Poll: Rural Americans Rattled By Opioid Epidemic; Many Want Government Help

Rural Americans are profoundly worried about the opioid crisis and their local economies and many are hoping government can help, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. One-quarter of rural Americans say opioid and other drug abuse is the biggest problem that faces their local communities. A similar share, 21 percent, say economic concerns are the biggest problems in their areas. No other topic even comes close...

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Appalachian Food: What Happens When Local, Traditional Foods Get Trendy?

The Inside Appalachia team is hitting the road and heading to Beckley for its first LIVE Listening Party the evening of Bridge Day. Join us for an evening of live interviews, videos, art and music. The event will be at the Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre in Beckley on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. -- and it’s free. Seating is limited, so don’t forget to RSVP .

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Lawyers for the governor of West Virginia have told the state Supreme Court the meaning of the word "reside" is unclear in a case regarding his residency outside of Charleston.

Female veterans in New York watch the grave-side ceremony for the formerly oldest living female Marine, Miriam Cohen.
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A professional photographer from West Virginia who is an Army veteran is working on a project about female veterans from the state.

Stephanie Ferrell plans to photograph the veterans in their home environments. The Register-Herald reports the project is expected to exhibit in January.

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A lawsuit seeks to force Republican U.S. Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia to release public records related to his communications with the pharmaceutical industry.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed suit Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court against Morrisey, who is running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin on Nov. 6.

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear another story from our ongoing project focused on confronting the addiction crisis in our region. Assistant News Director Glynis Board spoke with Bill Hogan who shares his recovery story.

October 17, 1785: Virginia General Assembly Establishes Morgan's Town

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In 1886, the arrival of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad sparked a regional boom in coal, oil, and gas.
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On October 17, 1785, the Virginia General Assembly established Morgan’s Town. It was named for Zackquill Morgan, the son of pioneer Morgan Morgan. Zackquill had settled in the area in 1771 and laid out the town in 1783.

Rural Americans are profoundly worried about the opioid crisis and their local economies and many are hoping government can help, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

On this West Virginia Morning, agriculture -- even on a small scale -- could have a big impact in West Virginia’s economy. We’ll hear about one program trying to spur that growth.

October 16, 1859: John Brown Captures U.S. Armory

Oct 16, 2018
Harpers Ferry was the site of the US Armory, and played a vital role before and during the Civil War.
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On the night of October 16, 1859, a band of antislavery men under John Brown captured the U.S. armory at Harpers Ferry. Earlier in the year, Brown had settled into a western Maryland farmhouse, where he trained his 18-man army in military tactics. His goal was to seize weapons from the national armory at Harpers Ferry and arm slaves, who would then overthrow their masters.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Moments after West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael gaveled in Monday morning, an anticipated but nevertheless awkward silence fell across the chamber. But that silence, indicating a roadblock in impeachment proceedings, gave way to lengthy discussions about what might happen next.

The Exclusive Industry That’s Supplying Pennsylvania’s Medical Cannabis

Oct 15, 2018
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Laura Jean Kahl owns Rabbit Hollow Farm in Washington County, Pennsylvania. A fairly rural county of just over 200,000 people, it sits south of Pittsburgh bordering West Virginia.

The 50 acres of land has been in Kahl’s family since the Great Depression. Her great grandfather purchased the farm by means of employment through the United States Postal Service, and over the years, his sons were able to build their own homes and raise their families on the land. After Kahl’s grandmother passed away in 2015, she made the decision to take over the farm with her husband.

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