Legislature Ties Up Loose Ends, Lays Groundwork for More Work on Education


On this West Virginia Morning, we have an update on the ongoing special legislative session, where issues related to public education lingered heavily in the background, and at times worked their way to the front of the day’s agenda.

Also on today’s show, the rate at which women die during or after pregnancy is rising in much of the United States. American women are three times more likely to die during or after birth than women in Great Britain and eight times more likely than women in Scandinavian countries.

But despite the prevalence of major risk factors such as low access to prenatal care, a high poverty rate and a largely rural population, West Virginia is bucking the maternal mortality trend. Maternal deaths are not only low, they’re also stable. Health Reporter Kara Lofton takes a look at why that is.

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