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  • In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we talk with students, educators, life coaches and psychologists about what can help more young people stay in school, and get trained so they can get jobs, and stay in Appalachia.We meet Sharell Harmon, who works for a nonprofit called Youth Build, training young people with hands-on skills so they can get jobs to help them get a job. Harmon was a participant in the program seven years ago. “I went from being homeless, a college dropout,” Harmon recalled. “And now I'm a college graduate. And, I'm going to buy my first house this year.”
  • This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia is all about how we interact with water and our rivers. We’ll hear from people who make their living on the water -- like Marvin L. Wooten, a longtime river boat captain. He started working in the riverboat industry in 1979. “I got two job offers the same day, and I took this job,” Wooten said. “My dad always said the river will always be there. So that’s what I’ve chosen to make my living at.”
  • A year from now, Ryan McFarland will don a cap and gown and walk across the stage at the University of Charleston, located along the Kanawha River across from the statehouse's shiny golden dome.The Pleasants County native will then be confronted by two decisions: law school or graduate school? Stay in West Virginia or leave?
  • Last year, the coronavirus pandemic upended thousands of 2020 college graduates’ career plans, but how does the landscape for jobs look now to the class of 2021? In a nutshell, there have been fewer opportunities over the past year across the country -- and also in West Virginia.
  • On this West Virginia Morning, we learn about a new apprenticeship program aimed at training the next generation of water and wastewater workers. Also, we have a conversation with an economist who describes how the job landscape has evolved for 2021 college graduates.
  • Efforts to free the Ever Given — as more than 320 ships wait to pass through the blocked canal — have made incremental progress over the weekend, with another refloating attempt set for Sunday.
  • On this West Virginia Morning, the mental health effects of the coronavirus pandemic are taking a toll on everyone, but one of the hardest hit groups is younger people. We explore why. Also, in this show, we have updates from the West Virginia Legislature, a story on elections, and a conversation about a report on the economic toll of drug-related deaths and illnesses on the state.
  • The Hotel Morgan, a historic hotel on High Street, reopened on Tuesday in Morgantown under new ownership and after millions of dollars in renovations.“We are thrilled to once again be part of the community,” said Robert Mickey, general manager of The Hotel Morgan.
  • The pandemic has been a nightmare for many businesses, with likely more than 100,000 small businesses shut down permanently nationwide, according to a survey from the National Bureau of Economic Research. But West Virginia saw an uptick in new businesses registered in 2020 compared to the last three years.
  • On this West Virginia Morning, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Johnson and Johnson, one-shot vaccine for emergency use. Now, there are three different vaccines available in the United States. We hear about them from experts. Also, we hear about a group called Re-Imagine Appalachia, and we have a conversation with CBS News' Senior White House Correspondent and West Virginian Weijia Jiang.