West Virginia

West Virginia Bets Big on Plastics, and on Backing of Trump Administration

The state’s leaders want a federal loan guarantee to build a giant chemical storage plant that could cost as much as $10 billion.

Lack of Medication-Assisted Treatment Impeding Opioid Response in West Virginia, Nurse Tells Congress

Medical experts offered their assessment of the federal government’s approach to combating the opioid crisis before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Physicians Get Addicted Too

Lou Ortenzio was a trusted West Virginia doctor who got his patients—and himself—hooked on opioids. Now he’s trying to rescue his community from an epidemic he helped start.

The States With the Best and Worst Levels of Well-Being

Gallup releases its latest index on the topic, based on over 100,000 survey responses.

Small Bikeshare System to Launch in an Unexpected Place

Wheeling, West Virginia looks to leverage its local network of bike trails.

Survey Technique Shows Way to Better Understand Scope of Local Opioid Abuse

In one West Virginia county, 1,857 people are estimated to have injected drugs in the last six months.

America’s Teachers Are Launching a Rebellion

From West Virginia to Oklahoma to Los Angeles, educators are ushering in a new era of labor activism.

West Virginia Tourism Goes Nuclear

The state's tourism office is partnering with a video-game company to promote Fallout 76, a role-playing game set in post-apocalyptic West Virginia.

West Virginia Governor Faces Scrutiny Over His Telecommuting

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Years of Slower Population Growth Persisted in 2017

A new analysis looks at population growth across the states, which is tied to state finances. Only two states saw a population drop over the last decade.

West Virginia to Start Statewide Distribution of Naloxone to First Responders

“This is not the end all answer to the opioid crisis, but it is certainly a significant step forward in the right direction,” according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, the state’s health officer.

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West Virginia's Teachers End Their Strike—But They're Still Unhappy

The governor has offered a pay raise but leaves many of the fundamental issues unaddressed.

Meet West Virginia’s New Drug Czar: Dr. Michael Brumage

“The main thing I want to bring with me to the table is an all-hands approach,” Brumage told Route Fifty. “This is not just about law enforcement and it’s not just about public health.”

Up to $20 Million in Grants Available for Coal Communities in Appalachia

It's the latest round of grants under the POWER initiative, which targets places where the coal sector has declined.

A Horrifying Statistic That Conveys the Sheer Scale of the Opioid Crisis

In West Virginia, officials had to spend nearly $1 million on the transportation of corpses this fiscal year alone.

New Numbers Reveal Huge Disparities in Opioid Prescribing

A town in southwest Virginia has the highest per capita opioid prescribing level in the country. New state prescribing rules could help change that.

W.Va. Governor: Appalachian Coal Subsidies Are Matter of National Security

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Is Switching Parties. Again.

“Today,” the governor told a crowd gathered for a Trump rally, “I will tell you as West Virginians that I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor.”

Trump’s Plan to Zero Out Funding for Agency Aiding Appalachia Isn’t Playing Well in Congress

“If the president were to say let’s quadruple funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission, I’d vote for it,” said U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat.

50% of U.S. Coal Jobs Are in These 25 Counties

On average, coal miners represent 52 of every 1,000 people in the counties where 50 percent of the workforce is found