West Virginia Agency OKs Funds for School Building Projects
The West Virginia School Building Authority has voted to fund more than $72 million in facilities projects statewide. Monday's vote includes construction and renovation projects for public school systems in 19 counties.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:43:16 +0000
Audit: $5 Million IOU as West Virginia Missed FEMA Deadlines
A state audit says West Virginia's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management didn't comply with federal regulations, forcing localities to pay for disaster relief.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:18:52 +0000
Could the ‘Free’ Community and Technical College Bill Reappear in 2019?
A bill West Virginia Public Broadcasting followed closely during the 2018 regular state Legislative session could resurface in 2019 – legislation that would offer tuition assistance to in-state students attending a Community and Technical College. Last year, it was often referred to as the "free community and technical college bill," and it would’ve provided the “last dollar in” after all other forms of financial aid had been exhausted.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:04:33 +0000
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Developer Stops Construction
Atlantic Coast Pipeline developer Dominion Energy stopped construction Friday along the multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline's entire 600-mile route. In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Dominion said it was halting construction following a Friday decision from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:45:42 +0000
Digging For Answers: New Report Points To Industry Obfuscation Of Mining’s Health Effects
Jason Walker spends $50 per month on bottled water. He spends three hours each week standing by the small stream that runs near his house, pumping creek water into a thousand-gallon tank. “You have to catch the creek at the right time, when it’s clear,” Walker said. “Whatever you pump, whatever the creek looks like, is what you’re going to pump, and that’s going to pump right into your house.” Walker, 31, used to get water from a well he shared with his mother, Sherry Walker, who lives next door. But they noticed changes after mountaintop removal mining started nearby. “The coal mine at the top of the ridge here, they let off a blast maybe around 2 in the afternoon. My windows will rattle, my dishes will shake,” he said. “You’ll actually feel the blast.” Over time the Walkers’ well became unusable and then dried up. Communities living near the large-scale surface mines have long suspected the practice was to blame for health problems ranging from asthma to skin conditions to cancer. A
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:29:05 +0000
New Report Knocks Surface Mining Companies for Supressing Health-Risk Science
On this West Virginia Morning, a growing body of research shows that people living near mountaintop removal coal mines face increased risks of disease linked to pollutants in air and water. A new report from a human rights group argues that the mining industry has tried to suppress the science about health risks and has forced coalfield communities to take on the industry’s costs. Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Sydney Boles visited residents who are hoping for clear answers and clean water.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000
'Campus-Carry' Bill Could Resurface in 2019 Session
West Virginia lawmakers in the Eastern Panhandle have a long list of issues they hope to tackle in the upcoming state Legislative session, including reintroducing a controversial bill to allow eligible people to carry guns on college campuses.
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:01:33 +0000
'Who's Going to Pay for It?': No Easy Answers to Resolve Water Issues
BRADSHAW -- Local officials in McDowell County called a meeting in the town of Bradshaw to talk about broadband internet in West Virginia’s poorest county. But the first question from a resident focused on something more basic. “Eleven years ago someone knocked on my door and promised me I could get city water. I still don’t have any city water, and I’ve never heard from them since -- not once,” Sandra Roberts said. “Will you be like that? When is the next time we’re going to see you all out this way?” The speakers assured Roberts they would not do that, and that this time, a promise would be fulfilled. In McDowell County, it’s nearly impossible to attend a community gathering -- no matter the focus -- without water being part of the conversation. “We hear it all the time, everywhere,” said Cecil Patterson, a McDowell County commissioner. “It’s a big concern for folks around here, [and] for us, too.” When it comes to water, Roberts remains skeptical of any commitments handed down to
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:38:54 +0000
Search for Central Water System Proves Futile For One Family
BRANCHLAND -- In Southern West Virginia, reliable access to clean water doesn’t just mean getting what you pay for. Sometimes, you don’t have the opportunity to pay for it. Allen Adkins has been trying for years to get water lines extended to his Lincoln County home. Without that, he and his family are left to depend on a set of wells that leaves them uncertain how long water will last each day. “It’s just constantly watching the water -- knowing how many seconds or minutes you can turn it on in the morning for breakfast and have enough left to last you for a bath at night,” said Adkins, a resident of Branchland. “It’s constant math, constant thinking, but I guess we’re used to it now.” Adkins has lived in his hollow off Harless Fork Road for most of his life. His father built the house Adkins lives in now, his sister is right next door, his brother lives up the road, and Adkins owns another house a bit further back in the hills. In his decades in the area, Adkins has drilled three
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:29:36 +0000
Loneliness May Make it Harder to Manage Chronic Conditions
A new study from the West Virginia University School of Nursing suggests that loneliness may be making it harder for middle-aged Appalachians to manage chronic health conditions. The study looked at 90 Appalachians ages 45-64, each with at least one chronic illness, such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Using surveys, researchers tracked how lonely or socially supported participants were and then measured levels of anger, depression and how those related to their physical and mental health. They found that lonely participants scored consistently worse on markers of resiliency, including ability to maintain a positive state of mind and belief in their own abilities, than socially engaged participants. And middle-aged men reported being far lonelier than middle-aged women. Middle-age is usually a time for raising kids, building a career and taking care of aging parents. In a press release, researchers said the study suggests that middle-aged patients may not have all the
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:28:59 +0000