West Virginia Morning

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Whether it's important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in-depth stories and interviews from around the state.    

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On this West Virginia Morning, when President Trump visited West Virginia last week, he hailed his administration’s new Affordable Clean Energy Rule as something that will fuel a coal comeback. 
The rule replaces an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. 
But as Brittany Patterson reports, industry experts say they don’t expect Trump’s new plan to change coal’s fortunes in the Ohio Valley -- and the administration’s own analysis agrees.

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On this West Virginia Morning, there’s been a lot of friction in recent weeks in Jefferson County between thousands of residents and a new Rockwool manufacturing plant. In response to the communitiy's pushback, the Denmark-based company has scheduled open houses through Saturday. Liz McCormick has more.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Wheeling is among thousands of towns throughout the U.S. working to revitalize their downtown areas. Some 2,200 organizations that undertake these efforts are considered each year for the national Great American Main Streets Award. Wheeling is among the top 10 contenders this year. Glynis Board spoke with Wheeling Heritage executive director Jake Dougherty about the work his organization is doing to reinvent its city.

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On this West Virginia Morning, President Donald Trump touted the coal industry’s comeback at the rally last night. While the state has seen coal production and jobs tick upward in recent years – largely due to exports – a new federal analysis by the EPA indicates that trend is not likely to last. Brittany Patterson has more.

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On this West Virginia Morning, professional wrestling has become a major commercial industry across the country, with WWE stars making six figure salaries. But back in the 1950s, when pro-wrestling was just getting to be popular, a small television station in Fayette County began broadcasting a show called “Saturday Nite Wrestlin’ ”. The program ran for more than two decades. Incidentally, state representative Shirley Love was an announcer for the program. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Adam Harris interviewed writer Zack Harold about the history of WOAY Wrestling.

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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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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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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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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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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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On this West Virginia Morning, owning a dog is said to help improve self-esteem. Man's best friend can improve social lives, makes us less lonely, and even help keep us active.  In our next installment of our summer series Outside in Appalachia, health reporter and dog-lover Kara Lofton explores how to safely enjoy outdoor recreation to maximize the physical and mental benefits of pet ownership as well as explore local natural resources.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the farm bill being debated in Congress could have significant effects well beyond farms -- including on our waterways.

Over the years, wetlands have been stripped and drained to grow crops. A program funded by the farm bill pays farmers to conserve wetlands, and more farmers are looking to take flood-prone land out of production. As the Ohio Valley ReSource's Nicole Erwin reports, that’s becoming more important in the Ohio Valley as floods become more frequent.

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On this West Virginia Morning, this weekend on Inside Appalachia we’re featuring a special report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, about a controversial pastor and state lawmaker in Kentucky, Danny Ray Johnson.

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On this West Virginia Morning, an Ohio-based collaborative thinks journalists can play a bigger role in solving the region’s opioid crisis. Aaron Payne reports that the effort starts with listening to people in some of the hardest-hit communities.

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On this West Virginia Morning, three years ago, a Kentucky writer named Robert Gipe debuted his first novel, “Trampoline”, about a young girl growing up in Appalachia. Authors and literary fans across the region hailed it as one of the most important books to come out of our region in recent years. But the topics Gipe writes about aren’t easy -- a parent’s drug addiction and the environmental wreckage left behind by strip mining.

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On this West Virginia Morning, a Beckley neighborhood has rallied to fight a new psychiatric clinic, that among other things, will offer medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Kara Lofton reports the tension lies between what experts say is a much-needed service that residents don’t want in their neighborhood.

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Cicadas have been seen doing some strange things, like moving around and mating despite having up to a third of their bodies missing. Researchers suspect that fungi are involved. Several scientists at West Virginia University took advantage of the 17-year cicadas that emerged about two years ago to dig a little deeper. So they investigated the relationship between cicadas and certain kinds of fungi by looking very closely at what kinds of compounds are in the fungus.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear about how summer food providers are trying to overcome the challenge of feeding West Virginia kids during the summer months, and we’ll hear the latest on possible impeachment proceedings from the statehouse. These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning.

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On this West Virginia Morning, coal companies in central Appalachia have used mountaintop removal to mine coal for decades. The controversial process blows the tops off mountains to reach the coal seams below. Researchers and policy makers have struggled to understand the full extent of mountaintop removal across the region. Brittany Patterson reports on a new study that provides a big-picture view of the mining method’s impact.

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On this West Virginia Morning, in a recent episode of WVPB’s Us & Them podcast, host Trey Kay revisits a conversation between a liberal college professor and his student, a conservative Republican and Iraqi War veteran.

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An outbreak of hepatitis A that started in California is now barreling through seven states, and the Ohio Valley has the nation’s highest rate of infections. More than 1,800 cases have been confirmed in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, and health officials say the number of undiagnosed infections is far higher. 
Mary Meehan reports on the response from the food industry and some of those working with populations at highest risk of hepatitis A infection.

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On this West Virginia Morning, state lawmakers have resumed hearings on the possible impeachment of one or more state Supreme Court justices. Members of the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday from four current employees of the court -- focused mainly on suspended Justice Allen Loughry. Senior reporter Dave Mistich talks about the third day of testimony in these impeachment investigations.

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On this West Virginia Morning, with thousands of miles of new natural gas pipelines going in the ground in Appalachia and other regions, the government agency in charge of gas line infrastructure recently asked for input on how to improve the pipeline approval process. The comment period has been open since late April. As Nancy Andrews reports, hundreds of people and organizations have submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC.

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On this West Virginia Monring, the dog and horse racing industries have played a major role in West Virginia’s economy since the mid-1930s. But in recent years, whether these industries fit into the state’s economic future is something that’s been debated at the statehouse. As Liz McCormick reports, those who support the racing industry are fighting to see it survive, while others say it doesn’t bring in the revenue it once did.

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On this West Virginia Moring, we hear a piece from our most recent episode of Inside Appalachia. The episode features one story about why pipeline protesters began scaling trees to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the Trump administration escalated its trade dispute with China last week, threatening to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese products. China has already retaliated against an earlier round of tariffs, and U.S. agriculture is feeling the pinch. Nicole Erwin spoke with Ohio Valley soybean and hog farmers who fear their buyers are disappearing.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the House Judiciary Committee has begun to examine evidence in the possible impeachment of one or more West Virginia Supreme Court justices. Members heard testimony Thursday from auditors on the improper use of state vehicles and rental cars, a justice’s possession of a historic desk and a fast spend-down of a budget surplus.

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On this West Virginia Morning, state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday, July 11. Ketchum’s stepping down from the bench comes as the entire West Virginia Supreme Court is under investigation for possible impeachment.

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On this West Virginia Morning, tourism is one of West Virginia’s largest industries, bringing in an estimated $4.5 billion in revenue and providing tens of thousands of jobs. Something that’s not so much of a challenge or concern for this industry is housing for the people who work in tourism.  Generally speaking, in West Virginia there’s ample affordable housing that is located near the state’s resorts and tourist destinations. But this isn’t the case in other parts of the country.

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On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia native Patrice Harris has been elected as the first black woman president of the American Medical Association. Harris spoke with reporter Kara Lofton recently about her new appointment and what she hopes to accomplish in the position.

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