Updates On Bills To Aid W.Va.'s Distressed Water Systems, Enhance Solar Utilities
We bring you updates on the energy and environment legislation we've been following, and we also meet some students who visited the Capitol to participate in the page program for their local lawmakers.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:58:26 +0000
Foster Care Payments, Bill Of Rights Passes W.Va. House
Foster parents may soon get more money for adopting children under a measure passed by the House of Delegates Tuesday aimed at alleviating West Virginia's overburdened foster care system. Delegates voted 96-1 to approve the bill , with Republican Del. Pat McGeehan as the lone no vote after he was told the measure would cost the state around $17 million. “Great emphasis has been placed on the projected cost of this bill but we must acknowledge that this is an investment, an investment in West Virginia children,” said Del. Jason Barrett, a Berkeley County Democrat. “With these necessary increases agencies will be able to recruit and retain more foster families." The proposal, which now moves to the Senate, would give families at least $900 a month for each child adopted. Child placing agencies would also get $1,000 every time they finalize an adoption. The bill also establishes a foster care bill of rights, which would ensure children and parents understand their rights in the state's
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 22:27:00 +0000
West Virginia Senate Rejects Bill To Eliminate Greyhound Racing Fund
The West Virginia Senate has rejected a measure that would have eliminated a fund that helps prop up the state’s greyhound racing industry.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:37:19 +0000
W.Va. Lawmakers Attempt To Expand Medical Cannabis Law
On this West Virginia Morning, an update on the state’s medical cannabis law. We also hear the latest news from the state Capitol, and we hear a report from StateImpact Pennsylvania on landfill pollution.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:40:44 +0000
Bill Giving More Control To PSC Aims to Address Failing Water Systems
In an effort to address water issues plaguing rural West Virginia, the state Public Service Commission is supporting a bill that would give the group more statutory authority to assist and order the acquisition of failing water and wastewater utilities throughout the state.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 01:51:59 +0000
3 Years After West Virginia's Medical Cannabis Program Was Created, Tweaks Continue Ahead Of Launch
Lawmakers took a major step in 2017 toward legalizing cannabis use in West Virginia when they passed a bill that created a medical program. But nearly three years later, the program still isn’t operational — and many say it’s still more than a year away from launching. This session, lawmakers continue to offer some major tweaks to the as-of-yet-launched program. Those proposals – which are included in multiple bills – could change which forms would be considered medically acceptable.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:52:29 +0000
Foster Care, Medicaid, Adverse Childhood Experiences – A Conversation On Health Related Legislation
We bring you a special report on the state's Medical Cannabis program and a bill this session to expand it to further accommodate patients. We'll also bring you an update on other major health bills from members of the House Health and Human Resources Committee.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:35:26 +0000
Fairmont Regional Hospital Announces Closure
This is a developing story and will be updated. In an internal memo to employees, Fairmont Regional Medical Center announced today, Feb. 18, it will be closing citing financial difficulties. According to a copy of the memo obtained by West Virginia Public Broadcasting via Facebook, the hospital said efforts to find a buyer or other sources of financial support were unsuccessful. Hospital CEO Robert Adcock wrote the decision to close the hospital was made “only after all other reasonable options” were considered and explored. Fairmont Regional is the fourth hospital in the region to close in recent months. Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Medical Center in the Northern Panhandle region announced closures in late summer 2019, and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in eastern Kentucky announced it was closing last month. Following the announcement, both Mon Health and WVU Medicine issued statements, expressing concern and pointing to local services they offer for the Fairmont/Marion
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:45:21 +0000
Q&A: Rolling Stone Reporter Examines The Risks Of Radioactive Drilling Waste
Across the Ohio Valley, natural gas drilling waste is trucked from the well pad to disposal sites. The waste contains naturally occurring radioactive elements. Freelance science journalist Justin Nobel spent nearly two years reporting on this topic. He interviewed hundreds of scientists, environmentalists, state regulators and industry workers and uncovered never-before-released early reports from the oil and gas industry that highlight the radioactivity problem and its risks to workers and the public. Energy and Environment Reporter Brittany Patterson spoke with Nobel via Skype about his investigation titled “ America’s Radioactive Secret ” that was published last month in Rolling Stone.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:43:02 +0000
Examining The Risks Of Radioactive Drilling Waste
On this West Virginia Morning, we visit Clay County where educators are revamping the idea of home economics class to inspire resilience in student populations. We also bring you a conversation about radioactive natural gas drilling waste.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:42:27 +0000