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Many people recovering from substance use disorder rely on therapy and medication, but medications themselves can lead to unforeseen pitfalls. We’ll hear more about that and listen in to attendees who came to Wheeling to hear President Trump rally GOP candidates ahead of mid-term elections.


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Thousands of people lined the streets of Wheeling, West Virginia, this weekend, waiting in line before doors opened for a rally President Donald Trump held to boost Republican midterm election candidates.

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Here in Appalachia, it’s apple season. Did you know that Golden Delicious Apples originated right here in West Virginia? In fact, apples are our state fruit. Apples have been a major agricultural industry for the Mountain State. 


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Updated: September 28, 2018 at 5:59 p.m. 

 

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote.U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia -- a key and as-of-yet-undecided vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation process -- says he supports a GOP Senator’s call for an FBI investigation of allegations of sexual assault waged against the Supreme Court nominee.

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An epidemiology professor at West Virginia University School of Public Health is studying the potential benefits of simple meditation or music listening for improving memory and cognitive functioning in adults exhibiting warning signs for Alzheimer’s.

Warnings sign for Alzheimer’s can include losing one’s train of thought, forgetting the content of a movie soon after the credits roll and feeling overwhelmed when making plans or coordinating events.

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Will Laird visited the StoryCorps air stream with his kids, nine-year-old Liam and six-year-old Conrad. The brothers asked Will about his childhood and the reason their parents pick their names.

You can hear this conversation and more on Tuesday, October 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Walker Theater in the Clay Center in downtown Charleston.

If you really listen, we sound like two different countries: Red America and Blue America. Then again, most of us are not listening. Heading into the midterms KCRW and WVPB are teaming up to try to change that.

And Now...On the Radio!

Sep 27, 2018

We’re excited to announce that West Virginia Public Broadcasting has invited Us & Them to be a regular part of the radio lineup!

More Women are Becoming Farmers, Especially in W.Va.

Sep 27, 2018
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When you think of a farmer, what comes to mind? Is it a man in his 60s, with a beard, sitting on a tractor? Maybe several years ago you would be right, but the tide is changing, especially in West Virginia.

“I think we’ve earned the respect of fellow farmers that we’re here and we’re for real,” said Darla Stemple, who runs a farm in Aurora, West Virginia, in Preston County. 


West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

This year’s Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University is Karen Spears Zacharias. Zacharias grew up in a military family but spent most of her childhood in the hills of Appalachia. During the Vietnam War, her father was killed in action, and his death left a major impact on Zacharias’ life and the lives of her mother and siblings. In this episode of West Virginia Morning, we'll hear an interview with Zacharias about how writing and faith helped her through the struggles of her youth.


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Emmy-winning actor Jeff Daniels is also an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, who recently appeared on Mountain Stage along with the Ben Daniels Band, led by his son Ben, which also includes Jeff's  daughter Amanda.

Miners Urge Congressional Action On Pensions, Black Lung Fund

Sep 26, 2018
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Retired coal miners and coal community activists are on Capitol Hill this week urging action on two important issues for miners: pensions and black lung benefits. Advocates say funds supporting both pensions for retired miners and the federal benefits for those sickened by black lung disease are at risk if Congress does not act.

The infectious liver disease hepatitis A has hit Appalachia hard during the past several months. But your risk of contracting the disease depends on several factors.  

“So it’s very important to understand that there are certain groups of people that are at increased risk, as opposed to the general population,” West Virginia commissioner of public health Rahul Gupta said.  

 


Developers Say Mountain Valley Pipeline To Now Cost $4.6B

Sep 26, 2018
Sections of pipe sit in a storage yard outside Buckhannon, W.Va.
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Developers of a natural gas pipeline set to run through West Virginia and Virginia say the project’s cost has risen from $3.7 billion to $4.6 billion.

The Roanoke Times reports Mountain Valley Pipeline developers released the revised cost estimate Monday.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the infectious liver disease hepatitis A has hit Appalachia hard during the past several months. Kara Lofton looks into what is causing the outbreak and how public officials are working to slow the spread.

Also on today's show, when it comes to making voting more secure, cybersecurity experts say the U.S. should move away from electronic voting machines and back towards paper ballots. West Virginia is heading the other direction.

The former Best Furniture building in downtown Welch will be the site of Renaissance Village.
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Construction is set to start this spring on an apartment building aimed at attracting and retaining teachers and young professionals in McDowell County, the American Federation of Teachers has announced.

Natural gas pipeline warning sign
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A federal appeals court has halted work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through stretches of national forest land.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request this week from environmental groups to stay National Forest Service decisions allowing construction on about 20 miles of the 600-mile route.

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With the midterm election just six weeks away, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is highlighting voter registration. It’s part of a push to increase awareness on National Voter Registration Day.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, across the nation, more women are becoming farmers compared with  previous generations. That’s even more true in some Appalachian states, including West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Chris Williams introduces us to several women who are part of this trend.

Hemp seeds
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A U.S. attorney is suing a West Virginia hemp farm and others, saying they violating the federal Controlled Substances Act.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart has sued Matthew Mallory of CAMO Hemp WV, and Gary Kale of Grassy Run Farms. Grassy Run Farms owns the land, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has dismissed cases seeking to challenge appointments to -- and a special election campaign for -- the high court. Arguments were heard Monday and an order was issued hours later in matters involving Congressman Evan Jenkins and former House Speaker Tim Armstead.

Is West Virginia's Summersville Lake the clearest in the East?

Sep 24, 2018
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Does West Virginia have the clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River? Gov. Jim Justice said so in a tweet.

In the Aug. 17 tweet, Justice said, "According to SCUBA divers, Summersville Lake is clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River. This led to earning its name as ‘The Little Bahamas of the East.’ Check it out for yourself today!" (SCUBA is capitalized because it is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.)

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In his quest to win a U.S. Senate seat, Republican candidate Patrick Morrisey is touting a legal accomplishment that he said aided the state’s coal industry.

television ad by Morrisey says, among other things, that Morrisey "beat (President Barack) Obama at the Supreme Court, saving coal jobs." (An earlier ad made a similar claim as well.)

Is that correct? We took a closer look.

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As President Trump attempts to revive the struggling coal industry, the administration’s top regulator for mine safety used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo outlined the Trump administration's priorities for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA.

Free Medical Clinic Planned for October in West Virginia

Sep 24, 2018
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A free medical clinic for West Virginians in need is set for next month. The clinic will be held Oct. 20 and 21 at the Bible Center School in Charleston.

President Donald Trump during a Charleston rally.
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President Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally in West Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.
The president will rally for a slate of Republican candidates in Wheeling, including the GOP Senate nominee  Patrick Morrisey.

Judge Paul Farrell, presides over the Senate as senators are sworn in during a pre-trial impeachment conference for four impeached Supreme Court justices in the West Virginia State Senate chambers at the Capitol in Charleston, Sept. 11, 2018
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A group of judicial stand-ins representing West Virginia’s Supreme Court was hearing challenges Monday, Sept. 24, to GOP Gov. Jim Justice’s appointments of two Republican politicians to replace two departed justices.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

President Donald Trump’s top mine safety regulator used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe. 

David Zatezalo, a West Virginia native and former mine executive, focused on how the Mine Safety and Health Administration could use technology to reduce mining fatalities and injuries. But as Brittany Patterson reports, he offered few remedies for the shocking increase in black lung disease.

Karen Spears Zacharias.
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The 2018 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University is Karen Spears Zacharias. Zacharias grew up in a military family but spent most of her childhood in the hills of Appalachia.

During the Vietnam War, her father was killed in action, and his death left a major impact on Zacharias’ life and the lives of her mother and siblings.

Updated at 9:05 p.m. ET

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her in high school, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her attorneys said Saturday.

Bipartisan negotiators have tentatively agreed to work toward a Thursday hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee with Kavanaugh and Ford, but talks continue on a final agreement, according to multiple congressional sources.

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