National Foundation Data Highlights Need To Address Poverty In West Virginia

On this West Virginia Morning, growing up in poverty makes it difficult to access good opportunities and to succeed in our society. But when you live in an area of concentrated poverty, the struggles intensify. That’s according to new information from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Eric Douglas brings us the story.

Also on today’s show, in addition to bringing up large quantities of oil and gas, the region’s fracking boom is vastly increasing the production of ethane, a key resource for the petrochemicals and plastics industry.

Shell is building an ethane cracker near Pittsburgh, and a company from Thailand may build another one across the river from the Northern Panhandle in Ohio to turn this ethane into plastic.

For StateImpact Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier reports the state is producing so much ethane that some of it’s getting shipped overseas.

The Elkins trio T-Mart Rounders blend percussive dance with old-time instruments for a fresh take on traditional music. Fiddler and vocalist Jesse Milnes said he wrote “Margaret’s Song” based on a story he was told at a laundromat in Beverly, West Virginia. The heartbreaking story-song of love lost to illness -- and the sacrifice the husband makes for his true love -- is our Mountain Stage song of the week. 

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

Our news director is Jesse Wright and our producer is Glynis Board. Chuck Anziulewicz hosted today’s show.