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New Play Explores 1980s Coal Strikes And Sen. Capito Talks Legislation For Caregivers, This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia native JC Lasek’s latest play is about a West Virginia family in the 1980s who struggle with the ups and downs of the economy at the time – the coal strikes. It is showing through Nov. 12 at the Raleigh Theatre in Beckley. Briana Heaney sat down with Lasek to talk about the production.

Also, in this show, millions of families nationwide find themselves caring for loved ones in their own family. That includes stress and confusion — especially when it comes to dealing with a parent’s finances and the services that are available to them.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., experienced those issues as she provided care for her own parents. Realizing how big of an issue it is, she recently introduced legislation into the U.S. Senate to help alleviate burdens on caregivers.

For his ongoing series, “Getting Into Their Reality: Caring For Aging Parents,” News Director Eric Douglas discussed the situation and the pending legislation with Capito.

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Eric Douglas produced this episode.

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