With latest infusion of federal COVID aid, lots of possibilities and pressure for West Virginia communities

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. Get stories like this delivered to your email inbox once a week; sign up for the free newsletter at https://mountainstatespotlight.org/newsletter By Douglas Soule, Mountain State Spotlight SHEPHERDSTOWN — Shepherdstown Mayor Jim Auxer is proud to point out that, even throughout the pandemic’s worst months […]

The clock is ticking for local governments to make their case against huge drug distributors

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. Get stories like this delivered to your email inbox once a week; sign up for the free newsletter at https://mountainstatespotlight.org/newsletter. By Douglas Soule, Mountain State Spotlight Time is running out for Huntington and Cabell County to make their case in federal court that the […]

Amid a foster care crisis, WV didn’t pay private adoption agencies as promised

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. Get stories like this delivered to your email inbox once a week; sign up for the free newsletter at https://mountainstatespotlight.org/newsletter. By Amelia Ferrell Knisely, Mountain State Spotlight CHARLESTON — New incentive payments aimed at helping find permanent homes for West Virginia foster kids went […]

W.Va. health experts worry new law will ignite ‘powder kegs’ amid HIV outbreak

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. Get stories like this delivered to your email inbox once a week; sign up for the free newsletter at https://mountainstatespotlight.org/newsletter. By Lauren Peace, Mountain State Spotlight West Virginia is […]

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Research confirms major racial disparities in West Virginia COVID testing

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. By Lauren Peace, Mountain State Spotlight Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, Black community leaders have raised concerns about disparities in COVID-19 testing rates among Black and brown West Virginians. They’ve said testing has been inaccessible, with clinics out of reach […]

Former DEA agent: Drug wholesalers didn’t report suspicious pain pill orders

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. By Eric Eyre and Amelia Ferrell Knisely, Mountain State Spotlight CHARLESTON — The nation’s three largest drug distributors failed to set up effective programs to stop prescription painkillers from being diverted and sold illegally on the black market, a former investigator with the U.S. […]

With the Mylan plant closing, Morgantown wonders what’s next

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. By Douglas Soule, Mountain State Spotlight Tina and Dave Sinsel thought they would one day retire from Mylan.  The married pair met at the company’s Morgantown plant, where they’ve worked for a collective 34 years. Dave operates machinery that produces the coating found on […]

Analysis: There’s nothing funny about an addiction crisis

Editor’s note: This editorial was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. By Eric Eyre, Senior Investigative Reporter at Mountain State Spotlight When I read the email, it made me cringe. A lawyer representing a county in West Virginia that’s suing the nation’s largest drug distributors for their role in the opioid crisis grilled a senior […]