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W.Va. Flood Death Toll Reaches 23, Door-to-Door Searches Continue in Greenbrier

The death toll has reached 23 following severe storms and flooding that hit West Virginia and officials fear the number will continue to climb. The updated tally came from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in a Friday night press release, but the agency did not provide any further details about the number.
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Heavy rains cause the ground to collapse underneath the Main Street Motors office building in Richwood, WV.
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Flooding in Richwood: Image Gallery

As of Saturday afternoon, 23 fatalities related to the flooding have been confirmed by state emergency officials after storms rolled into West Virginia early Thursday. Thousands were left without power and several roads rendered impassable.

WVPB's Kara Lofton traveled to northern Kanawha County Saturday and took these images of the flooding damage. For complete coverage of the storms and flooding, follow our ongoing coverage here.

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Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from The Sea The Sea to Coyotes in BoxesQiet to Bud Carroll and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

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West Virginia American Water said Saturday, June 25, that it has restored service to most water systems affected by Thursday's flooding in the southeastern part of the state. The company says it is now working on isolated pockets of water outages.

West Virginia American Water reported 3,000 customers in Kanawha County were experiencing water outages on Friday. The outages were the result of washed-out water mains and damaged pump stations. 

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Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who made four appearances on "Mountain Stage" starting in 1998, died Thursday from difficulties with skin cancer. He was 89. Continue reading to hear performances by Stanley of "Angel Band" and "Pretty Polly" as heard on Mountain Stage.

"Mountain Stage" host and artistic director Larry Groce had this to say:

The skies of Virginia and West Virginia opened last night as Ralph Stanley passed, and poured rain on his home in historic and tragic proportions. Perhaps it’s coincidence.
 

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As coal jobs continue to disappear in Appalachia, some families are holding tight to the idea that coal will come back. Surprisingly, it’s not the pay that they miss about the work but the bond that comes with working in the mines. They often call it a 'brotherhood.'

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America's largest coal-mining company says it's reached a tentative labor agreement with unionized miners.

Murray American Energy announced Friday a 5-year pact struck between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, representing mine operators in Ohio and West Virginia.

Heavy rains cause the ground to collapse underneath the Main Street Motors office building in Richwood, WV.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As many as five fatalities related to the flooding were reported as of midday Friday after storms rolled into West Virginia early Thursday. Thousands were left without power and several roads rendered impassable.

WVPB's Kara Lofton travelled to Richwood on Thursday evening and took these images of the flooding damage. For complete coverage of the storms and flooding, follow our ongoing coverage here.

www.stmarysdoc.com/ / St. Mary's Medical Center

The West Virginia attorney general has approved the merger of two hospitals in Huntington.

Local news outlets report that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey signed off on the merger of Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center on Wednesday.

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Eleven West Virginia high schools have been recognized for student voter registration.

Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant's office announced the Jennings Randolph Award to the schools for the 2015-2016 academic year. The award recognizes 100 percent registration of voting-eligible students.

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West Virginia University School of Nursing is using a $1.2 million federal grant to train advance practice nursing students.

The university says the three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will be used to implement the "Improving Nursing Scholarship, Practice, Innovation, Research and Education to Care for WV," or INSPIRE to Care for WV project.

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