, the new president and CEO of NPR.  He visited Charleston yesterday.

Doctor's License Suspended by the State

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A West Virginia board Friday suspended the license of the operator of a pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.
West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine suspended the license of Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. at a disciplinary hearing on Friday.

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"Life without the morning sitting is like trying to walk without legs. This is the beginning, the foundation, of strengthening personal presence. If we are absent, then life is all stuff. Nothing real happens;" ~ Robert Fripp

"And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating... ~ TS Eliot

WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will host their annual marrow donor registry drive Friday, October 4th, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Morgantown Mall in Monongalia County. Organizers say there’s an especially urgent need for African Americans to register.