Coronavirus Pandemic Forces Thousands In W.Va., Kentucky, Ohio To File For Unemployment

Apr 17, 2020

On this West Virginia Morning, we visit Charleston’s historic Triangle District, a community forever changed by urban development. We also bring you an update from the Ohio Valley region on unemployment claims filed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

Unemployment insurance claims are still reaching unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region. More than 287,000 people in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Becca Schimmel has more.

The Ohio Valley ReSource is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

On this weekend’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we look at the tensions over urban development that played out in Charleston, about 50 years ago. Residents of a predominantly black neighborhood known as the Triangle District were forced out, to make room for a water treatment plant, and new stretches of interstates 64, 77 and 79.

Roxy Todd and Eric Douglas have been spending time with residents who recall this tumultuous period. In this excerpt from the show, we hear the first chapter of this story.

The music of The Holmes Brothers; Sherman and Wendell Holmes, with their life-long friend Popsy Dixon, has always held a special place in the pop music canon. Their songwriting and instrumental chops, coupled with topical subject matter, made for powerful performances. Our Song of the Week, "Big Boss Man," is from the band's first of many appearances on Mountain Stage, recorded in May 1990.

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Support for our news bureaus comes from West Virginia University, Concord University, and Shepherd University.

Our Appalachia Health News project is made possible with support from CAMC and Marshall Health.

West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Caitlin Tan, Jessica Lilly, Kara Lofton, Liz McCormick, Dave Mistich, Eric Douglas, Corey Knollinger, Emily Allen, and Roxy Todd. Brittany Patterson produces our show.

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