Office of Gov. Jim Justice

Gov. Justice Adds Marion County As COVID-19 Hot Spot, Holds Off On Special Session To Address Budget

Updated Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Gov. Jim Justice has announced that another West Virginia county has been designated as a “hot spot” for COVID-19. Marion County will join six others who have been allowed to expand the enforcement of public health guidelines. During a virtual news conference, Justice also said he is holding off on calling a special session to address budget issues related to the ongoing pandemic.

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Trey Kay

Us & Them: The Connector

In many cities and towns, there are people in charge, and there are people who get things done. Joe Slack is an instigator for community change in West Virginia’s Upper Kanawha Valley. He sees the needs in his region, one that’s been hit hard by one economic disappointment after another. But Slack is a self-described squeaky wheel. He connects people, helps identify realistic opportunities and then works to make things happen. This episode of Us & Them is presented with support from the...

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WorkForce West Virginia Processes 28,500 Unemployment Claims Monday

In his daily virtual press briefing, Governor Jim Justice said WorkForce West Virginia processed 28,500 claims representing 20 million dollars in benefits yesterday alone. In March, they processed 90,000 unemployment claims. A typical March, he said, the state would process about 3,400. For every day in April they’re now averaging 2000-6,700 claims a day. To address the need, WorkForce West Virginia is working 24/7 from three different call centers. Justice said reports of people calling and...

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This week we are revisiting a special edition of Mountain Stage that our host Larry Groce originally compiled in the wake of September 11, 2001. "Songs of Hard Times and Hope" includes uplifting and inspirational songs from Sarah McLachlan, R.E.M., Billy Bragg, The Band, June Tabor, Richard Thompson and more.

For our Song of the Week, Larry chose Rodney Crowell's "Love Is All I Need," which originally appears on Crowell's 2001 album Houston Kid.

April 9, 1900: Dr. Maggie Ballard Born In Monroe County

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AftDr. Maggie, as she was affectionately known, returned to Monroe County and pursued her lifelong interests in genealogy and local history.
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Physician Maggie Ballard was born on April 9, 1900, at Greenville in Monroe County, where her father was postmaster and owned a general store.

She attended school in Greenville and at the Alleghany Collegiate Institution in Alderson. After receiving her undergraduate degree from WVU, she became one of the first women to earn a medical degree from the University of Maryland. For the next four decades, she was a physician in Baltimore, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, and served on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Us & Them: The Connector

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Trey Kay

In many cities and towns, there are people in charge, and there are people who get things done. Joe Slack is an instigator for community change in West Virginia’s Upper Kanawha Valley. He sees the needs in his region, one that’s been hit hard by one economic disappointment after another.

But Slack is a self-described squeaky wheel. He connects people, helps identify realistic opportunities and then works to make things happen.

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In the face of social distancing requirements implemented to limit the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the state are re-examining their commencement plans.

Caitlin Tan

In March, West Virginia saw 90,000 unemployment claims. In a typical month the state averages 5,000. According to the U.S. Labor Department, one of the industries hit the hardest nationwide is arts and entertainment — a sector that depends heavily on social events, something that is nearly impossible during the coronavirus pandemic.

We recently spoke with West Virginian artists to see how they are coping, and we wanted to check in with the Tamarack Foundation For The Arts, which directly supports nearly 2,000 artists in the state. They have recently promoted their interactive newsletter to help West Virginian artists still feel a sense of community.

Office of Gov. Jim Justice

Updated Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Gov. Jim Justice has announced that another West Virginia county has been designated as a “hot spot” for COVID-19. Marion County will join six others who have been allowed to expand the enforcement of public health guidelines.  During a virtual news conference, Justice also said he is holding off on calling a special session to address budget issues related to the ongoing pandemic.

Updated at 1:11 p.m. ET

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.

Dr. Angie Settle / West Virginia Health Right

Free charitable health clinics like the West Virginia Health Right in Charleston play an important role in helping those in poverty or those without insurance get access to necessary medical care. However, the medical and financial impacts of the coronavirus are putting a large strain on Health Right and organizations like it. 

In response to the pandemic, West Virginia Health Right is offering testing to the state’s most vulnerable communities at a mobile clinic at Manna Meal Soup Kitchen. West Virginia Health Right Executive Director and CEO Dr. Angie Settle spoke with reporter Corey Knollinger about how the organization is adapting.


West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, returning to old traditions in the time of the novel coronavirus. And we hear how one clinic that serves some of West Virginia's most vulnerable is adapting to the crisis. But first, spring has sprung!

John Prine, a wry and perceptive writer whose songs often resembled vivid short stories, died Tuesday in Nashville from complications related to COVID-19. His death was confirmed by his publicist, on behalf of his family. He was 73 years old.

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'Education Station' Is A Learn-At-Home Resource From The State Department of Education and WVPB

The West Virginia Department of Education has entered into a partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to deliver student engagement content for West Virginia students amid the COVID-19 school closures.

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