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Stream(ing Data) Lab: WVU Sensor Journalism Project Deploys in Monongahela River

West Virginia is no stranger to issues surrounding water quality. In recent years, reports on the effects of acid mine drainage and the questioned safety of fracking waste have made headlines.
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This week on Inside Appalachia we pay tribute to fiddler Joe Dobbs, who passed away September 21st at the age of 81. For 25 years he hosted a radio show, called Music From the Mountains, on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. He owned the Fret and Fiddle music store in St. Albans, West Virginia. He helped form the band, The 1937 Flood, which plays traditional West Virginia Tunes, as well as rag time, swing, and jug band music.

Walmart continues to be the largest private employer in West Virginia.

Based on the available records provided by WorkForce West Virginia, Walmart has been the state's top private sector employer since at least 1999.

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West Virginia has the worst unemployment rate in the nation. Patriot Coal warned 2,000+ employees they might be losing their jobs.

What can West Virginia do to turn things around?


Federal investigators say a broken rail that was overlooked on two previous inspections led to a fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia in February.

The Federal Railroad Administration announced Friday the results of its investigation into the Feb. 16 derailment during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon.

A federal bankruptcy judge plans to approve the sale of West Virginia-based Patriot Coal's assets.

A federal website says a hearing could be held in Richmond on Friday if parties in the case don't agree on language in the judge's confirmation order.

  On this West Virginia Morning, we get an update on the trial of Don Blankenship, including testimony from former coal miner Bobbie Pauley. Beth Vorhees also speaks with West Virginia University journalism professor John Temple about his new book American Pain. Also, JD Souther recruits Nellie McKay for a cover of Cole Porter's "Everytime We Say Goodbye."

October 9, 1954: Architect Elmer F. Jacobs Dies at 79

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  Architect Elmer Forrest Jacobs died in Morgantown on October 9, 1945, at age 79. The Preston County native attended West Virginia University and the Carnegie Institute of Technology before he began designing fire-resistant factories in Pittsburgh. In 1894, Jacobs set up his architectural practice in Morgantown.

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Fayette County officials say they're facing a $450,000 budget shortfall next year as tax revenues decline.

The Register-Herald reports the decline in revenue is linked to a drop in coal value, industrial personal property value and business personal property value.

Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

The Federal Railroad Administration is set to announce what caused a fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia in February.

The agency has scheduled a news conference Friday morning at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in Montgomery.

Don Blankenship's attorney Bill Taylor
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In this week's episode of the podcast "Blankenship on Trial," host Scott Finn discusses the first full week of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's trial with reporter Ashton Marra and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hissam.


WVPB First Listen Music Party in Huntington Oct. 14

Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen first listen music party on October 14 at 6 p.m at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Huntington.
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