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Speakers from West Virginia gathered to demand action from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, joining a Monday press conference in Charleston sponsored by the national Poor People's Campaign.
  • Kimberly Fraley is teacher at James Monroe High School in Lindside, West Virginia. She teaches the Options Pathway program, which was established by the West Virginia State Department of Education as an alternative means to earn high school credit for students who have fallen behind and are unable to meet graduation requirements on time. Fraley is our Above And Beyond winner for July 2021.
  • Over the past 50 years in West Virginia, jobs in coal mining have declined by 66 percent -- and experts don’t predict a comeback. But we’re not alone -- other industrial places around the world face similar dilemmas.
  • West Virginia’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic this month has already doubled the total from August. There have been 286 reported deaths from COVID-19 in September and at least 3,370 since the start of the pandemic, according to state health data. The September total includes at least 32 virus-related deaths added to the count after being reconciled with official death certificates.
  • Residents in several West Virginia counties hurt by the declining coal industry will soon have the option to receive training in cybersecurity work. Glenville State College this week received more than $1.4 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to develop a Cybersecurity and Safety Workforce Development Initiative.
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