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West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, there’s a new quadruped moving slowly into the coalfields of southern West Virginia. We’ll hear more about West Virginia’s elk population, and we bring you important updates about how the state and region is working to control the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 9:50 p.m. Check back here for the latest coverage on the coronavirus.

The city of Charleston, West Virginia, has declared a state of emergency as part of its response to the coronavirus. According to a news release, Mayor Amy Goodwin signed a proclamation Sunday that allows city officials to issue emergency policies and mobilize resources such as personnel, services and equipment. 

Charleston’s state of emergency was issued despite West Virginia reporting no confirmed cases of the virus. The proclamation was issued moments before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the suspension of gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.

Fairmont Regional Medical Center via Facebook

West Virginia University Medicine will build a new hospital to replace a closing medical center in Fairmont, Gov. Jim Justice and university officials said Friday.

Governor Orders All W.Va. Schools Closed Beginning Monday

Mar 13, 2020
Elementary Classroom
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Updated March 15, 2020 at 9:00 p.m.

 

Although no cases of the novel coronavirus have been found in West Virginia yet, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday, March 13, all West Virginia schools are to close on Monday as a precaution. 

 

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia has an aging population, and concerns over the novel coronavirus are gathering momentum as surrounding states identify more and more cases. On this West Virginia Morning, we hear how the state is preparing.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

All over the country and in the mountain state, more and more people are learning what it means to cope with homelessness. That story and more on this West Virginia Morning.

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Check back here for the latest coverage on the coronavirus.

Members of Gov. Jim Justice’s administration held a news conference Wednesday to give an update on West Virginia’s response to the novel coronavirus. Justice did not accompany those officials during the news conference.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

State lawmakers wrapped up the 2020 legislative session this weekend in Charleston. We’ll hear about what lawmakers did and didn’t accomplish this year on this West Virginia Morning, plus more…


The House of Delegates’ foster care bill was up for a vote in the Senate Friday, while the Senate's Intermediate Court of Appeals bill was up for a vote in the House. We recap that action and more in our weekly reporter roundtable.

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A bill that would have created an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia was rejected Friday in the House of Delegates. Lawmakers also rejected a motion to reconsider the vote on the bill, which effectively kills the measure for the remainder of session. 

Host Suzanne Higgins has a conversation with House Finance members for a breakdown of the budget bill that passed out of the House chamber Wednesday night – a budget with some key differences in spending priorities than that of the Senate.

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A bill that would create another appellate layer within West Virginia’s judiciary is headed to a vote after being further amended Thursday on the floor of the House of Delegates. With Senate Bill 275 on the amendment stage, delegates approved three changes before accepting others made by the House Judiciary Committee.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we visit the small town of Ona, West Virginia to learn about the Ona Speedway racetrack. We also hear from high school students in Fayette County, and we hear a conversation on higher education challenges in the state.

Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with Interim Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission and Chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker for a discussion on higher education funding issues, secondary education attainment and financial aid requirement challenges.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we remember a bit about Appalachia as experienced by Bobby Kennedy.

The Democratic presidential contest is now a two-man race.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders went into Super Tuesday the front-runner, but it was Joe Biden's night. The former vice president rode a surge of momentum out of his big win in South Carolina on Saturday and established himself squarely as the principal alternative to Sanders.

We explore criminal justice reform legislation from this session, and we bring you an in-depth report and follow-up conversation on the issue. We also bring you the latest news from West Virginia’s statehouse.

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A bill that would allow homeschool students in West Virginia to participate in public school sports and other extracurricular activities is on its way to becoming law. The measure, which has failed to get across the finish line in recent legislative sessions, cleared the Senate Monday and now heads to Gov. Jim Justice for a signature.

Senators voted 32-1 Monday to approve House Bill 3127. Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, was the lone vote in opposition to the measure.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

A bill that would create a new layer of appellate courts in West Virginia has cleared its final committee reference and is now headed to the floor of the House of Delegates. But with the measure being amended substantially Friday in the House Judiciary Committee, its fate remains unknown.

We have updates on gun legislation, a renewable energy bill, and we bring you the latest on the Senate’s version of the budget bill.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, a family in West Virginia coal country learned the hard way that their well water was contaminated. As coal mines play out, water problems add up.

Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by Brad McElhinny of West Virginia MetroNews and Steven Allen Adams of Ogden Newspapers for a reporter roundtable featuring an update on both the Senate and House proposed state budgets.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

The focus at the West Virginia Capitol is quickly turning to the upcoming fiscal year’s budget, as finance committee members from both chambers unveiled their proposals this week and Gov. Jim Justice has weighed in to reinforce one of his own priorities. 

It was Arts Day at the Capitol. We spotlight the activities from the day, and we bring you a special report on an educational effort by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from a woman who is reaching out to grandparents who are raising their grandkids.

At the Schweinhaut Senior Center in suburban Maryland, about a dozen seniors gather around iPads and laptops, investigating a suspicious meme of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Plastered over her image, in big, white block letters, a caption reads:

"California will receive 13 extra seats in Congress by including 10 million illegal aliens in the 2020 U.S. Census."

It was Crossover Day at the West Virginia Legislature, which means it was the final day for bills to be read a third time in their house of origin. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with senior reporter Dave Mistich and reporter Emily Allen for updates from both the House and Senate. We also bring you updates on several health-related bills and issues.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, black lung continues to plague the region as miners who dedicated their lives to the coal industry are now left in holding patterns.

Ahead of Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Day at the Capitol this week, we bring you a special report and update on several bills aimed at helping survivors.

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Updated Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at 6:05 p.m.

A controversial and sweeping tax reform overhaul met its demise Tuesday in the West Virginia Senate when the second — and most essential — part of a two-pronged plan to wipe out tangible personal property taxes was rejected. While the Republican-led chamber had already passed the details of the proposal, they failed to pull enough votes to allow it to have a chance at becoming constitutional.

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