Manchin Weighs In On Postal Service Cuts, One Prisoner Describes Conditions During A Pandemic


On this West Virginia Morning, with the help of a student journalist, we catch a rare glimpse of life behind prison walls during a pandemic. We also hear from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, about recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing added stress and anxiety across the nation and the globe. Mental health experts are seeing an increase in the number of people in need of help. West Virginia’s capital city is hiring a mental health coordinator, as Roxy Todd reports. If you want someone to talk to or need mental health assistance, West Virginia has a free emotional strength helpline for COVID-19 related stress. Call: 1-877-HELP304 or text 1-877-435-7304

West Virginia’s U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, has been among federal legislators leading the charge in recent weeks regarding proposed changes to the U.S. Postal Service. He recently came to tour post office operations in the state in the wake of announced plans to close or shorten hours of operations by newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.  Dejoy — a major donor to President Donald Trump — announced this week he’s suspending any initiatives until after the November election. Our news director Andrea Billups spoke with Manchin about his postal service concerns.

Every summer, the Appalachian Media Institute in Whitesburg, Kentucky, trains young people to tell stories about Appalachia through their own eyes. This year, students documented how COVID-19 was changing life in the mountains. Madison Buchanan, a 19-year-old college student from Whitesburg, spoke with a Virginia state prisoner about what it was like to be incarcerated during a pandemic.

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