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Drugs
9:47 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Majority of W.Va. Drug Arrests Are for Marijuana

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Arrest figures show that a majority of drug arrests in West Virginia are for marijuana.

A review of West Virginia drug arrests by The Charleston Gazette shows that more than half have been for marijuana since 2000.

Charleston police Lt. Chad Napier says marijuana is one of the most commonly abused drugs. He says people arrested for other crimes often have marijuana in their possession.

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Government
9:44 am
Tue September 2, 2014

W.Va. Police Witness Survey Gets Few Responses

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

  Most police departments in West Virginia haven't responded to a survey regarding witness identification policies.

The survey asked police departments whether they have complied with a 2013 law that required them to adopt written witness identification policies by Jan. 1, 2014.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Community Development Underway in Fairmont and Charleston's West Side

Roxy Todd takes a tour of Charleston’s West Side Flats to see the area’s community improvement efforts.  And such efforts are the focus in Fairmont as well where native Kate Greene has returned from Montana to lead business building on Main Street. Also State Impact Pennsylvania reports on the noise from natural gas compressor stations.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/

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Community Development
8:00 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

A Greene Light for Downtown Fairmont

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Public agencies, private businesses, foundations and non-profit groups are constantly striving to inject life and energy into local communities. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for successful community development, but sometimes having the right person in the right place at the right time can make all the difference.

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Inside Appalachia
4:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Remembering Jimmy Weekley, Frog Watching in Va.

In Pennsylvania, there’s all sorts of noises associated with natural gas drilling.  One company is trying to be sensitive.

In West Virginia, we remember Jimmy Weekley – the last man on the mountain.

And in Virginia, an executive chef is looking for frogs, not for their legs, but for their distinctive sound.

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Legislation
4:29 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Groups Working with Governor, DEP to Avoid Special Session on Tank Bill

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Stakeholders met with the governor’s office and the Department of Environmental Protection Friday to discuss possibly calling the legislature into a special session. The session would be focused on fixing some unintended consequences both Senate and House leadership see in the above ground storage tank bill passed earlier this year.

Friday’s meeting was the second this week focused on Senate Bill 373, legislation that came as a response to January’s chemical spill in Charleston. The spill contaminated 300,000 people’s drinking water for as many as ten days.

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Government
3:40 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Kessler Appoints Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Chief to Water System Panel

Credit Kanawha Charleston Health Department

Senate President Jeff Kessler has announced his appointment to a statewide panel that will focus on the quality of public water systems in West Virginia.

Kessler announced in a press release the appointment of Kanawha- Charleston Health Department Executive Director Dr. Rahul Gupta to the panel. Gupta will serve as a non-voting member.

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10:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

West Virginia Poll: Coal Is Not Top Issue for Most Voters

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As Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail reports, a poll by R. L. Repass--comissioned by the newspaper--shows that unemployment and jobs, health care and the federal budget all registered as higher priorities compared to coal.
The future of the coal industry isn't the top priority for the vast majority of West Virginians likely to vote to send someone to Congress this year, according to a new West Virginia Poll.
Energy & Environment
10:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Yeager Airport Board Explores Solar Panel Project

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  Yeager Airport officials are exploring a project that could make the airport the first in the nation to run entirely on electricity it generates from solar panels.

The Charleston Gazette reports that members approved a motion to find the lowest bid on the project at a board meeting Thursday.

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Environment
10:23 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Freedom Industries Eyes Voluntary Cleanup Program

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  Freedom Industries is considering trying to enter a state program to help ease cleanup at the site where a chemical spill polluted the Charleston area's water supply.

The company and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection met last week to discuss whether the site is eligible for the agency's Voluntary Remediation Program.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the move that could result in Freedom having to meet less-stringent contamination standards than under existing enforcement orders.

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Storyteller Award
8:54 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Delivering West Virginia's Story

WVPB engineer Art Austin keeps a cool head, with or without a hat.

It’s easy to panic when a transmitter goes down. Engineer Art Austin keeps a cool head in the middle of that chaos, and that’s why he’s the August winner of WVPB’s Storyteller Award.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting maintains transmitters, translators, microwave links and other equipment at more than 30 sites. They stretch from Bluefield to Bethany, Logan to Lost River.

These transmitters and translators deliver our programs not just to old-fashioned aerial antennas. They also deliver our programs to cable and satellite systems throughout the state.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Capito, Tennant Speak to W. Va. Business Community, Pa. Home to be Featured on PBS

On West Virginia Morning, U.S. Senate candidates Shelley Moore Capito and Natalie Tennant speak to the state's Chamber of Commerce, Clark Davis has a preview of WVU and Marshall’s football openers tomorrow and in Pennsylvania Glynis Board reports from the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home in Falling water.

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Architecture
6:39 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Fallingwater One of "10 Homes That Changed America"

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Southwestern Pennsylvania’s famous Frank Lloyd Wright home Fallingwater will be featured in a new PBS program called 10 Homes That Changed America. The crew out of Chicago started production there last week.

***voice actor: Jerry McGonigle

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Election 2014
6:19 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Tennant, Capito Focus on Coal at Chamber of Commerce Forum

Candidates Shelley Moore Capito and Natalie Tennant discuss the logistics of the debate with moderator Scott Rotruck.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is focusing on energy, education and elections at their annual business summit in White Sulfur Springs this week, but the election component is taking a front seat as the Chamber hosts forums to allow candidates for Congressional offices to debate.

Scott Rotruck of the law firm Spillman Thomas and Battle served as moderator for the forum that had both Natalie Tennant and Shelley Moore Capito sitting on the same stage.

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News
5:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

A Neigborhood that Struggles with Poverty Has Helped Rehabilitate 50 Homes

Reverend Matthew J. Watts, standing in front of Mary C. Snow elementary school.
Credit PBS NewsHour/Sam Weber

We often hear about urban cities, like Detroit, that are dealing with abandoned, dilapidated buildings. But some communities in West Virginia are struggling with neighborhood blight too.

The WV Hub is working with partners across West Virginia to plan a three day event in Huntington this October. The summit will help people across West Virginia who are working to fix blighted, abandoned and dilapidated properties. Civic groups in Huntington have been collaborating on this type of work and have made great strides recently.

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College Football
11:54 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mountaineers and Herd Kick Off 2014 Season

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The state’s two Division 1 football programs kick off their seasons on the road Saturday afternoon.

Both Marshall and WVU kickoff at 3:30. Marshall is headed to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami University Red Hawks. The Mountaineers have a slightly tougher challenge Saturday as they travel to Atlanta for a matchup with Alabama, the team ranked number two in both the USA Today and Associated Press Preseason Polls.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen knows it will be a challenge.

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10:55 am
Thu August 28, 2014

America’s Coal Heartland Is In Economic Freefall — But Only The Most Desperate Are Fleeing

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As the coal industry continues to decline--what many say isn't a "typical bust"--The Washington Post reports on the struggles of those in southern West Virginia looking to find new job opportunities and other ways to gather an income.
LOGAN, W.Va. - For 51 years he'd lived in the same hollow and for two decades he'd performed the same job, mining coal from the underground seams of southern West Virginia. Then, on June 30, Michael Estep was jobless. His mine shut down, and its operator said "market conditions" made coal production unviable.
Government
10:31 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Audit: Agriculture Dept. Gave $662,000 to Failing Farmer's Market

Credit West Virginia Department of Agriculture

  An audit says the state Department of Agriculture spent $662,000 in federal money on refrigeration upgrades at a failing farmer's market.

Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred wrote that the Inwood Farmer's Market has lost about $100,000 annually over six consecutive years, including 2013. The Berkeley County market was awarded the grant in June 2011.

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Chemical Spill
10:26 am
Thu August 28, 2014

House, Senate Leaders Urge Delay in West Virginia Tank Law

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  State House and Senate leaders are urging the governor to call a special session to delay part of an aboveground storage tank law.

House Speaker Tim Miley and Senate President Jeff Kessler asked Gov.  Tomblin to call the session during next month's interim meetings. They're slated for Sept. 8-10.

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Investigation
9:36 am
Thu August 28, 2014

W.Va. PSC Chair Steps Down from Chemical Spill Probe

  The state Public Service Commission's chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a water company's response to a January chemical spill.

The Charleston Gazette reports PSC Chairman Mike Albert cited his previous work as an attorney representing West Virginia American Water in stepping down from the spill investigation.

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