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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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The Struggle to Stay: Jewish Appalachians

Jewish communities across West Virginia are struggling to keep their traditions alive. “It is actually kind of scary. I worry because a lot of people my age are moving away for, like, school or jobs and because of that the communities are getting smaller,” said Kirston Kennedy, a young Jewish Appalachian who inspired our show.

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WV Native becoming game show historian

Sep 13, 2013
Bill Cullen hosts "Bank on the Stars" 1954
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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.

Are excess tax levies the answer to dwindling school budgets? One such proposal has caused friction in Kanawha county.

Cookie Monster Waits for a Cookie!

Sep 13, 2013

Tune-in to a new season of Sesame Street beginning September 16 at 11 a.m. on WV PBS!

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The West Virginia State Police remembered two officers Thursday who died in the line of duty just over a year ago. Thanks to House Concurrent Resolution 17 from this past legislative session, a stretch of roadway, a bridge and an interchange were named after the fallen troopers during a memorial near the site of the incident that took their lives.

A patch of pavement along Route 36 just inside the Roane County line served to be the place where Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey took his last breath. It was also where Trooper Eric Workman sustained fatal injuries.  

Cabinet Secretary Rick Thompson held the 2nd of 5 meetings around the state yesterday to hear concerns from veterans about things like access to healthcare, and nursing homes. 

James McCormick is a 22-year veteran of the Iraq and Desert Storm Wars in the Army. He says there are many things vets in the state need.

“Well obviously access to healthcare is an important thing, the need for better understanding of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries and also we need to think about long-term care facilities for some of our aging veterans,” McCormick said.

West Virginia Morning - September 12, 2013

Sep 12, 2013

On this West Virginia Morning, how does gas drilling affect floodplains? That story and more.

Ashton Marra

As an officer in the Air National Guard, Boone County Republican Delegate Joshua Nelson is headed to his second mandatory service training in two years. In a press conference, Nelson announced new legislation he will introduce allowing military members like himself to participate in legislative votes while away for training or on active duty.

Nelson’s “Warrior/Legislator Act” would allow legislators who are members of the military to vote by electronic teleconferencing, either using new video technology like FaceTime or Skype or by telephone.

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Some members of the West Virginia Board of Education took a tour of the Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, W.Va., Wednesday. The Board’s monthly meeting took place on the campus and  prior to the

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meeting members walked through the facility to see how students are educated there and what kind of renovations are needed.

Gayle Manchin, board president, was impressed with some of the rooms she saw during the tour, commenting on how cozy they looked.

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New policy that that would cut in half the amount of permissible coal dust in underground mines is making its way through federal agencies in the form of proposed rule and regulation changes

The same stricter standards are proposed in legislation introduced this summer by Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

day in Bluefield to discuss the increasing cases of Back Lung disease, noting more than 2000 West Virginia miners have died of Black Lung over the last decade.

WVSORO concerned about floodplains and gas drilling

Sep 11, 2013

The West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization is focusing its attention on how floodplains are used in natural gas drilling activity.

WVSORO co-founder Dave McMahon says because of the regulations on the books, surface owners aren't notified when gas drillers want to put equipment on floodplains. This is usually the case if the surface owner doesn't own the mineral rights.

McMahon says floodplain ordinances, implemented by counties, need to change accordingly to fix the gaps.

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Joy to the World Concerts Continue in Bob Thompson’s Absence

Due to a recent personal health matter, pianist Bob Thompson will be unable to appear as scheduled at this week’s two sold-out Joy to the World performances in Charleston, WV. The show will continue, with members of Bob’s band accompanying special guest vocalist Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

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Appalachia is bleeding population; the 2015 U.S. Census showed West Virginia was losing population faster than most other states. There’s a struggle to leave, and to stay.

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