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Q&A: Hospice Nurse Gives Insight into End-of-Life Care

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear the next installment of our occasional series Windows into Health Care. Health reporter Kara Lofton speaks with hospice nurse Lori Carter. Carter has been a hospice nurse for 20 years. She said for her, and for many of the hospice nurses she knows, the work is a calling.

Carter says some of what she does is straight-up nursing – managing pain, dressing wounds and addressing symptoms of end-stage disease. But the more subtle part of the job is helping families navigate one of the most intimate and emotional times of their lives.

Also on today's show, a multi-state commission charged with protecting the Ohio River gathered in Pittsburgh Monday for the first of three public hearings. People were able to offer feedback about proposed changes to how some river pollutants are regulated. As Brittany Patterson reports, unanimous testimony asked commissioners to do more, not less.

And flooding in the Midwest forced major ethanol plants making up a sixth of U.S. ethanol production to close or scale back production. The Ohio Valley ReSource's Liam Niemeyer reports Ohio Valley ethanol producers still running are seeing a short-term boost because of that.

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