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Charleston Activist Says Legislative Priorities Are Tackling Achievement Gap, Disciplinary Issues


We look at the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session through the lens of civil rights and social justice on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We also bring you the latest news from the Capitol as we begin the second full week of the 2020 session.

Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with longtime community activist, Rev. Matthew J. Watts, President and CEO of HOPE Community Development Corporation in Charleston.

Higgins also speaks with Senior Reporter Dave Mistich and Reporter Emily Allen for a news update from the statehouse.


Events throughout the state and country celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As Randy Yohe reports in Charleston, Dr. Kings' teachings continue to ring true with a diverse population.

Tomorrow on The Legislature Today, we begin a two-night focus on West Virginia’s major energy sectors.

On Tuesday, we look at oil and gas development, and on Wednesday, we’ll focus on the forecast and challenges faced by the coal industry.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Energy and Environment Reporter Brittany Patterson will join us for these reports and conversations.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and Education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media from Shepherd University in 2014. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV