We bring you a special report and in-depth discussion on water infrastructure needs in West Virginia. Reporter Caity Coyne of the Charleston Gazette-Mail joins us to explore the issues and discuss two bills moving through the West Virginia Legislature that may address some of the need.

At the legislature today, a nearly 400 million dollar budget deficit in looming over our guests tonight, the chairs of the House and Senate Finance Committees.

Sen. Mike Hall and Del. Eric Nelson share their thoughts on how to make up for the shortfall.

Also, it was broadband day at the statehouse as West Virginians young and old focused on how to expand access to the necessary utility.

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AARP and Generation West Virginia co-hosted a press conference at the capitol Tuesday focused on the future of broadband in the state.

AARP is a group that represents retired West Virginians and Generation West Virginia is a group aimed at getting young people engaged in West Virginia’s future.

A new law goes into effect June 8, 2015 that allows hospital patients to designate their caregivers.  House Bill 2100, the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act or CARE Act was passed by the 2015 West Virginia Legislature.  As part of our occasional series "Effective From Passage," Gaylene Miller, State Director of the AARP joins us to discuss what affect this bill, which was one of the organization's priorities,  will have on citizens.

West Virginia was the fourth state to pass the CARE Act.  The others were Oklahoma, New Jersey and Virginia.   The AARP says eight other states have now implemented the law. 

A rally took place at the West Virginia State Capitol Today to draw attention to issues with in-home care services.

A coalition of groups including the AARP, West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living and the Alzheimer’s Association sponsored the rally to highlight the freeze on a program that allows seniors and the disabled to receive care in their homes.

After well over an hour of discussion the Senate passes SB 373, which seeks to protect water resources from chemical spills by establishing regulations for above-ground storage facilities,  the House of Delegates debates constitutionality of a bill from the governor dealing with appropriations of funds for Volunteer Fire Departments and Public Services accounts, and Gaylene Miller and Angela Vance of the West Virginia AARP outline their legislative agenda.

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Open enrollment for Medicare ends Saturday, Dec. 7, and Kimberly Riddle with the WV Senior Medicare Patrol said that means an influx of scams directed toward seniors.

Whether they receive phones calls asking for personal information for fake Obamacare cards or banking information to bill them for their new Medicaid cards, Riddle said it’s important for seniors to know these are fraudulent calls and to report them.

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Dec 3, 2013

More than 150 consumers from the Kanawha Valley  are expected to attend "Consumer University," a free educational seminar hosted  by AARP Foundation on Thursday, December 5, at the Charleston Embassy Suites, 300 Court Street, Charleston. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m.
Thursday’s Consumer University event features presenters including representatives of the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, West Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol, AARP Foundation, West Virginia State Health Insurance Assistance Program, and the West Virginia Bankers Association.