Us & Them: In Dixieland I'll Take My Stand

In this episode, my friend Alice Moore and I visit a Confederate cemetery in Corinth, Mississippi. Alice tells me about her love for the battle flag.
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Businesses and homeowners in Morgantown have a variety of inexpensive options to significantly reduce their energy costs while also cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released on Monday, June 29.

 

Morgantown-based environmental consulting company Downstream Strategies compiled the report as part of a three-phase project. Commissioned by the Morgantown City Council’s Green Team, the project is funded by the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation and aims to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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A group of 24 high school girls from across West Virginia are spending the week on the campus of WVU Tech in Montgomery, designing shoes and testing mock samples for the AIDS virus.

The girls are participating in WVU Tech’s first ever all girls STEM camp, short for science, technology, engineering and math.

Throughout the week, the girls will participate in classes in various STEM fields. In a lesson on computer programming, they learned to plot a path for a robot. In biology, they learned how to test fake blood samples for viruses and how to track the samples back to donors, and in a biomechanics course, the girls learned how to build shoes out of paper that would hold up under the body’s weight.

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A state study says it's unlikely that significant amounts of untreated natural gas drilling waste in landfills will get into groundwater or surface water.

The Department of Environmental Protection released the report Wednesday on drill cuttings in landfills.

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After four months of waiting, the National Youth Science Foundation has acquired a research and education center in Tucker County.

The Charleston Tennis Club

Thirty years ago this week, a Charleston native caused a sensation when she played her first round at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club near London.  In 1985, the 24 year old White wore a body suit.

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is piloting the state’s first syringe exchange program, aimed at reducing the risk of spreading diseases.

State DHHR officials will join will local health workers in Huntington Thursday to announce a program that is the first of its kind for West Virginia. The pilot Syringe Exchange Program will launch in Cabell County later this year.

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The National Youth Science Foundation has acquired a research and education center in Tucker County.

The foundation received federal approval in March to purchase the facility from the Canaan Valley Institute. The Charleston Gazette reports that the foundation announced the $20 million acquisition's completion on Tuesday.

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A judge says he's looking to approve a $2.5 million bankruptcy deal involving the company behind a massive chemical spill last year.

In Charleston federal bankruptcy court Wednesday, Judge Ronald Pearson spoke favorably of the plan pushed by Freedom Industries, the state Department of Environmental Protection and creditors.

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West Virginia first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin has retired as president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Tomblin's retirement was effective Tuesday. She had served at the college for 33 years, including the past 15 as president.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is slated to headline an event next month for the West Virginia Republican Party.

The party announced Tuesday that Haslam would attend the GOP's Path to Victory lunch in Charleston on July 24. The event will take place at the Capitol Conference Center.

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