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West Virginia lawmakers created a commission to help struggling coal communities. Gov. Jim Justice still hasn’t appointed members.

Lawmakers who pledged to help communities devastated by the decline of coal passed just one bill creating a commission to facilitate grant funding. Eight months later, Gov. Jim Justice hasn’t appointed a single member. West Virginia lawmakers created a commission to help struggling coal communities. Gov. Jim Justice still hasn’t appointed members. appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
WEST VIRGINIA STATE
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Huntington needle exchange program in jeopardy after election of county official who has opposed it

Over the past eight years, the effects of the opioid epidemic can be seen more clearly in Cabell County than perhaps anywhere else in West Virginia. Residents have died from overdoses at a rate higher than any county in the state. Babies in the county are more likely than other West Virginia babies to be born exposed to illicit or prescription drugs. And the area’s high amount of injection drug use led to an HIV outbreak in 2019, a crisis which is ongoing.
CABELL COUNTY, WV
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West Virginia lawmakers target troubled DHHR, but have repeatedly struggled to pass legislation addressing state’s many health issues

Some lawmakers say the department must change to address the state’s record-low health outcomes. But historically, lawmakers have been unable to agree on solutions to fix the agency. West Virginia lawmakers target troubled DHHR, but have repeatedly struggled to pass legislation addressing state’s many health issues appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
WEST VIRGINIA STATE

As Corridor H nears completion, residents fight state highway officials to route it around their towns

Many residents and business owners in Davis and Thomas fear the state’s preferred route would strip their towns of the unique charm that draws tourists in by the thousands. But the top state highway official isn’t budging. As Corridor H nears completion, residents fight state highway officials to route it around their towns appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
DAVIS, WV

West Virginia 2022 election: Abortion ban fallout fails to materialize for Democrats

Republicans won big on Tuesday after voting to ban almost all abortions earlier this fall. While in other places, youth turnout helped propel Democrats, turnout among young West Virginians declined, compared to the 2018 midterms. West Virginia 2022 election: Abortion ban fallout fails to materialize for Democrats appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
KENTUCKY STATE

West Virginia 2022 election: Republicans expand majorities, amendments defeated

Republicans increased their statehouse supermajorities on Tuesday and now hold almost all the seats in both the state Senate and House. All four constitutional amendments were defeated after weeks of campaigning by Gov. Jim Justice against Amendment 2. West Virginia 2022 election: Republicans expand majorities, amendments defeated appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
WEST VIRGINIA STATE

Fairmont: Homeless veteran finds shelter

FAIRMONT — Life has been difficult for Ronald Kirkham over the past six weeks. The Preston County resident and Desert Storm veteran said that because of a domestic dispute involving a friend and their girlfriend, he is no longer allowed to return to his home.  Fairmont: Homeless veteran finds shelter appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
FAIRMONT, WV

Hinton: Grappling with rising grocery prices, low availability

HINTON – Steven Cales is sitting in his truck outside the Kroger waiting for his mom, Bonnie, to come out. He has a hospital bracelet on his wrist and a bandage wrapped around his elbow, souvenirs from his doctor’s visit this morning to evaluate the heart problems he’s had on and off for the past […] Hinton: Grappling with rising grocery prices, low availability appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
HINTON, WV

Morgantown: A student turned off by political discourse

MORGANTOWN — Kaden Lee will not be voting in this year’s election. It’s not that he’s ineligible; the West Virginia University freshman, born in Florida and raised in Ritchie County, turned 18 in July. And it’s not that Lee doesn’t have opinions about political issues. “I’m all for people,” he said after eating breakfast at […] Morgantown: A student turned off by political discourse appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
MORGANTOWN, WV

Harman: Worries about inflation

HARMAN — The Monday afternoon smoke along U.S. Route 33 near Harman wasn’t from an uncontrolled fire. Instead, a small group was taking advantage of the cloudless November day for one of their favorite activities: making apple butter. All four stood around a 32-gallon kettle as the ingredients, including five bushels of apples, boiled over […] Harman: Worries about inflation appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
HARMAN, WV

Petersburg: Helping out in ways other than voting

PETERSBURG — 54-year-old Moorefield resident Tammy Wratchford has never voted in a federal election, and she doesn’t plan on starting this year. “If Trump would come back in office, I would vote,” she said after filling her truck at a Petersburg gas station. On her lap sat Gabby, a two-year-old pit bull and boxer mixed […] Petersburg: Helping out in ways other than voting appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
PETERSBURG, WV

Elkins: She’ll vote on abortion rights, he says it’s about the economy

ELKINS — Haley Webb needed to replace her driver’s license, but didn’t want to go alone. So, as per usual, the 24-year-old FedEx delivery driver roped in her brother Andy to run the errand with her. “Usually, his payment is I take him to go get food,” Haley said as she and Andy sat in […] Elkins: She’ll vote on abortion rights, he says it’s about the economy appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
BUCKHANNON, WV

Keyser: A small business owner who doesn’t see answers in any one political party

KEYSER — Before the polls opened Tuesday, before even the sun had risen over Keyser, Kieran Wilson had started her work day. She and her husband are small business owners; they own and manage Queen’s Point Coffee, a five-year-old cafe that was ready to serve customers a few minutes before they officially opened at 7 […] Keyser: A small business owner who doesn’t see answers in any one political party appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
KEYSER, WV

West Virginia 2022 voter guide: Amendments explained and candidates by county

West Virginians will go to the polls to elect two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, state delegates, state senators, and in many places, new county and city officials. Plus, there are four proposed changes to the West Virginia Constitution. If voters approve them, the amendments will let churches incorporate and give more power to the state Legislature to modify property taxes, set education policy, and conduct impeachment trials without state court interference.
WEST VIRGINIA STATE

One ambulance, 7,000 people: West Virginia county votes on new EMS tax after budget cuts

DAVIS – It’s always been tough working as an emergency medical technician in Tucker County. Shifts last 24 hours. The closest hospital is always in another county, sometimes in another state. And since Tucker County has one of West Virginia’s lowest population densities, its EMTs cover a lot of ground. Houses and people are spread out, making it hard to quickly reach them — in situations where every minute counts.
TUCKER COUNTY, WV

‘I feel hopeless’: Thousands of West Virginia essential workers will lose child care subsidies as federal pandemic relief runs out

The federal government pumped $330 million into child care in West Virginia during the pandemic. 6,200 kids will lose child care funding on Nov. 1 as parents, teachers and operators worry about making ends meet and some consider leaving the workforce. ‘I feel hopeless’: Thousands of West Virginia essential workers will lose child care subsidies as federal pandemic relief runs out appeared first on Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia's civic newsroom.
BRIDGEPORT, WV