Archive for July 2007

A tribute to a hard-working West Virginia grandma

July 30, 2007

By Jennifer Fulco 

Jennifer Fulco has been working as an intern for our show, Aging with Grace and Dignity. She took the opportunity to explore the life of Virginia Stoots. She works full-time as a restaurant manager, but she also has taken care of several members of her extended family – including Jennifer herself.

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A new, comprehensive response to child abuse

July 27, 2007

By Anna Sale  

Child Advocacy Centers have sprouted up in 17 counties, with two more counties on the way. They provide therapy for the child and family, conduct interviews for law enforcement, and bring together all the various agencies that respond to child abuse. In Greenbrier County, the Center is already having an impact. There’s been a four-fold increase in the number of felony indictments and guilty pleas for child abuse.

WV leads nation in reports of child abuse

July 27, 2007

By Scott Finn  

According to a new federal report, there were more than 44,000 reports of child abuse in WV in 2005. That’s one report for every nine children.

Of course, some children may be reported multiple times, and half of the time, Child Protective Services didn’t find the reports credible enough to open an investigation. Still, it is by far the highest rate in the nation, more than twice the national average, and a lot higher than the year before.

State officials speculate that several high profile deaths of children may have spurred more people to report child abuse in 2005. Jim McKay, head of Prevent Child Abuse WV talks about the story behind those numbers.

Researchers to study aging and oral health

July 27, 2007

By Emily Corio

WVU researchers want to know how poor oral health and cognitive health are related. Researchers received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the oral and brain health of 250 West Virginians over the age of 70.

Geese overtake Wheeling’s Heritage Port

July 27, 2007

By Keri Brown

Getting the Heritage Port on the Ohio River ready for summer events is proving to be quite a challenge for the city of Wheeling. Geese have taken up residence in the area, and they are raising quite a stink.

An appreciation of Charleston musician Derick Kirk

July 26, 2007

By Laura Allen 

In 2005, we brought you the story of Charleston-area musician Derick Kirk and his battle with cancer. He spoke eloquently about the toll the disease was taking on his life, and why he wanted to keep playing music through it all. Kirk passed away Wednesday at Hospice of Kanawha Valley. He was 28 years old.

Former DEP chief speaks out on mining reclamation

July 26, 2007

By Scott Finn 

For almost four decades, Dave Callaghan helped regulate the mining industry in WV. He saw what it was like before the federal government got involved in regulating surface mines.

Most recently, he served as director of the DEP under Gov. Gaston Caperton. Now he is retired, and he is speaking out.