Gee says scrap HEPC and replace it with similar agency. WV News reports, “West Virginia University President Dr. E. Gordon Gee is working to convince other college presidents to agree to a proposal to scrap the state Higher Education Policy Commission and replace it with a similar agency.”
…Lectures on willingness to embrace change. MetroNews reports, “As higher education leaders approach a deadline, … Gee lectured his colleagues about being willing to embrace change.”
Smith announces candidacy for governor. West Virginia Public Radio reports, “Charleston community organizer Stephen Smith has announced his candidacy for governor in 2020”
…Says political change is underway. MetroNews reports, “Smith said political change is underway in West Virginia, evident in this year’s statewide education work stoppage and protests surrounding the planned Rockwool insulation plant in Jefferson County.”
Thought bubble: Smith’s candidacy announcement is expected. He shared his plans with some when he stepped down as head of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Family Coalition, where he was a community organizer, a la early Barrack Obama.
Progressive Democrats have been meeting for almost a year to come up with a viable 2020 candidate, going so far as to try and corral early for the effort one of the party’s big fundraisers.
Primary election day is Tuesday, May 12, 2020—531 days from today.
Public radio’s ‘deep dive’ into harm reduction
Kanawha-Charleston Health Department launches harm reduction program (Part 01). WMKY reports, “In December 2015, with support from the city of Charleston, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department launched a harm-reduction program that included a needle exchange. The primary goal was to reduce the risk of diseases commonly spread by sharing needles.”
‘Public Safety and Public Health’ (Part 02) West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports, “Best practices for harm reduction programs call for flooding a community with clean hypodermic syringes. Research shows that in addition to reducing the prevalence of blood-borne pathogens in the community, well-run programs help remove potentially infectious syringes from the community. But some people say that wasn’t happening in Charleston.”
Jamaica, Israel could lead to great innovation in cannabis industry. The Jerusalem Post reports, “Jamaica’s unique relationship with cannabis, coupled with Israel’s expertise could lead to great innovation.”