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More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - WV: Livable Wages/Working Families

Some West Virginia counties are easing work requirements for SNAP recipients during the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With Gov. Jim Justice issuing a stay-at-home order this week to battle COVID-19, a new report warns West Virginia has one of the nation's most vulnerable populations for contracting the deadly virus. The Kaiser Family Foundation study says the Mountain State's rapidly aging po

A rural phone co-op expanded high-speed broadband in Appalachia, bringing hundreds of telework jobs to the region. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A rural phone cooperative based in Appalachia has brought some of the fastest Internet in the United States to mountain communities, which has led to what some call an economic miracle in the depressed region. Since 2009, the Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative connected 18,000

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition is planning to revamp a deserted coal mine in Morgantown, W. Va., into a composting facility. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A coalition of development groups in central Appalachia aims to give new life to abandoned coal mines in the region by transforming them into sustainable, environmentally friendly businesses – many in poverty stricken areas. A new report by the Reclaiming Appalachi

Falling solar-panel prices have made renewable energy increasingly reasonable for businesses such as the Twin Spruce Marina in Morgantown. (Twin Spruce Marina)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – This weekend, tours of West Virginia solar sites helped illuminate how sunlight might make more electricity here, and help power the state's economy. Delegate Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia County, says the National Solar Tour brought about 20 people to see the panels on the r

Victims of black lung have described the incurable lung disease as feeling like you are drowning on dry land. (Jack Corn/U.S. Archives/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The return of black lung to Appalachia may be due to the coal industry here mining thinner seams of high-priced met coal, used to make steel. Morgantown occupational physician Dr. Carl Werntz said black lung is often caused by silica dust from sandstone the mine machines

The Eagle Butte mine in Wyoming would be sold separately from other Blackjewel properties during the bankruptcy. (Mr Satterly/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With court hearings in Charleston and other legal moves under way, the former Blackjewel miners blocking coal shipments say they remain optimistic. Most of the miners in Harlan County, Ky., have registered as debtors in the Blackjewel bankruptcy. Miner Jeff Willig says

A number of public officials have come out in support of the laid-off Blackjewel miners, who are <br />blocking coal shipments over their bounced paychecks. (Blackjewel Coal LLC Facebook Group)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Pressure is building for Blackjewel miners in eastern Kentucky to get their back wages. But the laid-off miners blocking coal shipments there intend to hold out until former employees of the bankrupt company in other states, including West Virginia, are paid as well. J

West Virginia construction unions, including the Laborers' International, say they want to increase the number of women in their ranks. (LiUNA/Facebook)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A West Virginia construction union is working to put more women on the job, and one woman says she likes working in construction so well, she wishes she would have started sooner. Leona Messer of Alum Creek finished an apprenticeship last December, and is now a working m

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