Could Appalachian Communities Survive On Their Own?
Resourceful. Self-reliant. These are some of the values many people who live in the mountains pride themselves on. But could we sustain ourselves? As part of our occasional series “Wild, Wondering, West Virginia,” Lana Lester of Wyoming County submitted her question to the Inside Appalachia team: “Could West Virginia Be Self-Sustaining?” She said she, “always had the feeling that God Blessed West Virginia with all of our natural resources and we have everything there in the state to survive.”
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:09:02 +0000
DMAPS Elaborates On Plans For W.Va. Governor’s Proposed $1.9 Million Narcotics Intelligence Unit
It’s the 21st century, and West Virginia officials in charge of combating drug crimes say trafficking and other offenses are more sophisticated and elusive than ever before.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:35:12 +0000
Kentucky Coal Miners Receive Paychecks, End Protest
A group of Kentucky coal miners who blocked a railroad track for three days over unpaid wages have ended their protest, claiming victory with their paychecks. Miners and their families began standing on the tracks leading from Quest Energy in Pike County on Monday, preventing a train loaded with coal from leaving. The miners said they hadn’t been paid since Dec. 16.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:58:50 +0000
Generation After Generation: Ashe County Seed Savers Preserve Heirloom Seeds, Appalachian History
In Appalachia, organizations like seed libraries and community gardens are helping to save traditional heirloom vegetables from being lost. Sometimes, the seeds are found in unexpected places like w hen Travis Birdsell visited the barn of an Ashe County farmer in 2017. There, he found tomato seeds smeared on the side of an old grocery store sack. “All the words said were 'Big Red,'” Birdsell said.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:36:30 +0000
Inspiring Hope In Self And Others Through A Mindset Of ‘Growth’
On this West Virginia Morning, we talk with psychologist Carol Dweck on building resilience in ourselves and our neighbors. She compares the tradition of barn raising to emotional support we can offer each other, to not lose hope. We also take a look at the newly created West Virginia Narcotics Intelligence Unit and we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0000
Rep. John Lewis' Fight For Civil Rights Began With A Letter To Martin Luther King Jr.
Rep. John Lewis is the last living speaker from the March on Washington, the 1963 landmark civil rights protest that culminated with Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But before Lewis dedicated his life to fighting for racial equality, he grew up in Troy, Ala., with dreams of becoming a different kind of orator. "When I was very young, I wanted to preach the gospel," Lewis said on a visit to StoryCorps in February 2018. He wanted to be a minister. His nearest congregation was the family livestock. "With the help of my brothers and sisters and cousins, we would gather all of our chickens in the chicken yard, and I would start preaching to the chickens. They never quite said 'Amen.' " But in school, he had a mentor who would eventually open up his career in civil rights. "I had one teacher who'd tell me over and over again, she would say, 'Read, my child. Read.' " He followed her wisdom. "I tried to read everything," he said. His parents couldn't afford a subscription to
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:38:00 +0000
Clorox Plans New Manufacturing Facility In West Virginia
The Clorox Company says it plans to build a new manufacturing facility that would employ 100 workers in West Virginia. Company officials told The Journal that they took the first step in the process of locating to the area by filing draft plans with the Berkeley County planning commission. Plans call for the plant to be located in the Tabler Station Business Park.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 01:51:41 +0000
Justice Defends His Work As Governor, Shares Goals For 2020
Host Suzanne Higgins sits down with Gov. Jim Justice to discuss his proposed budget, his work over the last four years as governor, and his thoughts for the future. Higgins also speaks with Reporter Emily Allen and Senior Reporter Dave Mistich about the latest news from the Capitol building.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:10:27 +0000
W.Va. Lawmaker Reintroduces Education Savings Account Bill
A controversial proposal that failed in the GOP-led West Virginia Legislature’s education overhaul last year has been reintroduced in the state senate.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:13:33 +0000
TSA: Guns Found At W.Va. Airports Nearly Doubled In 2019
The federal Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that the number of guns found at West Virginia airports nearly doubled last year. The agency on Wednesday said officers stopped 18 firearms at airport checkpoints last year, up from 10 guns in 2018. The Tri-State Airport and Yeager Airport accounted for most of the weapons.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:48:32 +0000