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On this West Virginia Morning, one of the byproducts of the opioid crisis is an abundance of needle litter. In a new series, we explore why the state's largest harm reduction program shut down and how perception, stigma and politics around that closure is impacting other programs around the state.

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On this West Virginia Morning, it’s time to gather round the table with family, eat turkey, and talk. America’s political divisions seem to amplify during the holidays, as families across the country gather and either talk politics politely -- or avoid it altogether. In today’s episode of West Virginia Morning, we bring you another installment of “Red State Blue State.”

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On this West Virginia Morning… Vultures usually get a bad rap. But that hasn’t always been the case – find out why. And we hear a story from the Allegheny Front's Kara Holsopple about having tricky conversations over Thanksgiving dinner.

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On this West Virginia Morning, states in the Ohio Valley are cultivating economic benefits by embracing clean energy, and we remember the Farmington Mine Disaster that occurred 50 years ago this week.

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On this West Virginia Morning, seven of the nation’s leading causes of death are found at higher rates here in Appalachia compared to the rest of the country. But there is some diversity in these statistics.

When researchers analyzed all 420 counties in Appalachia, they found 42 outperformed the statistical odds. A team of researchers has been studying why these communities are outliers. As Roxy Todd reports, in all of the communities that researchers studied, they found a culture of sharing and volunteering. She visited one such community in West Virginia.

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On this West Virginia Morning, a vote tabulation issue in Kanawha County is nearing resolution and it appears it will not affect the outcome of two statehouse races in question. As Dave Mistich reports, election officials there had to reconcile more than 1,700 unaccounted for ballots across 20 voting precincts.

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On this West Virginia Morning, here are two messages you can read from the midterm elections: candidates in California were rewarded for opposing President Trump -- critics like California’s new Gov. Gavin Newsom won big. But in a red state like West Virginia, Sen. Joe Manchin was returned to office for, some say, embracing the president and siding with him on key issues. So how did we get here?

Cherry Glazer of KCRW in California speaks with West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Trey Kay in the latest episode of “Red State Blue State”, our weekly chat between Trump Country and the Blue Bubble.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the mid-term election is behind us, but the implications of the election will be with us for some time. So news director Jesse Wright asked long-time West Virginia Morning contributor Dr. Robert Rupp, a professor of history and political science at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, to put this election in historical context and talk about what it might mean for the next state legislative session.

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On this West Virginia Morning, senior reporter Dave Mistich joins host Teresa Wills to discuss Tuesday's election results.

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Depsite losing two seats, West Virginia Republicans maintained their majority in the state Senate, moving from a 22-12 to a 20-14 seat lead.

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On this West Virginia Morning, a new poll of West Virginia high school seniors shows that young people may not be as tied to party politics as you might think. The poll was conducted by Inspire West Virginia -- a nonpartisan organization that encourages high school students to be civically engaged -- and 100 Days in Appalachia, a media partner of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Glynis Board recently sat down with Ashton Marra to discuss the results. Formerly a member of our team, Ashton is now the digital managing editor of 100 Days in Appalachia.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the state’s 3rd Congressional District is one of the country's most closely watched U.S. House races in the 2018 general election. Richard Ojeda, of Logan, is an Army veteran and Democratic state senator who became an advocate for striking teachers. He is running against Carol Miller, a Republican state delegate, bison farmer and small business owner from Huntington, who’s backed by Donald Trump. Molly Born reports.

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On this West Virginia Morning, there are two constitutional amendments on the ballot in this year’s mid-term election. If passed, one would change language about how abortions are handled in the state constitution. The other would give the state Legislature some oversight of the Supreme Court’s budget.

Senior reporter Dave Mistich sat down with news director Jesse Wright to break down what each amendment means.

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On this West Virginia Morning, midterm elections have historically served as a referendum of those in power. With Republicans controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, that could be the case this November, especially in one of West Virginia’s biggest races -- the race for U.S. Senate.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue last weekend sent shockwaves across the country, and in West Virginia. Roxy Todd sat down with Victor Urecki, the rabbi at B’Nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston, for his thoughts on moving ahead in the wake of the tragedy.

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On this West Virginia Morning, hundreds of people gathered last night at a vigil held at West Virginia University to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. As Brittany Patterson reports, speakers at the event offered a message of both vigilance and healing to the Jewish community, both in Morgantown and around the world.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the midterm elections are just around the corner. Republicans from Texas to Appalachia are campaigning on a common theme this week: closing the border, building the wall and stopping that migrant caravan from Honduras. Fear of illegal immigration is a key message. And it’s the topic for this installment of Red State Blue State, our weekly chat between Trump Country and the Blue Bubble of southern California.

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On this West Virginia Morning, amid a surge in cases of black lung disease, concerns are rising about the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which provides federal benefits to some coal miners with the disease.

A tax that funds those benefits is scheduled to fall by over 50 percent at the end of the year unless Congress acts. Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there’s a plan to keep the trust fund from sliding further into debt. The Ohio Valley ReSource's Sydney Boles has more.

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Longtime friends Elizabeth Dinkins, 45, and Kathy Zerkle, 57, visited the StoryCorps Airstream in Charleston earlier this fall to talk about their work as women river guides, the rafting community in West Virginia and how the river has influenced them.

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On this West Virginia Morning, more than 35 percent of children ages 10-17 in West Virginia are overweight or obese, according to an annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released today. The report outlines policy ideas for how to blunt the upward trend of obesity -- one of them is helping kids to be more physically active. Kara Lofton reports on a new grassroots program that helps kids get more active through mountain biking.

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On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia journalist recently received a MacArthur Fellowship, a prestigious award that comes with a stipend of 625-thousand dollars. Investigative reporter Ken Ward Jr. was one of only 25 people named for the awards that’s often called the “genius” award. The website said Ward was recognized for his work that reveals, “…the human and environmental toll of natural resource extraction in West Virginia…” Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly, spoke with Ward about his work.

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On this West Virginia Morning, last year, West Virginia Public Broadcasting featured one of West Virginia’s last remaining broom makers – Kanawha County resident Jim Shaffer. The story ended with a question – would this dwindling art continue once Shaffer retired? Well, turns out, a whole family in Hampshire County makes brooms together, and they were inspired by Shaffer himself. Liz McCormick brings us the story.

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