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Newly Formed Public Health Caucus Seeks To Combat Traumatic Childhood Experiences In W.Va.

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We discuss West Virginia’s children in crisis with members of a newly formed Public Health caucus. Also, West Virginia’s veterans were honored at the Capitol, and we bring you the latest in legislative action.

Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by reporters Emily Allen and Brittany Patterson for updates on various bills and debate from the statehouse.

Higgins also speaks with Dr. Catherine Slemp, Commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and State Health Officer, and Jim McKay, President of Prevent Child Abuse – West Virginia.

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Gov. Jim Justice’s budget calls for a $6 million expansion to the Community in Schools program, which provides services in school to address the negative impacts of traumatic childhood experiences – like poverty, a family death, divorce, drug abuse and physical abuse. West Virginia Public Broadcasting Interim News Director Glynis Board recently visited Wyoming County, which is a recent recipient of Community in Schools funding.

It was Veterans Visibility Day at the Capitol. Randy Yohe captured the message of visiting veterans.   

Tomorrow on The Legislature Today, we bring you our Friday reporter roundtable, where we recap a week of legislative action, and we look ahead to what's on the calendar for next week.

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