Inside Appalachia Explores the Rebel Flag

This week, Inside Appalachia is hearing from people across the region, sharing their views about the Confederate Battle Flag.
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Craig Cunningham / Charleston Daily Mail

The Front Porch: Should We Keep the Prevailing Wage?

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

#girlsinSTEM: Camp Looks to Boost Women in the Workforce

This week, Inside Appalachia is hearing from people across the region, sharing their views about the Confederate Battle Flag.

WV Division of Tourism (WVDT) / David Fattaleh

July 3, 1863, was a pivotal day in the Civil War. On that day, the Union Army scored a key victory in the Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, and Confederates offered their surrender at Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Battle of Gettysburg ended the Confederates’ last major invasion of the North and is viewed by some as the war’s turning point. The Confederate loss of Vicksburg was perhaps more important because it opened the way for the North to seize control of the entire Mississippi River, cutting the Confederacy in half.

On West Virginia Morning we explore the history of the Augusta Heritage Center just as the summer workshop series begins this weekend.  Also, Roseanne Cash is featured in our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting...telling West Virginia's story.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Augusta begins this weekend.  This very popular series of summer workshops about music and crafts has been explored by a student working on her master's thesis.  Brittany Hicks graduated from Appalachian State University in May of 2014.  Her thesis was titled "Exploring Nostalgia for the Future: A History of the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia."   Just as the busy five week series kicks off, she sat down with us to find out what she learned.

Craig Cunningham / Charleston Daily Mail

Should the government require wages over a certain level for taxpayer-funded construction projects?

In West Virginia, some Republicans want to repeal the prevailing wage law altogether - like Laurie Lin of our podcast, "The Front Porch"

Raleigh County Schools

A Raleigh County school official says counties need more flexibility to meet the state's instructional time requirement.

Board of Education President Rick Snuffer says the current system isn't equitable.

The state requires counties to provide 180 days of instruction. Snuffer says counties should be allowed to count minutes and hours as instructional time.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Between the two of them, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have appeared on Mountain Stage over 15 times in the last twenty years. Until the First Family of the Banjo make their next appearance on the show (get to writing, Bela/Abby!), we'll go ahead and listen back to their past pick'n tunes on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Small Business Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration

Federal disaster loans are available in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia for weather-related damage in March.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says Aug. 3 is the deadline to apply for loans for physical damage caused by storms and low temperatures from March 3 to March 14.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A syringe exchange program is being launched to reduce diseases within Cabell County's population of injection-drug users.

State and local officials announced the one-year pilot program on Thursday at a news conference in Huntington.

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen L. Bowling says the state will provide $10,000 to the Cabell-Huntington Health Department to launch the one-year pilot Another $10,000 will be provided for technical support.

Matthew J. Pandolfe

Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce has announced live shows in Charleston scheduled for July 26 and August 30. These will be the only Charleston shows until October.

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