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Dutch Man Has Cared for W.Va. Soldier’s Grave Since He Was 13

Seventy years ago, a soldier from West Virginia died trying to liberate the Netherlands from the Nazis. A Dutch man has been tending the soldier’s grave and trying to find out more about him for half his life. Now the story has caught the attention of a filmmaker.
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July 28, 1860: Wheeling Suspension Bridge Reopens to Public

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The Wheeling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River reopened to the public on July 28, 1860. The bridge had originally opened to much fanfare in 1849. At the time, it was the longest clear span in the world and helped usher in an era of great American bridge building.

WCHS-TV

Mercer County officials are considering two sites for a Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center.

A selection committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to choose an engineering firm to design a trailhead. The trailhead will serve as a visitors center.

WCHS-TV

Mercer County officials are considering two sites for a Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center.

A selection committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to choose an engineering firm to design a trailhead. The trailhead will serve as a visitors center.

WCHS-TV

Mercer County officials are considering two sites for a Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center.

A selection committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to choose an engineering firm to design a trailhead. The trailhead will serve as a visitors center.

WCHS-TV

Mercer County officials are considering two sites for a Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center.

A selection committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to choose an engineering firm to design a trailhead. The trailhead will serve as a visitors center.

Whipple company store
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A museum and store in Fayette County has created a room where coal miners' relatives can research their family histories.

The Whipple Company Store and Appalachian Heritage Museum in Scarbro converted the old store's butcher shop into a room for genealogical research.

Century Aluminum

Century Aluminum has announced that it will permanently close its Ravenswood plant, effective immediately.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement after the company's Monday announcement, urging Century to reconsider its decision and continue to work with officials to find a different solution.

The plant had struggled for years, with 650 employees out of work since the plant was idled in February 2009.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from Harpers Ferry where businesses are working to rebuild after a devastating fire last week.  Also, Ashton Marra has the latest about the Congressional debate over the No Child Left Behind Act.

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


Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In early 2002, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, a sweeping education reform bill. The new law required all states to test all children and set federal benchmarks for student achievement in order to receive federal funding. 

West Virginia implemented the reforms and West Virginia Department of Education Chief Accountability Officer Michelle Blatt said the state did see some incremental improvements under the law. Still, she said, one size fits all from Washington did not work in West Virginia. 

“It didn’t matter if you started in one place and really grew a long way," she said, "there were still sanctions if you didn’t meet the bar that they set.”

 

Now, some 13 years later, members of Congress are thinking of turning that legislation on its head by passing a reauthorization that is essentially a rewrite. 

July 27, 1909: WVU Basketball Coach Dyke Raese Born in Tucker County

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e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Coach Dyke Raese was born in Tucker County on July 27, 1909. He played all sports at Davis High School, and later coached the school’s basketball team. Between 1938 and ’42, he coached West Virginia University’s basketball team to a 55-29 record.

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