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Inside Appalachia
2:41 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Inside Appalachia Thanksgiving with a Turkey Egg "Secret Agent", Heirloom Apple Collector and more

Turkey Drive, 1900. Lewisburg. Courtesy of the West Virginia and Regional Historic Collection, WVU Libraries.

Thanksgiving comes in two parts “giving” and “thanks.”  

This week, we’ll talk to a man in North Carolina, who’s collected over 1,000 varieties of heirloom apples.

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Race Issues
1:14 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

W.Va. Groups Stand with Michael Brown

A group of about 25 protesters gathered on the Capitol steps.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group of about 25 protestors gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday with handmade signs chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” just as thousands of other activists gathered in large cities across the country. The group, while small in numbers, was there to show their support of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer.

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Winter Weather
11:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Parts of W.Va. Hit with Foot of Snow

Credit Anna Kucsma

A winter storm has left more than a foot of snow in parts of West Virginia on one of the busiest travel days of the year.Eastern West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle are the hardest hit areas. The National Weather Service says 14 inches of snow was reported Wednesday morning in Frenchburg and in Paw Paw. Augusta received a foot of snow.

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Election 2014
11:27 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Kanawha Co. Clerk Files Complaint Against Tennant

Credit Sam Sepeciale / The Charleston Daily Mail

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is facing an elections complaint saying she led a U.S. Senate campaign rally near a voting site.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick filed the complaint in late October but did not publicize it. McCormick, a Republican, provided the letter to The Charleston Gazette after a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Consumer Protection
10:35 am
Wed November 26, 2014

W.Va. Stores Agrees to Pay Fine in Water Crisis Price-Gouging Case

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Putnam County store operator has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to the state to settle a price-gouging complaint after the January water crisis.

Under the terms of the agreement released Tuesday by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Mid Valley Mart LLC says it will comply with state consumer protection laws. In exchange, a Putnam County Circuit Court complaint will be dismissed.

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Domestic Violence Help
10:25 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Fairmont to Donate Center to Domestic Violence Group

City of Fairmont
Credit City of Fairmont

Fairmont officials plan to donate a former Army Reserve center to a group that helps domestic violence victims.

Media outlets report that City Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance donating the facility on Tuesday. A public hearing is set for Dec. 9.

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Snow Fall
10:21 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Snowshoe Mountain Kicks Off W.Va. Ski Season

Credit Phil Duncan, Snowshoe Mountain

Ski and snowboard season is getting underway in West Virginia.  

Snowshoe Mountain kicked off the season with a Wednesday opening. Winterplace will offer three days of alpine skiing starting Friday, then officially open full time on Dec. 12, along with Timberline. Canaan Valley opens Saturday.

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Weather
8:32 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Half the State Bracing for Snow

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Nearly half of the state is bracing for snow as the Thanksgiving travel season gets underway in West Virginia.  

Forecasters say a nor'easter is making its way up the East Coast bringing precipitation Wednesday into Thursday, with snowfall expected in the higher elevations especially across central Appalachia.

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Troubled Youth Thankful for Youth Services System in Wheeling

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board visits the Youth Services System in Wheeling, serving at risk children and young adults.  And Clark Davis reports from the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington.

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Thanksgiving Dinner
8:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Foodbank Provides Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Facing Hunger Foodbank provides food to those in need in the region, year round. But around the holidays the need becomes deeper for many in the area.

In a normal month the food bank will deliver 5 or 6,000 pounds of food to each county. During the month of November and December that number jumps to between 8 and 10,000 pounds.

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Athletics
3:48 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Mountain East Conference Tournament to Stay in Charleston

Credit Mountain East Conference

A new agreement will keep the Mountain East Conference's annual basketball tournaments in Charleston through 2017.

The agreement between the City of Charleston, the Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Charleston Civics Center will keep both the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the capital city for the next three years.

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Public Health
12:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

40 Years Doing 'Whatever It Takes' for Abandoned Kids in Wheeling

Ashley (L) her mother Shawna Littell (R)(1996) found help at Youth Services System.
Credit Youth Services System

Organized in 1974 by local citizens, social workers, clergy, attorneys, and judges, Youth Services System's motto has been the same for 40 years, according to CEO John Moses: “Whatever it takes. The kid’s at the door now.”

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Higher Education
11:30 am
Tue November 25, 2014

WVU Board to Discuss Possible Campus Purchase

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West Virginia University's board has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the possible purchase of Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

The meeting is set for Dec. 5 in Morgantown. The possible purchase is the only item on the agenda.

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Health
11:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Brooke County Health Board Expands Smoking Ban

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Beginning next summer, smoking will be prohibited in all public places in Brooke County.

Media outlets report that the Brooke County Board of Health unanimously voted Monday night to ban smoking in all enclosed public places. The ban also will apply to outdoor places like fairs, festivals and playgrounds.

 The board previously had allowed bars and restaurants to designate 25 percent of their seating as smoking sections. The new ban will go into effect July 1, 2015.  

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Mine Strike
11:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

United Mine Workers Responds to Strike Complaint

A court filing offers new details into a labor dispute between the United Mine Workers of America and a Patriot Coal subsidiary.  

UMW Local No. 1570 filed a response Monday to a lawsuit filed in October by Eastern Associated Coal. Eastern filed the lawsuit after union members walked off the job at the Federal No. 2 mine on the morning of October 17. 

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Holiday Travel
11:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

W.Va. Turnpike Prepares for Holiday Travel Surge

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The West Virginia Turnpike is preparing for its busiest travel period. The turnpike's governing agency, the West Virginia Parkways Authority, plans to fully staff all three toll plazas along the 88-mile highway during the Thanksgiving travel period's peak hours. There also will be temporary toll booths with additional collectors.

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Weather
10:57 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Snowy Thanksgiving Travel Predicted

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The National Weather Service says parts of West Virginia could get up to 7 inches of snow for the start of the busy Thanksgiving travel period.

The weather service has issued a storm warning effective Wednesday in Greenbrier County. A storm watch is in place for 11 other counties, mostly in the northeastern part of the state.  The counties in the watch area are Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties.

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West Virginia Morning
7:55 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Hepititus C Drug Works But It's Too Expensive

On West Virginia Morning, Suzanne Higgins reports on a new drug that successfully treats Hepatitis-C, but it comes with a big price tag.  And we’ll visit a distillery in the Eastern Panhandle.

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Ferguson
8:53 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Live Updates: After Grand Jury Decision Ferguson Deals With Despair and Destruction

St. Louis Public Radio is providing live coverage of reaction to the grand jury verdict being delivered in Ferguson. You can follow along here:

Medicaid implementing restrictions
3:56 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

New Drug Can Cure Hepatitis C – If Only We Could Afford It

Gilead Sciences has produced a curative drug for Hepatitis C, costing $1000 a pill.
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The pill is called Sovaldi and it’s profoundly changing outcomes for Hepatitis C patients.

Just 5 years ago the cure rate for most patients in the US was about 50%. Now with Sovaldi, made by Gilead Sciences Inc. of California and approved by the FDA last December, the latest Hep C regimen is making therapy shorter, more tolerable, and the cure rate is reaching 95-100 %.

That’s significant for West Virginia, which has the second highest prevalence of Hepatitis C in the country.

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