Exploring Shifting Landscapes in Appalachia

Mar 15, 2019

This West Virginia Morning features a few stories that illustrate some changes throughout the region, economically, legislatively, and culturaly.


The automaker Toyota is investing more into facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia. The company announced plans this week. Becca Schimmel reports the company plans to increase hybrid vehicle production.

Kentucky may become the 34th state to license certified professional midwives after the State House of Representatives voted 96-1 on a bill to establish a state license. Kara Lofton reports.

On this week’s Inside Appalachia episode, we’ll explore some of the lesser known stories behind places you may visit in Appalachia. Today in Roanoke, Virginia for example, producer Cass Adair reports about how you’ll find a thriving downtown with a quaint farmers market and craft breweries, but about 40 years ago- the nightlife in this city of about 100,000 people was a kind of mecca for LGBT folks across rural Appalachia.

Our show this morning also features our Mountain Stage Song of the Week, a vulnerable, reflective ballad "Fragile Heart," from Fayetteville native Andrew Adkins. Adkins performed alongside vocalist Annie Neeley, guitarist Bud Carroll, mandolinist Johnny Staats, and his longtime bassist Clint Lewis.

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