Emily Allen

SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA/ STATEHOUSE REPORTER

Emily Allen works in Charleston covering the state Legislature and public affairs throughout southern West Virginia. 

Emily came to West Virginia through Report for America, an initiative from the GroundTruth Project to place emerging journalists in newsrooms throughout the country. As an RFA corps member, Emily intends to hold decision-making bodies accountable for their impact on constituents so West Virginians can make the right decisions for themselves and their families. 

Emily most recently worked for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota, covering all that falls under the purview of local government -- everything from how international trade discussions impact regional industries to military issues, economic development and the 2018 midterm elections.

Emily graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Journalism. As a student, she interned at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and American Public Media’s podcast division. She also covered local arts and entertainment for the University’s student-run Radio K.

Doris Fields, also known as Lady D, West Virginia's First Lady of Soul, lead the Friday night vigil in song with 'We Shall Overcome' by Pete Seeger.
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As Ryan Brown stood outside the West Virginia Capitol Buidling on a breezy Friday evening, her husband Ali was in Guinea, the neighboring country to Sierra Leone where Ali’s originally from. 

 

AP file photo

State authorities are urging West Virginians to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, even if they’re miles away from the nearest coastline. 

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The West Virginia National Guard is still active in the eastern part of the state, where last week Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency following severe thunderstorms and flash flooding. 

This week, there have been at least 18 soldiers on the ground in Randolph County at a time, according to the Guard. They have been removing debris and helping with recovery mostly in the town of Harman, which authorities say has sustained some of the most damage.  

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a heat advisory Wednesday for several of West Virginia’s western and southwestern counties. Authorities urge people to drink fluids, stay cool and avoid the sun.

Black lung is a deadly disease caused by exposure to dust underground.
Department of Labor

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have received a grant to learn more about the ways coal dust affects pulmonary health. 

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Local and state leaders are beginning to clear roadways in eastern West Virginia, where counties dealt with severe thunderstorms and flash flooding Saturday night. Volunteers and the state National Guard have been a big part of their recovery.

Destiny Judy/The Inter-Mountain

Five counties in eastern West Virginia struck this weekend by flash floods were still assessing damage shortly after Gov. Jim Justice issued a state of emergency declaration Monday morning. 

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Sunday, June 30, he will declare a state of emergency for a handful of northeastern counties after severe thunderstorms on Saturday caused flash flooding, knocking homes off their foundations and washing out roads. 

 

Office of Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed an omnibus education reform bill] on Friday, June 28, that will lead to the state’s first charter schools.

House Bill 206 allows for three charter schools in the 2021-2022 academic year, with approval from the charters’ respective county boards of education. The bill allows for three more charters every three years, beginning in 2023.

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This is a developing story and may be updated.

 

Despite tornado warnings and a brief recess in which lawmakers and the public were evacuated downstairs at the Capitol, the West Virginia Senate voted Monday to pass a controversial omnibus bill that could most notably lead to the state’s first charter schools. Senators fast-tracked the bill by suspending rules that would normally require they read the bill three times on three separate days. 

Catherine Jozwik, president of the Eastern Panhandle Green Coalition, speaks at a press conference outside the attorney general's office on Wednesday, June 19, before several residents and concerned West Virginians handed the governor's office a petition
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Residents from Jefferson County gathered at the West Virginia Capitol Wednesday to give Gov. Jim Justice a petition regarding a stone wool insulation plant they’ve spent the last year protesting.