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Medical Cannabis Board Releases Survey Results, Hears From Guest Speakers

A panel charged with helping shape the state’s new medical marijuana law met in Morgantown Thursday, Dec. 14. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board heard from guest speakers and announced the results of a recent survey.

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Homesickness, and the Struggle to Come Home to Appalachia

This week on Inside Appalachia, we talk about what brings people back home to the mountains of Appalachia. And we’ll hear about what happens when people finally do come home. Can the reality of home ever truly live up to our memories of it?

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December 18, 1944: Bernard Bell Earns the Medal of Honor

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Bernard Bell
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On December 18, 1944, during World War II, Bernard Bell captured more than 30 German prisoners, earning the Medal of Honor. 

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Throughout coal mining country of the Eastern U.S. you will find streams that run a peculiar rusty orange. It’s the result of pollution called acid mine drainage, or AMD. It’s estimated that about 10,000 miles of streams are polluted by AMD in Pennsylvania and West Virginia alone. In fact, researchers have calculated that every second, coal mines throughout the region are pumping out about 3,000 cubic feet of AMD. That’s roughly equal to an average May day’s flow of water in the Monongahela River as it winds through the region.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we talk about what brings people back home to the mountains of Appalachia. And we’ll hear about what happens when people finally do come home. Can the reality of home ever truly live up to our memories of it?


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The University of Charleston has chosen a university dean from Connecticut to succeed President Edwin Welch when he retires at the end of June.

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President Donald Trump's mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust -- the cause of black lung -- and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer.

Charles Town, Jefferson County, Charles Washington Hall, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
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A training session on West Virginia’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program is being presented next month.

The Wheeling Historic Landmark Commission is hosting the event at Wheeling City Council Chambers on Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m., and the session is free and open to the public.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from listeners who speak about their journeys to reconnect with their roots in Appalachia -- and return home.

While producing this week's Inside Appalachia show, we asked for your stories of homesickness on Twitter, and we got back variety of heartfelt responses.

December 15, 1772: Grant of Land for John Savage and 59 Soldiers

Dec 15, 2017
Lord Dunmore
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

  On December 15, 1772, Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore granted nearly 29,000 acres of British land along the Ohio River and the lower Guyandotte and Big Sandy rivers to 60 men as compensation for their service during the French and Indian War. The land grant was specifically for soldiers who had served under George Washington at the Battle of Great Meadows in Pennsylvania. The land transactions are known collectively as the Savage Grant, named for Captain John Savage.

Medical Marijuana
John Locher / AP Photo

A panel charged with helping shape the state’s new medical marijuana law met in Morgantown Thursday, Dec. 14. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board heard from guest speakers and announced the results of a recent survey.

Retired truck driver Bill Needham poses at his home in Asheboro, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Gerry Broom / Associated Press

Truck driver Bill Needham braced for death at the bottom of the Ohio River after a bridge collapse 50 years ago in West Virginia sent his rig and dozens of other vehicles into the frigid waters.

A crucial joint in the 39-year-old Silver Bridge’s eyebar suspension system snapped from years of corrosion and neglect, and the normal vibrations of heavy rush-hour traffic on U.S. Route 35 shook it apart on Dec. 15, 1967. Cars and trucks that had been stuck in traffic on the bridge due to a malfunctioning traffic light tumbled into the river at Point Pleasant, and 46 people perished.

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