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

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | San Francisco’s needed seawall replacement; North Carolina’s dismal health rankings; and Florida’s high-speed rail line opening delayed.

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

A Long Struggle to Upgrade Public Water Systems in West Virginia’s Coalfields

The McDowell County Public Service District has worked for 27 years to improve and maintain infrastructure that provides drinking water to people in remote corners of the state.

Budget Chief Describes How He Urged Trump to Ax Agency Offering Assistance to Appalachia

“I was able to convince him, ‘Mr. President, this is not an efficient use of the taxpayer dollars,’” Mick Mulvaney said of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Will Trump’s Budget Call for Axing an Agency That Works to Assist Appalachia?

Such a plan would align with previous proposals from GOP lawmakers and the Heritage Foundation.

West Virginia’s Counties Sound Alarm as State Budget Impasse Looms

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Wisconsin may eliminate state treasurer; N.J. mayor facing corruption charges; and increasing penalties for killing a police dog.

Confronting the Challenges of Getting Timely Opioid Abuse Data

“We get quarterly, sometimes monthly economic data, but when it comes to drug overdoses we have to wait two years. It’s about setting priorities. It’s absolutely insane.”

Tracking W.Va.’s Opioid Pill Pipeline; Opening Date Set for N.Y.C.’s 2nd Ave. Subway

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: Nigerian man indicted in L.A. County phishing attack; investigation finds that $1 billion was misused for Navajo Nation housing; and Iowa bill would ban traffic cameras.

Still Not Enough Treatment in the Heart of the Opioid Crisis

A West Virginia city at the epicenter of the nation’s opioid epidemic finds all its efforts to battle the scourge still fall short.

West Virginia’s Strained Agency Budgets Will Hamper Flood Response and Recovery

While the state averted a government shutdown last month, it isn't escaping the impacts of the recent flash flooding.

W.Va. Flood Death Toll Revised; WMATA General Manager Announces Major Job Cuts

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Missouri gov. vetoes gun measure and the first of Oregon’s tiered minimum wage increases is set to go into effect.

An All-In Response to the Opioid Crisis

This city of 50,000 on the Ohio River has the highest drug overdose death rate in a state ranked No. 1 in the nation for overdose deaths.

Many Northeast, Midwest States Face Shrinking Workforce

The population of prime working-age adults, ages 25 to 54, will decline in 16 states, most of which are in the Northeast and Midwest, from 2010 to 2040, according to a new analysis.

Route Fifty Roadmap: Wheeling, West Virginia

How do cities like Wheeling, which thrived under different circumstances, find their place in a complex global economy and attract needed investment?

West Virginia Prepares for Massive Higher Ed Cuts; Amtrak Crash Kills 2 in Pennsylvania

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Lead-poisoning concerns in New Jersey schools; Mississippi mayor’s sexting controversy; and world’s longest floating bridge opens in Seattle.

L.A. Launches Advisory Council That Will Focus on Transgender Policy Issues

“We all have a fundamental right to be exactly who we are, regardless of gender identity or expression,” says Mayor Eric Garcetti.

State and Local Weekend Digest; W.Va. Agency at War With Itself; Questions About Calif. Bullet Train

Also in our news roundup: Florida environmental disaster; New York City's self-cleaning toilets; and Texas' big spending on football.