WVCBP in the News

August 15, 2020 by WVCBP
‘Our Students First’ Group Pleads With West Virginia Schools To Wait Out Virus

Wheeling News-Register - A school district in West Virginia shouldn’t start classroom learning this school year until that county has recorded two consecutive weeks without a reported coronavirus case, according to a coalition seeking better education in the state. Read the full article. “Our Students First” has released its recommendations for what they consider “a safe return…

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August 13, 2020 by WVCBP
Group Demands W.Va. Governor, Education Leaders Start School Virtually This Fall

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - A coalition of teachers and public school advocates are asking for West Virginia schools to start remotely for the first 14 days with in-person instruction beginning only after 14 consecutive days of no new coronavirus cases in the state. Read the full article. The Our Students First Coalition also wants state officials…

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August 7, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Groups Push West Virginia Needs with Stimulus Talks Stalled on Capitol Hill

West Virginia MetroNews - A plan that “meets the moment” was what advocates for all kinds of issues in West Virginia, the organizations that make up the Food For All Coalition, said was needed out of the next COVID-19 pandemic stimulus package. Read full article here. As of Friday, national reports indicated negotiations were stalled on Capitol…

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July 23, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
When COVID-19 Forced Schools to Close, Child Hunger Surged in West Virginia

USA Today - Jessica Smith lives with her family in the small town of Belle, about six miles from a high school where nonprofits provide free meals to families in need. Read full article here. But, like several other families who qualify for the program, Smith, a 39-year-old mother of two, does not own a car, making…

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July 22, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Some West Virginia Kids Go Hungry as State Touts Summer Feeding Plan

Mountain State Spotlight - Jennifer Boyle-Hempel eats just once a day so she can save her limited food for her kids. She and her husband run an art studio in Elkins, but they are out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At times, she hasn’t had enough food to feed everyone in her house,…

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July 21, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Health Insurance during Coronavirus

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - What happens to someone's health insurance when they lose their job during the coronavirus pandemic, and what does it mean for their health care? We'll discuss these questions with Kelly Allen, Interim Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. View the Facebook Live video here.

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July 21, 2020 by WVCBP
Plan To ‘Reimagine Appalachia’ Touts Jobs, Justice and Sustainability For The Ohio Valley

West Virginia Public Broadcast, Ohio Valley Resource - A coalition of progressive policy and environmental groups has released a “blueprint” that provides a framework for how Ohio Valley communities could reap the benefits of federal action to address climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Read full article here. The plan, titled “Reimagine Appalachia” envisions a future economy for…

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July 14, 2020 by WVCBP
Opponent of Stonewall Jackson Statue Hopeful Nine-Year Quest Nearing Fruition

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Hopeful that a nine-year, one-man campaign to remove the statue and bust of Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson from the West Virginia Capitol grounds is coming to fruition, Charleston realtor Howard Swint on Tuesday called for a special meeting of the Capitol Building Commission to remove what he called symbols of…

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