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Groups Call on Capitol Building Commission To Remove Stonewall Jackson StatueExternal Link
A group of 30 organizations across West Virginia is calling on the Capitol Building Commission and Gov. Jim Justice to take down a statue of Stonewall Jackson from the state Capitol grounds.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:27:51 +0000
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Additional Federal Funding Will Soon Be Available To W.Va. Small BusinessesExternal Link
The Appalachian Regional Commission is awarding $6 million to several programs across West Virginia. This money is meant to help support small businesses that were impacted by COVID-19. According to the SBA , more than 113,000 businesses in West Virginia are considered small businesses — almost 99 percent of businesses within the state.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:25:38 +0000
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Ex-W.Va. Health Chief: Cuts Hurt Virus ResponseExternal Link
The former West Virginia public health leader forced out by the governor says decades-old computer systems and cuts to staff over a period of years had made a challenging job even harder during a once-in-a-century pandemic. Republican Gov. Jim Justice demanded Dr. Cathy Slemp’s resignation on June 24. He complained about discrepancies in the number of active cases and accused Slemp of not doing her job. He has refused to elaborate.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:18:02 +0000
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Gov. Justice Considering Closure Of Mon County Bars, Indoor Dining As Area Sees Spike In Virus CasesExternal Link
Updated Friday, July 10, 2020 at 3:50 p.m. Gov. Jim Justice says he is considering closing bars and indoor dining in Monongalia County as the Morgantown area experiences a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases. Justice said in a Friday virtual news briefing that closing some aspects of business in the county may be the only way to avoid another statewide shutdown.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:09:31 +0000
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Finding Resilience Through Song, Faith, And Storytelling External Link
In this episode of Inside Appalachia , we hear how religious leaders are adapting to change and finding ways to continue helping people find solace and peace during the pandemic. We also hear a series of stories from high schoolers who were challenged to work outdoors, in snow and ice and didn’t complain. Quite the opposite. Their teachers say they appeared to be more engaged in learning. The students reported on topics like sheep farming and ice hockey, as part of a project that’s meant to help students build resilience through storytelling and outdoor education.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:52:18 +0000
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After Lobbying, Catholic Church Won $1.4B In Virus AidExternal Link
The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups .
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:28:18 +0000
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W.Va. Mail Carrier Admits Attempted Election FraudExternal Link
ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia postal carrier pleaded guilty Thursday to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:59:08 +0000
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Professor, Writer Shines Spotlight On LGBTQ Appalachian AuthorsExternal Link
On this West Virginia Morning , we’ll learn about the name of the town of Odd, West Virginia in Raleigh County. Also, in this show, we hear a conversation with a professor in Appalachia who works to lift the voices of LGBTQ authors in rural spaces, and we hear this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week brought to us by the John Pizzarelli Trio.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:32:28 +0000
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A Singing Tradition That’s Persevered Hundreds Of Years Continues During PandemicExternal Link
Shape-note singing has deep roots in Appalachia and the American south. Popular first in 18th and 19th-century New England, shape-note singing is a tradition that relies on group participation. But what happens when groups can’t get together and sing? In a special report exploring folkways traditions, as part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Project , Kelley Libby spoke with singers in Virginia and Kentucky.
Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:58:39 +0000
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Novel ‘Poison Flood’ Uses Water Crisis As BackdropExternal Link
Poison Flood , a new novel by Jordan Farmer, is set against the backdrop of an environmental disaster in southern West Virginia. It includes murder, theft and riots. The book is described as a crime and noir-style mystery by the publisher. The disaster Farmer writes about is based loosely on the 2016 West Virginia Water Crisis that poisoned the water of 300,000 central West Virginia residents for more than a week. His version is more devastating than the original, however. When Farmer spoke with Eric Douglas, he said he wanted to tell an entertaining story, but he also wanted to have a main character that was outside the norm. Editor’s Note: This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Douglas: What do you hope readers take away from the book? Farmer: First of all, I want them to be entertained. I think that any art that doesn't entertain you or connect with you on some kind of emotional level, if it's just all just moral, then I think it fails the test of what art should do. So
Thu, 09 Jul 2020 15:58:51 +0000
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