teen birth rate in West Virginia rose 17 percent between 2007 and 2009 while
the rest of the nation saw no increase at all. And the latest data shows McDowell County has the highest teen birth rate among 15 to
17 year olds in the state. We spoke
with one teen mom about the challenges.
Today’s classrooms usually consist of desks, dry erase boards, computerized overhead projectors and bulletin boards that display student work and the latest lessons. But a classroom at the US Fish and Wildlife Service training center near Shepherdstown offers children the opportunity to learn outside in a less structured environment. Officials at the training center hope the new Nature Explore outdoor classroom will serve as a model for others.
The city of Wheeling
can now boast of several productive community gardens. It’s a growing trend
that seems to have a life of its own. Some residents live in close proximity to the gardens. It’s possible to get
dynamite results in the garden without tilling the earth. In the second of two
stories on community gardening in Wheeling, prize winning
produce are being grown using this method.
The coal industry is angry at President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is angry at the coal industry. His anger came to a head on June 20 when he gave a speech on the floor of the United States Senate to announce his support for coal miners, but had harsh words for the coal companies. Rockefeller stopped by our studios to explain.
The U.S. Army has now opened six combat arms support Military Occupational Specialties to women. The Women in Service Review, requested by Congress and directed by the Secretary of Defense in 2011, prompted this change in policy. It took effect beginning May 14. A young woman from Morgantown made history last month when she was the first to enlist in one of these combat support jobs. suited for this kind of work.
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