On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Jim Justice revised his revenue estimates for next year, which allows for a 5 percent pay raise for teachers and state service personnel. But schools remain closed Thursday, with thousands of state employees still concerned about ballooning insurance rates. On last night’s episode of The Legislature Today, host Andrea Lannom spoke with Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair about these issues. We have an excerpt from that interview.
Also on today's show, a water system in Kentucky on the verge of collapse could soon get much-needed improvements. Some Martin County, Kentucky, residents were without water this winter in a crisis that put the spotlight on problems common throughout Appalachian coal country. Nearly $5 million dollars in federal funding is now on the way. But as Benny Becker reports, it comes amid lingering questions about how local officials have managed the water system.
And we hear from Inside Appalachia, which recently featured a story about racial integration in Mount Hope, West Virginia. In this community, the high school football team won the state championship in 1959, the year the school was integrated.
One of the producers of the documentary was a football player himself at Mount Hope. His name is Jack Spadaro, and he told Inside Appalachia’s Roxy Todd about why he wanted to help tell the story of his community’s experience during desegregation.