Morgantown Locals Protest Recent Immigration Policy
The U.S. Department of Justice announced a “Zero Tolerance” policy in illegal immigration earlier this year , and that policy has recently come under scrutiny for news that children are being separated from their parents as they enter the United States across the Mexican border. A group, called “Mountaineers for Progress”, hosted a protest Monday evening against the policy.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:43:22 +0000
Study Finds Opioid Treatment Medications Underutilized
A new study finds that medications used to treat opioid use disorder are greatly underutilized even though they’re proven to significantly reduce chances of opioid-related deaths . The study found that opioid overdose deaths decreased by nearly 60 percent in populations receiving methadone treatment and almost 40 percent for those receiving buprenorphine , compared to patients not receiving medication - assisted treatment. In other words, if someone struggling with addiction participates in a medication assisted treatment program, they’re a whole lot less likely to die from an overdose. T he study also found that only about one in three overdosed patients were provided with any medication -assisted treatment in the first year following that overdose. Also , within a year, more than a third of those people were subsequently prescribed one or more prescriptions for opioid painkillers. The study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health and published today in the Annals of
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:47:53 +0000
Outside in Appalachia Part 2: Kids in the Park
About ten years ago, the National Park Service noticed that fewer kids and families were using the parks. And they wanted to change that. So in 2009, they partnered with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to launch an initiative to help families unplug, get outside, and connect with their local natural resources. The initiative, called Kids in the Park, soon expanded to encompass pediatricians like Erin Regan who are trying to combat childhood obesity, diabetes and excess screen time by writing “scripts” for kids to go outside. “If I have a kid who is overweight, a kid who is spending a lot of time in front of the TV — we ask about screen time at every check up — I’ll make the offer,” said Regan. “We just have a placard up in our waiting room, and so anyone who is interested who notices that and who wants to participate can ask about it, and we’re happy to have them participate as well.” Regan has observed that kids aren’t moving nearly enough and they’re spending far too much time in
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:11:24 +0000
Outside in Appalachia Part 1
A little over a decade ago, a psychologist named Richard Louv coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder,” meaning that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors, to the detriment of their mental and physical health. It’s not an officially recognized medical disorder. But health professionals from various fields are embracing the idea that America’s shift toward sedentary, indoor lifestyles is harming our health. “Well, research has shown that people feel better, it improves our mood! Nature is a healer,” said Scott Geller, a professor of psychology at Virginia Tech. For the last 50 years he’s been studying how psychology and the environment interact. “It’s been shown clearly that nature, that the environment, increases subjective well-being. Now, if we’re stuck behind the television, indoors and we’re sitting on that couch — couch potatoes — we’re missing opportunities to get up and moving. And, of course, there’s a health benefit to moving, and the environment
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:13:46 +0000
Coal Ash Uncovered: Polluted Groundwater Found At 14 Kentucky Sites
For decades, Kentucky’s own coal stoked the fires that generated most of its electricity. And while some of those power plants have shut down or switched to natural gas, their legacy remains today in the leftover coal ash that’s stored all over the commonwealth. Now, new data show the coal ash buried in landfills and submerged in ponds at many of these sites has contaminated local groundwater. This new look at coal ash pollution comes from the power plants themselves; they were recently required to make public a first round of groundwater monitoring reports under new federal rules. A WFPL News and Ohio Valley ReSource analysis found contaminated groundwater at 14 Kentucky power plants. That’s every power plant covered under the new federal rules. Those pollutants include known carcinogens like arsenic and radium. Seven of the 14 sites covered under the EPA rules exceeded federal drinking water standards for arsenic. Tests at three sites showed radium levels above drinking water
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:53:41 +0000
Parks Partner with Doctors To Get Kids Outside
On this West Virginia Morning, about 10 years ago, the National Park Service noticed that fewer kids and families were using the parks. And they wanted to change that. So in 2009, they partnered with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to launch an initiative to help families unplug, get outside and connect with their local natural resources. Kara Lofton reports that the initiative called Kids in the Park soon expanded to include pediatricians who are trying to combat childhood obesity, diabetes and excess screen time by writing “prescriptions” for kids to go outside.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:47:45 +0000
Tiered Raise Sought for West Virginia Public Workers’ Insurance Program
Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a $2,700 increase in the tiers for health insurance premiums to avoid bumping teachers and other public employees into higher tiers from a recent 5 percent pay increase. Justice announced at a news conference Monday he will ask the Public Employees Insurance Agency for the change.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:50:55 +0000
Coal Ash Uncovered: New Data Reveal Widespread Contamination At Ohio Valley Sites
For generations, coal power has fueled American prosperity. But for each shovelful thrown into the furnaces, a pile of ash was left in its place. Today, as coal’s dominance in the power sector wanes, those piles of ash have grown into mountains as coal ash became one of the largest waste streams in the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Hundreds of waste ponds and landfills, many constructed without liners to prevent leaks, dot the American landscape, especially in the coal-rich Ohio Valley. And the ash they contain includes the concentrated remains of the many toxic compounds associated with coal and its combustion, such as arsenic, lead, and radium. The Ohio Valley ReSource and partner station WFPL analyzed newly available data from groundwater monitoring wells near ash disposal sites in the region and found that most show signs of leaking contaminants. At several sites, hazardous compounds are found in groundwater at levels that far exceed federal drinking
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:53:42 +0000
Poor People’s Campaign Carries On King, Kennedy Legacies In Ohio Valley
Anti-poverty activists say they will continue a campaign of demonstrations and civil disobedience throughout the Ohio Valley despite arrests at some events and being blocked from Kentucky’s capitol building. The Poor People’s Campaign has rallied in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia and campaign leaders returned to Kentucky Wednesday after the group was denied access at earlier demonstrations. North Carolina minister and activist Rev. William Barber is one of the group’s leaders reviving Dr. Martin Luther King’s last effort before he was killed, the Poor People’s Campaign. “The movement never stopped, it was assassinated two ways, physically and politically,” Barber said outside the Kentucky capitol in Frankfort. Treat People Right Barber said the new Poor People’s Campaign also draws on the legacy of the war on poverty, which brought Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy to eastern Kentucky and other impoverished Appalachian communities more than 50 years ago. “Over the years we’ve found
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:32:10 +0000
A Closer Look at Ohio Valley Coal Ash Impoundments
On this West VIrginia Morning, coal has long powered the Ohio Valley. But it left behind a legacy of waste: dozens of massive coal ash disposal sites. As the Trump administration changes the regulation of coal ash, the Ohio Valley ReSource and partner station WFPL have analyzed new data from the region’s waste sites. The analysis found widespread evidence that coal ash sites are leaking contaminants into surrounding groundwater. In the first of a three-part series, reporters Brittany Patterson and Ryan Van Velzer share what they found and what it might mean for nearby communities.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:59:28 +0000