On this West Virginia Morning, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday, July 18, to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour by 2025, the first wage increase in a decade. One report predicts that in large portions of eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia, and southeast Ohio, roughly 40 percent of workers would see some increase in wages. Becca Schimmel explains.
Also on today’s show, Emmy-winning actor Jeff Daniels is also an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist. He recently appeared on Mountain Stage along with the Ben Daniels Band, led by his son, and which includes Jeff's daughter Amanda.
The elder Daniels wrote our encore song of the week, "Good On the Bad Side of Town."
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