Ky. and W.Va. State of the States, The War on Poverty 50 years later, and more

Jan 11, 2014

Kentuckians and West Virginians learn the state of their states.

50 years ago President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty.

We travel 219 to some West Virginia towns with unique histories.

And visit the classroom of West Virginia’s Teacher of the Year.

Ky. State of the State: Legislators across Appalachia have gone back to work and many governors have delivered their state of the state addresses, including Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.  WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports from Frankfort.

W.Va. Governor Delivers State of the State: In his fourth State of the State address, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin focused on moving the state forward, his goals for the upcoming legislative session, and, perhaps most importantly, his thoughts on how to accomplish those goals in an obviously tight budget year. West Virginia Public Radio’s Ashton Marra has more.

Scientist Worry What Pa. Gas Boom is Doing to Forests: Pennsylvania has emerged as the fastest-growing state in the nation for natural gas production, with hydraulic fracturing technology unlocking vast amounts of gas in the Marcellus Shale.  The state is no stranger to extractive industries, like coal and timber. By the early twentieth century, its forests were decimated. Today, they’ve grown back and trees are harvested sustainably. But as Marie Cusick of StateImpact Pennsylvania reports, scientists say the surge in gas development is having new kinds of dramatic effects on forests

Should We Rethink the Strategy for the War on Poverty?: President Lyndon Johnson traveled to rural eastern Kentucky to declare a ‘War on Poverty’ in the 1960’s. This initiative led to the creation of programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, VISTA and Job Corps. In 1964 President Johnson traveled to Martin County Kentucky to highlight the need in Appalachia for efforts to help people affected by poverty. NPR’s Pam Fessler recently went to Martin County to talk with folks about Johnson’s visit and whether the War on Poverty has helped.

WV Route 219 Towns: If you’ve ever driven through Randolph County, W.Va., on U.S. Route 219, you’ve probably passed the towns of Dailey, East Dailey, and Valley Bend, just 10 miles south of Elkins. Most folks probably don’t realize that these towns have a unique history behind them. The Tygart Valley Homestead was built in the 1930's as part of a larger government project to provide relief to unemployed and stranded families during the Great Depression. Dan Schultz of the Traveling 219 Project has more.

Meet 2013 W.Va. Teacher of the Year: West Virginia’s teacher of the year is Erin Sponaugle from Berkeley County who incorporates her unique last name into the lessons she teaches her fifth grade students. West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Cecelia Mason has more.