NOVA features WV’s Opioid Crisis, Film Screening Tonight

Tonight, the University of Charleston and West Virginia Public Broadcasting are sponsoring a free screening of the upcoming PBS NOVA special entitled ADDICTION, at Geary Auditorium on the U.C. campus. The one-hour film begins at 7pm and will be followed by a panel discussion with NOVA filmmakers. NOVA producer Sarah Holt and her camera crew spent months in West Virginia, capturing the state’s struggle with the opioid epidemic, and feature it prominently in the program which airs nationally on...

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Us & Them: Rural Voters -- You Can't Ignore Us

Why did rural Americans love Donald Trump so much in 2016? Some say they’ve felt left out of the economic recovery. Others say the culture is changing in ways that makes rural people feel uncomfortable. Others say it was simply because Trump made rural people feel like they mattered. Trey talks with three journalists who live in rural places and report on rural issues.

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McNeill’s Rangers destroyed property belonging to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

In the predawn hours of October 3, 1864, Confederate guerilla John “Hanse” McNeill led a raid near Mount Jackson, Virginia. After a quick exchange of fire with Union cavalry, McNeill collapsed from a gunshot wound. He would die five weeks later.

Pipeline ready for construction.
Seth Perlman / Associated Press

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with environmental groups Tuesday and threw out a major federal water crossings permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Environmental advocates said the move could significantly slow down construction through much of West Virginia and is expected to affect about 160 miles of the pipeline's route in the state.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

This is a developing story and may be updated.

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker has been spared in her impeachment trial and will remain in office. The verdict came Tuesday after Senators deliberated for more than an hour over one article of impeachment accusing her -- and three other justices on the state's high court -- of maladministration for failing to hold on another accountable in a nearly year-long scandal involving court spending. 

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The online publication 100 Days in Appalachia developed a new youth polling and media project that seeks to engage with educators and high school seniors throughout the region. One thing they’re finding about youth in our region: They don’t fall in line.

Labor leader Miles Stanley helped promote Appalachian workers' rights.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Miles Stanley, labor, AFL-CIO, Dunbar, 1924

Miles Stanley was born in Dunbar on October 2, 1924. Before his untimely death at age 49, he would become one of West Virginia’s most important labor leaders.

Stanley served in the army artillery during World War II. He then went to work in a steel factory and, in 1947, became president of his local union. After rising quickly through the labor ranks, he was elected president of the newly created West Virginia Federation of Labor AFL-CIO in 1957. In this influential position, he urged the Appalachian region to develop a more skilled workforce. And, for his emphasis on human rights in the workplace, he was named as an adviser to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In the mid-‘60s, he moved to Washington, D. C., for several years to serve as a personal assistant to national AFL-CIO president George Meany. However, in 1967, he returned to West Virginia, where he continued to build the state’s AFL-CIO into a major political force.

Miles Stanley died suddenly of a heart attack on May 3, 1974. The state’s AFL-CIO building in Charleston is named in his honor.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 2:20 a.m.

Nine women have been arrested for trespassing after staging a sit-in at U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s campaign headquarters in Charleston. The group was demanding that Manchin pledge to vote against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination -- based on allegations of sexual abuse waged against the judge.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

A West Virginia Supreme Court justice standing trial in the Court of Impeachment expressed regret for her role in a nearly year-long scandal involving spending while asserting that she doesn’t feel she should be removed from office. Senators, acting as jurors, heard testimony from four witnesses in the trial of Justice Beth Walker as proceedings kicked off Monday.

Rebecca Kiger / Ohio Valley ReSource

After decades of addiction to heroin and prescription opioids, Wendy Crites finally made a clean break.

“For the first time in my life I just wanted to be off of it,” she said from her home in Ranson, West Virginia. “I hit rock bottom.”

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Many people recovering from substance use disorder rely on therapy and medication, but medications themselves can lead to unforeseen pitfalls. We’ll hear more about that and listen in to attendees who came to Wheeling to hear President Trump rally GOP candidates ahead of mid-term elections.

Glynis Board / West Virginia Public Broacasting

Thousands of people lined the streets of Wheeling, West Virginia, this weekend, waiting in line before doors opened for a rally President Donald Trump held to boost Republican midterm election candidates.


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