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Whether it’s important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s team of experienced reporters bring listeners in depth stories and interviews from around the state.

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State Trooper Memorial Service, Latest Us & Them And Understanding Drug Epidemic Buzzwords, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, hundreds from close to home and around the nation attended the memorial service for slain West Virginia State Police Sgt. Cory Maynard. Randy Yohe spoke with some of those who came to honor the life and legacy of a beloved trooper who was shot and killed in the line of duty last Friday.

WVPB Staff,Jun. 07, 2023

Medicare Fraud And Decreasing Overdose Death Rates On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, during the COVID-19 pandemic, from 2019 to 2022, the state’s overdose death rate increased by 67 percent. But it may be returning to where we were before that. Emily Rice has the story.

WVPB Staff,Jun. 06, 2023

Changing Tree Syrup Traditions On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia and western Virginia are some of the southernmost places in the U.S. to make maple syrup, but producers are adapting to changing demands, and a changing climate. Folkways Reporter Clara Haizlett has this story.

WVPB Staff,Jun. 05, 2023

New Heart Tech And A Talk With New Delegate Anitra Hamilton, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Anitra Hamilton was selected to serve out the remainder of Del. Danielle Walker’s term, and reporter Chris Schulz sat down with the state’s newest delegate to discuss her new position and plans.

WVPB Staff,Jun. 02, 2023

Asheville, NC’s Music Recording Scene And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Drop of Sun Studios in Asheville, North Carolina has become something of an “it” record studio. Run by Alex Farrar and Adam McDaniel, the studio has racked up a slew of acclaimed records inside the past year, including albums by Angel Olsen, Archers of Loaf and more.

WVPB Staff,Jun. 01, 2023

W.Va. ABCA Talks Mission And 2023 Music Hall Of Fame Set For Saturday On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Randy Yohe talks with ABCA Commissioner Fred Wooton about the marketing, tourism and product enhancement initiatives that are key aspects of a forward-thinking mission statement.   

WVPB Staff,May. 31, 2023

WVU Students Research Diversity And Accessibility In Esports On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, video games have been around for decades, but in recent years esports – competitive, multiplayer video games – have exploded in popularity. Reporter Chris Schulz examines their growth.

WVPB Staff,May. 30, 2023

Sillier Side Of Minor League Baseball And A Look At New Film ‘King Coal,’ This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s latest documentary is called “King Coal.” The imaginative film focuses on central Appalachia, how coal mining has influenced its culture and how that may be changing. Inside Appalachia host Mason Adams spoke with Sheldon and co-producer Molly Born about the film.

WVPB Staff,May. 26, 2023

The Art Of Taxidermy And Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, taxidermy fascinates a lot of people, but the actual work of preserving and mounting dead animals makes some uncomfortable, but not Amy Ritchie in Yadkin County, North Carolina. Folkways Reporter Margaret McLeod Leef visited Ritchie’s workshop and brought us this story.

WVPB Staff,May. 25, 2023

School Discipline Strategies And Ohio Community Grieves Demolished Power Plant, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, students from poor families are more likely to be suspended from school for bad behavior, and data from West Virginia reflects this national trend. We share an excerpt from our latest episode of Us & Them, where host Trey Kay talks with a Yale University researcher about tailored school discipline strategies.

WVPB Staff,May. 24, 2023

Hope Scholarship Program On The Rise, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Hope Scholarship program allows West Virginia students to apply state money toward private and parochial school tuition. And state officials say the program is growing.

WVPB Staff,May. 23, 2023

First Responders’ Mental Health Needs And Reintroducing Chestnut Trees, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, May is mental health awareness month. Randy Yohe speaks with state Emergency Medical Director Jody Ratliff on what’s being done to relieve the mental anguish first responders face on the job.

WVPB Staff,May. 22, 2023

Increasing Electricity Costs And Air Pollution On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, electricity costs in West Virginia have grown faster than any surrounding state, according to a report by environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies. Curtis Tate spoke with one of the authors of the report, Joey James, about what’s driving those increases, and what other states are doing differently.

WVPB Staff,May. 19, 2023

The Origin Of Face Jugs And Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, face pottery turns up in art galleries and souvenir shops, but the style has a surprising origin. On this week’s Inside Appalachia, Folkways Reporter Zack Harold traced the story of Face Jugs, from a basement pottery studio in Shinston, West Virginia to Africa.

WVPB Staff,May. 18, 2023

West Virginian Discusses Trip To Cuba On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, earlier this year, a young West Virginian member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation traveled to Cuba on a humanitarian mission. Reporter Chris Schulz sat down with Jack Tensley to talk about his trip.

WVPB Staff,May. 17, 2023

Health Insurance Options And Low Prison Incarceration On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia’s prison system has been in the news lately with deaths and staffing problems. A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative shows that the number of people incarcerated in the state is on the low end nationally. News Director Eric Douglas spoke with Wanda Bertram, the group’s communication strategist, about the report.

WVPB Staff,May. 16, 2023

A Look At Upcoming Elections On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, it’s still a year away, but already, West Virginia’s U.S. Senate election is set to be one of the most competitive and most watched in the country. To get an idea of how it might shape up, Curtis Tate spoke with Kyle Kondik, communications director for the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

WVPB Staff,May. 15, 2023

Morgantown’s ‘Project Rainbow’ And New Book Explores Cancer Prevention On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, housing can be a difficult issue for many but especially for those in marginalized communities. A group in Morgantown is working to create Project Rainbow, a shelter and housing aid organization specifically for LGBTQ community members.

WVPB Staff,May. 12, 2023

Caring For Moms With Dementia And Our Song Of The Week This West Virginia Morning

situation himself.  For his ongoing series Getting Into Their Reality: Caring For Aging Parents, he spoke with Chris Schneider, the director of communications for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, about how to celebrate Mother’s Day when mom has dementia.

WVPB Staff,May. 11, 2023

U.S. COVID-19 Health Emergency Ends And State Fiddler Talks Inspiration, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the U.S. has officially canceled the designation of COVID-19 as a public health emergency in the country. Emily Rice has more.

WVPB Staff,May. 10, 2023

Appalachian Author Wins A Pulitzer On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Kentucky author Barbara Kingsolver won a 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her newest novel Demon Copperhead. In light of this achievement, we are listening back to our interview with Kingsolver last fall, when she was recognized as the 2022 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University.

WVPB Staff,May. 09, 2023

NUCOR And State Legislative Interims On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we have an update on the NUCOR steel plant in Mason County and reports from May interims of the West Virginia Legislature.

WVPB Staff,May. 08, 2023

Supporting LGBTQ Youth Mental Health On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and last week a nationwide survey of the LGBTQ community revealed concerning numbers.

WVPB Staff,May. 05, 2023

Discussing Being Appalachian And Our Song Of The Week This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we travel two years back in time to 2021, when Inside Appalachia asked the question, “What is Appalachia?” Recently, the show received email responses from students in a writing class taught by Debra Nickles at Ohio University Chillicothe. Inside Appalachia host Mason Adams spoke with Nickles and her class about the assignment, which sparked a conversation about regional identity.

WVPB Staff,May. 04, 2023

Predicting West Virginia’s Budget This West Virginia Morning

Sean O’Leary, senior policy analyst for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, said the state could find itself with a shortfall instead of a surplus in the coming years. He spoke with energy and environment reporter Curtis Tate about the volatility of the severance tax.

WVPB Staff,May. 03, 2023

Dealing With A Particularly Awful Allergy Season, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, if allergies are making you more miserable than usual this spring, you’re not alone. We hear from a West Virginia allergy specialist who confirms this year is a tough one for seasonal allergy sufferers.

WVPB Staff,May. 02, 2023

A Discussion About The Pleasants Power Station This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, energy and environment reporter Curtis Tate speaks with Sierra Club Senior Campaign Representative Karan May about the West Virginia Public Service Commission’s recent agreement to allow a plan to keep the Pleasants Power Station from shutting down at the end of May. Consumer and environmental groups, large industrial users and even the PSC’s Consumer Advocate testified against it.

WVPB Staff,May. 01, 2023

A Look At How Different State Agencies Pay Their Bills, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, state agencies work with hundreds of independent vendors and contractors. Recently state lawmakers learned that some agencies pay more quickly than others, and the adverse effects caused.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 28, 2023

Writing About Grief And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, working through her grief, Amanda Held Opelt studied grief rituals and wrote a book. Inside Appalachia Producer Bill Lynch spoke with her about grieving, writing about grief and her sister Rachel.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 27, 2023

Veteran Cemetery Project And America’s Gun Divide On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a collaborative project is bringing light to the lives of veterans laid to rest at the state’s national cemeteries. Chris Schulz has more.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 26, 2023

Studying Insect Wings On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, in the spring of 2016, a massive brood of cicadas emerged in northern West Virginia after 17 years underground. The event prompted one West Virginia University professor to study the composition of their wings. Assistant News Director Caroline MacGregor has the story.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 25, 2023

Mountain State Native Talks Working In Hollywood On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Jillian Howell began making movies as a grade schooler.  The Putnam County native now works in Hollywood, but her passion is telling stories on film about worthwhile West Virginians.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 24, 2023

Fruit Farmers, Derailment Waste And Treating Substance Use Disorder On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, this past winter was unseasonably mild. As Chris Schulz reports, that’s put some of the state’s fruit farmers in an unexpectedly precarious position.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 21, 2023

Celebrating Body Art And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, each summer for a decade, the West Virginia Tattoo Expo has brought artists and enthusiasts to Morgantown to celebrate body art. This year, the convention has added a second weekend. Reporter Chris Schulz spent some time at the event.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 20, 2023

Supporting State EMS And Celebrating Native Plants On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the state may be “wild and wonderful,” but not everything growing in our forests is supposed to be here. There are many invasive plants that are crowding out the native ones. News Director Eric Douglas took advantage of the spring weather to get out in the woods and learn more about the plants beneath his feet.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 19, 2023

A Look At The State’s Annual Air Report On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the American Lung Association released its annual State of the Air Report, which grades Americans’ exposure to unhealthy pollution levels. Aimee MacCleave, advocacy director for the American Lung Association’s West Virginia office, spoke to Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice about West Virginia’s report card.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 18, 2023

Holocaust Remembrance Day And Shepherd University Encourages Campus Carry Dialogue, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, it is Holocaust Remembrance Day by the Jewish calendar in recognition of the 80th anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. The day honors six million Jews murdered during the war.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 17, 2023

A Morgantown-Based Band Gets Back Together On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, after close to 20 years of inactivity and most of the members moving away from the state, Morgantown-based band The Argument is releasing new music. Reporter Chris Schulz sat down with The Argument’s Chris Russell and Scott Simons to discuss collaborating online, and Morgantown’s enduring impact on their music.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 14, 2023

Using Astrology For Gardening And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, it’s spring planting season. Sarah Hall, an associate professor of agriculture and natural resources at Berea College, is the author of a new book, “Sown in the Stars: Planting by the Signs.” Inside Appalachia Producer Bill Lynch spoke with Hall about gardening using astrology.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 13, 2023

Diminishing Rural Health Care And What’s Happening In Coal States, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, nearly 150 rural hospitals in the U.S. since 2010 have shut down – all victims to the financial stresses facing the country’s health care. Residents in West Virginia’s Mingo County have watched as some of their health care options vanished.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 12, 2023

Assisting Retirees And Caregivers On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a real problem facing many older adults is having enough money for their retirement. News Director Eric Douglas spoke with Josh Hodges, the chief customer officer for the National Council on Aging to learn about the help that is available for retirees and caregivers.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 11, 2023

W.Va. Higher Education Institutions Prepare For Campus Carry Law, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, after years of failed attempts, Senate Bill 10, the Campus Self-Defense Act, also known as Campus Carry, passed in the recently completed legislative session. The new law authorized the concealed carry of firearms in certain areas of college and university campuses.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 10, 2023

Artificial Intelligence And Pollution Controls On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, artificial intelligence is raising the possibility that students could cheat when writing papers. But as Chris Schulz reports, educators and technology companies are ahead of the curve.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 07, 2023

Let’s Talk Running For Governor On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Primary Election isn’t until next May, but candidates are already declaring their intention to run for the governor’s office. News Director Eric Douglas talks to Marshall Political Science Professor Marybeth Beller about the political objective.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 06, 2023

Retaining Public School Bus Drivers On This West Virginia Morning

n this West Virginia Morning, the challenge to recruit and retain public school bus drivers remains at a critical level, and it’s having a ripple effect on student education. Meanwhile, a shortage of bus mechanics is only aggravating the problem.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 05, 2023

Discussing Protections For Student Journalists On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia recently became the 17th state in the nation to pass a law protecting student journalists. It is known as the Student Journalist Press Freedom Protection Act.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 04, 2023

Over The Counter Naloxone And Workshops At The Augusta Heritage Center On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, every summer, the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins attracts thousands of visitors who come to learn about traditional arts, music and crafts. Inside Appalachia’s Bill Lynch spoke with Seth Young about the center’s mission and its plans to bring more high school juniors and seniors to its summer workshops – for free.

WVPB Staff,Apr. 03, 2023

New Book Highlights 100 Things To Do In The Mountain State On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, “100 Things to Do in West Virginia Before You Die” is a new book to help locals and visitors explore the Mountain State. Inside Appalachia Producer Bill Lynch spoke with Melody Pittman, who co-authored the book with Angela Richards.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 31, 2023

Hiking The Appalachian Trail And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, and North Carolina native, Jennifer Pharr Davis has not only through-hiked the trail three times, but she has also set records for speed. Inside Appalachia Host Mason Adams talks to Davis about her love of hiking and what it takes to get started.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 30, 2023

Train Crew Sizes And A Morgantown Comedy Festival On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a weekend of comedy kicks off Thursday in Morgantown. Now in its second year, the Red Eye Comedy Festival is not only highlighting the state’s nascent comedy community, but also attracting national talent to the region.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 29, 2023

Rail Safety Issues And First Public Hearing For PEIA Changes On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the first of four public hearings held by the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) Monday drew criticism about changes to the plan. Caroline MacGregor reports.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 28, 2023

Promoting W.Va. And Cleaning Up East Palestine This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a group of state legislative and education leaders will soon embark on another national economic development tour. The program, called ChooseWV, tells West Virginia’s story directly to those who can make a major job and industry impact.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 27, 2023

Potato Candy And The Latest On The East Palestine Train Wreck, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, family recipes are a way for people to connect with their ancestors, but what do you do when the measurements for the recipe aren’t exact and you’ve never actually tried Grandma’s potato candy. Brenda Sandoval in Harper’s Ferry had to find out. Inside Appalachia’s Capri Cafaro has more.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 24, 2023

Ohio’s Poet Laureate And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Kari Gunter-Seymour is Ohio’s third poet laureate. Inside Appalachia Producer Bill Lynch spoke with Gunter-Seymour about poetry, getting published and the Appalachian part of Ohio.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 23, 2023

Teaching Healthy Habits And W.Va. Chefs Nominated For Award On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, more than a decade ago, Huntington made headlines as the “fattest city in the nation.” We listen to an excerpt from our latest episode of Us & Them with host Trey Kay Kay, where we look at continuing efforts to teach healthy habits in West Virginia.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 22, 2023

Banning Books In Prisons On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, news about book bans have been in the spotlight lately, but books are also being banned in prisons without much public attention. The Marshall Project, a nonprofit newsroom focused on the criminal justice system, published a searchable database of the books banned in 18 state prison systems. News Director Eric Douglas spoke with Andrew Calderon about the project and what it means in West Virginia prisons.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 21, 2023

A Conversation About A Unique Celebration’s Historical Significance, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Civil War historians are recognizing a unique local celebration that happened during the conflict in the wilds of southern West Virginia, when 20 Jewish Union soldiers came together during the conflict for a Passover feast known as a Seder.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 20, 2023

Banking Concerns And Spring Has Sprung On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the last few weeks of news from the world of banking has shaken confidence in financial institutions both at home and abroad. Reporter Chris Schulz set out to find what the real impact has been on West Virginia’s financial institutions.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 17, 2023

Yugoslavian Fish Stew And Nellie McKay Has Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, General Steak and Seafood in Charleston is a local staple. Along with scallops, sea bass and salmon, the shop is known for its Yugoslavian Fish Stew, particularly during the season of Lent. Folkways Reporter Zack Harold has the story.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 16, 2023

New Report Shows Coal Utility Challenges During Christmas Holiday, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, coal’s supporters have bragged about the performance of the fossil fuel during the deep freeze over Christmas weekend. But as Curtis Tate reports, not all coal units were available to help, even in West Virginia. That’s according to a new report from Standard & Poor’s.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 15, 2023

A Forest Project And Senators Reflect On 2023 Legislative Session On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, with the 60-day legislative session over, lawmakers and West Virginians have a chance to reflect on what was accomplished – and look forward to what still needs to be done for the state. Chris Schulz covered the Senate all session and has one last look at the chamber’s activity.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 14, 2023

Fruit Tree Migration And A Final Legislative Wrap On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, several lawmakers called the just completed legislative session historic, while others were concerned over the focus on major economic development rather than helping working West Virginians. Randy Yohe has a final session wrap from the House of Delegates.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 13, 2023

WVPB Reporters Recap 2023 State Legislative Session On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the 60-day state legislative session ended Saturday night in a quieter fashion than normal. Both chambers finished up all the legislation they intended to pass on Friday and spent Saturday hammering out the differences. On Sunday, the news team came together in the studio to do a final wrap up. News Director Eric Douglas spoke with the reporters on legislative duty.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 10, 2023

Health Legislation And John Inghram Has Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, there have been a number of health issues discussed by the state legislature this session, from reducing the cost of insulin to women’s health. Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice spoke with The Legislature Today host Bob Brunner about some of the bills she’s been following.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 09, 2023

Education Legislation And Addressing Homelessness On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the federal government says this year’s count of homeless people shows 40 percent are living on the streets, unsheltered. That’s the highest percentage ever. Many cities are struggling to provide support. In Charleston, West Virginia outdoor encampments have been a focus at the state legislature as debate continues over how to respond.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 08, 2023

Understanding Hospice And Lawmakers Talk Changes To PEIA, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we have the next installment in our series on caring for aging parents. News Director Eric Douglas spoke with Katherine Calloway from Hospice Care of West Virginia to find out more. This is a conversation many people don’t want to have with their loved ones, but it is an important one.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 07, 2023

Gender-Affirming Health Care And Sen. Capito Visits Shepherd University On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, one hotly debated bill before the state legislature is one that restricts gender-affirming health care for state youth. It’s slowly moving forward in the Senate. In our latest episode of The Legislature Today, News Director Eric Douglas speaks with reporter Curtis Tate about the bill.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 06, 2023

Model Trains And State Legislature Enters Final Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, model trains have grown from a child’s toy to an enduring passion for adults. Inside Appalachia Folkways reporter Zack Harold visited with the Kanawha Valley Railroad Association and has this story.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 03, 2023

Women’s Health And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, with the state’s abortion ban clarified and solidified in state code by recent legislation, our Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice talks with Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, and Del. Ric Griffith, D-Wayne, about women’s and maternal health in West Virginia.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 02, 2023

In-Home Care Versus Nursing Homes And Crossover Day At The Legislature On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear the latest installment in News Director Eric Douglas’ series on caring for aging parents. We talk with Chris Braley, the owner of a memory care assisted living facility in Kanawha County, who sheds light on in-home care versus nursing homes.

WVPB Staff,Mar. 01, 2023

PEIA Legislation And COVID-19 Emergency Food Support Ending, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, some struggling families may now have less government support for food, as COVID-19 pandemic-era emergency allotments come to a close. Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice has more.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 28, 2023

Enhancing Hiking, Biking And Trails On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Assistant News Director Caroline MacGregor talks with House Minority Leader Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, and Sen. Mark Maynard, R-Wayne, to learn about what the state legislature has planned to support that growing tourism industry.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 27, 2023

A Look At Chemical Leaks, Train Derailments And PFAS On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a serious train derailment and chemical release in Ohio has dominated the headlines for the past few weeks. West Virginia has seen its own share of disasters with hazardous materials, including an oil train derailment and fire in 2015. Energy & Environment Reporter Curtis Tate spoke with Jesse Richardson of the West Virginia University Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic about those events.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 24, 2023

Legislation To Combat Flooding And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, flooding is a problem that plagues the state of West Virginia, but a resiliency officer is now designated to help the state recover. In our latest episode of The Legislature Today, Assistant News Director Caroline MacGregor spoke with Del. Clay Riley, R-Harrison, and Sen. Chandler Swope, R-Mercer, to see how the state legislature can help further.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 23, 2023

Economic Development And Challenges Of Re-Entry On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, there are several ways to look at economic development in West Virginia. One is the traditional method of luring large corporations to the state, and another school of thought is to invest that money in poverty programs and to bring the poorest West Virginians up.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 22, 2023

Roads, Bridges And The State’s First ‘Dementia Friendly’ Town On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, it’s Dementia Friendly Day in St. Albans. The Kanawha County town is the first location in the state that has been recognized as being dementia friendly. For his special radio series, “Getting Into Their Reality: Caring For Aging Parents,” News Director Eric Douglas spoke with Walter Hall, the vice mayor of St. Albans, and one of the founders of the Dementia Friendly program, to find out what it’s all about.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 21, 2023

Campus Carry And Appalachian Writers Workshop To Return, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Senate Bill 10 is expected to pass the House of Delegates this week. The bill would allow people with concealed carry permits to have guns on college campuses. Government Reporter Randy Yohe spoke with Del. Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia, and Sen. Mike Stuart, R-Kanawha, to get a better understanding on the bill.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 20, 2023

Reporter Roundtable And New Book On Influential Environmentalist, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we listen back to our Friday reporter roundtable on The Legislature Today where our WVPB reporters Randy Yohe and Chris Schulz were joined by veteran TV newsman from WCHS in Charleston Bob Aaron. They discussed some of the big ticket items in the state legislature including campus carry, arming public school teachers and splitting up DHHR.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 17, 2023

Helping West Virginians Regain Sobriety And Joan Osborne Has Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, substance use disorder, sober living homes, homelessness and mental health treatment are all challenges facing West Virginia when it comes to helping people regain sobriety. In our latest episode of The Legislature Today, Randy Yohe spoke with Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, and Del. Scot Heckert, R-Wood, to discuss what’s working and what needs changed.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 16, 2023

School Choice And A New Study Sheds Light On Financial Costs Of Suicide, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, from the Hope Scholarship to charter schools, West Virginia’s educational landscape has changed in the last few years. Often driven by legislation, supporters of the “school choice” movement have more options now than ever before.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 15, 2023

Health Legislation, Wills And Estate Planning On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the state recently received some bad health grades from the American Lung Association. Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice sat down with Del. Matthew Rohrbach, R-Cabell, who is also a doctor, to get his thoughts on the state of health in West Virginia and what the legislature can do to help.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 14, 2023

Lawmakers Discuss Judicial Redistricting On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, one issue before the West Virginia Legislature this year is judicial redistricting. That means balancing out the number of judges covering the state to make sure that every case gets heard in a timely manner.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 13, 2023

Tax Cuts And State Poet Laureate Talks Career On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the biggest story to watch at the West Virginia Legislature this week will be proposed tax cuts. Last Friday, WVPB‘s Chris Schulz and Curtis Tate sat down with Leah Willingham from the Associated Press for a reporter roundtable on The Legislature Today.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 10, 2023

Energy Costs And Janis Ian Has Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, energy costs have gone up for West Virginians in the past couple of years. Local governments in the state have been some of the most vocal opponents of utility rate increases.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 09, 2023

Restructuring DHHR And Youth Voter Turnout Is On The Rise, This West Virginia Morning

Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice sat down with the chairs of the Senate and House Health committees: Del. Amy Summers, R-Taylor, and Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, to discuss DHHR’s future.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 08, 2023

Understanding Gender-Affirming Care And Discussing Funeral Arrangements With Loved Ones On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, discussing funeral arrangements is never easy, but as News Director Eric Douglas found out through personal experience with his mom, it is much easier to do it in advance than it is after a loved one has passed away.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 07, 2023

Lawmakers Discuss State’s Education Challenges On This West Virginia Morning

Education Reporter Chris Schulz sat down with Sen. Amy Grady, R-Mason, the Senate Education Committee chair, and Del. David Elliot Pritt, D-Fayette, the Minority vice chair of the House Education Committee, to learn more about what is being done to address the state’s education challenges this legislative session.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 06, 2023

Health Legislation And Ending Book Deserts On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, book deserts are places without nearby libraries or bookstores, which can be very hard for children just learning to read. Morgantown High School senior Rania Zuri is trying to fight that and bring books to kids in West Virginia. Inside Appalachia’s Mason Adams spoke with her.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 03, 2023

Student Safety, Success And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Education Reporter Chris Schulz sat down with West Virginia teachers Shane Healy and Robin Chancey on our latest episode of The Legislature Today to discuss the state of our schools and some of the proposed changes.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 02, 2023

Budget Surpluses, Taxes And Recycling Plastics On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Government Reporter Randy Yohe spoke with Gov. Jim Justice during Wednesday night’s episode of The Legislature Today. We listen to part of that conversation where the governor discussed budget surpluses and tax reductions.

WVPB Staff,Feb. 01, 2023

A Discussion Of The State Budget And When To Stop Driving This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, government reporter Randy Yohe spoke with Senate Finance Chair Eric Tarr, R-Putnam, and House Finance committee member Larry Rowe, D-Kanawha, to get the latest on the state budget.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 31, 2023

Staffing Jails And Celebrating Farms, Forests On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the state’s jail system is stretched to a breaking point. Even with various programs, incentives and pay raises to encourage more West Virginians to serve as correctional officers, there are still severe vacancies.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 30, 2023

A Reporter Roundtable And Expanding Health Care For Veterans On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we listen back to our Friday reporter roundtable on The Legislature Today. Steven Allen Adams from Ogden Newspapers joined our statehouse reporters Randy Yohe and Chris Schulz in the studio.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 27, 2023

Workforce Challenges And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, a question facing West Virginia is whether we have enough people to fill the new jobs coming into the state. Government Reporter Randy Yohe explored the issue in a discussion with the chairmen of the Senate and House Workforce committees Sen. Rollan Roberts, R-Raleigh, and Del. Evan Worrell, R-Cabell.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 26, 2023

Energy Issues And Housing Costs On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia has long been an energy state. But where that energy comes from is changing. Natural gas is replacing coal in power plants and renewable energy is gaining ground.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 25, 2023

Senior Services And The Coalfield Communities Grant Facilitation Commission On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, many West Virginians have found themselves caring for an aging parent. News Director found himself in that position with his mom and he didn’t know where to turn for help. So, he got to work and is bringing what he found to our broadcast. In our fourth story in Douglas’ series “Getting Into Their Reality: Caring For Aging Parents,” he talks with Vicky Foster, the CEO of Kanawha Valley Senior Services.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 24, 2023

PEIA Concerns And Tourism Day On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) is the health care benefit for state employees and teachers among others. Rising costs in health care have put the program in jeopardy. Reporter Chris Schulz spoke with Del. Charlie Reynolds, R-Marshall, and Fred Albert, the president of the American Federation of Teachers – West Virginia, to get their perspectives.

WVPB Staff,Jan. 23, 2023

River Ice Jams And Country Musician Morgan Wade On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, our Inside Appalachia Host Mason Adams recently spoke with country musician and Virginia native Morgan Wade. “Wilder Days” is the first track on her country album Reckless. The album was released in 2021 and became a hit, charting at number 14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers charts. We hear about her tour and about coming home to Floyd, Virginia.

Improving Early Childhood Literacy And Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, Government Reporter Randy Yohe talks with Sen. Bob Plymale, D-Wayne, and Del. Joe Statler, R-Monongalia, about proposed early childhood education reforms to ensure literacy. The renewed focus comes after state and national test results in 2022 showed steep declines in reading and math scores.

Budget Possibilities And House Passes Income Tax Reduction Proposal On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, reporter Chris Schulz sat down with budget policy expert Sean O’Leary from the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy to discuss the proposed state budget and the potential possibilities.