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You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive - Derek Akal’s Struggle to Stay, Part One

Derek Akal, 22, grew up in the famed coalfields of Harlan County, Kentucky. He’s a bit over six feet tall, he’s black, and he has an athlete’s build. Neat curls of black hair rise off the top of his head, and on his chin, he keeps a closely-trimmed mustache and goatee. I first interviewed Derek in October 2016. At that time, he said he was trying to become a Kentucky state trooper, but also making plans to move to Texas to work on an oil rig.

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Photos: Bethlehem VegFest 2013

Sep 17, 2013

The annual festival returned to the Greenway on Bethlehem's south side for its third year on Saturday. The free event included eco-friendly exhibitors, vegan and vegetarian-friendly food vendors, pet adoption organizations, speakers, and live cooking demonstrations. There was also plenty of live music for fest-goers to enjoy with Godfrey Daniels and WLEV each hosting a stage with performers. Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures in the 70's helped make the day a success.

It's official; Natalie Tennant enters U.S. Senate race

Sep 17, 2013
Jessica Y. Lilly

 West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant officially entered the U.S. Senate race. The Democrat announced her candidacy in front of about 100 supporters at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley Tuesday. 

“I am here after serious thought intense conversations with my family and a whole lot of prayer," Tennant said, "I am here today to tell you that I’m running for the United States Senate.”
 

After walking through a crowd of democrats, Natalie Tennant took the podium to share some of her views on national political issues.

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The victims of the Navy Yard shootings that brought panic and tragedy to a corner of Washington, D.C., on Monday morning are in many people's thoughts as their names and other information are released. We'll collect what we know about the victims here.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.

West Virginia Morning - September 16, 2013

Sep 16, 2013

On this WV Morning, a West Virginia native is finding success as a game show historian, and we take a minute to remember former WV Poet Laureate Irene McKinney.

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The nation's capital went on high alert Monday after a shooting attack at the city's U.S. Navy Yard left at least 12 victims and one gunman dead and injured 8 others.

A TRIBUTE: Celebrating Irene McKinney

Sep 16, 2013

Irene McKinney, poet, editor, and teacher, published seven collections of poetry, six during her lifetime including Vivid Companion and Six O’Clock Mine Report, and the most recent, published posthumously, Have You Had Enough Darkness Yet? The recipient of numerous awards, she served as WV’s Poet Laureate from 1994 until her death early last year.

Davis & Elkins increases enrollement by 68%

Sep 16, 2013

Davis & Elkins College recently announced admission figures which demonstrate the College’s fifth consecutive year of increased enrollment.

Davis & Elkins College reports a total growth of 65.8 percent since 2008. The Office of the Registrar reported the official figures for the new academic year totaling 847 full-time students, 318 are new students and 529 are returning students.

WV Native becoming game show historian

Sep 13, 2013
Bill Cullen hosts "Bank on the Stars" 1954
Courtesy Adam Nedeff

A West Virginia native is finding success as a game show historian.  Adam Nedeff grew up in Vienna and graduated from Marshall University in 2005.  His first book has just been published.  It's called "Quizmaster: The Life and Times and Fun and Games of Bill Cullen." Cullen was a popular game show host, first on radio beginning in the 1940's and ending his career on television in the 1980's.

   Here's Bill Cullen hosting the comedy quiz show "Walk a Mile" in 1952. A contestant named Greta is trying to explain how to make couscous.

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In response to our recent listener survey , West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) is excited to broadcast several new voices (and programs) on our statewide radio service , our live stream and our WVPB mobile app .

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