WVPB Charleston Site Temporarily Closed Due To Virus Concerns

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Charleston location is temporarily closed to the public and nonessential employees due to concerns about possible COVID-19 exposure among a limited number of employees. The closure is a preventive step made out of an abundance of caution to protect employees and visitors. Essential employees are working remotely to ensure that there…

Remembering Two Appalachians On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning , we remember two people who strove to make a difference in Appalachia – musician Elaine Purkey and former coal miner Charles Wayne Stanley. Purkey died in September after contracting COVID-19. Stanley passed in August after battling black lung disease. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Eight W.Va. Counties Will Be Remote, Virtual School This Week

The West Virginia Department of Education announced that eight counties will be remote-learning only for the week of Sept. 13 . State officials rolled out updated data Saturday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Monongalia, Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Monroe and Putnam counties will not be open for in-person instruction this week. Top Featured Tags:…

Trial To Resume In Lawsuit Against Governor’s Coal Companies

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A virtual trial pitting billionaire coal magnate and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and two of his family-owned coal companies against a Pennsylvania coal exporter is set to resume in Delaware next week after being interrupted by an anonymous letter containing purported whistleblower allegations against the Pennsylvania company. A federal judge…

Mac Warner, Natalie Tennant Square Off In Debate Hosted By WVPB

West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air a debate between secretary of state candidates Natalie Tennant and incumbent Mac Warner on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Reopening Of Mine Wars Museum Includes Uncovered History

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum reopened Sept. 3 in a new location in Matewan, West Virginia featuring more detailed and researched exhibits about Appalachia’s labor union history in the early 1900s. The museum originally opened in 2015 in an old hardware store in downtown Matewan. The small building still bears bullet holes from the…

‘We’ve Got To Get Afraid Again’: Justice Calls Off In-Person Schooling For Orange Counties

More West Virginia schools will be offering classes exclusively online after Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that he was tweaking the state’s protocols for operating schools during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That change comes as the state continues to lead the nation in the virus’ rate of spread. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress…

Second Pay Cut For Marshall University Staff In Two Months

Marshall University’s President Jerome Gilbert announced the school will impose pay cuts to 650 employees due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on enrollment numbers this year. This comes after a pay cut to 140 employees in July. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

West Virginia Governor’s Race Warms Up With New Attacks

The Democratic challenger to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is slamming the Republican billionaire businessman over his companies’ legal troubles just as a trial is set to resume involving his family-owned business and a Pennsylvania coal distributor. The attacks by Democratic nominee Ben Salango mark a departure from what so far has been a low-key…

Mine Wars Museum Reopens On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning , we hear about the reopening of the Mine Wars Museum in Matewan, which includes newly researched history about the labor strikes. Also, in this show, we have an update on the trial between Gov. Jim Justice and a Pennsylvania coal exporter. We also have this week’s Mountain Stage Song…

Limited 9/11 Memorials Continue In 2020

Updated at 7:15 p.m. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people. To remember the day, communities in Nicholas, Putnam, Kanawha and Raleigh counties are having live events despite concerns about the coronavirus. Kevin Price, the fire…

7 Stories About Appalachians Who Find Solutions And Rekindle Traditions

National stories about Appalachia sometimes overlook the people who are working on the ground to solve problems in their communities. This episode of Inside Appalachia highlights the work of several people who are thinking outside the box to find solutions. We’ll hear about the Grace Life Coach Academy , which trains high school students in…

A Breakdown In COVID-19 Relief Funding For W.Va. Schools

When Congress passed the CARES Act earlier this summer to help Americans navigate the toll from the coronavirus pandemic, West Virginia received more than $1 billion. Of that figure, $86.6 million was put into a fund called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF). That fund was spent two ways: $78 million was…

A Call For A Paradigm Shift In Coping With Substance Use Disorder On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning , we hear from an author who wants to see some systemic change in how we talk about and work with people struggling with substance use disorder. Also, in this show, we hear a story about plastic bags versus reusable bags during the pandemic. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia…

As Classes Resume, College Towns Feel The Economic Impacts Of The Pandemic

On this West Virginia Morning , we visit Williamson where folks are taking an innovative approach to healthcare – they’re trying to keep people from needing it. Also, in this show, we hear from colleges and universities in the Ohio Valley as they navigate the financial and economic impacts of the coronavirus. Top Featured Tags:…

West Virginia Tops Nation In Coronavirus Spread, Cases Reported From School Staff

Nearly six months into the ongoing pandemic, West Virginia continues to see a surge in coronavirus cases. The rise in cases comes as K-12 schools reopen. West Virginia currently has the highest rate of spread of the virus in the entire nation with an R-t value of 1.28 . In a Tuesday virtual news conference,…

9 Drugmakers Sign Safety Pledge In Rush To Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

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Retiring Jefferson County Principal Shares Wisdom, Advice After Decades On The Job

Debra Corbett always loved education. Coming from a family of educators, it was something she said she always wanted to do. Her mother, aunts and uncles were all teachers. “I heard a lot about, when the family got together, about school, about kids,” Corbett said. “It made me want to be in education … to…

Retiring Principal Of 30 Years Shares Advice As School Begins During A Pandemic

On this West Virginia Morning , thousands of kids head back to school across the state. We hear advice from one educator with decades of experience. Also, in this show, we hear how forest managers, for decades, have started small fires of accumulated dead leaves to help prevent larger, more dangerous blazes – but some…

WVU Moves Undergrad Classes Online As Mon County Sees Uptick In Coronavirus Cases

Amid an uptick in cases in Monongalia County, West Virginia University has announced they are moving undergraduate classes online for the next few weeks. The decision by the state’s flagship university follows moves by other higher education institutions to move classes online as coronavirus cases sharply increase in the first weeks of a new semester…

Kanye West Sues To Be Listed On West Virginia Ballot

Rapper Kanye West has sued the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office after being told his bid to get on the ballot for president came up short on qualified signatures. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Blackjewel Miners Could Get More Money From Proposed Settlement

A proposed $17.3 million settlement of a class action lawsuit would provide additional payment for hundreds of Appalachian coal miners who were suddenly left jobless by the abrupt bankruptcy of the Blackjewel mining company. The settlement must be approved by the judge overseeing the complicated Blackjewel bankruptcy case . Although it is not yet final,…

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