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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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A Kanawha County school counselor was recognized for his work at a recent White House function.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 37-year-old Todd Roatsey and other state representatives for the National Counselor of the Year Award attended a ceremony Jan. 28, where they met First Lady Michelle Obama, among others.

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The first female brigadier general in West Virginia's history has officially been named.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a ceremony was held Saturday to promote Brig. Gen. Paige B. Hunter to the senior rank at the 130th Airlift Wing at the McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston.

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Longtime Ranson Mayor David Hamill has died of cancer. He was 71.

City Manager Andy Blake and Ranson deputy mayor Duke Pierson announced in separate statements that Hamill died on Friday.

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The deadline is approaching for nominations to the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 16, and honorees will be enshrined July 16 at Jackson's Mill.

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Bankrupt coal producer Alpha Natural Resources has announced planned layoffs in West Virginia for the third time in a month.

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West Virginia law bars domestic abusers from having guns, but gun safety groups say more can be done.

In 2000, West Virginia made it illegal for people convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse to have a gun. In 2012, the state began requiring that domestic violence protective orders ban respondents from having guns.

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West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina have issued advisories for the Zika virus, urging caution, particularly for pregnant women traveling to areas where the disease is circulating.

Members of both the House and Senate are focused on a problem that needs a fix quickly: balancing the 2016 budget.

In this episode, we hear what both the House and Senate Finance Chairs say their chambers are doing to find a solution.

Also, Common Core was the focus of a public hearing in the House Thursday, and a special report on a program helping kids return to school after experiencing a trauma at home.

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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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Amber Miller admits she was no angel. She hung out with the wrong crowd. She used drugs.

When she was 20, she went to prison for stealing $30 from her grandmother.

But 12 years later, she is still labeled as a felon. And that's hurt her ability to find work.

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers is sponsoring a "second chance" bill. It would allow first-time, non-violent felons to ask a judge to expunge their record a certain time after release.

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