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West Virginia's Hospitalization Rates Up 10 Percent Due To COVID

Editor's Note: The article original stated there were more than 6,800 active cases in West Virginia, but this was the total number of reported cases in the state. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the state’s hospitalization rates are up 10 percent since Friday due to the coronavirus, and more than 1,938 people are currently active with the disease. Despite the increase, Justice said West Virginia continues to have significantly lower rates of the virus than surrounding states.

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Dollywood, Hotrods And Moonshine Getaway Cars Inside Appalachia

One could spend a lifetime learning about Appalachia, and just scratch the surface. On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re listening back to a show we originally aired earlier this year, before the pandemic changed so much of our lives.

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Federal grants of about $10 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce were awarded to four West Virginia projects Monday to help with infrastructure maintenance and economic development in the state.

Two of those projects are in the southern coalfields where the need for a more diversified workforce remains crucial.


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On April 3, West Virginia Secretary of Revenue Dave Hardy told Governor Jim Justice that the state would run out of cash by May 10 due to economic repercussions from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Editor's Note: The article original stated there were more than 6,800 active cases in West Virginia, but this was the total number of reported cases in the state.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the state’s hospitalization rates are up 10 percent since Friday due to the coronavirus, and more than 1,938 people are currently active with the disease. Despite the increase, Justice said West Virginia continues to have significantly lower rates of the virus than surrounding states.

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As the coronavirus pandemic lingers in the United States, and as many who can, continue to work and live in the narrow confines of their home, Americans are taking a long, hard look at why they live where they live. For many, the question has become, ‘if I can work from anywhere, why am I living here?’ 

On this West Virginia Morning, we explore a couple contentious topics. We look at the impacts of Confederate monuments standing in our region, and we hear a report on Universal Basic Income and whether it could be one answer as residents in West Virginia experience unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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This story is part of an NPR nationwide analysis of states' revenue and budgets during the pandemic.

August 3, 1977: Coal Operator W. P. Tams Dies at 94

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Coal operator W. P. Tams died on August 3, 1977, at age 94. Tams studied engineering at Virginia Tech before going to work in 1904 for coal operator Sam Dixon in the southern West Virginia coalfields. Four years later, Tams launched his own company, known as Gulf Smokeless Coal in the new Winding Gulf Coalfield. He founded the Raleigh County town of Tams as his company’s headquarters and later acquired another coal operation in neighboring Wyoming County.

'Searing Anthem On Racism' By West Virginia-Born Singer Draws Acclaim

Aug 1, 2020
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Best known for “Some Kind of Wonderful,” the feel-good hit he penned more than 50 years ago that put Grand Funk Railroad on track for a chart-topping hit, John Ellison is creating a new stir from a different direction with “Wake Up Call (Black Like Me).”

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he and his administration are “watching the numbers” as they decide next steps in the state’s response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That comes as the state has set records in key infection metrics that measure the potentially deadly virus and the use of health care resources.

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Nearly 1 million renter households across the Ohio Valley are unable to pay rent and at risk of eviction, according to research firm Stout. That amounts to 42 percent of renter households in Kentucky, 46 percent in Ohio and 47 percent in West Virginia.

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