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West Virginia Week is a web-only podcast from West Virginia Public Broadcasting that looks back at the major news of the week. Listen every Saturday at 8 a.m.

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WVPB Staff,May. 24, 2024

TikTok Sensation ‘Appalachian Forager’ And Ruthie Foster Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we learn about an incident at a state-run psychiatric facility, we meet a TikTok sensation who forages in Appalachia and we listen to our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

WVPB Staff,May. 23, 2024

Return Of Vandalia And Latest ‘Us & Them’ Explores Childhood Trauma, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Memorial Day weekend brings the return of the Vandalia Gathering at the state capitol. Also, we listen to an excerpt from the latest Us & Them. In this episode, host Trey Kay explores childhood trauma.

WVPB Staff,May. 22, 2024

Latest On USPS Charleston Processing And Distributing Center, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced last week it would postpone delivery network changes that would downsize the Charleston Processing and Distribution Center. But this news hasn’t remedied months-long tensions between local workers and USPS officials. As Jack Walker reports, union representatives are now filing grievance claims for some workers.

WVPB Staff,May. 21, 2024

Pipeline Safety Concerns And Radioactive Waste, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Mountain Valley Pipeline failed a water pressure test in Virginia earlier this month and the Pipeline Safety Trust is urging federal regulators to take a close look at the failure. Also, in this show, we hear about radioactive waste in the Marcellus Shale fields, one of the country’s largest natural gas producing formations.

WVPB Staff,May. 20, 2024

Funding Emergency Shelters And National Pro Road Championships Comes To Charleston, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia’s mechanism for funding emergency shelters shifted earlier this year to an application-based system. As Chris Schulz reports, that change has proved a boon for some – and a problem for others.

WVPB Staff,May. 17, 2024

A Visit To KY Mountain Laurel Festival And Kim Richey Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville, Kentucky has staged a formal dance for nearly a century that has remained the same for generations. Folkways Reporter Will Warren takes us for a visit.

WVPB Staff,May. 16, 2024

A Look At The Upcoming Gubernatorial Race On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the stage is now set for a two man, two party political race for governor of West Virginia. Randy Yohe gives us an initial look at what we can expect from the Republican and the Democratic nominees.

WVPB Staff,May. 15, 2024

Primary Election Recap And A Discussion On Child Nutrition, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the results from Tuesday’s primary election came in mostly as expected. Government Reporter Randy Yohe has covered the intense campaigning leading up to the primary and he joins us live in the studio with results and reactions.

WVPB Staff,May. 14, 2024

W.Va. Primary Election Day Underway And The Risks Of Raw Milk On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Tuesday’s primary election may be the most important the state has seen in a while. Voters have endured a gubernatorial media campaign blitz with unprecedented mudslinging – coupled with a dominant charge to see a new but familiar face representing West Virginia in the U.S. Senate. Randy Yohe has our story.

WVPB Staff,May. 13, 2024

Pipeline Problems, Student Protests And A Voter’s Guide, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a pipeline safety watchdog said federal regulators “should be on notice” about a pressure test failure on the Mountain Valley Pipeline earlier this month.

WVPB Staff,May. 10, 2024

Mountain Valley Pipeline, Children’s Mental Health And Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Curtis Tate tells us about problems with the Mountain Valley Pipeline as it nears completion, Emily Rice discusses children’s mental health with state expert and Mountain Stage brings us the Song of the Week with Watchhouse performing “The Wolves.”

WVPB Staff,May. 09, 2024

W.Va.’s Legislative Scorecard And A Look At Compassion Fatigue On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we speak with Judy Ball, chair of the Legislative Action Workgroup for the League of Women Voters of West Virginia, to break down the state’s 2024 Legislative Scorecard. Also, we hear an excerpt from our Us & Them episode, “Compassion Fatigue.”

WVPB Staff,May. 08, 2024

Preserving A Historic Black Church And A Conversation With Mike Pushkin On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party, on the efforts to rebuild the party and restore Democrats to state offices ahead of this primary election. Also, we hear about preservation efforts for a historic Black church in Harpers Ferry.

WVPB Staff,May. 07, 2024

Jefferson Commission Confusion And Pipeline Problems, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia circuit court removed two members of the Jefferson County Commission from office, but a last-minute party change has cast confusion over who will name her successor. Also, the construction of a pipeline in western Pennsylvania and a rupture in the Mountain Valley Pipeline has left environmentalists asking questions.

WVPB Staff,May. 06, 2024

Attorney General Responsibilities And Ramp Season Is Winding Down, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, as chief legal officer for West Virginia’s citizens, state office holders, agencies and boards, the attorney general’s (AG) responsibilities cover the litigation gamut. The four candidates in the upcoming primary races for AG have diverse views on how those responsibilities should be handled – and prioritized. Randy Yohe has our second story on this race.

WVPB Staff,May. 03, 2024

Appalachian Filipino Cuisine And Joachim Cooder Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Asheville, North Carolina is home to an eclectic dining scene with hidden gems like Neng Jr.’s, which serves up elevated Filipino cuisine. Tucked away in an alley, it’s a slice of home no matter where you’re from. Folkways Reporter Margaret McLeod Leef has more.

WVPB Staff,May. 02, 2024

Books In Prisons And How The Role Of ‘Dad’ Is Shifting, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, being a parent is a 24-hour role, and a lifetime commitment that has historically fallen to women. As men have started to take on more domestic work, what it means to be a father has started to shift. Chris Schulz looks at these changes in our latest installment of “Now What? A Series on Parenting.”

WVPB Staff,May. 01, 2024

Attorney General Race And A Conversation With Poet, Professor Sara Henning, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, according to state code, the attorney general’s job is to enforce West Virginia’s laws as they relate to – listed in order – consumer protection, unfair trade practices, civil rights and other important areas. As Randy Yohe shows us, the four primary candidates running for attorney general, two Republicans and two Democrats, have diverse views on the overall mission of the office.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 30, 2024

Investing In Mountain State Energy Communities, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia is seeing a boom in low and no-carbon manufacturing, thanks to tax credits and other federal programs designed to spur investment in energy communities. Curtis Tate spoke recently with Brian Anderson, a senior adviser on energy communities at the U.S. Department of Energy. They spoke at the University of Charleston.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 29, 2024

Passover Amid The War In Gaza On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Jewish holiday of Passover is coming to an end. It is a time for celebration and reflection. This year, it has been a bit more difficult, according to Rabbi Victor Urecki from Charleston. He spoke with News Director Eric Douglas to discuss the holiday and the struggle with the war in Gaza.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 26, 2024

An Experimental Orchard And Larry Groce Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, an experimental apple orchard in the state is helping to fight pollution, improve food scarcity and some hope even heal veterans. Briana Heaney has the story.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 25, 2024

Funding Medicaid And Navigating The Nation’s Foster Care Crisis, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, health care services for nearly 30 percent of West Virginia’s population may be difficult to access if lawmakers don’t fully fund the Medicaid program in an expected special session. Emily Rice has more.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 24, 2024

Voices Of Voters And Wyoming Co. Water Pollution This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, drinking water in Wyoming County is making people sick but it’s unclear who is responsible. Also, a look at voter concerns ahead of May’s primary election.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 23, 2024

Funding Needs For Domestic Violence Shelters On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, domestic violence prevention advocates lined the State Capitol rotunda in February, seeking a budget increase. They said lawmakers were receptive to the idea. But no increase was passed before this year’s regular legislative session ended. Jack Walker checked in with domestic violence prevention advocates on funding needs as a potential special session approaches.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 22, 2024

Campaign Ads Targeting Transgender Youth And Understanding W.Va.’s Water Resource, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, as the primary race for governor enters the home stretch, some candidate’s negative attack ads running endlessly on broadcast and social media target a minority group – transgender children. But what is the fallout from these ads for this vulnerable group, and West Virginia children and families in general? Randy Yohe has the story.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 19, 2024

Appalachian Couple Shares Lifelong Dream And Sam Weber Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Sue and Stan Jennings for 30 years have run Allegheny Treenware, a company that makes wooden kitchen utensils. But they started off as a couple of coal miners. Folkways Reporter Capri Cafaro has more.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 18, 2024

Navigating ‘Climate Anxiety’ And Officials Talk IDD Waiver On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, uncertainty about the future amidst a changing climate has given rise in recent years to a phenomenon known as “climate anxiety.” Ahead of Earth Day Monday, Chris Schulz spoke with Amy Parsons-White, sustainability manager for Marshall University, to discuss this mental health issue and potential solutions.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 17, 2024

Balancing Digital, Online Access For Kids And The State’s First Commercial Composting Facility On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, digital devices and social media command more and more of our attention these days. Balancing this and creating healthy boundaries for increasingly younger children is becoming a bigger part of being a parent. Chris Schulz takes a look at this issue in the latest installment of, “Now What? A Series On Parenting.”

WVPB Staff,Apr. 16, 2024

Naloxone And Natural Gas, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, harm reduction advocates celebrate an anniversary and a discussion about the state’s role in supplying the global market of natural gas.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 15, 2024

Chair Caning And Keeping Utilities In Good Shape, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, when your power goes out, water bill comes in or your nearby fire hydrant looks ancient, there’s a state organization keeping tabs on all of that and more. Randy Yohe talks with Charlotte Lane, chair of the West Virginia Public Service Commission, on how this regulating entity balances public protection with keeping utilities viable.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 12, 2024

The Many Uses Of Violets And Ed Snodderly Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, violets bloom across Appalachia throughout spring, but the flowers are more than just some extra color in the yard. They’ve long been a key ingredient in herbal remedies.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 11, 2024

The Future Of The American Chestnut And Our Latest Us & Them, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, WVPB last spring covered efforts at Shepherd University to regrow American chestnut forests in Appalachia. One year later, that project has incorporated new technology and a familiar tree variant. Jack Walker caught up with a pair of self-proclaimed “chestnutters” to discuss the project at large, and the future of the American chestnut.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 10, 2024

Foster Care Communication And An Iftar In Morgantown On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Tuesday marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan in the Islamic faith. Like millions across the world, Muslims in West Virginia fasted from sunup to sundown each day of the month. Their fast is traditionally broken with a meal called iftar. Chris Schulz takes us to an iftar in Morgantown.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 09, 2024

WVU Students Gather For Solar Eclipse And Grandson Of Woody Williams Weighs In On Failed Legislation, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, across the country Monday, people took a moment out of their day to watch the solar eclipse. West Virginia was no exception, and at West Virginia University’s (WVU) Morgantown campus, a large crowd gathered to experience the celestial event. Chris Schulz has the story.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 08, 2024

Election Filing Changes And Solar Eclipse Safety This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we learn from graduate students about how to view Monday’s eclipse safely. Also, changes to how and when political parties can fill vacancies after the candidate filing deadline in state elections.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 05, 2024

Remembering Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster And Sarah Jarosz Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, which caused the deaths of 29 miners, happened 14 years ago. Ashton Marra worked for WVPB at the time and covered the trial of Don Blankenship, CEO of the company that owned the mine. Briana Heaney sat down with Marra to talk about what it was like being a reporter covering the trial.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 04, 2024

A Bicycle Ride Through Morgantown On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, as temperatures start to rise, people are taking the opportunity to get outside. One group in Morgantown is taking to the streets on their bicycles. Chris Schulz takes us with him as he tags along to explore the city in a new way.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 03, 2024

The Growing Need For Foster Families On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, in the latest installment of our occasional series “Now What? A Series On Parenting,” Chris Schulz speaks with Terri Lynn Durnal of the National Youth Advocate Program about the unique experience of fostering children – and the need for foster parents in the state.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 02, 2024

History Of Martinsburg Mural Coming To Berkeley County, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Berkeley County in 2022 celebrated its 250th anniversary. Now, the county is looking back at its history through a public art lens. By early June, a mural will be on display in the heart of Martinsburg tracing the history and culture of Berkeley County over the years.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 01, 2024

How The Baltimore Bridge Collapse Is Affecting Coal Producers In W.Va., This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the closure of the Port of Baltimore to most shipping has a ripple effect for coal producers in northern West Virginia. Curtis Tate takes a deeper look.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 29, 2024

Issues In A Mercer County Mobile Home Park And Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, after a new owner took over a Mercer County mobile home park, rents quickly went up while repairs slowed. One resident did some digging and found a reporter in California who had some unexpected answers about who this new owner was. Inside Appalachia Host Mason Adams spoke with reporter Julie Reynolds.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 28, 2024

How COVID-19 Affected National Parks And Us & Them Looks At Changes In Local Journalism, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, tourists from around the world visit Harpers Ferry each year to immerse themselves in U.S. history. But the number of visitors fell in 2020, as public health restrictions ramped up nationwide. Jack Walker visited the town to learn how things have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 27, 2024

Updates One Year Later On State Police Investigation, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, it has been a year since allegations of illicit recordings of cadets and other women at the West Virginia State Police barracks launched federal and state investigations into the law enforcement department. We speak with the superintendent of state police for an update.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 26, 2024

COVID-19’s Continued Impact On Schools And A Look At The U.S. Senate Race, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, political analysts say the two Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in the upcoming May primary election give voters some particular, and troubling, food for thought. The candidates themselves say voters need to focus on the positives, not the negatives.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 25, 2024

How COVID-19 Affected The Way We Shop On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, shortly after the first COVID-19 case hit West Virginia four years ago, our way of simple day-to-day living drastically changed. Many of those alterations dealt with how we went shopping. Randy Yohe spoke with West Virginia Retailers Association President Bridget Lambert on COVID-19’s effect on retail – and how our shopping lives have forever been changed. 

WVPB Staff,Mar. 22, 2024

A Quest For A Lost Mug And Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, our program Inside Appalachia features stories about all things Appalachia, including an epic quest to find a lost coffee mug. Folkways Reporter Wendy Welch has this story.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 21, 2024

Fourth Anniversary Of COVID-19 In W.Va. And A Look At The ‘Moonshine Bill,’ This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, March 17, 2020 marked the day West Virginia became the last state in the U.S. to test positive for COVID-19. Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice spoke with two state health leaders about the fourth anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic arriving in West Virginia.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 20, 2024

Infant Sleep And Longtime Tradition Returns To W.Va. Schools For Deaf, Blind, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, sleep is a key part of both mental and physical health for everyone. But for many parents, ensuring their baby is getting good sleep can be frustrating and elusive. We talk with an expert on infant sleep. Also, we visit the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind to learn about a longtime tradition that has returned.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 19, 2024

Possible Changes Coming To Student Vaccination Rules, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the state has long been a standards bearer for vaccination rates across the country, but the legislature this year passed a bill to loosen restrictions for certain students in the state. But it has one final hurdle to clear before it’s implemented.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 18, 2024

Experts Weigh In On Permitting Suspension For Liquefied Natural Gas, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a recent decision by the Biden administration to suspend permitting for new export terminals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) has drawn criticism from West Virginia lawmakers. To hear what impact the decision has on United States LNG exports, Curtis Tate spoke with Sam Reynolds and Ana Maria Jaller-Markarewicz of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 15, 2024

Book Explores Mysteries Of White Tail Deer And James McMurtry Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Erika Howsare is the author of The Age of Deer: Trouble and Kinship with Our Wild Neighbors, a book that takes some of the mystery out of the white tail deer that have lived on the edge of humanity for a very long time.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 14, 2024

Remembering Travis Stimeling And The Debate Over Weed Killer Dicamba, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, it was a shock when author, musician and West Virginia University professor Travis Stimeling died abruptly in November. They were 43. Folkways Reporter Zack Harold collected remembrances from colleagues, former students and friends. He shared them recently on Inside Appalachia.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 13, 2024

WVPB Launches New Parenting Series And State’s Beaver Population Is On The Rise, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we begin a new series called “Now What? A Series On Parenting.” In this ongoing, occasional series, we’ll talk with experts and explore the age old question, “What’s best for the baby?” Also, beavers are coming back to West Virginia – we learn why.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 12, 2024

New Analysis On Special Education And A Look At Growing Flood Events, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a new analysis of special education data hopes to advance understanding and solutions for students with the greatest need.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 11, 2024

The Brasstown Carvers And 2024 State Legislative Session Comes To A Close, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Legislature wrapped up its 60-day regular session Saturday night with a flurry of activity in the House of Delegates. The Senate, on the other hand, spent the last hour recognizing staff and shutting down 15 minutes early. Eric Douglas has this lookback.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 08, 2024

State Senators Talk Latest In 2024 Session And Nellie McKay Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, our state Senate reporter Briana Heaney sat down with Senate Minority Leader Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, and Mike Oliverio, R-Monongalia, on The Legislature Today to discuss where things stand in the legislative process and how that compares to what they planned to do at the beginning of the session.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 07, 2024

A Legislative Reporter Recap And A Look At Air Emissions From Fracking, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, with just days left of the 2024 West Virginia Legislative session, WVPB reporters Randy Yohe and Briana Heaney sit down to discuss the many bills that have passed or failed this session.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 06, 2024

Understanding Vaccination Laws In The State On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, amidst a flurry of vaccine legislation, Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice spoke with Dr. Susan Flesher, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Marshall University, for a conversation about vaccination laws in West Virginia.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 05, 2024

Lawmakers Look To Budget In Final Week Of Session, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, as we enter the final week of the state legislative session, we decided to check in with party leaders to see how they feel about the session and whether they met their priorities. Randy Yohe spoke with Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha. WVPB invited Republican House leaders to join in the discussion, but none were available.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 04, 2024

Student Reporters Share Experience Working On The Legislature Today, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, this legislative session, we had high school reporters on The Legislature Today who covered issues of interest to them while they also learned about the legislative process. News Director Eric Douglas sat down with Ameera Mustafa and Ben Valleau to hear what they had to say.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 01, 2024

New Book ‘Gay Poems For Red States’ And Amy Ray Band Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Willie Carver was Kentucky’s teacher of the year in 2021, but as a gay man, he and some of his students were harassed. So, in 2022, he resigned from Montgomery County High School. Last summer, he released Gay Poems for Red States. The book earned praise and helped turn Carver into a much-followed, outspoken voice on social media. Bill Lynch caught up with Carver.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 29, 2024

Future Of AI And Issues With Natural Gas Storage Wells, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, there has been a lot of discussion about artificial intelligence (AI), but many of us use it every day without even thinking about it. Randy Yohe spoke with Joshua Spence, chief information officer for Alpha Technologies, and Del. Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia, on what AI means for now and the future.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 28, 2024

Lawmakers Discuss Vaccines In Private, Virtual Schools, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, there has been a lot of discussion in the West Virginia Legislature this year about vaccines and whether they should be required in private, parochial or virtual schools. Emily Rice spoke with Del. Chris Pritt, R-Kanawha, and Del. Joey Garcia, D-Marion, to get their perspectives.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 27, 2024

A Conversation With New Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scout Chair Amy Garbrick, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Mountaineer Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves 12 counties in north central West Virginia. On Feb. 8, the council appointed the first woman to serve as its governing board president. Jack Walker spoke with new president Amy Garbrick about her scouting background and gender inclusivity in scouting since the Boy Scouts became co-ed in 2019.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 26, 2024

New Documentary Highlights Niagara Movement On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a group of Black civil rights leaders in 1905 came together to form the Niagara Movement. Historians describe the group as a precursor to the NAACP. The group was founded in Ontario, Canada. But soon it forged ties with historic Harpers Ferry.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 23, 2024

Investigative Reporter Looks At Fracking Near Fairmont And Wilco Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, parts of Appalachia saw a natural gas boom from fracking, but as fortunes have changed, the industry has left behind dangerous industrial sites — including one near Fairmont, which became a popular hangout spot for the young. Investigative Reporter Justin Nobel has been looking into this and spoke with Inside Appalachia’s Mason Adams about what he discovered.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 22, 2024

Lawmakers Discuss Women’s Health Needs On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, many bills and amendments have been introduced in the state legislature this year that focus on women’s health policy. But feminine hygiene isn’t one of them. Briana Heaney talks with Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, and Del. Anitra Hamilton, D-Monongalia, about women’s health in the state and legislation that affects women.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 21, 2024

Marshall Researcher Discovers New Type Of Plesiosaur, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a researcher at Marshall University has discovered an entirely new type of plesiosaur after studying the fossils of two different creatures. News Director Eric Douglas spoke with Robert Clark, the academic laboratory manager for the Biology Department at Marshall to find out more.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 20, 2024

Changing The Legislative Auditor’s Office And The Fall Of AppHarvest, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the demise of eastern Kentucky’s AppHarvest and bills changing the Legislative Auditor’s Office.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 19, 2024

Cutbacks In The U.S. Postal Service And A Reporter Roundtable On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the United States Postal Service (USPS) held a public hearing in Charleston last week where officials discussed their plans to downsize a local mail processing facility. But union representatives came away from the hearing with questions left unanswered. Now, they say their trust in the USPS has only further eroded.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 16, 2024

The Importance Of Corridor H And Phish Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 571, creating an Advanced Energy and Economic Corridor Authority for Corridor H. Curtis Tate spoke with Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael about the importance of Corridor H to the state. Before that discussion, though, they talked about some breaking news about a steel plant in the Northern Panhandle.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 15, 2024

Better Childcare Access For Better Economic Development On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, having access to childcare so people can go to work is a serious issue in West Virginia for economic development. In our most recent episode of The Legislature Today, Randy Yohe spoke with Del. Joey Garcia, D-Marion, and Del. Evan Worrell, R-Cabell, to explore the issue.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 14, 2024

‘The Women’s Bill Of Rights’ And PFAS Contamination On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we explore a piece of legislation moving through the statehouse called the “Women’s Bill of Rights,” and The Allegheny Front brings us a report on the long-term effects of PFAS contamination.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 13, 2024

Senate Approves Bill To Prohibit Smoking In Car With Minors, And Lawmakers Talk Crime, Punishment Legislation, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, bills about crime and punishment come before the state legislature every year. Often, they adjust punishment or even establish a new section of the state’s criminal code. For The Legislature Today, Randy Yohe spoke with Del. Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, and Sen. Mike Stuart, R-Kanawha, and a former U.S. attorney, to get their take on bills before both chambers.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 12, 2024

Reporters Discuss ‘Women’s Bill of Rights’ Legislation On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Briana Heaney and Emily Rice spoke with Lori Kersey, a reporter from the independent news organization West Virginia Watch. One of the big stories on Friday from the statehouse was a bill called the Women’s Bill of Rights.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 09, 2024

Japanese Diner Brings Connection And Robbie Fulks Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, tucked away in downtown Morgantown is Yama, a cozy diner that serves up homestyle Japanese food. Since the 1990s, Japanese students have come there to share their common language and culture with the staff. It’s also a place of comfort and connection for everyone.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 08, 2024

Air Monitoring Systems And The Geography Of Abortion On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a bill defining what air monitoring systems can and can’t be used in regulatory issues and in court has garnered some spirited and extended debate in the House of Delegates. Also, we have an excerpt from the latest Us & Them podcast, exploring the geography of abortion access in the United States.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 07, 2024

A Discussion On Homeschooling, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Randy Yohe sat down with public school teacher Del. Jeff Stephens, R-Marshall, and Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, Chair of the Senate School Choice Committee, for a discussion on homeschooling.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 06, 2024

Election Integrity And How Businesses In East Palestine Are Staying Afloat, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, it’s been a little more than a year since a Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. While there’s been much attention paid to the environmental fallout, many local business owners say they’ve struggled to keep their businesses afloat.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 05, 2024

Hurdles To Broadband Connectivity On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, to have broadband connectivity for all of West Virginia within five years, there are progress and time markers that must be met. We talk with a lawmaker and stakeholder about meeting those markers.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 02, 2024

New Information On 2016 Great Smoky Mountains Wildfire And Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a wildfire in 2016 escaped the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and made it as far as Gatlinburg, killing 14 people and injuring dozens more. Inside Appalachia Host Mason Adams spoke with investigative reporter Tyler Whetstone about new information he’s helped bring to light about the fires.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 01, 2024

Ohio Residents Look Ahead 1 Year After East Palestine Train Derailment, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a year ago, a train derailment in the community of East Palestine, Ohio turned the lives of many residents upside down. We hear from a group trying to make a difference when this happens again.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 31, 2024

LGBTQ Rights Groups Discuss Concerns With 2024 Legislation, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virgnia Morning, lawmakers have introduced bills this session that they say protect single-sex spaces. Advocates with LGBTQ rights organizations, though, say the legislation follows a pattern of singling out transgender people for discrimination. Curtis Tate spoke with Eli Baumwell, interim executive director of the ACLU-WV, and Isabella Cortez, gender policy manager for Fairness West Virginia, about those efforts.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 30, 2024

Legalizing Drug Test Strips And Tackling EMS Needs On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a bill to legalize drug test strips passed both chambers last week. Emily Rice has more.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 29, 2024

Budgets, Taxes And Clean Energy Jobs On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, state lawmakers are mulling over countless tax proposals that would directly affect West Virginians and their wallets. On Friday’s episode of The Legislature Today, Randy Yohe spoke with House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, and Kelly Allen, the executive director at the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, to discuss budgets and taxes.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 26, 2024

Football Rivals Come Together In School Consolidation On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, school consolidation is always a hot topic in small communities. Giving up longstanding hometown football teams is hard. This week, Inside Appalachia looks at how two old county football rivals came together for something new. Mason Adams has more.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 25, 2024

The Road To A Second Chance On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a criminal record can follow a person forever – and keep them from job and housing opportunities. More than a quarter of West Virginia adults have a criminal record, even for cases with no conviction or jail time. In the latest episode of Us & Them with host Trey Kay, we look at the road toward a second chance. In this excerpt, Kay talks with 37-year-old Amber Blankenship who hopes to expunge her record.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 24, 2024

Understanding The Scope Of W.Va. Food Insecurity, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Briana Heaney spoke with Cindi Kirkhart, the chief executive officer of the Facing Hunger Foodbank, and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, to help us better understand food insecurity issues in the state.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 23, 2024

Recap Of Oil And Gas Association’s Winter Meeting And Lawmakers Talk Education, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia held its winter meeting in Charleston last week. And, Senate Education Chair Sen. Amy Grady, R-Mason, and teacher Del. Jeff Stephens, R-Marshall, discuss education legislation.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 22, 2024

Ukrainians In Morgantown Honor Front Line Veteran, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, sparking a new wave of fighting in a conflict that stretches back at least a decade. As that fighting enters its third year, a small community of Ukrainians, formed around West Virginia University (WVU), recently came together to honor one of the war’s frontline veterans.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 18, 2024

Camping Ban In Wheeling And State Lawmakers Talk DHHR Restructuring, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a new camping ban went into effect in Wheeling this month. But as Chris Schulz reports, advocates for the unhoused community are pushing back. 

WVPB Staff,Jan. 17, 2024

Hydrogen Hubs In W.Va. And A Conversation With Senate President Blair, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, in our latest episode of The Legislature Today, News Director Eric Douglas spoke with Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, on issues important to him for this general legislative session. We listen to an excerpt.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 16, 2024

Ongoing Litigation Of DHHR And A Conversation With House Speaker Hanshaw, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), which has now been split into three separate agencies, is the subject of ongoing litigation about how the agency cares for children in its care, and how it handles emails and other evidence needed for trial.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 15, 2024

Reducing Black Lung Risk And WVU Graduate Talks EYES Shelter, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, fewer coal miners are killed on the job than in years past, but black lung remains a persistent problem. A big reason for that is silica dust.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 12, 2024

WVPB’s ‘The Legislature Today’ Kicks Off And Chuck Prophet Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Jim Justice delivered his State of the State address Wednesday evening and gave his 2025 budget proposal. In our first episode of The Legislature Today, our daily news show that covers the West Virginia Legislature, Statehouse Reporter Randy Yohe spoke with Sen. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, and House Minority Leader Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, to get their response.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 11, 2024

A Recap Of Justice’s Final State Of The State And A Conversation With Cassidy Hutchinson, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Jim Justice gave his final state of the state address Wednesday night, and our latest Us & Them brings us a conversation with Cassidy Hutchinson, who worked in the Trump administration.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 10, 2024

Primary Election Candidate Filing And Health-Focused New Year’s Resolutions, This West Virginia

On this West Virginia Morning, candidates for local, state and federal offices can file for the May 14 Primary Election until midnight on Saturday, Jan. 27, and we talk with registered dietician and WVU Extension specialist Gina Wood about more sustainable changes to have a larger impact on your health in the long-term.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 09, 2024

Remembering The Elk River Chemical Spill 10 Years Later On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, ten years ago, a state of emergency and water advisory was issued for nine West Virginia counties following a chemical spill in the Elk River. We look back on that day and the effects of the past decade.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 08, 2024

Helping Foster Kids Find Work, Housing After 18 On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, foster kids often don’t have anywhere to go when they turn 18, but a new program in Philippi, Barbour County is working to help provide housing and work for some of them.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 05, 2024

Foxfire Book Origins And The Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

One West Virginia Morning we get an update on the two West Virginia State Troopers injured in a shooting last month and learn about the origins of the folklife books known as Foxfire.