Wirt County Schools Begin Pilot Program to Address Effects of Trauma in Students


On this West Virginia Morning, the state faces complex ripple effects as a result of the opioid crisis. Schools are especially affected as they respond to increased number of children experiencing traumatic events. Many counties are working to adapt to a changing educational landscape, including Wirt County. Glynis Board visited Wirt Middle and Elementary schools recently to explore tactics being deployed.

Also on today’s show, on last night’s episode of “The Legislature Today,” host Suzanne Higgins spoke with Dr. Kendra Boggess, president of Concord University, and Dr. Mirta Martin, president of Fairmont State University, about funding concerns for higher education. In recent years, the West Virginia Legislature has cut the state’s higher education institution budgets several times, and there’s concern that trend will continue. We hear an excerpt from the interview.

And North Carolina’s Mandolin Orange have been guests on Mountain Stage four times since 2013. Here’s the duo’s performance of “The Wolves,” our Mountain Stage Song of the Week, recorded in Morgantown with WVU Arts & Entertainment.

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