WVCBP in the News

December 5, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
New SNAP Rule Could Hit Ohio Valley Hardest

Ohio Valley Resource - The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates almost 700,000 people across the country will lose food stamps in a new Trump Administration rule announced Wednesday. Regional anti-hunger advocates and policy analysts say the Ohio Valley — and Appalachia in particular — could be disproportionately affected by this rule. Read/listen. In general, the…

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November 26, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
Mark Sadd: Taking the Long View on Employment Figures

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Reporters dug into the details of Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement on Monday that the “number of West Virginians who have jobs is now the highest it’s been in more than a decade.” Justice claimed that 19,000 more people were working in the state than a year ago. Read full op-ed. Joining Justice…

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November 25, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia Employment Numbers are Promising but Don’t Tell Full Story

West Virginia Metro News - Gov. Jim Justice is touting impressive West Virginia employment figures, although those numbers likely don’t tell the whole story. Read full article. Justice put the spotlight on federal labor statistics showing West Virginia gained 19,000 jobs over the past year. Moreover, the governor said, these are the best employment numbers for…

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October 31, 2019 by WVCBP
WV’s 4th-Grade Math Scores Fall; Reading Lowest on Record

Charleston Gazette-Mail - In public schools in the majority of states, fourth-graders’ math scores held steady or improved on average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress from 2017 to this year. Read article. Not in West Virginia. It was among only three states to see statistically significant drops in their average scores in this…

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October 22, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
Shrinking Congressional Districts Look for Federal Help

Roll Call - Despite explosive growth in other areas of the country since 2010, about 80 congressional districts have lost significant population over the decade — leaving many looking for help from the federal government. Read article. Some districts may have lost 30,000 or more people through 2018, many of them in manufacturing and mining areas…

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October 16, 2019 by WVCBP
Lewis County Girls are Lucky to Have Many Positive Role Models

The Weston Democrat - When we first started talking about the unusually high number of women in leadership roles compared to other counties, one topic was how to narrow the list down to a manageable amount to cover. We focused on women in Lewis County who are elected officials or work for a government entity, in…

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October 8, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Food for All

Policy Outreach Director Seth DiStefano is interviewed on WSAZ-TV about this year's Food for All Summit. Watch here.

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October 7, 2019 by Kelly Allen
West Virginia Aims to Aid 2020 Census Effort

Parkersburg News and Sentinel - A statewide public awareness campaign to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 U.S. Census will launch 11 a.m. Monday at the Covenant House in Charleston. Read article. The CountMeInWV Coalition represents more than 20 community, professional, service and advocacy organizations in West Virginia and was created to reach the state’s…

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October 4, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Why Worker Training Programs Alone Won’t Save Coal Country

Ohio Valley Resource, West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Bobby Bowman mined coal in West Virginia for 12 years before his employer shut down. Read article. “I don’t think that mine will ever open again,” he said. Bowman lives in Welch, in the south of the state, where he worked at the Pinnacle Mine, which shut down…

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