Q&A: OVR Reporter on Black Lung Medical Costs
On this West Virginia Morning, an NPR investigation found that despite mounting evidence, and a stream of dire warnings, federal regulators and mining companies failed to protect coal miners from toxic dust. Now at least 2,000 miners are dying from an epidemic of severe black lung linked to that toxic dust. This morning, we hear a conversation between Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly and Becca Schimel, one of the reporters with the Ohio Valley ReSource who has followed how the medical costs for black lung may soon fall increasingly to taxpayers.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000
Education, the State of Our Air, and Holding Patterns in the Legal System
A family in Charleston lost their 15-year-old almost two years ago. The man accused of killing him hasn’t been convicted or gone to trial yet. We'll explore why on this West Virginia Morning.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:52:22 +0000
Air Pollution Continues to Decline, Smog Remains a Problem
A new report released today by the American Lung Association finds fine particle, or soot, pollution continues to improve across West Virginia, but smog pollution remains a challenge.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0000
Waiting for Justice
In Charleston, WV back in November 2016, William Pulliam, a 62-year-old white man, shot and killed James Means, a 15-year-old African-American boy. The case made national headlines. Reports say during his confession, Pulliam told police, “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off of the street.” Trey has met with lawyers and others grieving such a loss. Multiple delays have pushed back Pulliam’s trial. One delay was to assess Pulliam’s mental competency, a move the Means’ family just doesn’t understand. In December 2018, Pulliam was finally declared mentally competent, and his trial is scheduled to start in early May 2019. With so many delays, the Means family, has little confidence in the legal system. As the trial date approaches, they’re waiting for justice.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:27:00 +0000
Lawmakers Outline Hopes for New Education Reform Legislation, Charter Schools Could Resurface
A special session to address education in West Virginia is just around the corner, and lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle are making plans to reintroduce controversial legislation next month.
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:05:48 +0000