Brian Blauser

Listen to Rhiannon Giddens on Mountain Stage

Best known as the powerful lead singer of Grammy winning African American stringband The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens plays songs from her T-Bone Burnett-produced solo debut on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here she performs "Black is the Color," from her album Tomorrow is My Turn.
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West Virginia Legislature

Martin "Rick" Atkinson III of Reedy has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Atkinson's appointment to the 11th District seat on Sunday. The 11th District covers Roane County.

Atkinson replaces former Delegate Bob Ashley, who was appointed to the West Virginia Senate on Sept. 15.

West Virginia University's Beckley campus is the new home of former U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall's papers.

Rahall donated 2,000 boxes of testimony, speeches, news releases and other documents to WVU. The documents will be curated and maintained on the WVU Beckley campus.

The university says in a news release that more than 150 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday celebrating Rahall's donation.

The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether the state Board of Education can be sued by a former superintendent over her firing.

 The board has asked the court to overturn a circuit judge's ruling denying its request to dismiss Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the appeal on Tuesday.

Marple was fired in 2012. She sued the board and a former board president last year, alleging defamation, violation of due process rights and violation of open meetings law.

Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen first listen music party on October 14 at 6 p.m at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Huntington.

Andy Todd

Food deserts: it’s more than just an urban issue. Hey, we all have to eat. This week, we’re bringing you an encore presentation from the Inside Appalachia archives about Appalachian food deserts.  In Appalachia, where green forests grow abundantly, food is scarce for many. Throughout Appalachia, grocery stores are disappearing. This week on Inside Appalachia we're looking at some ways communities are resolving to take matters in their own hands.

DuPont's Washington Works
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

A federal judge has rejected a motion arguing that evidence doesn't support punitive damages for an Ohio woman who says she got cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical discharged from a DuPont plant.

The case might help settle thousands of similar lawsuits about the chemical giant's dumping of C8 into local drinking water.

Plaintiff Clara Bartlett alleges Delaware-based DuPont didn't inform the public but knew potential risks posed by C8 that was deposited into the Ohio River by a plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia.

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Potential jurors have returned to a Charleston courtroom Friday as Federal District Judge Irene Berger continues to try to seat a jury in the trial of former Massey CEO Don Blankenship.

West Virginia Turnpike
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  West Virginia highways officials are planning 11 informational meetings around the state to seek input about potential future projects.

The Department of Transportation is developing a list of expansion, resurfacing and other transit projects for fiscal years 2016 through 2021. The list will be available for discussion.

Don Blankenship
Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The latest developments in the federal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. All times are local:

2:05 p.m.

The judge in the case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship said she would require exhibits used in the trial to be available for the media the next day.

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Public hearings are set this month on a proposed federal rule to require coal mine operators to equip coal hauling machines and scoops with sensors intended to curb fatalities and injuries in underground mines.

The sensors automatically shut down equipment when people get too close.