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Suppressed Mine Wars History Being Revived Inside Appalachia

Not many Americans know the story of the Mine Wars that were fought between workers, labor unions and mine company guards during the early 1900s. In this show, Jessica Lilly talks with filmmaker Randy MacLowry, whose new PBS documentary The Mine Wars focuses on these armed uprisings by labor organizers in the coalfields of southern West Virginia.
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Members of the House of Delegates once again held a marathon floor session debating a bill supporters say protects the constitutional rights of their constituents. The bill would allow West Virginians of a certain age to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Many Democrats expressed safety concerns over the measure, and attempted to amend the bill on its third reading Monday.

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  Members of the West Virginia Senate are set to vote on a bill to drug test the recipients of public assistance. 

Senate Bill 6 creates a three-year pilot program to drug test recipients of TANF benefits. TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

The House of Delegates approves a controversial gun bill, one similar to legislation Governor Tomblin vetoed in 2015.

A special report tonight on West Virginia’s Division of Tourism and what they’ve done with $4 million lawmakers committed to a new advertising campaign.

Also, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant joins us to discuss the progress of the state’s public campaign financing program and a proposal to increase contribution limits in the middle of an election cycle.

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A former Freedom Industries official became the fourth defendant sentenced to three years' probation on a pollution charge in a chemical spill that tainted the tap water of 300,000 residents in West Virginia.

Ex-owner William Tis also was fined $20,000 Monday in federal court in Charleston.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / New River Gorge, Fayette County, Fayette Station Road

While many state agencies were enduring cuts during the 2015 legislative session, the Division of Tourism actually saw an increase of about $4 million, totaling $7 million for the marketing and advertising budget. That money, however, was dedicated to creating and implementing a tourism marketing campaign titled “Real. Wild and Wonderful West Virginia".

The Barbour County Economic Development Authority is seeking to attract Amish families to Philippi and the surrounding region in a strategy to boost tourism and retail opportunities.

Mike Cvechko, the authority's board of directors' president, tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that they believe relocating Amish businesses to the county is a good idea since area people already travel to Amish stores in neighboring states to shop.

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An inmate at a federal prison in Hazelton has been sentenced to an additional five years and 10 months behind bars for assaulting another prisoner.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says 29-year-old Deonte Spicer was sentenced in federal court in Clarksburg last week for assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm.

Freedom Industries
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A fourth ex-Freedom Industries official is scheduled to be sentenced on a pollution charge in a 2014 chemical spill that tainted the tap water of 300,000 residents in West Virginia.

Former owner William Tis is due in Charleston federal court Monday. He faces up to a year in prison.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications to participate in the annual Make It Shine statewide cleanup.

This year's cleanup will be held during the first two weeks of April. The deadline to register is Feb. 28.

Strawberries
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Organizers of the 75th West Virginia Strawberry Festival are looking for local growers to help provide berries for a retail tent.

The festival board, the city of Buckhannon and the state Department of Agriculture are working with private farmers to have fresh strawberries available. This year's festival runs from May 14 through 22 in Buckhannon.

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