This week, we usher in the season of lights with our holiday show from 2022. James Beard-nominated West Virginia chefs Mike Costello and Amy Dawson serve up special dishes with stories behind them. We visit an old-fashioned toy shop whose future was uncertain after its owners died – but there’s a twist. We also share a few memories of Christmas past, which may or may not resemble yours. You’ll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Mississippi and West Virginia are known for their struggles with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don’t mess around.
A recent measles outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people has brought attention to policies in 48 states that allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their children because of their religious or personal beliefs, or both.
West Virginia and Mississippi are the only states that refuse to give those two exemptions. Separate efforts to significantly loosen those rules died in both states’ legislatures last week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi has the highest immunization rate in the country for children entering kindergarten at 99.7 percent. West Virginia is at roughly 96 percent.