Aging in Appalachia: Seniors’ Want to Stay at Home as They Age -- But is That the Best Option?
The percentage of West Virginia adults aged 60 and older is growing more rapidly than any other part of the population. And most of them, like 91-year-old Paige Omohundro, want to stay home as they age. Omohundro has lived in her modest two-story brick home for 54 years and wants to stay as long as possible. But she can barely handle steps these days -- which is a big problem because once you get into her home you HAVE to climb stairs. The front door opens onto a small landing leading onto a split staircase. She said she’s thought about buying a stairlift, but would have to buy two -- one for each side -- and they’re expensive, costing more than one grand, sometimes several thousand, apiece. “I just don’t go downstairs very much,” she said. “I go when I have to -- my laundry room is down there. Usually when my daughter comes over, she’ll carry my laundry down for me or bring it back up, so that’s a big help.” But staying in her home is vital to her sense of well-being. “I guess I’ve
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:33:32 +0000
Wary of Lawmakers, Teachers Continue Strike
On this West Virginia Morning, despite the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killing a long, sweeping and controversial education reform package, teachers and school employees will be off the job for a second day today. Dave Mistich reports on a long, loud day at the Capitol that brought hundreds of teachers to Charleston.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000
Unions Call For Day 2 of Teacher Strike, Cite the Slight Chance that SB 451 Could Be Revived
Despite the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killing a long, sweeping and controversial education reform package, teachers and school employees will be off the job for a second day Wednesday. Leaders of teacher and service personnel unions cited the slightest of chances that Senate Bill 451 could be revived through a House motion to reconsider action on the measure. On Tuesday, the House adopted a motion to postpone the measure indefinitely , effectively killing the bill on a 53-45 vote.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:59:29 +0000
W.Va. House Energy Committee Passes Stripped-Down Water Quality Standards
A West Virginia House committee on Tuesday, Feb. 19, voted down an amendment that would have restored the state’s water quality standards to the version originally proposed by state environmental regulators last summer. The House Energy Committee rejected an amendment by Del. Evan Hansen, a Democrat representing Monongalia County, that would have re-inserted 60 proposed human health water quality standard updates into the state rules that govern pollution discharge into the state’s streams and rivers. The Water Quality Standards rule within SB 163, formerly SB 167, has been embroiled in controversy since lawmakers first considered it in the Senate Rulemaking Review Committee in late November. At the behest of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, the committee agreed to remove 60 updates to human health standards that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had proposed. Since then, the 60 updates were added back in by the Senate Energy, Industry and
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:51:06 +0000
‘Omnibus’ Education Reform Bill is Dead, Or Is It?
Teachers and school workers were on strike in 54 of West Virginia’s 55 counties Tuesday. But shortly after 12:30 p.m., the controversial education bill, which drove them out of school, was postponed indefinitely by a motion in the House of Delegates. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich discuss the action on the bill, and the leaders of the teachers and school service personnel unions join the show to discuss whether the bill could have another shot at passage.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:24:47 +0000
Teachers Warily Celebrate Tabled Education Reform Bill
Teachers and service personnel in the Northern Panhandle joined picket lines this morning and were on their way home before a typical school day would have closed. Many teachers were relieved, but uneasy.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:12:18 +0000
House of Delegates Votes To Postpone Action Indefinitely on Omnibus Education Bill
Editor's Note: A previous headline on this story said the House killed the education omnibus education bill. While the vote today makes it difficult for the bill to survive, there are still some technical maneuvers that could bring the bill back to the floor. This story will be updated when the situation becomes clearer. This is a developing story and will be updated. The West Virginia House of Delegates has effectively killed a controversial education reform measure that has forced the second teacher strike in as many years.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:45:57 +0000
Teachers Union Calls Strike to Protest Education Reform Bill
On this West Virginia Morning, Schools across the state are closed after leaders of West Virginia teacher and school service personnel unions announced a statewide strike. The announcement of a strike came just before the state Senate cleared the latest version of a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill. Also on today’s show, Suzanne Higgins spoke with Delegate Matthew Rohrbach, Chairman of the Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse, and Minority Chairman Delegate Andrew Robinson on last night’s Legislature Today. And we begin a new health series that focuses on issues facing elderly residents in West Virginia. 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.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:00:00 +0000
W.Va. Teacher, School Service Personnel Unions Announce 2nd Strike in as Many Years
Updated February 18, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Leaders of West Virginia teacher and school service personnel unions have announced a statewide strike will begin Tuesday. That announcement came at a Monday news conference as the upper chamber was set to adopt an amendment to the House of Delegates’ version of Senate Bill 451.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 23:55:09 +0000
Senate Considers House Amended Education Reform Bill, But With Changes
Late in the afternoon on Monday, the West Virginia Senate took up SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – as amended by the House of Delegates. But the upper chamber provided its own amendment to the House’s version. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich break down the day’s floor action over the bill and what could come next. We also hear from the chairman and minority chairman of the House Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 23:30:55 +0000