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On this West Virginia Morning, drug overdose deaths in the Ohio Valley continue to rise. And so do the risks of infectious diseases closely associated with needle drug use. Area health officials say the region’s opioid crisis is now a public health threat on multiple fronts. Aaron Payne reports that health groups with different specialties are teaming up and taking to the road to meet the challenge.

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A group reviewing West Virginia's higher education system wants two-year community and technical colleges added to the study.

News outlets report the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education voted Friday to draft a response to Gov. Jim Justice's executive order that created the commission.

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The West Virginia Republican Party is attempting to join the legal fight to keep former coal executive Don Blankenship off the ballot as a third-party candidate for the U.S. Senate.

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West Virginia University has postponed its Fan Day following an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease among several members of the school's football program.

The school said Saturday that five cases of the highly contagious viral infection were identified within the program.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is excited to welcome legendary acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke back to Mountain Stage for his 9th appearance. More artists have been added to our Live Show Schedule.

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This story is part of an episode of Inside Appalachia about Professional Wrestling in Appalachia. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

In Madison, West Virginia, All Star Wrestling draws hundreds of people to most matches. The crowd is no different than any West Virginia high school sporting event: Plenty of kids, small children to teenagers—and parents, grandparents, and others who you can tell by the skeptical  look on their faces, are not that into it. They brought their kid who loves wrestling and that’s the only reason why they are sitting in an audience surrounded by screaming fans with music blaring.


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This week on Inside Appalachia, we explore the world of independent pro-wrestling.

While pro-wrestling is popular across the country and all around the world, the sport has a rich and storied history here in Appalachia. In this episode we’ll take a glimpse at the action, intensity, and drama (real-life and otherwise) that happens between the ropes.


Hazard Ahead: Ohio Valley Auto Industry Concerned About Trump Trade Policies

Aug 17, 2018
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Automotive manufacturing leaders met in Kentucky to discuss how changes in U.S. trade policy under President Trump affect the industry and its growing presence in the Ohio Valley.

Industry leaders gathered for the annual AutoVision conference and many don’t like what they see coming.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we visit the world of independent pro-wrestling in Appalachia. We shared the mic this week with one of our colleagues here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Adam Harris. He’s spent the past two years recording wrestling shows in Boone County for an episode of Inside Appalachia. In this morning’s preview of that episode, we’ll hear Adam Harris speaking with Dave Allen, who was the ring announcer at the time for All Star Wrestling.

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A new economic forecast shows the recent uptick in coal production is expected to level out during the next two years and decline precipitously during the next two decades.

The annual coal production report, released today by West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, shows the recent uptick in coal production will be short-lived.

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Some medications used to treat opioid use disorders can be abused if taken in large amounts or injected. Others, such as suboxone, prevent the effect of the opioids. Two WVU researchers are studying whether this drug could be used to treat pregnant women with opioid use disorders. Kara  Lofton spoke with researcher Laura Lander about the findings and the challenges of treating pregnant women.

LOFTON: Your research focuses on treating opioid use disorders in pregnant women. What are the challenges with working with this particular patient population?

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Americans tend to sort themselves into tribes that share similar culture, ideas and values. Trey recalls kids at his West Virginia high school sorting themselves into different camps and how one dressed was often a defining factor, right down to the shoes.

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To most folks overnight shift work would be exhausting, and the stress of paying bills at times overwhelming. But to talk to Kelly Strickler of Huntington, WV, who clocks in at a local bakery at 11pm and clocks out at 7am, you’d think she won the lottery.

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On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will cosponsor a screening of the documentary Recovery Boys tonight at University of Charleston’s Geary Auditorium. It’s part of WVPB's Recovery project – a focus on substance use disorder and the various paths to recovery. Part of this effort is sharing stories of those in recovery. Executive producer Suzanne Higgins recently visited with Kelly Strickler, of Huntington, to hear hers.

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Two justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals say they will not resign, despite being impeached by the House of Delegates.

The Tuesday announcements from Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justice Beth Walker came hours before a deadline that would trigger a November special election to fill the remainder of any terms left by vacancies. Their statements followed the resignation of another justice Tuesday.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has donated a combined $20,000 to the state Republican Party while his family businesses' have tax debts in neighboring states.

W.Va. Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis announcing her retirement on August 14, 2018.
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This is a developing story and will be updated.

Following the impeachment of all four remaining justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Justice Robin Davis has announced her retirement. She made the annoucement Tuesday morning in the court chambers. Her retirement is effective Monday, August 13.

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Hollywood Casino in Charles Town is the first casino licensed to offer sports betting in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Lottery Commission made the announcement Monday. Commission legal counsel Danielle Boyd told The Charleston Gazette-Mail the casino expects to start accepting bets Sept. 1, after installing software and training employees.

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Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power have filed a settlement agreement seeking to use tax reform funds to offset fuel and vegetation management costs, allowing customer rates to remain stable for two years.

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West Virginia lawmakers are calling for harsher drug laws following a possible overdose-related car crash that stopped feet away from a playground.

Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, tells The Huntington Herald-Dispatch that he wants to create a "punishment that fits the crime."

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On this West Virginia Morning, eight former coal mine employees in western Kentucky faced arraignment last week on federal charges that they conspired to falsify monitoring of coal dust, which can cause black lung disease. The unusual case comes amid a surge in black lung, and the fraud charges highlight the risks miners face. Miners say cheating on dust monitors is widespread. And a recent change in Kentucky law could make it harder for those with black lung to get benefits.

Also on today's show, strengthened stream protection regulations spurred a fight between unlikely foes -- environmentalists and tourism entrepreneurs -- about whether those protections go too far.

And Gene Kendzior tells his daughter, Jennifer, about her grandfather, who died working in a coal mine in 1967.

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Federal regulators have halted construction of two major natural gas pipelines that cross through Appalachia this month, following several federal court decisions.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) halted the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Friday, Aug. 10. The agency issued a similar stop-work order earlier this month for the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline. Both orders followed decisions issued by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal appeals court based in Richmond, Virginia.

Shepherdstown sometimes argues that it is older because its bill was read for the third time before Romney’s bill was.
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The West Virginia Humanities Council is presenting the last of its series on journalism and informed citizens next month in Shepherdstown.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette-Mail and National Public Radio newscaster Giles Snyder will discuss the importance of pursuing complex stories and creating context for them.

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The deputy mayor of Morgantown has been relieved of his teaching duties at West Virginia University after police were called to his home for a noncriminal matter.

The Dominion Post reports Mark Brazaitis has been banned from West Virginia University's campus except for attending prescheduled meetings. A letter from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Dean R. Gregory Dunaway says Brazaitis must be assessed by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program to keep his job as an English professor.

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A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit in connection with an industrial fire in West Virginia.

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States, including West Virginia, have seen a spike in death rates from drugs, alcohol and suicide, commonly known as “deaths of despair.”

Research from the private health care research organization the Commonwealth Fund found that nationwide, while drug deaths were the smallest contributor to deaths of despair in 2005, they were by far the largest in 2016. In the same time period, deaths from suicide and alcohol rose 25 percent.

Federal Dust Fraud Charges Highlight Black Lung Threat For Miners

Aug 13, 2018
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When former coal mine employees in western Kentucky faced arraignment Wednesday on federal charges that they conspired to falsify the required monitoring of coal dust, the hearing brought renewed attention to the region’s surge in black lung disease.

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The House of Delegates voted Monday to impeach all four remaining justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Eleven articles of impeachment have been adopted over the course of proceedings that have strectched more than 14 hours.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll visit a plantation owned by a villainized African-American woman, and we’ll hear the latest on halted construction of both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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