Volunteers, State Workers Pull Hundreds Of Tires From Tug Fork During Cleanup Effort

On this West Virginia Morning, communities along the Tug Fork River in Mingo County are touting their waterway as a draw for outdoor recreational events. But there’s still a lot of work to be done in the river, to make sure it’s safe and clean. 

Emily Allen joined a group of volunteers and state workers yesterday [Monday] as they removed hundreds of old tires from the river.

Also on today’s show, Mill Point is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot in Pocahontas County. Bill Hefner was born there and still calls it home. He’s made a career there making guitars. Luthiery, or making stringed instruments, means so much to Hefner that he wants to share it with the next generation. 

Inside Appalachia Folkways Corps reporter Heather Niday visited Bill’s workshop, and brings us the story.

And 12 children in the West Virginia foster care system are filing a federal class-action lawsuit against West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his administration. As Dave Mistich reports, the lawsuit alleges the state’s child welfare system is “failing to protect its most vulnerable and defenseless citizens.”

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