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Iaeger Rockslide Blocks Road for Three Days, Leaves Residents Trapped

Since Wednesday, a rockslide has covered a portion of Railroad Yard Road, blocking some residents in Iaeger from leaving their homes. McDowell County resident, Deedra Blevins, says she plans to climb boulders Saturday evening so she can bring supplies to her 70-year-old mother, Dorothy Frost, who is one of those trapped behind the slide.
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Mountain Stage News: October Live Shows Announced

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has announced three live shows for October in Charleston, including two at the Culture Center Theater on the State Capitol Grounds, and one at The Clay Center with an on-stage intimate experience.    

Tickets for events at the Culture Center Theater are $20 in advance, and $25 day of show,  MountainStage.org, and by phone at 877-987-6487, locally at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston and also at the upcoming live shows.

Don Knotts Statue
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A statue honoring TV legend Don Knotts was unveiled Saturday, July 23, in front of The Metropolitan Theatre on High Street in Morgantown.

The Andy Griffith Show star grew up in Morgantown and graduated from West Virginia University.

Knotts, who died in 2006, starred in films and played Deputy Barney Fife on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show."

Volunteer smiles as she talks about why she traveled for five days to help West Virginian flood victims
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More than 1,000 homeowners in 12 counties are reporting they are in need of volunteer support as they try to clean up their homes and rebuild following historic June Flooding.

Hundreds if not thousands of volunteers have already donated their time to help, 200 of them through AmeriCorps, a national service organization. 

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning,  host Beth Vorhees talks live with Belinda Biafore, the chair of the state Democratic Party from Philadelphia and Roxy Todd brings us the stories of AmeriCorps volunteers who have come from across the country to help the families affected by last month’s floods. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Hydroelectric generating capacity is on the rise with the construction of new power plants along the Ohio River in West Virginia and Kentucky.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports that enough new hydroelectricity to power up to 320,000 homes will come online this year.

American Municipal Power President and CEO Marc Gerken says the facilities will help insulate AMP from future carbon regulations and will be a long-term benefit to its members.

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West Virginia Republicans are doubling down on the transgender bathroom issue and other so-called religious freedom bills, despite the backlash in other states that passed similar laws.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the platform passed by delegates to the West Virginia GOP's convention this summer affirmed support of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and supported individuals using the locker room or bathroom corresponding to their genetic sex.

Courtesy Amillio Blevins

Since Wednesday, a rockslide has covered a portion of Railroad Yard Road, blocking some residents in Iaeger from leaving their homes.

 

McDowell County resident, Deedra Blevins, says she plans to climb boulders Saturday evening so she can bring supplies to her 70-year-old mother, Dorothy Frost, who is one of those trapped behind the slide.

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West Virginia University is suing over a leaky roof.

The Dominion Post of Morgantown reports that the state's flagship public university has filed the lawsuit in Monongalia County Circuit Court over problems with the construction of student recreation center.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
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State government jobs have dropped by more than 2 percent since Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin imposed a hiring freeze in 2013.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the number full-time positions has dropped by 917 since West Virginia's freeze went into effect.

This week, we talk to musician, cab driver and state Delegate Mike Pushkin, who sponsored a failed bill to legalize marijuana use.

We discuss the medical, economic, and social benefits and pitfalls of marijuana legalization.

Do the benefits outweigh the risks, or is it simply more trouble than it's worth?

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