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Increase In Rain May Contribute To Damages Along Ohio River Watershed

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Engineers are increasingly concerned about locks and dams along the Ohio River in this day and age. We take a closer look at this issue and much more on this West Virginia Morning.

With the help of the son of a famous televangelist, Gov. Jim Justice plugged a proposal for counties in Virginia to join West Virginia. As Dave Mistich reports, the pitch for secession is part of an effort now dubbed “Vexit.”

West Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would authorize public and private hospitals to employ police officers. Emily Allen has more.

2019 was a tumultuous year for coal in West Virginia. Production and employment continued to slide and the industry experienced multiple high-profile bankruptcies. For The Legislature Today, reporter Brittany Patterson spoke with industry officials and analysts about their predictions for 2020. She begins this report with a visit to the state’s most state-of-the-art coal-burning power plant, which is taking an unusual step. 

Serious waterway accidents have been on the rise in recent years in the Ohio River watershed. An investigation by Alexandra Kanik of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found that an increase in rain might be part of the problem. The story is part of Good River, a collaboration about the environment, economy and culture of the Ohio River.

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