Education, the State of Our Air, and Holding Patterns in the Legal System
A family in Charleston lost their 15-year-old almost two years ago. The man accused of killing him hasn’t been convicted or gone to trial yet. We'll explore why on this West Virginia Morning.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:52:22 +0000
Air Pollution Continues to Decline, Smog Remains a Problem
A new report released today by the American Lung Association finds fine particle, or soot, pollution continues to improve across West Virginia, but smog pollution remains a challenge.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0000
Waiting for Justice
In Charleston, WV back in November 2016, William Pulliam, a 62-year-old white man, shot and killed James Means, a 15-year-old African-American boy. The case made national headlines. Reports say during his confession, Pulliam told police, “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off of the street.” Trey has met with lawyers and others grieving such a loss. Multiple delays have pushed back Pulliam’s trial. One delay was to assess Pulliam’s mental competency, a move the Means’ family just doesn’t understand. In December 2018, Pulliam was finally declared mentally competent, and his trial is scheduled to start in early May 2019. With so many delays, the Means family, has little confidence in the legal system. As the trial date approaches, they’re waiting for justice.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:27:00 +0000
Lawmakers Outline Hopes for New Education Reform Legislation, Charter Schools Could Resurface
A special session to address education in West Virginia is just around the corner, and lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle are making plans to reintroduce controversial legislation next month.
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:05:48 +0000
For Earth Day Nature Conservancy Preserves 100,000 Acres Of Appalachian Forest And Streams
A conservation group chose Earth Day, April 22, to announce the purchase of a massive property in Appalachian forest to protect habitat and help wildlife adapt to the challenges of climate change. The property covers 100,000 acres of forest straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee border. The Nature Conservancy, the nonprofit that made the purchase, said it plans to restore forest health, lease land for sustainable forestry, and provide opportunities for locals to enjoy the wilderness. “These lands are globally important as hardwood forests, globally important in terms of their wildlife diversity, and they’re increasingly important as a wildlife corridor, especially with a changing climate,” said Nature Conservancy Kentucky Chapter Director David Phemister. The property, which previous owners had named the Ataya, is intended to preserve a wildlife corridor in the Appalachian Mountains. Phemister said the Cumberland-Pine Mountain wildlife corridor is expected to be one of the most critical
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:18:44 +0000
Cannabis Economy: With Medical Marijuana, Ohio Hopes To Cash In On “Golden” Opportunity
Meigs County, Ohio, has a complicated history with marijuana. “Meigs County Gold” has been grown illegally for years. Local legend has it that was the strain of choice for musicians like the Grateful Dead and Willie Nelson when they toured Ohio. But for Meigs County Commissioner Randy Smith, that isn’t a source of pride. Instead it felt like a target on his back. “If you were going to the Columbus Zoo or Kings Island, lock your cars,” he said. “Because people see the Meigs County tag and it was almost inevitable you’d have busted windows. And the idea was they were looking for marijuana.” In 2016 Ohio became the 26th state to legalize medical marijuana . That means Smith and other Meigs County residents are changing the way they think about the plant. Smith is not an advocate for marijuana. But the decline of coal in this Appalachian corner of Ohio has brought a loss of tax revenues and employment. Meigs County consistently is in the top ten of highest unemployment rates in the state
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:59:20 +0000
Disscussing a Novel that Explores Mental Health
A Glenville State College professor set out to turn his experiences working in a mental asylum into a novel.
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:53:01 +0000
Quitting Smoking While Pregnant Reduces Risk of Preterm Birth, Study Finds
A new study found that when pregnant moms quit smoking during pregnancy – especially early in pregnancy – their babies are less likely to be born preterm.
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:33:14 +0000
American Inventor Winston Shelton Passes Away
Winston Shelton passed away last week. Born in Nicholas County, he grew up in Clay and Greenbrier counties, and became an electrical engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur who was awarded 76 U.S. patents.
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:53:40 +0000
The Fight for Medical Marijuana Business in the Ohio Valley
In southeast Ohio, marijuana was once something officials tried to eliminate. Now officials hope medical marijuana can replace lost jobs and revenue.
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:38:24 +0000