Jeff Pierson

Money, Safety Violations Focus of Opening Arguments in Blankenship Trial

Money. That’s what both sides arguing the case of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship say his trial boils down to. For the prosecution, Blankenship employed a top-down leadership style that protected his own financial interests - both his $12 million annual salary and his substantial stock holdings in Massey. For the defense, it’s that same money that made him a target.
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Don Blankenship's attorney Bill Taylor
Jeff Pierson

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. After two additional days of jury selection, both sides presented opening statements Wednesday morning and since, the prosecution has presented two witnesses.

This October 6th at 7 PM, the West Virginia Symphony League will be showing off the latest fashion of the season during their Fashion Show fundraiser at the University of Charleston Erma Byrd Gallery. Over 50 models will adorn clothing from over 20 retailers in a tribute to local community heroes.

Josh Saul

As Don Henley's long-time writing partner, JD Souther has had his hands in some of the most memorable pop songs of all time,  including "The New Kid in Town" and "Best of My Love." But here Souther teams up with Mountain Stage favorite Nellie McKay to cover another legendary songwriter: Cole Porter's standard "Every Time We Say Goodbye."

Exhibit 1, Coal Seam Diagram
U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of West Virginia

Federal prosecutors in the case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have begun to release exhibits introduced as evidence in the trial. Attorney Booth Goodwin and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia began uploading the exhibits Thursday to a page on the office's website. 

The exhibits entered as evidence include diagrams of coal mines, videos of mining equipment used in the process, animations of mine ventilation systems and federal Mine Safety and Health Administration standards, among others. 

Volkswagen Diesel Engine
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During a congressional hearing on Volkswagen's emissions rigging today a Virginia congressman said he thinks neighboring West Virginia University should benefit from its discovery of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal.

Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith said the university should receive part of any settlement or fine imposed on VW by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Coonskin Bridge

A new bridge has been dedicated at Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the bridge Wednesday.

The bridge is the new public entrance into the Kanawha County-owned park. It connects the park to U.S. Route 119 in Mink Shoals. Ground was broken on the $6.2 million project last year. The bridge provides a new entryway, connecting the park to U.S. Route 119 in Mink Shoals.

Marshall University
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  Marshall University's Presidential Search Committee has identified three finalists following a national search.

The university announced Wednesday that the three finalists are Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President Jerome Gilbert, Oregon Institute of Technology President Christopher Maples and University of Southern Mississippi Professor and former Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Denis Wiesenburg.

West Virginia United Health System Logo

St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon has joined West Virginia's largest health care system.

Multiple media outlets report that the hospital's transfer from the Pallottine Missionary Sisters to West Virginia United Health System was completed on Tuesday.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship where opening arguments were presented yesterday.  Also sensors have been placed in water bottles that are floating in the Monongahela River in Morgantown to test water quality.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

October 8, 1921: WVU vs. Pitt Marks First Live Football Radio Broadcast

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Radio personality Al Sahley
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

October 8, 1921, marked the first ever live radio broadcast of a football game. The contest pitted West Virginia University against the University of Pittsburgh at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. It was aired on KDKA, the nation’s first radio station. In this 17th meeting of the Backyard Brawl, WVU lost, 21 to 13. It was during a rough stretch for the Mountaineers, who had lost 10 of their last 11 to Pitt, with one tie. WVU turned the tide with wins the next two seasons but once again hit on hard times. Between 1904 and 1951, WVU won only four times against Pitt, while losing 29 and tying once. The rivalry didn’t become really competitive until the 1950s.


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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