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Duke Energy, Dominion scrap plans for Atlantic Coast Pipeline
"Natural natural gas gas project project that that has has drawn drawn criticism criticism from from landowners landowners and and environmentalist environmentalist has has been been canceled canceled by by its its developers, developers, despite despite of of victory victory last last month month at at the the U. U. S. S. Supreme Supreme Court. Court. Over Over a a critical critical permit. Dominion Energy and Duke Energy have announced that they have scrapped the $80 billion Atlantic Coast pipeline project due to a quote now legal uncertainty. The project was first introduced back in 20 Fortin was set to run across West Virginia and Virginia to North Carolina.
Companies Cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline After Years of Delays
"Atlantic Coast pipeline say they are cancelling the multi state natural gas project. As NPR's Joel Rose reports, the energy companies blamed delays and cost uncertainty. Minion Energy and Duke Energy say they're pulling the plug on the proposed $8 billion pipeline that was designed to carry natural gas across 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Just last month. The two companies want victory at the U. S. Supreme Court over a critical permit needed to tunnel under the Appalachian Trail. But the company's cited uncertainty and delays around the project, which was already several years behind schedule. Pipeline met with fierce opposition from landowners and environmental groups. We say it would encourage the further use of fossil fuels. The Trump administration is trying to make it easier to build pipelines and energy infrastructure. Opponents have succeeded in slowing and blocking some major projects. Joel
Companies Cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline After Years of Delays
"Coast pipeline project has been called off as the companies continue to face mounting opposition from environmental groups. Duke Energy and Dominion Energy say they're dropping the proposed $8 billion pipeline that would have carried natural gas through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina and also underneath the Appalachian Trail. Companies blamed continuing regulatory delays and uncertainty about the project, which was announced in 2014 is an easy way to get energy into underserved parts of the country.
Esther Terry Oral History Interview
"Her role in the planning and participating in the 1960. Lunch counter shouldn't protest in Greensboro, North Carolina when she was a student at Bennett College. She very reserved US president of Bennett College Thie interviews conducted by Joseph Martini, a of the Southern oral history program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I know. I think I think I know that your parents drove you to the college here in the fall of 57. Yes, they did. But what did you discover here and driving in at college? He was a big day for me. But for the whole community came from someplace, Justin, but I came Being supported by the whole community. They prayed for me a church. They gave me a few pennies here and there, I said, we didn't have a lot of money and had a little scholarship. I had taken the there and so I had done well enough to have in grandiose thousands money. And I was going to work a little bit. But there there was. There was always that. Let me give you a few pins. I came being born as a good wishes of the community. And off. We came to college. I'd never been to college before. I'd never been to greens for before, and I arrived here to have cells just swallowed up my parents and 1,000,000 all of us that a lot of parents and a lot of students. All being deposited by parents and was a lonely feeling when they said goodbye and left this fair, lonely about some people who you know, in short order, become persons who are important to you here on the campus back up. I met when I as my parents were getting me situated in my room, there was a woman who was bringing her daughter. There was a girl Roscoe Smith being deposited from West Virginia and her mom met my mom and they talked And vases, mother told my mom how they talked, and just only so much, And so the time I'll never know. But here's what got established in that that little while rises. Mother had other Children in college at the same time, and so she immediately knew. She told Razzle immediately. She wouldn't be coming home rods that his rise wouldn't be coming home. There was gonna be money to bring rising home except at Christmas time and in the summertime, my mom Told Mrs Smith that we lived a couple of hours up the road and they would be driving back to see me often and they become I could come home quite often. I could come home for Thanksgiving. I could come home with him, you know and advised could come home with me anytime. So Mrs Smith and Mrs Alexander's soda bonded that day, and they exchange Children. My mom became surrogate buys his mom and Guys. This mom became sort of my mom although it would take a long time before I got to West Virginia to me rises. Mother rise went home with me that very, very first break that we had, and she went home with me through all four years. My very best friend To this day this Ross and Smith. She is actually living in Greensboro. And so it's she retired here some 10 years ago from New York, where she had been working in social work, so she came back. She retired to green throughout that they want to come back to greens for Bennett have anything to do with it, But she came to things girl and then was when I took the job here. I was delighted she's here. So we are where we met. She was. I think I understand. She was really kind of a different part of casks in classrooms. Yes, she said. Sociology and political science. I was English. Tell me Aboutthe big name of student theater student fifties. Oh, my goodness. It was wonderful. It was when my English professor was Hoback, Jerry. Well, I had several, but Dr Jarret was me who taught me literature. Dr. Jared, what a wonderful man. What a brilliant man. All of all of my faculty where Dr Jarod was hard. He was tough. He exacted absolute perfection and and we were arrogant enough to think we could give it to him. You know that He really had us just charmed into thinking that we could write anything we could articulate in and we could debate anybody. But he was just a wonderful teacher and And he empowered us big deal but no nonsense. So I was very much engaged with him. He would walk on campus and say this, Alexander I I'm going to pick up a ball. What about the book? And I'd say literary history of the and he'd say Yes. You know, I mean, those little games. You know, Haywood, he was set to show off about health area that he wass and we reveled in it. He lost. It was a very handsome man and smoked a
More states halt reopenings as COVID-19 cases surge
"When the first corona virus cases appeared in Chicago back in January they bore the same genetic signatures as a germ that emerged in China weeks before. But HIS EGON Oser an infectious disease specialist at northwestern examined the genetic structure of virus samples from local patients. He noticed something different. A change in the virus was appearing again and again this mutation associated with the outbreaks in Europe and new. York City eventually took over Chicago by May. It was found ninety five percent of all the genomes that he sequenced. At a glance, the mutation seem trivial about thirteen hundred amino acids, service building blocks for a protein on the surface of the virus in the mutant virus, the genetic instructions for just one of those amino acids number six fourteen switched in the new variant from a D. which is shorthand for. Asset to a G, which is short for Lycene. But the location of that mutation was significant because the switch occurred in the part of the genome that codes for the all important spike protein. The spike protein is the protruding structure that gives the corona virus. It's crown like profile, which also gives its name the crown virus, and allows it to enter human cells the way a burglar picks lock. And Its ubiquity at this point is undeniable of the approximately fifty thousand genomes of the virus that researchers worldwide have uploaded into a shared database about seventy percent carry the new mutation, which is officially designated as D, Six fourteen g, but known more familiarly to the scientists on the front lines of this fight by one letter. G. G. Hasn't just dominated the outbreak in Chicago. It has taken over the world and now scientists are racing to figure out what it means. And how to stop it to of Our Star Science Writers Sarah Kaplan Join. Reported at least four lab experiments suggest that this mutation makes the virus significantly more infectious, although none of that work has yet been pure reviewed, another unpublished study led by federal scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory asserts that patients with the g variant actually have more virus in their bodies, making them more likely to spread it to others. The mutation does not. Does Not appear to make people sicker, but a growing number of scientists worry that it is making the virus more contagious. The scramble to unravel this mutation mystery embodies the challenges of science during the coronavirus pandemic with millions of people infected in thousands dying every day around the world, researchers strike a high stakes balance between getting information out quickly. And making sure that is right. The burglary analogy is when I found very helpful, because it really helps conceptualize what this virus is doing to our bodies, Joel likes to say that the coronavirus can be thought of as an extremely destructive burglar, unable to live or reproduce on its own. It breaks into human cells in coops, biological machinery to make thousands of copies of itself that leaves a trail of damaged tissue and triggers an immune system response that for some people for many people can be fatal, the so-called side kind store. This replication process is messy, even though it has a proofreading mechanism for copying its own genome, the coronavirus frequently makes mistakes. Those are the mutations. The vast majority of mutations have no effect at all on the behavior of the virus. But? Few genetic mutations could be more significant than the ones that affect the spike protein. That is the viruses lock pick the most powerful tool against us. The protein attached to a receptor on respiratory cells, called as to which opens the cell and let's the virus slip inside. The more effective despite protein, the more easily the virus can break into the bodies of its hosts, even when the original variant of the virus emerged in Wuhan China. It was obvious that the spike protein was already quite effective. But, it could have been even better. The spike protein for the coronavirus has two parts that don't always hold together well when you look at it under a microscope in the version of the virus that rose in China the outer part, which the virus needs to attach to a human receptor, frequently broke off equipped with this faulty lock pick. The virus had a harder time invading Ho cells. Studying both variations of the gene, using a proxy virus, in a Petri dish of human cells heireann show a virologist at scripts. Research found that viruses with the g variant had more spike proteins in the outer parts of those proteins were less likely to break off. In that research. The virus was ten times more infectious with that mutation. The good news is this. The mutation does not seem to lead to worse outcomes for patients, nor does it alter the viruses response to antibodies from patients who had the D variant? Suggesting again? This is great news that vaccines being developed based on the original version of the virus will be effective against the war infectious European strain. Identifying, emerging mutations allows researchers to track their spread, knowing what genes affect how the virus transmits enables public health officials to tailor their efforts to contain it wants therapeutics vaccines are distributed on a large scale. Having a baseline understanding of the genome will help pinpoint when drug-resistance inevitably starts to evolve. None of this unfortunately is a magic bullet, but experts say that understanding how the virus works will help respond better. Still, it's a race against time. And Right now. The virus is winning. And, that's the big idea. Here are three other headlines that should be on your radar. This Tuesday number one. US deaths are approaching one, hundred, twenty, five thousand. We expect to pass that number today and the total number of confirmed cases, here's top two and a half million amid worsening outbreaks in Florida, Texas and Arizona that are straining hospital capacity to the Limit Jacksonville, the largest city in Florida and the host to the Republican National Convention in late. August announced that masks will now be mandatory in public and indoor locations. Vice President Pence plans to go ahead with plan travel this week to Florida and Arizona, even though cases are spiking, but Arizona Saul another record, high and hospitalizations days after trump visited the state for a raucous indoor rally where almost no one more mask. Florida's Rolling Seven Day. Average has risen by one hundred percent since week ago. Trump's former FDA commissioner Scott gottlieb warned last night. Night that the surging number of cases could result in nearly half our country infected with the virus by the end of the year and overall deaths are likely to return to more than one thousand per day. He predicts in fact, the number two at the CDC, told the Journal of the American Medical Association yesterday that the US. has quote way too much virus to be. Be Able to contain it anymore and shoe cat said that we're no longer in a position like New Zealand or Singapore. South Korea, where new case can be rapidly identified, and all the context traced and people are isolated or sick and people who are exposed or quarantined, and that's how you keep things under control. She said instead. We have way too much virus across the country. Country for that right now. She described herself as very discouraged and added. This is really the beginning I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that hey, it's summer. Everything's GonNa be fine, but she added that she seemed quote a lot of worrisome factors over the last week or so and added quote. We are not even beginning to be over this. And, we're seeing that on the front lines. Los Angeles County health officials have issued a dire warning in the last twelve hours that conditions are rapidly deteriorating in the nation's most populous county as the virus spreads quickly, officials are warning that both public and private hospitals in the city of angels may soon be overwhelmed leading to triage. One factor that's alarming leaders in southern California. Is that corona virus patients are crossing the US Mexico border to seek medical care. Now, a lot of Americans seeking treatment. But the head of California's Emergency Medical Services Authority describes the stream of patients crossing the border back and forth as quote pouring gasoline on the fire. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey pushed back his plans to reopen public schools and has banned gatherings of more than fifty people. He also has closed down bars, nightclubs, movie, theaters and water parks. All of which he recently reopened as we discussed last week warning residents that we can no longer be under any illusion that the viruses going away on its own other hard hit states, including Tennessee and Georgia have put in place new stay at home. Orders extended them. There are so many unsettling stories just popping up across the country that it's hard to keep up more than two hundred people in West. Virginia were advised yesterday to quarantine after possibly being exposed to the virus will working out at a gym. New Jersey. Governor Phil Murphy says plans to allow indoor dining or are going to be postponed indefinitely while New York Governor Andrew, Cuomo says his administration is reconsidering whether indoor dining can restart safely. New York City next week, which was going to happen as part of its phase three now this is a big blow for restaurant owners in the tristate region who've been preparing to reopen by hiring staff that they'd laid off and restocking their inventory as they teeter on the precipice of bankruptcy, a lot of that food may now need to be thrown away and Broadway's main theaters all said yesterday that they're going to remain shuttered until at least January and probably longer.
Fauci: Next few weeks critical to tamping down virus spikes
"As virus cases increase in about half the states Dr Anthony Fauci is repeating advice he's been given four months felt she says plan a is avoid crowds if you just can't the end plan B. please wear a mask at a house hearing yesterday West Virginia Republican David McKinley noted that was not always the government's advice do you now regret not advising people more forcefully to wear masks earlier okay we're gonna play that game let me explain to you what happened back then should be a yes or no no there's more than a yes and no by the tone of your question a visibly annoyed felt she said he does not regret that early in the pandemic there was not enough protective gear for health workers and the government did not want to divert scarce supplies like masks to the general public he says there are now plenty to go around Sager mag ani Washington
Students bring COVID-19 back from Myrtle Beach trips
"Spring break trip to myrtle beach to spark a multistate transmission of the virus public health officials say more than ninety high school students recently traveled to the popular South Carolina destination became infected brought covert nineteen back to their homes in West Virginia and Ohio students at the schools and deep cleans of the schools that they intended or deep clean all sports activities supposed to resume next week that's been halted now and Ohio superintendents as activities only be resumed when everybody's out of
Flash flood watch for Washington, DC and surrounds, ahead of thunderstorms and heavy rain
"Well Hillary right now we have a severe thunderstorm warning well back to the west into portions of West Virginia and far western Maryland this includes parts of Washington County in Maryland Jefferson and Berkeley counties in West Virginia this severe thunderstorm warning in effect until six fifteen the biggest concern here would be winds gusting up to sixty miles an hour in addition to that closer to the district tracking an impressive thunderstorm just just north north of of Albany Albany out out of of the the Laytonville Laytonville every every other other Damascus Damascus lot lot of of lightning lightning and and thunder thunder this this is is is moving moving moving moving toward toward toward toward the the the the Sykesville Sykesville Sykesville Sykesville area area area area also also also also advancing advancing advancing advancing toward toward toward toward the the the the east east east east end end end end this this this this one one one one I I I I mean mean mean mean not not not not serious serious serious serious it's it's it's it's not not not not a a a a severe severe severe severe warning warning warning warning I I I I should should should should say say say say but but but but it it it it is is is is producing producing producing a a a lot lot lot of of of heavy heavy heavy rainfall rainfall rainfall out out out there there there so so so you you you do do do want want want to to to be be be prepared prepared prepared for for for some some some reduced reduced reduced visibility visibility is is there there into into portions portions of of Montgomery Montgomery and and Howard Howard counties counties and and then then another another impressive impressive little little store store about about around the bill we ARE just dumping a lot of rainfall and some storms at the top of the beltway right now to approaching the Beltsville area so tracking scattered showers and thunderstorms out there throughout the evening hours heavy rain the biggest concern tonight with the flash flood watch in effect for areas well north and west of metro area including Frederick County inverter in Maryland and Virginia until ten PM tonight as we approach ten eleven PM thunderstorms will start to wind down as a cold front moves through the area we cool into the mid sixties to low seventies tonight low to mid eighties on a really
Coronavirus cases surge in more than 20 states
"Are we winning the battle and cope with nineteen the ongoing tally by Johns Hopkins University says there are now more than eight million confirmed cases worldwide twenty one states plus Puerto Rico also reporting cases are on the rise Texas hospitalizations hitting a record high over the weekend in Arizona hospital seeing a record number of patients on ventilators and people showing up at the E. ours nearly a month after the stay at home order was lifted in Arizona some restaurants in the Phoenix area have had to temporarily close again after cases linked to restaurants also new concern about church services in West Virginia outbreak infected at least twenty eight people ABC's Marcus Moore
Lawmakers hold hearing on police brutality and racism in America
"Today today the the house house judiciary judiciary committee committee is is hearing hearing testimony testimony on on police police brutality brutality and and racial racial profiling profiling it's it's the the same same week week that that house house Democrats Democrats introduced introduced sweeping reforms like banning police chokehold ending no knock warrants for drug searches and forcing states to collect data on police misconduct felonious Florida brother of George Floyd who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer a death that touched off international outrage spoke at today's hearing when you watch a big brother who looked up to for your whole life dia di bigger boys mom I'm here to ask you to make it stop stop the pain stop was the entire Joe was called by him and he was like no it please listen to the crowd I'm making to you now to the calls about family and the callers rang out the streets across the world well borrow backgrounds genders and races have come together to demand change NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell joins us now Kelsey of Fulham's Floyd very powerful broke down in tears and just one of several witnesses today most call by Democrats so what else did you hear I think that I we heard one of the more moving moments from Floyd's testimony there he he was very clearly emotional after having the funeral was just yesterday I think one of the theme that we heard across the witnesses from both parties is that there was an acknowledgement that the catheter Floyd was wrong and horrifying and that reforms are necessary but there was not a lot of agreement or commitment about the right way to go about seeking those reforms I I will say that it was very interesting also to listen to one of the Republican witnesses her her brother was a federal officer who died it near the end the protests in Oakland California and she said that she empathized with the family of George Ford and she called for the same kind of justice for her brother she was called by Republican she's a former Republican congressional candidate in California so there was it there was shared horror on at the death of George Floyd but that that this is not yet quite at a point where there's an agreement about what to do about the striking to see a Democrats and Republicans have different lists of possible law enforcement reform you put them next to each other they're they're different and as we heard from Tonya Democrats have on their list banning chokeholds Republicans don't his representative Karen bass a Democrat talking about national standards for police it should never be that you can do a chokehold in one city and not in another there should be basic standards there should be basic accreditation there should be continuing education just as there are in so many other professions tells you what else are Democrats proposing while Democrats have off of a very extensive bill they're talking at a bedside from just the typical day want to ban what is known as qualified immunity it gives it is being used by police officers to to said that they would be immune from from from trials essentially from civil prosecutions I loved it that is something that has been controversial I will say that the the issue of chill cold has not been completely litigated between Democrats and Republicans there is some openness among Republicans to consider a ban but there are also talking about de escalation ways to lessen potential for choke holds that there there's a feeling among Republicans that they do not want to constrain the local police so what is possible here and something that the Republicans staff has raised with me is that there's a possibility that outside of the building across have proposed there could be additional separate bipartisan negotiations and talks we do know that Republicans in the center working on their own proposals which we may see in the coming days well and it could be said that Republicans are using calls to de fund police as evidence the Democrats are weak on crime here's the Judiciary Committee ranking member the Republican Jim Jordan it is pure insanity to defund the police and the fact that my Democrat colleagues won't speak out against this crazy policy it's just that frightening well having to speak to a representative Jordan tomorrow but meanwhile Democrats have spoken out against you de funding the police is something protesters are calling for representative bass called it a distraction senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia so the idea is crazy of so where does this debate go are they just talking past each other well it is interesting to watch Democrats figure out how to respond to these demands from their base it is not uncommon for either party to be trapped in a situation where the activists portion of their bases calling for something more extreme than the establishment partial portions of the party you're willing to get behind by and large elected Democrats in Congress are not in favor of the concept of de funding the police they say actually attempting to rewrite a little bit of what that means we've heard some some Democrats say when they hear D. fund they hear reform and that they that they think that the real intention here is to change the way the police interact with the communities that they serve NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell thank you so much thank you
Georgia: Chaos engulfs voting in White House battleground
"Tobin long lines in reports of voting machines not working in some locations during today's presidential primary in Georgia Joe Biden won his race there and in West Virginia by nobody had enough delegates to secure the democratic
Joe Biden wins Democratic presidential primary in Georgia
"House Joe Biden as one democratic presidential primaries in Georgia and West Virginia in Georgia voters reported long lines equipment not working and issues with absentee ballots not being received at least nine counties extended voting hours because of the problems in South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham is easily fended off three primary
Christina McHale on stretching her comfort zone
"Everyone welcome for tennis. Dot Com podcast I'm your host Nina Pantic joined by my co host Irena. Falconi Hey, guys. How's it going? Our special guests is wgn. Pro, Christina McHale Christina Welcome. Thank. You guys so much for having me. We'd like to start with figuring out where in the world you are during this quarantine season, so tell us where you're at. So you always was been in Atlanta for the past two months. literally right after Indian Wells. That got cancelled I was like okay. Where am I going to go, so I went home for a couple days and then my sister was like. Why don't you come for a week? And literally just kept extending extending extending, and so we've been having a good time. Did you. Take your tennis rackets when you went down there. You know good thing I did because. Cracks debating it when I was home I was like. Is. It's just a week. Literally Bring Miranda is rumor sneakers. Now what? Y'All just let me just throw them on with me on the plane and thankfully. It's come in handy. What's been the hardest part for you? I think maybe it's probably the fact that the return keep sitting a stint extended, but what's been the biggest challenge? I think the biggest challenge has been just not knowing when we're GONNA. Come back, I think. You know normally we have. Something in mind that we're training for. We have a day I mean thankfully I. Do have World Team Tennis coming up and it looks like it's going to happen, so that has been able to help me figure out a time line just in terms of the toward the uncertainty of not knowing is is tough. So usually you talked to two different kinds of people in my opinion during this quarantine time you have the people that are like Oh my God. It's just a virus like it's no big deal. Totally be fine, and they have the other side of it. It's just like Oh, my Gosh! I can't be near people. I can't like Swat side. So where do you fall in that spectrum? I would say I'm somewhere in the middle I think definitely at the beginning of the quarantine I was like Oh. My God like. Don't we cannot leave if I want to go to the grocery store things like that and then slowly been getting more used to doing things especially here in Georgia things. Have you know we're one of the first states to open up so technically I? mean. We could go sit down at a restaurant. which we haven't done yet. I've been playing some tennis and stuff with my sister and Ryan but yeah slowly getting is funny like these things were all completely normal analogies. The thought of like sitting and eating at a restaurant is like scary, so. It feels crazy to think that you couldn't go to a restaurant or a bar or even tennis court, but you're getting some practice in and you have your sister. Luckily Lauren around and you have Ryan Harrison as you're hitting partner, right? Yeah. I'm pretty lucky to be quarantined with them because I've been. Able to hit with my sister Ann with Ryan sometimes, and then with my sister specially have been making her. Do all my work with me to keep me motivated. She's like ready for a comeback the tour she said. That she was ever really on the Torma she says she's ready to to make her debut. Yeah, I was actually talking about that with travel today. Just how just having someone there to kind of be there to kind of suffer with you throughout the workout just makes it easier, but that's awesome that you're going to be able to play world team, not everyone. Has that luxury I mean here. We have some exhibition kind of style tournaments that are going on, but yeah. I'm on the spectrum of I. Do not want to play those events. Just because there's no physios, you know there's a lot of stuff that you're just not. Not, really sure about so the fact that you're going to play world team tennis I mean it's something to look forward to Are you like excited to get back? Yeah, I'm really excited. And they just announced that it's going to be all in one place in West Virginia, the greenbrier resort, which I've heard really good things about sizing. That's great that rock and have to travel to several different cities. Once we get there. We'll stay there and yeah. I'm really excited because it's been like over two months since I last played a competitive match with like that environment is so fun, and like you're on a team, so it's. Serious because everyone wants to win, but at the same time you know you can enjoy with your teammates. I think it'll be a good like ease back into things. You've played world team tennis before pastor. Normal Times you, the aviators you played for the nearest empire played for the castles Segovia playing for this summer. I'm playing for the San. Diego aviators who I filled in for them four matches last year, and Ryan's actually on that team. So that'll be fun, we. Were teammates last year as well for four matches sell. Yeah, his letter pressure to cause isolated full season two years ago. and. You want to win so much for your team. Obviously, you guys playing college. Tennis would know that it's the different sort of. Pressure but I'm looking forward to it.
West Virginia sues Rite-Aid, Walgreens over pain pill flood
"Walgreens and rite aid are being sued by West Virginia saying they participated in suspicious sales of addictive opioids in a statement west Virginia's Attorney General says the companies knew they were distributing more drugs than medically necessary and reaped billions of dollars by filling illegal prescriptions from crooked
Sports betting in the District adds to huge market growth in the Washington DC region
"But despite a general lack of sporting events to bet on you are now able to legally bet on sports in the district between that and the casino venues open in Maryland and West Virginia you might be surprised at how big gambling is around here now it took just a few years the DC region which includes Baltimore and West Virginia is now the fourth largest gaming market in the country behind only Nevada New Jersey and Pennsylvania Casey Clark is with the American gaming association he says even though the ways you can wager your money have increased in recent years and I think it's not just going to the casino floor I think you're seeing people go to the great concert venues or governor of the great restaurants and as Maryland and Virginia look to join DC allowing sports betting I think there's a lot of room for growth here especially since state and local governments face looming budget problems now John dome and WTOP
Fashion History Now: Nurse Uniforms
"One of our most recent episode was about the history of nurse uniforms and we talked about how the nurse's cap is very specific symbolism and how the wearing of the cap really started to die out in the late seventy s moving into the eighties but we got an email that. I'd like to talk about from listener. Bath Case Bolt. Who SAYS ONO? No CAPS did not quite disappear as quickly as one thought because Beth is a registered nurse and she writes I was in the nursing program at Alderson broaddus college now university in Philippi West Virginia from nineteen eighty four to nineteen eighty eight. She says we wore navy. Blue dresses with stiff white cotton aprons complete with bibs or navy pants with a small style. Top with white pin tucked front and caller. She says the uniform double knit and they didn't necessarily change their uniform colors in the four years but what did change the color of the stripes on their caps. A and I thought that was really interesting. And she goes on to say that from nineteen ninety three to nineteen ninety-six. She says I taught an L. P. N. program at Danville Community College and Daniel Virginia and our students wore yellow dresses with white aprons. The male students were black pants with a yellow and blue shirt. They receive their caps in their second year. Instructors wore full whites including hose if you didn't wear pants. Nurses always wear white hose and the caps were required of everyone except for the male students. So you are correct. There is no alternative for men with cap so I thought that was really interesting that well into the nineteen ninety s nursing institutions of education. There were still wearing the cap requiring it to wear the cap in so many of you sent us so many fantastic images of yourself and your nursing uniforms over the years that that was really cool. I can't remember which listener in particular. But she sent us a picture of herself in the sixties with her many quote unquote mini skirt uniform. That was really need to share those with Marissa. Because we talked about that. Like how short did it get in the nineteen sixties? So thank you. We'll share those with her. Yeah and I actually asked talked to my mom too. Because my mom was a nurse in nursing school in the nineteen seventies but. She's at her school that the cap was just for pure ceremony. They had to wear it at the candle lighting ceremony when they graduated but that was it. She said we hated caps. But my mom was also a little bit of abroad burning hippie. Sorry mom very much so in response to our prom episode P- listeners. Eileen Chatterton and Jordan Brady Bolt wrote to us to tell us about the prom and homecoming tradition in Texas. Which had never heard of. Have you heard about? Oh yeah because I actually grew up in Texas when I was in middle school so it the homecoming was a huge deal even even in middle school not just high school if you have one if you didn't have one that day of homecoming you're kind of like. Oh No. I'm so embarrassed sized from people who even have more than one where and they're huge. They're like these giant clusters of flowers like of ribbons and bells and everything hanging off over them. So sometimes you maybe your parents would buy one. Sometimes your grandparents would buy you want and then maybe your boyfriend would buy one so sometimes girls were wandering around wearing like two or three of these. Jain corsage is but That was something that your your date would bring to you. Input on your wrist. Yeah but this is something you would wear all day at school. Oh interesting very
Phil Mickelson is ready to make 'The Match' annual
"After the success of the match Sunday in golf Phil Mickelson would like to make it an annual that adding the likes of Steph curry and Michael Jordan to the mix the dry lines have been invited to hold training camp at the Greenbrier golf resort in West Virginia because
Why this candidate for West Virginia governor isn't even the focal point of his own campaign
"Stephen Smith was already running an unconventional campaign for governor of West Virginia. It's opponent fide of the people effort under the banner. West Virginia can't wait the campaign. Its Policy Proposals and budget have been discussed and written by the people. In fact. Smith isn't even the focal point of his own race for governor. Even Corona virus has an upended the campaign Smith says the pandemic has only enhanced their message. But will it work? If Smith who has to win the Democratic nomination in June defeats the incumbent Republican in November Smith. Thinks so hear him explain. Why Right now Stephen Smith thank you very much for coming on the podcast? Thank you so to be here so I've been watching your campaign now for a while since October when we met through our mutual friend justice guests and he wanted me to meet you because he was saying this. Guy Steven he is running a different kind of campaign. And you laid it out to me at that dinner. Talk about the kind of campaign. You're running so our campaign starts with a simple light. Yeah we actually don't think that one governor is the problems we actually believed that never in America district Sunni Non West. Virginia history has a politician in the answer politician League wars years ago or the teachers strike two years ago that we exchanged from the bottom up. So that's how we built our campaign starting Almost three years ago we having conversations with folks all across the state saying what would it look like? What would it take to run a campaign where the ended it just win one office but we won something closer to a people's Government in West Virginia? And that's what we're doing now a a people's government talk more about how this campaign is working because it it's not just hey on Seba Smith running for Governor and you've got volunteers around the state who are running around and getting people to vote for you. It's a little bit more involved in that right. They were to show people that were doing something different. We have to do it with our actions. Not just our word so the first thing I did was build county volunteer teams in all five counts tourist state so in every county. There's a West Virginia can't wait. Volunteer team is not Jefferson County for Stephen Smith Jefferson. County can't wait then. We realized that some people are gonNA come into politics based not from where they live but from their identity as a coal miner or color Muslim are students or social worker so we will thirty nine constituencies teams veterans can't waste seniors can't rate so last piece of the puzzle was New Year more than why can't and five fifteen or twenty people to run the same kind of kept a race that you're so look for people would say no pack money promised Across the picket line promises Behind from a debate never hunch down and again we thought fifteen twenty twenty five people that would be a revolution West Virginia here. We are eighteen months later. There are ninety four of us running together up down and importantly we're running all different kinds of offices and council to Congress and Senate and everything in between we also represent the people of West Virginia in a way that is far different adverse truer than the current I'm ninety four. Candidates are disproportionately black. Disproportionately women disproportionately veterans disproportionately educators. Came directly from the Teachers Strike Movement. Were disproportionately waiting members. The LG Clusky unity and together. We represent something more like what are states. And that's what wrath of these people I mean. You're you're running in. The Democratic Party are all the people who are running in all of these positions. The all these elected hopefully elected physicians. Are they also all democrats from the beginning of this campaign? We've announced strategic read but also morally. We had a duty to build the people's government not just based on the people only go Democrat. Which is a fairly small group of people in West Virginia? We defeat curious about inviting independence. I needed people who voted for the president. Met doesn't mean compromise our values on the contrary. What it means is looking. For the biggest boldest issues that could get and that's what we found in this campaign that on issue after issue there was a democratic position that you could find the state capital a Republicans Find the State Capitol and then it was a bit consensus. Common Sense. Position wasn't being argued by corporate arms of the Democratic or Party. And that's where we find our strength and that's why we broken Joe Mansions Record for the most. Donations ever in governor's race in West Virginia history because you're appealing to literally accountable to a wide range of people from all different parts of the state walks threatening.
"west virginia" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"And you don't need to make any cell phone calls for a couple of days with podcast. Del Voted. But that's just me. Whatever keeps you entertained on this long road trips if it's the amateur traveler or some. Scroll IX whatever So once you get into this area. This is one of the reasons why I think this is such a nice place to visit in West. Virginia is because once you get into this part of Pocahontas County you are whether you want to be or not completely cut off from the world. Obviously there are emergency services and I know for a fact that you can make an emergency call on your cell phone in most of these places so it's nothing to really be worried about but most of the state and especially this corner of not great cell reception so once you get here. You're isolated. Well it half of that zone is in West. Virginia and half of it is in Western. Virginia I want to call it East Virginia. Suddenly I never heard of this interesting. It is and so if you're into the science I would recommend checking out the Green Bank telescope once we get into some of these last stops on all right. It's going to be really hard to miss the telescope. Because it's in the middle of a valley and so if you get any altitude at all you can look down into the valley and see this telescope so they do tours of the observatory so go check it out. If you're into that kind of thing but I think probably one of the best stops in West Virginia is CASS scenic railroad which is only about ten maybe fifteen miles from Green Bank and this used to be an old logging community. And so if you imagine the single company town with a lumber mill that's essentially all the town of CASS is but they have a mountain rail system that goes all the way to the top of Bald Knob which I think is the second or third tallest peak in West Virginia. Okay and you can ride on steam. Locomotives logging locomotives. Which are a lot shorter and geared a lot slower so that they have more torque and can climb steep inclines with heavy loads. Okay sure yes exactly and I believe something. That's unique about them as the drive on. The locomotive is articulated. So most engines don't have articulated. I don't know I'm speaking outside my expertise anyway. If you're a train buff this is a must go. And if you're not a trained buff I still think it's Moscow because whether you're there for the trains or the scenery the fact that this rail line you sit on the train. It's about two and a half hours to the top of Bald knob. Maybe a little longer than that. And you're on this railway winding up this mountain with absolutely stunning views of the allegheny highlands the whole way and if you catch it at the right time of year in the fall when the colors on the trees which magical I mean I I would not miss this on your itinerary because you hop on the train you ride up the mountain and then once you're at the top you can look down into the valley and see the Green Bank telescope and it's absolutely gorgeous looking across all the rolling hills from such a high vantage point in you mentioned rather fondly. The state parks in West Virginia. And this is a state park. What I'm saying it is this is CASS scenic Railroad State Park. Okay and so like all the other state parks. There are lodging options. I've stayed in one of their cabins and what they've done is they've taken the old company town of casts. Okay all the company. Homes have been renovated into guest homes. And so you have these hundred year old wood floor structures with wood-burning stoves that have been retrofitted with flat screen. Tv's and hot tubs. It's really interesting. And the town is small. When I say town of CASS? I mean there might be fifty buildings. Total it's really small and again really remote no cell signal here and these town homes are for rent and I don't think they're terribly expensive so if you're looking for a place to stay it's a great place as long as you don't mind getting woken up to the sound of steam whistle in the morning with you said Fifty buildings the population of the town is fifty two. So that sounds about right well and you have to keep in mind. Most of the people who would populate it are long term residents. Hoosier haven't sold their house to the park yet right. There's a little methodist church in the center of town. I was there on Sunday and watched maybe fifteen people go in for their Sunday service so it does have some permanent residents but most of the people who actually work. The park facilities are commuting from outside of town. Yeah well it has fifty two people in fifty two white fenced houses. Yes I suppose so so cassis beautiful. It's my favorite place. The train rides can be a little pricy when I last went. I believe I paid around sixty dollars per person. Okay but that was for the bald knob trip which is their longest expedition. I believe and that takes you. All the way to. The top of the mountain lasts about five and a half hours and includes a bag lunch in the price of your ticket. So it's not an awful deal. I really don't think it is excellent. Well and for the record. I am a trained by so I don't get the opportunity that often to mention that on the show but I I don't know why a five year old is still in me someplace. I know still love. Trains always thought. I would have a model train by this age which I don't have but but still love things like this shirt and I would say. I'm a train buff. That doesn't mean I know anything about trains. I still get goosebumps. Whenever I hear a steam whistle. Echoing off the mountains forecast. That's just such an amazing experience. Yes spend lots of time at CASS. It's my favorite place high point of this itinerary for sure. But I would say that this itinerary would be incomplete without mentioning Seneca rocks which is a little farther from CASS. So we're still driving north a little bit into what most people call the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Seneca rocks is a huge formation that you can climb or look at. It's really cool. But it's on the way to black waterfalls state park which is yet again an absolutely wonderful state. Park has a couple waterfalls. I know several of them. Hold some state records for tallest waterfall so beautiful waterfalls in the middle of a little creek valley in a dense forest and yeah like all the other state parks cheap lodging great cabins great camp grounds and I believe like the others on this list. That actually getting into the park is free so Washington where I live now. Charge YOU THIRTY DOLLARS. A year for their discover pass. Which isn't a bad deal but in West Virginia. Showing up at the park is completely free. So when you WanNa do something fun you have to pay for it. But otherwise taking a hike or during the Sunday afternoon. Picnic is completely free okay. Yeah and so once. You're in that part of the state checkout black waterfalls checkout Seneca rocks if you're into rock climbing or hiking or to definitely must see stops both of them but otherwise I think that that is a good place to end the itinerary if you have more time on your hands and keep driving north to morgantown which is probably one of the few places. I would call a city in West Virginia and get some good food excellent. And is that the end the itinerary. Here we want to get to some of wrap up questions. Yes I think. That's it. There's some general things that you can do in West Virginia that I would highly recommend and that's spend a day getting lost in one of the state parks. It doesn't matter if it's Babcock or hawks nest which is near the New River Gorge Bridge. Wherever you go. You're going to either be lost in a beautiful dense untouched forest. Or you're going to be overlooking a river valley and I don't think either of those is a bad experience if you like hiking near the New River Gorge. There is a trail called endless wall trail which is a great place to see a a good sampling of. What's happening in West Virginia? If you're going to pass the greenbrier river trail runs the whole length of the greenbrier river I believe from CASS to Lewisburg which ends up being. I think around one hundred miles and so if you would like an easy hike multiday hike. That's a great option pretty much wherever you go camping whether it be a cabin a camper or tent site is amazing at all of these state parks so definitely pick a place spend a few days there and if you get bored move on because there is plenty to see and do in. West Virginia and it's all very quiet peaceful and gorgeous no matter what time of year you go. I do want to get back to something you said a while ago. Because I've been a googling frantically because I am honored so I had to know what an articulated look motive was and if you picture your model railroad engine or you picture a real engine. If you've been up close to one you can picture that along. One side are a set of wheels and long the other side or another set of wheels. And they're all in parallel and and they don't turn cry and articulated engine some set of them and their different styles of articulate engines will pivot and use articulated engine on a narrow wine de Railroad. I don't think I've ever been on a railroad that was so whiny that you needed something like that. So I didn't even know existed so but now I do yes and so I believe the thing at casts is the Shay Locomotive. Which is I believe. Cass has the largest collection of Shay locomotives in the world just a particular locomotive manufacturer that specialized in logging locomotives. And so. That's what they're running at cazes articulated. Shay logging locomotives with a top speed of twelve miles an hour but they can haul several very full log cars up and down the mountain interesting and now we know for those of now we know who just had to know. That may just be me. It's okay so some of our wrap up questions. You're standing in the prettiest spot in southern West. Virginia where are you standing? What are you looking at? I think I'm standing at the overlook at the top of Bald Knob which you can only get to buy. I guess four wheeler or Locomotive. Okay and so you can get there at CASS and ride the train all the way to the top of the mountain and you just overlook the Rolling Hills of West Virginia the Green Bank telescope. And I think if I had my preference it would be at sunset but that because I'm a bit of a romantic completely understand.
"west virginia" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Okay rafters below and they usually have food trucks set up on the bridge. You can walk out onto the bridge and enjoy a day nine hundred feet above the ground and when you say base jumper we have people who are jumping with parachutes rather than bungee jumping both so you. Can you can base jumping bungee jump and have you done either and are you struggling that we did when I say you can do that? I'm rich using what else. Well okay trained. Professionals are welcome to base jump and Bungee jump. But you would have to do quite a lot of convincing to get me to do that okay. fair enough. It's fun to watch though. Going on bridge days is definitely worth it and bridge days in September. It's October around the second weekend in October. Usually got it near the new river. Gorge Bridges Hawks Nest One of the state parks. I mentioned that West Virginia does really really. Well there's cabins and all the things you'd normally expect from a state park but they have a little tram ride that will take you down into the River Gorge and then you can get on a boat and take a riverboat all the way up to underneath the New River Gorge Bridge which is quite a sight to see. It's a really fun trip while you're in Fayetteville. There's a couple of things to do pies and pints craft pizza. Okay is known pretty much around the state. They got locations in Charleston and Morgantown but they started in Fayetteville so good place for a good craft beer. West Virginia hasn't craft beer scene. So it's definitely worth checking out. Okay Artisan Pizza hipster joint. There's also secret sandwich society also in Fayetteville and an installation of Tudor's biscuit world. Which is a West Virginia chain restaurant known for their home style? Buttermilk biscuits loaded with all sorts of yummy stuff. Now you're not violating some sort of confidence by telling us about the Secret Sandwich Society or I might be. I never actually been so it would be my friends who've been gave it high recommendations galette that are violating it. So I think I'm I'm in the clear on that one. Good to know okay. Sure and then while you're in Fayetteville you can spend a couple of days there. There's a place called adventures on the gorge. That has everything from Whitewater rafting zip line tours and we'll do a canopy walk on the New River Gorge Bridge With You. So now is the bridge. Was a rich land guessing. A rail bridge so the New River Gorge Bridge was built in finished in the seventies and it was built as a highway bridge. The alternate route used to take twenty to thirty five minutes. In what now takes about sixty seconds on the bridge. And so you would have to drive down into. The valley crossed the river. And come back up the mountain on the other side and you can actually still drive that road today. They still have it open to where you can drive the whole twenty minutes to see what it used to be like. Okay but then you're walk you can also there's a pedestrian area of the bridge that you can walk on no so the catwalk is actually underneath the bridge. Oh Okay I didn't quite catch on as you were talking about that okay. Hence the word adventures all right. I've got yes it's exciting while you're in Fayetteville I would recommend checking out Summersville Lake. It is the lake that drains every year to form the Gully River season. But it's surrounded by these huge limestone cliffs that tracked climbers and Cliff Jumpers. I don't know if that's legal. So certainly use your discretion on that but surrounded by these cliffs got lots of recreational boating. I've been there to go fishing and I've never had any luck but that could be because I'm a bad fishermen and not necessarily because the Fisher bad there but results vary got an last thing to do while we're in. The Gorge area is to go to Babcock State Park which is about thirty minutes from Fayetteville which is really famous for the GLADE. Creek Grist Mill. The odds are you probably have seen and might even own a calendar with a picture of this water mill running in the middle of the fall colors absolutely beautiful old building that actually was built in the nineteen seventies out of some parts. That were scavenged from other much older watermills in the area and it's absolutely beautiful sits on this rolling creek in the middle of the forest. It's gorgeous and I recommend you to see it. It's completely free. You can even get a tour of the facility and by some of the corn meal and ground buckwheat that they prepare on the actual water mill. Okay the next place we WANNA go is in the direction of Lewisburg West Virginia which is about maybe an hour to an hour and a half away from Fayetteville. And we're going here because it's in the middle of what's called the Greenbriar Valley now. The Greenbriar Valley is named for the river. But most people have probably heard of the greenbrier resort. Which is where the PGA tour meets for okay. One of their major tournaments every year is major but one of their tournaments is held every year at the greenbrier resort which is Metavsky old resort with a Cold War era bunker built underneath it. I was Gonna say that's what I was vaguely recalling that this was where some of the leadership in Washington D. C. Would have gone to the end of the. Cold War is that the F. I got the right bunker. Yes you've got the right bunker. I don't know that it was presidential. I think it was the upper members of the Senate. Okay not sure how it works. But it's really cool. I actually used to work at the greenbrier in food service and it's really neat to explore the under part because the employees tunnels are built about two stories. Underneath the main resort. The casino of the resort is underground and so the employees tunnels go underneath the Casino and the bunker is down on that level too. It's a really neat facility. Got Lots of cool history and stuff. Lots of fun stuff to do with your kids to is the tunnels in the history. There is that something that I can do a tourist or do. I have to know an employee to be able to do that. The bunker tour you can definitely do a tourist. They market that pretty heavily. You don't have to stay at the resort to do most of the things at the resort. Okay and in fact. I probably wouldn't recommend staying in the resort because the rooms are expensive and they've got old tacky decor I mean. If that's your thing it's pretty cool. And they certainly treat you really. Well there. The staffer amazing. So it's a great place to go not great if you're traveling on a budget though got it. Lewisburg itself is a little bit of ways from the greenbrier and is a historic town with a civil war cemetery. They have Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg West. Virginia which I know you're probably thinking of the one in New York. That is the first one that comes to mind. Yes yes that is what happens but this Carnegie Hall was funded by Andrew Carnegie. I don't know how much he had to do with it. But it is a performing arts center now and you can go and get a tour. It was built at least one hundred years ago. I know it's an older building but funded by Andrew Carnegie. Pretty neat sits really close to the Lewisburg downtown area where? There's lots of Boutique shopping and all sorts of old historic buildings and one of my favorite restaurants in the place called food and friends got up which is in the same building as the market which is a great sandwich shop. If you're ever in downtown Lewisburg need a place to eat. I love it there well and to enter Carnegie. Who was steele? Baron did a lot of philanthropic work so I'm not surprised that there's a Carnegie Hall. They're certainly carnegie libraries. I don't know a thousand different towns around the US Sherry paid for with his philanthropic efforts yet sure and I think west Virginians really like to talk Carnegie Hall as though Andrew Carnegie was so obsessed with the Rolling Hills and beauty of West Virginia that he had no other choice but to build his second home in Lewisburg and that certainly Anna Parker full tail. But it is there and it is named Carnegie Hall. Okay excellent while you're there the greenbrier river valley so within about an hour of Lewisburg. There's lots of natural wonder so lost world caverns nearby so is organ cave these big sandstone limestone formations in the ground. Pretty cool to explore and last I checked not terribly expensive so fun thing to do but what I really think is great about. This area is the Green River itself. Which is a huge slow river that only gets to about neck deep in most of its deepest places it does get a little deeper but for the most part you can wait all the way across the river that is as wide as three four hundred feet maybe even more in most places great for fishing but I think the thing that really brings out. The awesomeness of the Greenbrier river is floating down the river. Okay and so. It's a slow moving stream and just about anywhere on the river. You can rent a Kayak or an inflatable tube and put in in one place and float for twenty or thirty miles and come out at another place because most of the towns are built along the river valley. So I think it's possible to set in in Marlton which is probably about an hour north of Lewisburg to drive it. Okay and so as you float down the river you could probably float all the way to caldwell which is just outside of Lewisburg. That would be fun thing to do for. The day is hop on an inner tube and float down. The river kayaking is also an option. If you'd like to be under a little bit more power and maybe make the journey a little faster but then your arms get tired so why not just a sit in an inner tube and relax. Bring your lunch with you. And don't forget sunscreen. Last thing have going to recommend is the camping and fishing in the greenbrier river valley my favorite place and there's tons of camping places like I said. The state parks in West. Virginia are all really good top notch places that usually have no entrance fees but my favorite place is Wa Toga State Park. Okay and Ouagadougou is a little bit north of Lewisburg and sits right on the greenbrier river and is so quiet and peaceful. I think they have maybe three or four different campgrounds. That are all reasonably priced but camp on the river and we would always when my family would camp there. We would do the inner tube thing. We'd rent inner tubes at Watauga we'd go upstream. Put in our inner tubes and then float for about fifteen miles maybe until we reached our campsite. At which point we would get offer enter toobin walker tubes into our campsite and yeah it made for a great day and the water is very relaxing and peaceful. It's a great way to spend an afternoon all right and the scenery that were in here. So I'm picturing all of this says being a very green valley lots of deciduous trees because you mentioned the fall colors trees that are gonNA lose their their leaves in the wintertime. Although what kind of trees I would find. I don't know if I have the right mental image of this era yet so it's very green. There's a mix of pine trees evergreens but it does change color especially in lower altitudes like the river is changing color. Maples ash trees of your standard east coast makeup of trees. It's really pretty well and as I picture West. Virginia's I look at a topographical map before it. The hills in West Virginia are predominantly in the area. That you're talking about running northeast to southwest along the border with Virginia. And that's the area that we're focusing on that's correct and so those mountains are actually called the allegheny mountains whenever we talk about those they're distinct from the Blue Ridge mountains or okay the smoky mountains which are all part of the Appalachian Range. The allegheny mountains are the highlands that exist in this area of southeastern West Virginia. Okay and that is actually our next. Stop on all right okay. So if you start driving northeast from Lewisburg through white sulphur springs and north past one toga. You will get to what is called the scenic highway. I believe it's technical. Name is the allegheny highlands scenic parkway or something like that okay. It's about a twenty five mile road that puts you only ten miles from where you started so you can imagine it's pretty long and winding.
"west virginia" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Fast board. Taboo traveler pursued seven hundred and one today the amateur Traveler Talks About Bridges and fluke trips telescopes and quiet zones and articulated locomotives as we go to southern West Virginia. Welcome the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christopherson. Let's talk about West Virginia. I'd like to welcome to the show Ethan starter from wayward wings Dot Net. Who's come to talk to us about West? Virginia even welcome to the show and I say West Virginia. I think you're actually going to talk to us about southern West. Virginia more specifically is that correct. That's correct west. Virginia geography is fun. Because it's a very round state so saying southern makes people think the southernmost tip that's not necessarily the case but okay yes southern West. Virginia and why should someone go to southern West Virginia? West Virginia is a quiet state up until recently has thrived off of an economy of a natural resources not so much tourism but despite that it's got incredible natural beauty and some of the best state parks that you will find almost anywhere that I've been. What kind of going to recommend for us today. We're going to start in the southern part of the state near Fayetteville Beckley area coca and move in a northeasterly direction. I guess you could do it in reverse and have just as good a time but the end of this trip. Has you input more remote areas? Then you start off in so okay. Starting in the New River Gorge area. This is an area surrounding Fayetteville West. Virginia which is about an hour and a half to two hours from the state capital of Charleston. Where I imagine most people will be flying into if they fly a West Virginia for the centenary. You can't drive. I recommend it pretty close to anywhere on the east coast but will start in Fayetteville which is probably most famous for the New River Gorge Bridge which is a over half mile. Long single span arch bridge used to be the longest single span arch bridge in the world until it was surpassed as those things tend to happen and it sits around eight hundred seventy five feet over the river gorge below and sitting in the middle of these rolling hills over a river that is known for some decent Whitewater rafting. Oh I know so little about West Virginia. I Imagine I'll say that quite a lot as this. Everything is GonNa come as a surprise to me. I have been now to West Virginia but haven't seen very much of it. Even the notable landmarks like the bridge are not something that you're going to see if you're passing through West Virginia and one of the major highways. Okay the bridges. What's featured on the West Virginia State Quarter? So if you're a coin collector that's what you'll see featured on the state quarter for West. Virginia is the New River Gorge Bridge. Got It and you say White. Water is one of the things that you would recommend. We do while. We're there absolutely so in the area Fayetteville. It's known for the golly season which is the Gauley River G. A. U. L. E. Y. And that's when Summersville Lake which is about thirty miles from Fayetteville. They opened the dam and let it drain and the water volume coming out of the Gully River increases to the point that their class five rapids for miles and it's a it's a hot spot for Whitewater fanatics and is that a predictable time of year. That that happens. September October usually is around the time that happens. That's when I would recommend coming to West Virginia anyway. 'cause the fall colors are in swing and seeing the rolling hills covered in bright reds and oranges beautiful? So if you go that time of year they have what's called Bridge Day. It's usually around the second weekend in October. Where they shut down the new bridge for people who want to base jump so people will jump off a bridge.
"west virginia" Discussed on The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
"Laws and legal system of the nation. State the history of America as the record affordable noblest civilization. That emperor like. It's like where would you would? I start to argue with this woman we would. We'd be like we're so overwhelmed with what to say to you that we can't talk. Are you just hit her in the face with a? I don't know what else to do with this literally. Like you cannot know God damn it never mind dear bright some of it goes on and on share so the board with all these people they give into the protests and agree not to buy eight of the most upsetting books. But it's a start one was Sigmund Freud's character and anal eroticism. Alice was Alice was disturbed. Eric it's not anal. It's not that well you say character. I mean that to me like or it could be. I don't know Freud. Maybe it's talking about bundles. I hope so I hope he was. That's right I am we. Do we do a lot of blows loved open? A blow callous was disturbed that Freud said boys wanted to have sex with their mothers and girls wanted to have sex with their fathers Alice. Believe Children read this quote. I knew that thought would never leave their mind. Yup Yup just how the human mind works exactly tower every are taken from any dangerous thought or it will be by it and if you hear if you hear that you like well now I wanNA fuck my mom. That's how it works but you know what it is instead of. It's what she's doing. Which is making you think. I WANNA fuck my mom. It's like when you're like. Hey I got set an alarm for something you send alarm for it now. You're going to remember to do it because he said an alarm. You did this extra step. So when you're highlighting the idea that like. I don't want them to read that part because then they'll get in their heads. That's we'll get in their heads. Thank you thank someone. Just go like wait. Why isn't isn't my head. You're right it's like. Oh No I fuck me. Oh my thanks coming up. Now a she brought up a chapter in the ultra cleaver in which book in which he discussed crime of raping White Women. Even though can chapter had been removed from the textbook. Okay so what okay? All right is in his in his autobiography but they take another textbook. Kids sure L. said this did not represent black culture. Cleaver does not represent black culture a member of the local. Naacp CHAPTER stood up and said in a very reasonable language tone that maybe a white woman shouldn't be discussing what does and does not represent black culture. Wow How allergists. The point. Alice drove home. Was that these textbooks questioning the American values of parents in the community. This is a country club to her. So a lot of people came up to talk She grilled the committee members. She grilled the teachers. Who said it was okay to question values. Some parents said if they had done a good job as a parent their kids views could not undermined rating and opposing. School Block. Wrong this meeting three hours God damn it and then at the end. The books were approved by three to vote. Okay all of them. Except for I believe in I think eight or not right but it still does not a piece. Alison her her peeps. They began discussing creating private schools Reverend Charles Quickly said he now had one hundred parents who are ready to send kids to private schools that he was thinking of creative and now because this happened movement grew and she took her fight to the local media she bridged the class divide of the county and that wasn't just the wealthy religious culture warriors but the men and women of the poor eastern eastern coal mining part of the country or being brought in okay there. The local ministers took up the cause preached in their churches conservatives of the middle class suburbs essentially mocks knits conservatives of the middle class suburbs and working class whites working together against the more liberal urban piece the anti texture is versed textbook supporters teachers for some reason thought. Educators should make decisions about curriculum and textbooks. Don't get it do. They know they don't get it with. Who the fuck are they? The Reverend Jim Lewis of Saint John's Episcopal Church became the public face of the protects. Textbook side the Reverend Marvin Horan from Campbell's creek became a leader on the Anti Textbook Side and horn called for a of.
"west virginia" Discussed on The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
"Anthony read a story from American history to my friend. Gareth Reynolds who has no idea what the topic is going to be about? We are Sir. Explain TO PEOPLE I. This may be sounds a little different while. We don't know how it's going to exit one hundred thousand people who are left over ten years from now okay. Why Barrier Dear nomads we rebuild? We are current. Iphones quarantined in our in our separate votes. And so this is the first time we've ever done a podcast online. Apart as opposed to face to face this is usually. We usually kiss her bump. Noses says like you've got mail but a podcast. It's exactly what it is. I don't even I the guy who said it is now say it's not exactly like that so. I've never I've never seen that movie so it is and I remember very small. Bits says one hundred percent right. So this is the you've got mail. Podcast Pant and cast. That's what this is. A pain cast. Yes Japan cast So we WANNA say we're sorry. The tour was Was POSTPONED OBVIOUSLY. You guys understand why so. All the dates are being rescheduled as much as we can for later in the air or next year and hopefully those work and then of course. If you can't make it we've told all the venues to give out refunds or something. You guys are going to be hard up for cash. Get A FUCKING REFUND. Were we've made it and if they don't if they don't give you a refund send me an email and then. I yell at them. That's how that works right the muscle and then to those people who are you know. It's the end of the month. A lot of people have lost their jobs. Hang in there you know. Congress gave people a little bit. Some people are GonNa fall through the cracks on that one but I would say Dave Anthony Comedy and I'll put up a how to organize a rent. Strike guys download that. And you know there's GonNa be a lot of people who are going to be not paying debts and not and not not paying rent and you have to organize. There's already been people that have been organizing buildings and doing rent strikes what you have to do if you have no money. And they're allowing rent moratorium on mortgages but not actual people paying rent to those people so we the people are going to have to fight a little bit on this one. Yeah we're going to be some growing pains coming up. There's some growing pains but they are. They are blowing it. They're showing who they are and we as a people will absolutely come together and just they just yesterday a couple of days ago in La. We held a car. Protest me in our cars went to. The mayor's office says amazing. Don't get hawks and let them know we're still out here in our products. Better a here you know. Let's say let's say you have. Yeah Yeah let's segue into my dates so those are also cancelled or postponed Summary booked but yeah so like every thing else. We're just waiting to figure it out to a Gareth. We are brought to you in part by Toshi. What is it you ask well Gareth? It is a day and what a day. It's A. It's a little contraption that cleans your butthole all right. Thank me Gareth. Both super clean bottoms now because of our tissues. We both set him up in our houses. And it's a day if you don't have a day all over France you wash your bottom well by the way. Is there a better time for a little day in your bathroom? That when people are hoarding and freaking out over toilet paper totally I mean. It's it's the best time of the semester. Today it really is very easy to set up. You say you save trees. You really do paper. We can use the better things are like. It's hard to believe that when we go to the bathroom in this country most of a spike instead of wash people use the days are like what are you doing for.
"west virginia" Discussed on The Kirk Minihane Show
"Oh Jen wants to know if you're still going to do the pond hockey tournament in New Hampshire and February. Anything Jessica today. Yes tell you guys you February I in Miami. I'm Amanda Next Weekend Right. It's the twenty I on the twenty second. Say What is my role there. I'm happy that I always say yes. I'm happy to do it. What what would my role be? I know I was to make do my thing. Do your thing I think is what the text message said. I'd like you to respond. He's going to be able to Tuck it out. That guess I what my you know. Ignore it for now. What's focus on the the big picture? Shall we please very good Why you guys should go? No I think I think it's quite a bit. And they don't really seem to have a defined enroll their what's promote. Just stand there and do what freeze my ass off wacky thing. Yeah I don't really you know. I'm glad they're doing yeah. I don't really want to participate in it. I mean you know. I tell me what they want to do All right anything else. No thanks Mike anything else. Though I thanks are great friends and buildings. Thanks to April rain right. Yes look you know I mean I say this all the time you know. She came on. Yes us which is awesome. I think that's tremendous and she didn't you know yes wasn't rude just disagreed. We talked about and you know accomplish. There's nothing in the big picture is always. We'll have more stuff tomorrow. I would. I Dunno coral be fired today. I think Steve's he's right. I think it'll be a Friday afternoon thing so the red sox like to do it won't be the first on this story but this is one of those ones where they do that when they're going to look bad if they fire corps. There's no going to be no backlash. They don't like any attention less. Hey we got Chris sale or hey you know what I mean. That's true I guess. Trade Mukhi bets. But they'll do it at a time baseball. Today's Tuesday. Yes if Major League. BASEBALL COMES UP TODAY IN SUSPENSE Corps for two years. The Red Sox in the wait till Friday afternoon the floor rbm. He's not gonNA do anything until the red sox finished their investigation. That's what they said in their statement so that gives the Red Sox and they can buy some time and fire over the weekend. Why would they want? I guess but they also have to but can hire manager Miller January. Now that's the way I was thinking that for the Astros who's left because that's a that's a top top tier team. Now I was GonNa fuck man and right job for for a manager. I don't know if there's a higher if there's anyone out there it's going to be somebody right. There's gotta be somebody Cora Luke records world series. That would be hilarious retire. Aj hinch you're done but we'll keep an eye on the media which will be funny and we'll have of a good sounds. I think a chance. Glisin in Bernie misses the thing they want in their lives and most it could get ugly tonight it could potentially get ugly. That'd be nice. Yep but it'll get ugly in the To the extent Bernie and Warner capable of making things ugly. It'll be very passive aggressive. Yeah to bed. Yeah Nugget trump ugly obviously not going to have that debate at midnight our time right whereas Iowa Iowa is not in the continental. US trump taunting. Cory Booker Ker yes. She made as Geo reagan-esque Joe so worried about running against goodbye. Basically it was the tweet Steven. So you've got the funniest I mean. It's unbelievable the guy in between you know serious global conflict bombing Iran threats of war missile attacks shade Shade Cory Booker. Did he just saw like Fox News and then just tweet it. I got here really big breaking news. Kidding worker. Who is zero zero polling territory? Just dropped out of the Democrat presidential primary race. Now I can rest easy tonight. I was so concerned that I would someday have to go head to head. The president is the meanest girl. You're taunting the guy I was so concerned. It's just your typical drip like. He's it just shows you these obsessed with this stuff is that is the Hashtag Dem Primary so white GonNa Start Trending Ou Yang Gang. No Booker is only one woman of color now. WHO's that I want to warn. Huts trubisky point complicit was all jokes. Never die for That's true I mean That's right harasses out. It's amazing. They eat their own quite clova. Char's I don't hear anyone talking about her. She's still in there or is she not just in the debate tonight tonight. Saying why is she still in and most probably four or five percent thinks. He's doing a little stronger in Iowa. Than some close Zimmer Minnesota allegedly is it closer than I turn on. That's the thing we hear so much more about Yang Tulsi the things from just social media. Okay you're interesting here on more buzz about many right right. That's an interesting dynamic. Make in it like I don't know anybody who's a passionate Joe Biden person right these just they just vote for him because whereas Yang and Tulsi even even like years past guys like on the other side even like Ron Paul had these pherson basis that just then people just check out you know Kirkman hands of the political world the fearsome group that's shunned it's true it's exactly right yes I like young So I like Tom. Chevik had a good Sit Down with him. Did you read that. Yes I give him a question I told Nascar did conversation with shingle and that kind of get the ball rolling the whole conversation intriguing not going with Kirkman hand and go. Oh I like Tom in the Herald I mean in the Lowell Sun that we talked about the. I don't know I don't watch much bigger younger. It's gotta be social media. Would blow up. I mean this is my instinct would be to say that barstool scares them but he did. Pf Yeah and at this point if you're him like you gotta take some real chances. That's you know it's it's probably over anyway but I mean take a shot or to forget nothing but just in general like going rogue and has he well yes he has no. That's right not recently. That's right and so it Tulsi right yes did Tolsey Bernie did as well but birdied to this. Well tell CEOS on overwhelm within Rogan also. was that fairly recent or it was within the last six months I think. Oh maybe eight ten months okay. So not real reason. Yeah I forget. I'm so in an honorable and he had one the other day house kind. No interest in this. It's when he gets the enemy stuff. I haven't listened in awhile almost four. Look who might not for any reason I'm just thirteenth last year yet or okay. Yeah Yeah guys. The other day it was like four hours and I was like I just you know who am I to say the long podcast but still I was like I mean that is. That's how he does not different times. He's a scientist on. I'm not saying it's it's it's definitely working so yeah so get ready for big announcement here in next couple of weeks again. Thanks to April and two are great friends of Milton's and Unless I'M FORGETTING ANYTHING STEVE'S GONNA Meeting Update Tomorrow Yup good good good thirty-five producers. You figure there's a lot of shows more and you've got the so you've got the radio producers lady there to you. Think all the PODCASTS. I I think so. It's just it was described to me as a producer check in. I didn't get any information about what it would be a just got a calendar I would think everyone except leagues. ause probably live right now if you're on on your whoever else yeah Okay we're back tomorrow see them. This was pretty reprehensible I. I don't know how it can be anybody's idea of humor..
"west virginia" Discussed on The Kirk Minihane Show
"To North Dakota. This is a cover up another option you actually got this a Wendy's the Wendy's restaurant let me try. Let me see if I can get an answer. Are these people. Let's try the other hardware again. Yeah she seemed like a nice woman roxy. I'm no yeah but she wasn't playing ball to these people answer. Should the phones. What time is in North Dakota right? Now it's nine thirty nine thirty ten thirty so no wouldn't it. They're not three hours behind west coast. No now they're on west coast. Time North Dakota what are they. They're West aren't they. Still hold on. What do you think? North Dakota borders South Dakota okay. What else I don't know Montana but you think it's in the west coast of the United States where the Rocky Mountains owns are? Do you know where America's Denver's on the well no. It's not Western Times. Okay all right all right. You're only off by two thousand. He's he's getting ready to Eddie. Close all right. We're calling Stanley Ace hardware in Stanley North Dakota well this seven twenty there. I mean California time elites never take us close hardware homeless Vicki to Jacob. Hi Jacob Kirkman hand from the Kirk Monaghan podcast podcast Barstool sports. You're live to tape okay. What is up with Andrew Yang? Not being in this debate tonight. Can you explain that to me. Crystallize it and twenty words or less I cannot I know I haven't watched the news and seven days audio with my seven days a week. What's going on? We had a big green. When you're in town and I would be a fireman so I have a question? What time is it there? It is nine twenty four. Let me let me tell you so so I always felt like a great guy. Your firemen firemen thank you for doing that. I appreciate it mycosis. PODCAST so stupid this guy you just talked to. He asked me when we call. The North Dakota is on the West Coast. That's how dummies can. Can you tell you tell them. Dummies Jacob is fine. Go ahead and tell them well. That's pretty that's not very educated. I'm confused with Canada. Shake you you were knocked out Jacob. Thanks Buddy we'll talk to you soon. I mean it's just insane I will say hey North Dakota good day Jacobs gu-guy on.
"west virginia" Discussed on The Kirk Minihane Show
"Yeah we're pissed off They all are All right I mean we know diets knock someone out now that I know there's not that I know what we're doing. What do you mean? I thought that there was some link to that. Like when you said the name of the play. Did I miss something. No I was just I. I guess she answered so suspicious. I Google West Virginia supermarket. There's grant supermarket in Princeton. And I said well. Maybe there's a middle America 'cause I know like like they look. I've been driving through driven through West Virginia before this struggling with economics in life in this real issues and stuff like that so they have to be worried about Greta. GERWIG are we getting an Oscar nomination. It'd be great serious stuff. It'd be great if I have to end this call now but you better know who you're messing with well. He's one of the find out if she was upset in. The answer. Answer is yes. This is reasonable to me. No I've done this call now but don't poke the bear. Yeah well there's nitro supermarket that's in Nitro West. Virginia never heard of Nature West Virginia focusing on the Virginia's it's called three zero four seven five five to six four four. You're feeling like this news really devastated particularly the Virginia area. We're trying to get the west. Virginia's you know different different state in you know. This is serious a serious piece.
"west virginia" Discussed on The Kirk Minihane Show
"Of the day? It's something like that shocked when you which also seems like kind of known for the saying dummy lot I stepped on your brand. I guess I would never. Here's our dumdum of the day. She's I wonder who it is. That's a great question. I find vile tomorrow. Maybe it's funny. They've got the Greg Hill. Has that segment now. And then a dale show has the one eighty of the week doc. So they're just taking the same segment where plays stupid sound right and repackaging it for every show. Dale consumes one hundred calories a minute for an entire segment. Is that not audrey noon thirty. I'm ashamed to say to make fun of their segments ships. They have not Shaquille with noon third. I'd like to get intimate with right but it's some point if you're driving around today check it out and I listen. Kevin Graham. Who's a nice guy? Was the program director before Arbonne them and just was US FROM I in Utah Bounce around Nice guys the often do yes very overwhelmed when he walked into particularly with me and Jerry in the morning and and I remember one time we were sitting around and I think I forget we lost touch with a couple of weeks in a row and when you do that becomes toll panic time. What do we do like we lost by four there more segments? That that's exactly it okay. And so we're sitting there. And and and Jerry was like maybe we as you do something like I forget in Kevin's like exactly as it gets great. He's like you get a couple of things going titles going you'll be on your way and I was like when you're not doing it. How about the Callahan? As we are not not doing that but he was so I just remember his face lighting up. I actually had something this conversation. Now Jerry's he's let me in new of. He said that he would have been rose. Just been like fuck off a nice where he was a very nice guy right. That's right that's right true right right right. Sure you're right true. No you're right I gotta get the Yoga. The Jerry's got the he's got the perfect voice for drops. That's why it's funny but it is close all the time raping boys and it was. It'd be looking at it but I never did it till I got there. They're all you're scared of him or something like but it doesn't seem like it would give you know. Yeah he like well. He's oddly. It's weird like you said it. But he doesn't want to desensitize right. I am a you could make fun of him. But he wouldn't let producers do it. Maybe I guess why Jerry Jerry hold your horses for a second okay hold on. I just wanted to happen Jerry. Horse get to this awesome it just jerry relaxed. We can hear one before this. I want to hear he's come. We all have to drop him saying like hold on. May the hand the thing that Mike mentioned the other day for the read for the commercial no have that now pipe down. I'm in the car. Jerry forty miles away and then I had read The Oscar nominations yesterday. Yes and once again enough for my taste Adam Sandler dominate. This is our you sort of you know. This narrative is now being formed at the Oscars. And we're going to have the the the the woman who I began this. What's her name? Steve April Rain April rains real name. By the way we'll find out seems we can ask odd. You know what I mean. It's it's our E. G. N.. Hopefully she'll be she'll be you know if we should be playful rebels. I give her credit for coming on but this the way I look at it as either Hollywood is the most liberal place in the world or it's not which is it like you know and you gotta remember the how it works for the first of all thinkable? We're talking about here to fucking award show questions. Okay Oh man I have a fetish for the Oscars I mean I'm entertained by the whole fucking self-absorption of Said Hey we're not doing the Oscars this year life. Would Your Life Change. No it would it would go on. It would go on Sunday night for you would change. It will go on. Yeah but you know you gotta remember I I all people understand this. It's like people get their vote. The vote for everything. So the producers vote for best picture the actors vote for actors and actresses. The SIM talkers for their own specific category. So you're telling me they we all get together before it starts and say. Hey you know what. We're going wait again this year. Well yeah well. That seems unlikely them you simplistic mind. That what they do is they. Individuals we live in this culture of racism so individually they are automatically vote comes. Do a collaboration. Yeah so why Black People get nominated at all why I women get nominated. Well one of my questions also going to be that. Do you think it ever leads to kind of pandering nomination. Like we saw Black Panther and crazy rotations. Get now those are moves. It wouldn't typically comedy and Comic Book Movie. Wouldn't typically get nominated and I'm glad they did. They were good movie like to see more movies. More comedy should definitely a man. It's also better for the fucking broadcast. Here's the other thing. Might General too stuffy organism clearly and they and they have tried to to loosen up the last few years and I think that's a good idea honestly also I would say this I know. Why are they doing these Oscar? Nominations at eight fifteen on the weekday morning on Youtube into wisest actual television show. This is weird. Okay Okay boomer because no it's the opposite I actually I can see a guy. I don't understand because they've been doing it this way forever. They you know why they do. It's actually it actually is the okay boomer. I hate that thing. They do it so the morning shows will broadcast live. Yes which is very one thousand nine hundred eighty two way to think. Yeah well now now but then I mean I guess the reason they do like that now than you do today to fifteen and then people are talking about it all day. Long Primetime special at nine o'clock to talk about the whole next day true. Yeah I guess actually get decent a decent number wash that I guess. If it's it's on but it is they do it very they would have to put more pomp and circumstance. Like it's very I think at least what I the cuts. I've seen very boring where they're literally just like. We needed to Caprio. It was so bad in Phoenix so I watch it live yesterday. I'm a loser. They had Isa Raise their name and John chose at his name. The actress they did it and it was so weird so he did it like in this room in every time they announced nominee. There'd be applause so everyone like best costume design. If you could finest Stephanopoulos it was so uncomfortable. It was just weird and then when the directors were nominated Suray. Forget her name. She's a comedian. She said. 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"west virginia" Discussed on The Kirk Minihane Show
"Has gone to exactly so I was like well. Maybe we'll talk this out finally but it wasn't the case I don't thinks thanks very sad very sad so I don't know he'll be hopefully it'll be out of work soon enough well ALP. We'll see how he handles as well. And the other generally when you're You know I think the Red Sox with accuse others of this that when you're white and empower you you're going to be alright. They'll get the scapegoat. Alex on this one a poor men of color. That's exactly building. They're not the rest of the no they'll ever escape. Everyone will stay and they'll say we didn't. We didn't know a thing. We didn't know anything which is again horrible. Defense what Because if it's true it's just bizarre I it was true. I mean you're even dumber the same people who Bill Belichick said you. Have Tom Brady about the. Footballs as well. This is ridiculous. Of course biotechno- something. Well you could say I was one of them talk check totally through Brady under the bus press conference completely. Sure he never mentioned players my name. It's always should've coaching so we'll see but I like seeing. The Red Sox have to eat some shit icing the globe looking pathetic. It's nice rare. Good Day rare. Good Day rare win. We'll see we'll see in bed. They will anybody in the globe ever right not bad about this when chorus fired shaughnessy alright. So that's not bad. The Red Sox clean core has gone. It'll be it'll be you know it's but it's amazing. Apparently Shaughnessy went on ninety eight five this morning and he's putting out the corporate spin pretty. Yeah well we have the sounder. No no they have. They haven't posted it yet. I just got some tweets about it all you know. Okay we'll get. We have a bunch of other stuff we have to get to but first let's Take care of our good friends. At Milton's they're big winter..
"west virginia" Discussed on On The Media
"A high tech area with West Virginia university is doing all sorts of advanced research in great stuff. The state isn't just one big coal mine. So the the gazette has started piling up. A lot of big national awards got the Pulitzer for its reporting on the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, and you now have the MacArthur award which comes with a six hundred twenty five thousand dollar stipend. And I'm just curious. Let's just say some fancy news organization from New York calls you and says, you know, Kenmore, junior. We need you. Would you consider such a thing or are you content being a really big fish and a pretty small pond. Oh, gosh. Well, you know, I've occasionally gotten those kind of calls from people in, you know, I, this is home for me. What's Virginia's home in my wife is a West Virginia native, and she's a legal aid lawyer. And I think one of the things that drew us together and continues to sustain our family is our shared love for West Virginia and our shared desire to try to do things to make it better. You know, everything that I have, you know, West Virginia gave to me, and I think I have a sense of duty to try to to give back and one thing that I know for sure is that when I I look at the people who've been MacArthur fellows before me and wow, they're just, I mean, just giants in all sorts of fields, and it's very clear that this is not supposed to be a parting gift. You know, when you're leaving the stage and end of career sort of tip of the hat, you know, they want to. Encourage people to do more and better things, and somebody there maybe on a bad day thought that I had something that I could do that was special or unique or different. And I feel some duty to figure out exactly what that is and try to do it for West Virginia. Ken, thank you so much. Thank you. Ken ward is on the energy beat for the Charleston gazette mail and a recipient of the twenty eighteen MacArthur fellowship commonly known as the genius prize. on the media supported by target presenting future at heart, a new podcast that highlights the impact of change makers across the country as they worked to help their communities move forward together towards a better future future at heart takes to Miami New York city, Washington d. c. and more to hear about the causes happening in those communities and the people behind making change happen because improving tomorrow starts today, download future at heart on apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts..
"west virginia" Discussed on On The Media
"But in our case, rather than sending everybody a check, it was going to use it for infrastructure and education. The problem is that we never put any money in the fund. We created a future fund but haven't funded it. So I think that, yes, one of the big mistakes was for Jimmy has made is not planning ahead clearly for the day when the bottom was going to drop out of the coal industry, and we seem to be kind of waffling around about whether we're going to plan for that same day with the gas industry. The motto of your newspaper, which I love is sustained outrage. How'd you do that? How how do you sustain outrage in your case over twenty eight years. This despair not sinking. Despair. Gosh, I think sometimes you get tired. Sustained outrage was a term that Ned Shelton the late publisher and owner of the gazette coined where he thought that newspapers would write a story about some outrageous thing that was happening and then just move onto the next outrageous thing rather than pounding after that outrage day after day until somebody did something about it. I think that that's the hallmark of really courageous local investigative reporting newsrooms or places where everybody loves to complain. They cut ten inches out of that story walk cannot cover that beat. I'd be better than that person. You will like to complain about everything. But really, I mean, we've got it pretty good. I'm not crawling underground. You know, in a couple of foot, thick coal seam getting black long, risking my life every day to put food on the table for my family. I get to just drive around West Virginia. Like I did the last couple of days. Days, just talking to people in looking at things and and learning new stuff. That's nice work. If you can get it Ken, sustained outrage as one thing. Sustained prophets are something else altogether. The previous owners had to turn out the lights, the newspaper economy across the country. In fact, across the world is in precipitous decline. You have new owners. How long is your beat sustainable. You know, I think there's always going to be a need for watchdogs in our communities and not to kind of, you know, this citizen journalism and that that sort of stuff that you know, that's not who's going to do a year long investigation of President Trump's taxes were, that's not who's going to be sitting at the county commission meeting or the the circuit court hearing every day. And that's what we do. And how long is it financially stable? I don't know. I think readers are starting to understand that journalism is in free that this idea that any bit of news about their community that they want is out on the internet or on Facebook for free. I think people are starting to understand that that's not the case, and there's lots of new models for trying to finance it and make sure that we still have investigative report is one thing I know for sure in West Virginia is that we hear our leaders in the state, talk a lot about brain drain about our best, and our writers are leaving. For other states to go fond better job opportunities in those sorts of things. And there certainly is a brain drain in journalism in West Virginia. And I've seen too many co workers and colleagues, West Virginia, native's friends of mine who decided they couldn't make it work here. And I think that if west Virginia's going to survive all due respect to governor, Jim Justice, if west Virginia's gonna, survive and thrive, we've got a fond models to make journalism work here so that young people want to stay here and do this kind of work when they parachuted into a story on Trump country or anything else that regularly miss. I will admit to occasionally becoming unreasonably frustrated with phone calls from out of town reporters who want me to give them the name of one call Monir. They can go and talk to about how that call Monir is in favor of Donald Trump. And I said, why don't you just like come here and spend some time get to know some people. And if you wanna talk about the stereotyping of a place. West Virginia is actually a remarkably diverse place if you really stop and think about it, the eastern panhandle and Potomac highlands where I'm from part of it now is kind of as DC suburb almost. There are still some glass plants here and the Morgantown Clarksburg Fairmont area is.
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"Our department of environmental protection who decides, well, you know, we're not talking award, forget that he's not getting any information from us, and it usually lasts a couple of months and they get tired of it. They realize it's not really gonna help. We're still going to write about them, but the current administration, they continue this sort of gag order that goes across different agencies and they're in the process now of creating kind of a new wing of state government, a communications hub which is aimed at just getting their message out ministry of propaganda. It sounds a lot more like running for office than it does governing just as the national press has to just kind of dig in and work hard or sometimes because of the way President Trump is handling things just shows even more the need for us to be strong and do good reporting is reporting on these industries harder as your day to day job changed because big coal isn't quite the nine hundred pound. Rila at once was is Kohl's size and economic impact decreases the job changes. One of the things we're really trying to dig into and deal with is legacy liabilities of these industries. There's been a great movement by many companies to use bankruptcy, the liability for retiree health care and retiree pensions. The w. a. won a victory in congress, protecting health care for retired mon- workers and their families, but it's still trying to protect hard one pensions that comb honors worked for decades to earn and trying to address the promises that the coal industry is made for a century in West Virginia that you know everything was going to be great. Why is it that after a century of coal mining, West Virginia is still so poor. One of the effects of coal losing its market share is that natural gas, which is another West Virginia resource is booming. And you're seeing a kind of deja vu. Are you not. I think so. I think one of the big questions for West Virginia is what is West Virginia learned from its relationship with Cole that can inform and improve our communal relationship with natural gas. What can we do as far as taxation to support schools and roads? What can we do about environmental regulation to make sure that our land and water and air protected? What can we do to make sure that more west Virginians are the folks who get the jobs from that industry? What can we do to make sure that one day someday when natural gas starts to decline to. Communities won't be left hurting the way they are hurting now that coal is on the decline. And I think those are real challenges for journalism that that it's, it's our responsibility to ask those kind of tough questions and and try to force the discussion of those things more out into the open than the industries involved or the political leaders would like the coal industry is obviously filthy. It's obviously dangerous and obviously files the environment with sulfur in particular matter and blows the tops off of mountains and natural gas is a whole lot cleaner, but you're making two points. It's not perfect. It's not environmentally pristine and also by the way, let's not make the same mistake. We made with coal and not fund the life after natural gas. I think there's a lot of people who live in communities were live right next door to these giant Marcellus shale. Well. Pads were whose communities are have roads that are clogged and torn up from Marcella shale, gas trucks who might disagree with the characterization that everything is just fine in this industry is causing a lot of on the ground sorts of problems. And like a lot of industries, it's been. It was initially slow to try to respond to them. I think that climate scientists would say that especially given some of the regulatory rollbacks by the Trump administration, the methane leaks and emissions all up and down the the production chain of the gas industry or a serious threat to the planet's climate. I think there's lots of those kinds of concerns in West Virginia with the natural gas industry. We actually did something we, we looked like we were doing something forward thinking, we created a future fund to take a portion of natural gas taxes and set it aside kind of the way Alaska has the permanent fund..
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"For example, since you were a. Callow young cub, it would probably surprise a lot of folks who don't know me and don't really know people in the coal industry. There are a lot of people in the coal industry. There are some of my best sources, and certainly when one company does something not very good other companies like to tell me about it, but there's also a lawful lot of people that work in the coal industry that like me or West Virginia natives who wanna see the state succeed and aren't always very happy if they feel that their neighbors are getting the short end of the stick. And there's a lot of people that have been regulators of the coal industry that have been very helpful. And I've learned a ton from about how the regulations do and don't work. I would say that one of the things that's been the most gratifying to me is to get a sense that families of miners who get hurt and killed on the job regardless of how they felt about the newspaper before that happened, they seem to rely on us in. It may be gives them some small bit of comfort. When rewrite stories that kind of eliminate the needless -ness of deaths and injuries in mining so that maybe we can prevent some other death or injury from happening. You know, there is this conventional wisdom, I guess out side of West Virginia in journalistic circles that Appalachian communities are these benighted people who are so dependent on the industries that are doing them so much harm. They vote against their own interests and that their too poorly informed or too cowed by power to really look after themselves. It's pretty low hanging fruit. When the national press outlet after outlet comes to West Virginia to do the Trump country story. And all you really need to do is insert the name of the diner where they stopped to have a Cup of coffee or lunch, and it's the same story over and over again when if they had driven a few miles further down the road, they would have found some sons and daughters of coal monitors. Who were creating a new future for West Virginia in some other sort of industry. And I've gotten to the point probably where immune to the feelings that a lot of my colleagues or my neighbors get when they see West Virginia portrayed one way or another in the national press. I would kind of flip it around a little bit. If it's true that west Virginians are dependent on an industry that causes them problems. Well, why is that? Is it because people in other parts of the country like cheap electricity or inexpensive steel is because our country wanted to win World War Two wanted to have an industrial revolution. You know, Senator Manchin likes to talk about how the rest of the country really owes a lot to West Virginia into coal monitors for the sacrifices that have been made here. And it's very easy for people in other places to make those kinds of judgments. It's speaking from a bit of privilege, Don Marsh, who was editor of the gazette when I started there used to talk about hill. Billy's being this minority that it was okay to pick on. And I think unfortunately, there's still a little bit of truth to what dawn said. On the other hand, your own governor has followed the Trump strategy of criticizing the press, especially when it is holding these big industries accountable for whatever the environment worker safety. You name it, and asserting that every negative story is robbing West Virginia of jobs. What effect does that have you in going about your business governor, Jim Justice, his criticisms of the press seem to mostly be aimed at saying, we don't write enough good stories about him. He thinks that the newspaper where I work is driving jobs left and right from West Virginia, and this administration in our state government is the most inaccessible and least transparent of any in my time periodically will get somebody who's running..
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"Go back twenty seven years ago. In most places, a young reporter gets assigned the call beat, and the response might be coal, really got nothing in politics for me. Maybe I don't know obits, but in West Virginia coal is or was king. What was it like when you first got started covering that beat? Well, my experience with coal goes back even a couple years before I started. Fulltime at the Zet. I did an internship in the summer of nineteen eighty nine. That was the summer that the United mine workers of America. The union was on strike against a company called piston coal, and I got assigned to help cover the strike one of the jokes in the newsroom was that because I was an intern wasn't on the company health plan. So if there was any trouble on the picket line that it would be okay, but I spent that summer kind of driving around with a photographer. Jim Nolte talking to comb honors on picket lines and hearing their stories about what it was like to work underground and listening to them, talk about the struggles over decades and decades between miners and mine operators, and it was just a fascinating sort of world that was new and different to me, and that was kind of it for me. I knew that that's what I wanted to do. So you've got labor disputes. You've got worker health and safety wages environmental stuff. What else does the fossil fuels beat looked like. It has a lot to do with politics here. Coal industry is still very powerful politically, probably more powerful politically than it is economically. Instead, there's a lot of fact checking of politicians who say, one thing or another about the coal industry and the cause of the coal industry's decline, and there's lots of things and you know, unfortunately, a lot of my work over that time has been kind of death and disaster and destruction mon- explosions that killed twenty nine people were mind cave-ins that kill people worrying about the safety of coal refuse dams and chemical plant explosions, and those sorts of things that seemed to come with the heavy industry here in West Virginia. And part of what I've tried to do with my coverage of those to write about how those are preventable sorts of disasters. There are things that that didn't have to happen and that west Virginians don't have to just kind of accept that as the lot in life in exchange for having these industries not to mention the collapse of the coal economy and. I guess the loss of market share in BT use the heyday long since passed. Sure. And one of the things certainly over the last ten to twelve years that I've tried to focus on is writing stories that will limit for local readers here in West Virginia. The real factors that played into the decline of coal rather than just kind of this hysteria about government regulations and President Obama and the PA to try to break all of that down for people in a way that they can understand. So they can see that the long-term curve for coal industry jobs has always been downward, and it's expected to continue that way. You got the MacArthur grant for partly vase for speaking to the most powerful forces in West Virginia. Now, with the understanding that you were maybe predator naturally, combative reporter at the birth of your career, how have the relationships Ivanov between you and big coal?.
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"Things have continued to deteriorate what are you seeing a round you that that shows you just how bad it is well well we started seeing the real participates about what was going on in west virginia in other words we saw the during that time frame this is two thousand seven to two thousand twelve that four hundred thirty three narcotic pills for every man woman and child in west virginia were shipped into west virginia we saw that in the town of comet west virginia in two years nine million doses of hydrocarbon uh were delivered to one pharmacy there and that's the pharmacy by the way that i had worked at years before they're more than seventeen 100 people in west virginia died during the sixyear period that's about one percent of the state population and the thing that drives me crazy when we talk about this is that the folks that had the ability to stop this or the ability actually started saul west virginia especially southern west virginia as a target rich environment saddam west virginia the four counties in southern west virginia are the worst in the state and the state of west virginia is worse than the country so that target rich environment let itself to something that i believe i would call uh the gold plated chain of pain get broke doctors who developed pill mills wholesalers that would shift to those peeled meals and abortive pharmacy they didn't do anything so as a pharmacist in suppressing thomas since yourself what were you back then able to do when someone handed yo prescriptions for oxycontin or vicodin.
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"Well i was practising pharmacist in west virginia uh for very long time and i initially started seeing the growth of the problem i'm gonna say around two thousand two um personally as a pharmacist i saw fan whole families deteriorate before my eyes i saw people bringing in prescriptions for extremely large quantities of narcotics and i saw that we were utilizing in the pharmacies i worked in uh we're utilizing more and more and more of those control substances uh so around two thousand two's when it really struck my consciousness now i was already a legislator at that time but that was still practicing i first saw it come across my counters in my practice in in my profession but then as i started seeing statistics uh at two legislative level it became apparent that it was just taking off and i'll tell you something the route two thousand five it was really evident something was wrong and i can say that because there was an outfit call the prevention partnership uh it was a qualify public a nonprofit and a date convened the huge meeting in charleston west virginia our state capital and it was well attended uh a lot of political types the governor was there and they reported it it was going to cost because of what they were saying dead in two thousand five that was going to cost up to twenty million dollars a year for five years to get ahead of the problem that had already that already existed that organization within six months was di funded and disappeared and that was thirteen years ago almost thirteen years ago.