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West Virginian Women Farmers Part of Growing Trend

On this West Virginia Morning, across the nation, more women are becoming farmers compared with previous generations. That’s even more true in some Appalachian states, including West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Chris Williams introduces us to several women who are part of this trend.


MSHA Head Discusses Mine Safety Priorities During WVU Lecture

President Donald Trump’s top mine safety regulator used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe. David Zatezalo, a West Virginia native and former mine executive, focused on how the Mine Safety and Health Administration could use technology to reduce mining fatalities and injuries. But as Brittany Patterson reports, he offered few remedies for the shocking increase in black lung disease.


Ohio Valley Schools Aim To Keep Trend of Lower Teen Opioid Use Going

On this West Virginia Morning, new data on drug use among teenagers show a rare bright spot amid the opioid crisis. Use of opioids appears to have dropped last year among high schoolers in the region. School officials in the Ohio Valley want to continue that trend with more school-based programs designed to help prevent substance use disorders. But as Aaron Payne reports, those programs use a new approach as officials learn from past mistakes.


Baseball Umpire Describes Life on the Road

On this West Virginia Morning, we continue our West Virginia baseball series. We’ll meet a Pocahontas County man who became a baseball umpire for 38 years. He’s retired now and lives in his hometown of Elkins. Roxy Todd met up with Virgil Broughton to find out what it takes to make a good umpire. Also on today's show, a recent federal report lists dozens of major U.S. airports vulnerable to storm surges and flooding from sea level rise. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports on...


Musician With West Virginian Roots Aims To Cross International Boundries

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s podcast Us & Them. Host Trey Kay speaks with musician Stephan Said. Said has been called a modern-day Woody Guthrie because he’s on a quest to make music that speaks across boundaries.


Feds OK Atlantic Pipeline Construction Restart

On this West Virginia Morning, federal regulators gave the Atlantic Coast Pipeline the green light to restart construction Monday. Brittany Patterson reports. Also on today's show, in the 1976 film ‘Bad News Bears’, a down-and-out and Budweiser-swigging Walter Matthau coaches a group of ragtag little leaguers and tries to whip them into shape.


Teachers Push for PEIA FIX During Rally on Capitol Steps

On this West Virginia Morining, teachers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Sunday, Sept. 16, to rally support for electoral candidates who say they will make fixing the Public Employee Insurance Agency a top priority. Kara Lofton reports.


Appalachian Food Summit: West Virginia Morning

What does food have to do with an Appalachian history of civil disobedience? Some might argue, quite a lot. The Appalachian Food Summit began as an online conversation between mountain foodways chefs, scholars and farmers who have a stake in the region’s food culture. It grew into annual, in-person gatherings of those stakeholders. This year’s conference was held in West Virginia for the first time.


An Illegal Market is Helping to Treat Opioid Addiction?

On this West Virginia Morning, we explore the black market -- not of opioids, but of medication to treat opioid addiction. We also bring you an update on Hurricane Florence’s potential impact here in the Mountain State, and we learn the latest on a CSX train derailment in Fayette County.


Impeachment Trial Dates Set for 4 Supreme Court Justices

On this West Virginia Morning, pre-trial impeachment proceedings in the West Virginia Senate kicked off Tuesday with a roller coaster that still leaves all four impeached justices standing trial. An offer to publicly reprimand Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justice Beth Walker was ruled out of order. Additionally, a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment against now-retired Justice Robin Davis was rejected by the Senate. Dave Mistich reports.


WVU Proffessor Part Of Collaboration Working To ID Cholera Outbreaks

On this West Virginia Morning, WVU civil and environmental engineering professor Antar Jutla has been instrumental in developing a computer program that has helped predict and prevent the spread of cholera in war-torn Yemen. Kara Lofton spoke with Jutla about how super computers and data can impact the spread of waterborne diseases after both natural and manmade disasters.


How Orphan Natural Gas Wells Can Affect Consumers

On this West Virginia Morning, the natural gas boom is transforming the Ohio Valley’s energy landscape. Development has also led to abandonment of thousands of older oil and gas wells, which often then pollute local air, land, and water.


How Craft, Art Traditions Are Being Kept Alive In Appalachia

On the latest Inside Appalachia episode, we meet people who are working in Appalachia to preserve a part of American culture and traditions. On this West Virginia Morning, we hear one of the stories about an artist who is putting his own spin on a family legacy. Historically, the Catawba River Valley of North Carolina is pottery country. The Reinhardt family worked there for generations, making utilitarian pots for farmers. Now, Michael Gates is building on his ancestors’ work. Joe O’Connell...


Animal Welfare Advocats Say Patchwork of Laws in Ohio Valley Make Their Work Harder

On this West Virginia Morning, animal rights advocates say the Ohio Valley’s varying laws on the treatment of animals can make it more difficult to identify those who abuse them. A national ranking of animal welfare laws scores West Virginia and Ohio well. But Kentucky sits at the bottom of that list, and Kentucky also blocks veterinarians from reporting animal abuse. As The Ohio Valley ReSource's Nicole Erwin reports, that could put pets and people at risk.


The Story of One of the Last Operating Gristmills in W.Va.

On this West Virginia Morning, gristmills weren’t just a place where people went to buy cornmeal and flour 100 years ago, they were also community gathering places. But supermarkets replaced the local gristmill economy, and few working mills are still in operation today. The West Virginia Preservation Alliance placed Reed’s Mill on the list of its endangered properties last year. In the latest episode of Inside Appalachia, Roxy Todd visits Monroe County, where the millman, Larry Mustain, is...


Groups Try To Sway Manchin, Capito on Kavanaugh Nomination As Senate Hearings Begin

On this West Virginia Morning, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court begins his Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sept. 4. If confirmed, Judge Brett Kavanaugh will tip the court to the right and make overturning Roe versus Wade a possibility.


Rockwool Open Houses Do Little To Alay Community Concerns

On this West Virginia Morning, the European-based insulation manufacturing company Rockwool held a handful of community open houses last week in Jefferson County. The aim was to better-connect with residents, many of whom don’t want the company to locate in the Eastern Panhandle. As Liz McCormick reports, Saturday’s Rockwool open house drew a crowd of hundreds who rallied outside to protest the plant.


West Virginia House Elects Hanshaw As Speaker

On this West Virginia Morning, the House of Delegates has selected Delegate Roger Hanshaw as the chamber’s new presiding officer. Hanshaw took the podium over the Democrats’ choice, House Minority Leader Tim Miley. Dave Mistich has more on the past two days and the race for speaker.


How New U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal Might Affect Ohio Valley Agriculture, Auto Industry

On this West Virginia Morning, the U.S. and Mexico have reached a preliminary deal to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. As Becca Schimmel reports the emerging agreement has big implications for agriculture and automakers in the Ohio Valley.


Lavender Farming Project Faces Critism from Some Participants

On this West Virginia Moring, we reported earlier this year on an economic development project to grow lavender on former strip mines in West Virginia. After the story aired, we heard from a number of students involved in the program, saying they were disappointed and felt misled by the outcomes of the project, called Green Mining. Roxy Todd revisits the story to find out what happened, and if the project is still going as expected.