West Virginia Morning

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Local news stories from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Whether it's important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in depth stories and interviews from around the state.

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Huntington Woman Shares Her Story of Opioid Addiction Recovery
On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will cosponsor a screening of the documentary Recovery Boys tonight at University of Charleston’s Geary Auditorium. It’s part of WVPB's Recovery project – a focus on substance use disorder and the various paths to recovery. Part of this effort is sharing stories of those in recovery. Executive producer Suzanne Higgins recently visited with Kelly Strickler, of Huntington, to hear hers.
Aug 15, 2018
Coal Dust, a Coal Death, and Stream (Over)-Protection
On this West Virginia Morning, eight former coal mine employees in western Kentucky faced arraignment last week on federal charges that they conspired to falsify monitoring of coal dust, which can cause black lung disease. The unusual case comes amid a surge in black lung, and the fraud charges highlight the risks miners face. Miners say cheating on dust monitors is widespread. And a recent change in Kentucky law could make it harder for those with black lung to get benefits. Also on today's show, strengthened stream protection regulations spurred a fight between unlikely foes -- environmentalists and tourism entrepreneurs -- about whether those protections go too far. And Gene Kendzior tells his daughter, Jennifer, about her grandfather, who died working in a coal mine in 1967.
Aug 14, 2018
Pipeline Hold-Ups and Farming While Black
On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll visit a plantation owned by a villainized African-American woman, and we’ll hear the latest on halted construction of both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Aug 13, 2018
How To Safely Explore the Outdoors with Your Dog
On this West Virginia Morning, owning a dog is said to help improve self-esteem. Man's best friend can improve social lives, makes us less lonely, and even help keep us active. In our next installment of our summer series Outside in Appalachia, health reporter and dog-lover Kara Lofton explores how to safely enjoy outdoor recreation to maximize the physical and mental benefits of pet ownership as well as explore local natural resources.
Aug 07, 2018
Wetland Protection Bill More Important as Flooding Comes More Frequent
On this West Virginia Morning, the farm bill being debated in Congress could have significant effects well beyond farms -- including on our waterways. Over the years, wetlands have been stripped and drained to grow crops. A program funded by the farm bill pays farmers to conserve wetlands, and more farmers are looking to take flood-prone land out of production. As the Ohio Valley ReSource's Nicole Erwin reports, that’s becoming more important in the Ohio Valley as floods become more frequent.
Aug 06, 2018
Inside Appalachia Airs Story of Investigation into Controversial Kentucky Lawmaker
On this West Virginia Morning, this weekend on Inside Appalachia we’re featuring a special report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, about a controversial pastor and state lawmaker in Kentucky, Danny Ray Johnson.
Aug 03, 2018
Panel: Jouralists Have Role in Solving Opioid Crisis
On this West Virginia Morning, an Ohio-based collaborative thinks journalists can play a bigger role in solving the region’s opioid crisis. Aaron Payne reports that the effort starts with listening to people in some of the hardest-hit communities.
Aug 02, 2018
‘Trampoline’ Author, Robert Gipe, Offers Insight into his 2nd Novel
On this West Virginia Morning, three years ago, a Kentucky writer named Robert Gipe debuted his first novel, “Trampoline”, about a young girl growing up in Appalachia. Authors and literary fans across the region hailed it as one of the most important books to come out of our region in recent years. But the topics Gipe writes about aren’t easy -- a parent’s drug addiction and the environmental wreckage left behind by strip mining. Now, the main character, Dawn Jewell, is back in Gipe’s second novel, a sequel called “Weedeater”, which is also the name of one of the main characters. Gipe speaks with Roxy Todd, whom he told many of the ideas for both the book and the character Weedeater came from real life. West Virginia Morning is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting which is solely responsible for its content. Support for our news bureaus comes from West Virginia University, Concord University, and Shepherd University.
Aug 01, 2018
Proposed Addiction Treatment Facility Draws Beckley Community's Ire
On this West Virginia Morning, a Beckley neighborhood has rallied to fight a new psychiatric clinic, that among other things, will offer medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Kara Lofton reports the tension lies between what experts say is a much-needed service that residents don’t want in their neighborhood.
Jul 31, 2018
WVU Researchers Find Psilocybin, Amphetamine in Fungi that Infects Cicadas
Cicadas have been seen doing some strange things, like moving around and mating despite having up to a third of their bodies missing. Researchers suspect that fungi are involved. Several scientists at West Virginia University took advantage of the 17-year cicadas that emerged about two years ago to dig a little deeper. So they investigated the relationship between cicadas and certain kinds of fungi by looking very closely at what kinds of compounds are in the fungus.
Jul 30, 2018
W.Va. Tries to Combat Summer Food Insecurity Through Federal Program
On this West Virginia Morning, we hear about how summer food providers are trying to overcome the challenge of feeding West Virginia kids during the summer months, and we’ll hear the latest on possible impeachment proceedings from the statehouse. These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning.
Jul 27, 2018
Researchers Use Satellites to Study Surface Mining Impact
On this West Virginia Morning, coal companies in central Appalachia have used mountaintop removal to mine coal for decades. The controversial process blows the tops off mountains to reach the coal seams below. Researchers and policy makers have struggled to understand the full extent of mountaintop removal across the region. Brittany Patterson reports on a new study that provides a big-picture view of the mining method’s impact.
Jul 26, 2018
Us & Them Explores the Nation's Partisan Divide
On this West Virginia Morning, in a recent episode of WVPB’s Us & Them podcast, host Trey Kay revisits a conversation between a liberal college professor and his student, a conservative Republican and Iraqi War veteran.
Jul 25, 2018
1,800-plus Hepatits A Cases Confirmed in Ohio Valley Region
An outbreak of hepatitis A that started in California is now barreling through seven states, and the Ohio Valley has the nation’s highest rate of infections. More than 1,800 cases have been confirmed in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, and health officials say the number of undiagnosed infections is far higher. Mary Meehan reports on the response from the food industry and some of those working with populations at highest risk of hepatitis A infection.
Jul 23, 2018
Supreme Court Employees Testify During Impeachment Hearings
On this West Virginia Morning, state lawmakers have resumed hearings on the possible impeachment of one or more state Supreme Court justices. Members of the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday from four current employees of the court -- focused mainly on suspended Justice Allen Loughry. Senior reporter Dave Mistich talks about the third day of testimony in these impeachment investigations.
Jul 20, 2018
Hundreds Weigh in on Federal Pipeline Approval Process
On this West Virginia Morning, with thousands of miles of new natural gas pipelines going in the ground in Appalachia and other regions, the government agency in charge of gas line infrastructure recently asked for input on how to improve the pipeline approval process. The comment period has been open since late April. As Nancy Andrews reports, hundreds of people and organizations have submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC.
Jul 19, 2018
Support, Opposition Voiced as W.Va. Racing Industry Declines
On this West Virginia Monring, the dog and horse racing industries have played a major role in West Virginia’s economy since the mid-1930s. But in recent years, whether these industries fit into the state’s economic future is something that’s been debated at the statehouse. As Liz McCormick reports, those who support the racing industry are fighting to see it survive, while others say it doesn’t bring in the revenue it once did.
Jul 18, 2018
Va. Reporter Discusses Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Protest Coverage
On this West Virginia Moring, we hear a piece from our most recent episode of Inside Appalachia. The episode features one story about why pipeline protesters began scaling trees to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Jul 17, 2018
As China Trade War Escalates, Ohio Valley Farmers Fear Loss of Buyers
On this West Virginia Morning, the Trump administration escalated its trade dispute with China last week, threatening to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese products. China has already retaliated against an earlier round of tariffs, and U.S. agriculture is feeling the pinch. Nicole Erwin spoke with Ohio Valley soybean and hog farmers who fear their buyers are disappearing.
Jul 16, 2018
Supreme Court Impeachment Panel Hears Testimony on State Cars, Desk, Budget Spending
On this West Virginia Morning, the House Judiciary Committee has begun to examine evidence in the possible impeachment of one or more West Virginia Supreme Court justices. Members heard testimony Thursday from auditors on the improper use of state vehicles and rental cars, a justice’s possession of a historic desk and a fast spend-down of a budget surplus.
Jul 13, 2018