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Health Care, Antitrust Laws And Police On This West Virginia Morning

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On this West Virginia Morning, we explore potential sweeping changes to the Affordable Care Act and how those changes might affect West Virginians. Also, we have a report on a proposal to create a civilian police review board in Morgantown, and we have a conversation with the head of HD Media, which filed a lawsuit against Google and Facebook.

The Morgantown City Council last week met to hear a proposal that would create a civilian police review board. Nearly all the Morgantown police officers who would be affected by the review board are members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #87. An attorney for the lodge sent the city council a letter this week opposing the proposed board. Duncan Slade has more.

With President Joe Biden in office, there may be sweeping changes coming soon for West Virginians’ health insurance options. As June Leffler reports, some health care advocates and policy experts in the state are optimistic.

Last week, HD Media, which owns and runs six newspapers in Charleston, Huntington and southern West Virginia, filed a lawsuit against Google and Facebook. The lawsuit claims that by monopolizing the digital world, and violating federal laws to promote competition, the multi-billion-dollar companies are stunting local media and local journalism. Emily Allen spoke with Doug Reynolds, principal owner of HD Media, to learn more.

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