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Which West Virginia Counties Have Seen The Most Population Loss In Recent Years?

Overall, West Virginia continues to see a decline in population since 2012. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that, while the state's population grew from 2010 (1,854,176) to 2012 (1,856,313) the state has seen a drop-off in consecutive years since--with the last estimate from July 1, 2014 putting West Virginia's population at 1,850,326.
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  A Lincoln County man has been charged in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded.

Forty-eight-year-old Andrew Staggs faces murder and malicious wounding charges. State Police Capt. Dave Nelson says Staggs shot 29-year-old Katie Toler and 36-year-old Chad Mays, both of Branchland, early Monday. Toler was killed. Mays was in intensive care at CAMC General Hospital.

Data analyzed by SNL Energy's Taylor Kuykendall and Hira Fawad suggests underground coal mines in Appalachia that have unionized are not only safer, but also more productive.

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Bayer CropScience says it plans to sell its Institute Industrial Park to Union Carbide. But the company will continue to operate its thiodicarb unit at the site as a tenant.

Terms of the transaction announced Monday weren't disclosed.

Bayer says in a statement to media outlets that the plant's operations, including utilities and security, will be transferred to Union Carbide in a phased turnover. Union Carbide is expected to assume full operation of the site by mid-2016.

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Groups working to preserve a 180-year-old pavilion in Greenbrier County have surpassed their fundraising goal.

The Greenbrier Historical Society and Friends of The Blue launched a Kickstarter campaign in February to raise $25,000. WVVA-TV reports that the campaign raised $27,000.

West Virginia students will take a new online standardized test this year that's based on the national Common Core standards.

The testing window for the Smarter Balanced Assessment begins next week and runs through June 24. Counties and schools will set their own testing schedules.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Dr. Suzanne Cole, the staff oncologist at the Charleston Area Medical Center.  Dr. Cole’s work is featured in a new television documentary premiering tonight on PBS called “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”  We’ll also here a clip from the documentary  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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  On March 30, 1838, Marshall Academy was incorporated in what is now Huntington. The school had been established the previous year as a private school to educate the children of farmers in the region. The first classes were held in a small log church on the knoll where Marshall’s Old Main building now stands. In 1858, the Virginia Assembly granted college status to Marshall. However, the school closed its doors a little more than two years later when the Civil War began.

Local Food Local Places working group of representatives from federal, regional, state, and local organizations tour Wheeling.
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Momentum continues to mount behind local food and local economic development efforts in the Northern panhandle. Wheeling was one of the top picks in a national Local Foods, Local Places Competition. As a result, local organizations are receiving technical assistance from multiple state and federal agencies to help capitalize on the growing demand for local foods.  Meetings with federal agency representatives began last week.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — For the second straight year, West Virginia Public Broadcasting won the Outstanding News Operation award among metropolitan radio stations. Another Charlottesville station, WINA-AM, won it among non-metropolitan stations.

Meanwhile, Charlottesville station WVIR-TV won Outstanding News Operation of the Virginias for small market television, while Charleston station WCHS-TV took home the honor for large market television in the 2015 Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters Awards.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Suzanne Higgins, longtime producer and reporter at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is the recipient of the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters' Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is given annually by the VAPB to an individual who has made significant contributions to news reporting, management, or education in West Virginia broadcasting for at least 20 years.


Catch a Sneak Preview of the New Wolf Hall

Join us Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. in The Clay Center Digital Dome theater Charleston, WV.

Inside Appalachia


Change Threatens to Sever Appalachians from Land... Again

In this episode: Appalachians who love their land and their mountain homes. But history reveals some unsettling stories about some Appalachians who were forced off their land in the 1930s to make room for the Shenandoah National Park.
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