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Among Disheartening Numbers, A Few Bright Spots Emerge in Appalachia Health Statistics

West Virginia Morning
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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.

Also on today's show, new data from the Federal Bureau of Investigations shows the number of hate crimes committed in West Virginia declined in 2017, even though the national trend went up. Glynis Board reports.

And bridging the gaps between generations is important as today’s work places become increasingly multi-generational, with people continuing to work later in life and new faces entering the work force every day. Every generation comes with a set of stereotypes—many of them unflattering. Natalie Turner, of WKYU in Kentucky, spoke to some young professionals in the Bowling Green area to see if they encounter negative stereotypes in the workplace.

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