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Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:22:55 GMT
West Virginia youth who need intensive non-family residential treatment have traditionally been served out of state. Now, the West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families will try and move some of those kids back in state to comply with new federal regulations. In February, President Donald Trump signed the Family First Prevention Services Act, which included major reforms for child welfare. The legislation is essentially designed to help keep kids with their families or in a family-like setting. Under the new legislation, states must take steps to reduce the use of group homes and other group care facilities. When children need residential services for “behavioral, intellectual, developmental and/or emotional” disorders, those must be provided in a child-care institution with no more than 25 children. The legislation lists a number of options the state must provide in order to qualify for federal funds including establishing Qualified Residential Treatment Programs. According to a
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:15:47 GMT
Across Appalachia, thousands of coal miners have suffered from black lung disease. In the 1960s, miners organized a movement to end the chronic condition. They convinced Congress to pass new laws that were supposed to make black lung a thing of the past. Today, conditions underground have changed, and the disease has come roaring back. Black lung, also known as coal workers' pneumoconiosis, is caused by long-term exposure to coal dust in the process of mining. Inhaled coal dust builds up in the lungs, causing inflammation, and eventually tissue death. Many sufferers describe a feeling of drowning because their lungs are unable to work properly and they can’t take a breath. A 2013 investigation by the Center for Public Integrity into the misconceptions surrounding the disease and the regulatory maze associated with applying and being approved for black lung benefits revealed a system in which coal miners are fighting an unfair battle for disability payments and medical care. CPI found
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:48:47 GMT
Robert Bailey was a coal miner for 36 years. He began working in McDowell County, and after it became too hard to breathe, he retired from a mine owned by Patriot Coal in Boone County. Bailey first told his story with WVPB in June 2014. He shared his final story with Inside Appalachia host, Jessica Lilly, on February 15, 2019.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:03:07 GMT
During their most recent legislative session, West Virginia lawmakers took up a bill that would require colleges in the state to allow students to carry guns on campus as long as they possess a concealed carry permit. The bill ultimately passed the House, largely on party lines, before falling in the Senate .
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia looks at a disease that at least 2,000 former miners struggle with -- black lung. An NPR investigation found that miners are finding it tough to get help from doctors, lawyers, coal companies, and many lawmakers.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:09:52 GMT
Editor's Note: The issues at Duquesne Light are not unique to Pittsburgh. Regions and industries across the country are facing the challenges of an aging workforce. As a part of a larger project West Virginia Public Broadcasting is looking at the issue in its American Graduate/Getting to Work project. At a Duquesne Light facility in Pittsburgh, 10 high school students hunched over sheets of paper, pens in hand, as they sketched their dream homes. “I’m just drawing an A-frame house with a garage on the side, a nice front porch,” said Louis Charlier of Beaver Area High School on a recent Thursday.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:15:04 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginians will soon be allowed to give more money to political groups in the state. Political donors will be allowed to give $2,800 to candidate committees, $5,000 to political action committees and $10,000 to state party executive committees.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:47:37 GMT
Updated Story: A West Virginia Army National Guard Soldier assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group in Kingwood has died.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:08:39 GMT
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday more than a dozen indictments against doctors in the Ohio Valley on charges relating to the illegal distribution of opioids. These are the first major indictments from the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force , which started work in December.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:30:52 GMT
For families struggling with Alzheimer’s in Appalachia, the road can be lonely and long. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. Patients with the disease can live as long as 20 years after diagnosis.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, the rate of Alzheimer’s is increasing in every state. Researchers, including some at WVU, are working on a cure, but the cause of Alzheimer’s is still poorly understood, let alone reversing or stopping it. And as Kara Lofton reports, there’s no end in sight for families struggling with the disease.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:05:49 GMT
West Virginia officials say staffing issues are slowing road repairs and they're seeking ways to hire more to increase fixes and maintenance.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:36:03 GMT
West Virginia officials say they hope some new measures will make a dangerous section of Interstate 77 safer to travel. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports West Virginia Parkways Authority said it would lower the speed limit from 70 to 60 by the end of April, increase patrols, and check tractor-trailers' equipment more often.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:05:22 GMT
A former West Virginia Department of Commerce secretary forced out of his job last year will challenge his old boss for the governor’s seat. Businessman Woody Thrasher announced Tuesday, April 16, he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor in 2020. He filed precandidate paperwork at the Secretary of State’s office that afternoon. "We deserve a full-time governor who is ready, willing and able, around the clock, to bring us jobs, to fix our roads and to preserve our conservative values," Thrasher said in a statement following his announcement at an event in Bridgeport. Thrasher and his father founded Bridgeport-based engineering firm The Thrasher Group in 1983. The business has since grown to about 700 employees and 11 offices across seven states. "We need real leadership that creates economic growth to bring jobs and keep our young people here," he said. The primary challenge will make for a race to watch between two West Virginia business moguls who have both been wrapped
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 18:37:54 GMT
Russian aluminum company Rusal announced Monday it plans to invest in a new Kentucky aluminum mill to be built near Ashland in eastern Kentucky. The $200 million investment in Braidy Industries is Rusal’s first U.S. project since the Trump administration lifted U.S. sanctions placed against the company.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, Russian aluminum company Rusal announced its plans to invest in a northeast Kentucky manufacturing plant. As the Ohio Valley ReSource's Sydney Boles reports, the investment is the company’s first U.S. project following relief from federal sanctions.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
A new study found that from 2015 to 2017, the number of fentanyl-related deaths rose sharply while deaths involving prescription opioids began to decline. In a press release, the researchers from West Virginia University said deaths related to fentanyl skyrocketed in 2015 likely in part due to a surge in illegal fentanyl imports from Mexico. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is easy to export. Drug users may also unknowingly ingest fentanyl when it is sold as counterfeit prescription opioids or blended into heroin. The research from WVU was added into a statewide forensic drug database that aids health care providers and law enforcement efforts to combat the disease, according to a press release. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, CDC and the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with support
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 23:39:00 GMT
Our Planet is the kind of nature show where every image could be a screen saver: sweeping, dramatic landscapes are full of colorful animals. But among the high-definition scenes of lions on the hunt, there are some images you don't often see in these kinds of shows. Tropical reefs bleach into white bone-scapes; glaciers crumble into Arctic seas. In one particularly noteworthy sequence, confused walruses plummet off a cliff to their deaths — a phenomenon that the show links to climate change and the decline of the walrus' preferred habitat of sea ice. Series producer Alastair Fothergill was responsible for some of the most high-profile nature documentaries of the last decade: Planet Earth , Blue Planet , Frozen Planet . In an interview, he says that it has previously been difficult to include environmental messaging in prime-time, mass-audience programming — and even so, that Our Planet is careful to show where earth is still very healthy, or has bounced back. But while other nature
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 19:42:03 GMT
There is a way around the notoriously sluggish internet in West Virginia. You just need a car and some time. Kelly Povroznik can tell you, when she happens to get a good signal. She teaches an online college course so hampered by unreliable connections that she has had to drive a half-hour to her brother's place just to enter grades into a database.
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 18:20:52 GMT
Birth control has been covered by insurance since the Affordable Care Act took effect, but states like West Virginia still have high numbers of unintended pregnancies. So in the 2019 legislative session, West Virginia lawmakers passed a bill that will allow pharmacists to distribute birth control without a prescription from a doctor’s office. The idea behind the legislation was simple – reduce the barriers to birth control and the number of unintended pregnancies might fall. “Access to providers is something that limits some people to get birth control options and making it available to pharmacies in cases of low risk was something we wanted to do,” said delegate Joe Ellington, one of the bill’s sponsors. Under the new legislation, pharmacists can prescribe birth control to low-risk patients – screened with a questionnaire – for up to a year. “And then the requirement we had in there was within a year’s time, they wouldn’t be able to get another refill until they’d gotten in with a

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