On this West Virginia Morning, community members from Jefferson County and the surrounding area came together Saturday, April 27, to hear from scientific experts from around the country about air pollution and its impacts. As Liz McCormick reports, the event’s aim was to speak “plainly” about the issue, specifically as it pertains to Rockwool – a stone wool manufacturing company setting up shop in Jefferson County.
Also on today's show, the U.S. had essentially eliminated measles two decades ago. But health officials recently reported nearly 700 cases of measles, the most in 20 years. Health officials say a growing trend against childhood vaccination is linked to religious exemptions. Ohio Valley ReSource health reporter Mary Meehan found sharp differences on vaccination policy in the Ohio Valley, where some states allow such exemptions and one does not.
And, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week said it will not strengthen regulations on waste created by oil and gas production. As Brittany Patterson reports, that could affect communities across the Ohio Valley, where the oil and gas industry is booming.
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