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State Monies Will Soon Aid Flood Recovery Efforts

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill to provide $85 million in state funding to help pay for continued flood clean-up and recovery costs. 

The $85 million accounts for 25 percent of the nearly $340 million in total damage caused by the June 23, 2016, flood that killed 23 people. The federal government will pay the rest of the cost.

The number of high school athletes experiencing a major knee injury has risen dramatically over the past 20 years, according to new research. New surgical procedures are permitting many athletes to heal faster and with less pain than before, but as Kara Lofton reports, fixing the injury does not always mean that young athletes can return to play. 

Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.