Robert Sharpe Productions, Before the Mountain was Moved

In honor of National Service Week and the 50th Anniversary of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), this week we're looking back to the stories of some of the first VISTA volunteers who came to West Virginia.

And we’ll catch a sneak peek from a new documentary about former U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, who was himself a young volunteer who came to work in West Virginia during the 1960s. “And I kept a diary every day which I didn’t read for 50 years, it was sort of like a sacred document to me. In reading that, I realized how much I grew, how I changed, how much they did, the people of Emmons, to make me who I believe I am.”

Zion Episcopal Church

Civil Rights activist Ruby Sales is coming to Charles Town Saturday to speak to the community and open up a dialogue on racism and injustice.

Hard times have come yet again to the coalfields of West Virginia -- massive layoffs, big cuts in production. The coal severance tax is down by about half in many coal counties.

That's what we're talking about this week on “The Front Porch”, our podcast where we bring together people with diverse views and backgrounds to see where we can find common ground.

Richwood, W.Va.
Create W.Va.

An old lot in Richwood may soon become a park featuring trellises with solar panels.

The state Supreme Court has appointed a three-judge panel to hear a petition to remove Parkersburg mayor Robert Newell from office.

The court on Friday appointed circuit judges Omar Aboulhosn of Mercer County, Lawrance Miller Jr. of Preston County and Joanna Tabit of Kanawha County to hear the petition filed earlier this week. The petition was filed by Wood County Republican Party chairman Rob Cornelius on behalf of a group of residents.

Greenbrier Co. CBOC
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is asking the federal government to provide a mobile clinic or temporary space for one that would serves veterans in West Virginia and Virginia.

The West Virginia Democrat made the request in a letter Friday to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald. Manchin asked for the assistance until air quality issues are fixed at the Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Maxwelton.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the sale of $134 million in state Road Fund bonds will save West Virginia $26 million, most of which will go into road projects.

In a news release Friday, the governor said selling the bonds will save about $26 million in interest payments.

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A West Virginia official says Procter & Gamble's planned factory in Berkeley County will be bigger than originally envisioned.

The maker of Tide detergent and Charmin bathroom tissue announced in February that the $500 million plant in the Tabler Station Business Park near Martinsburg would employ 700 workers when it opens in 2017.


The governing board for West Virginia's community colleges has approved tuition increases for three institutions.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the Community and Technical College System's board on Thursday approved increases of almost 8 percent at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, 10 percent at Weest Virginia Northern Community College and slightly more than 10 percent for West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

On West Virginia Morning, citizens in Monroe County are concerned that a proposed natural gas pipeline comes too close to an historic hotel.  And Randy Newman performs the Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

How to catch a flash sale before it's over

22 hours ago
Eliza Mills

Whether it's a coupon arriving in your inbox, a time-limited Groupon offer or a tweet alerting you to a right-in-the-moment quickie deal, we've entered an era of instant retail. In other words, flash sales.

Valerie Folkes, marketing professor at USC's Marshall School of Business, says although it may seem counter-intuitive, flash sales can make sense for merchants. Advertising is changing as retailers adapt to new media and younger consumers migrate away from more traditional outlets like TV, commercial radio and newspapers.

Your Wallet: Invisible money

22 hours ago

The money you hide away: Do you bury it in the back yard? Stuff it in a mattress, or maybe stash it in a 401k?

Tell us where you keep your money! Does it work? We promise, we won't give away any super specific secret hiding places.

Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter @MarketplaceWKND to give us the scoop.

HBO's Silicon Valley nails VC deal details

Apr 17, 2015
Paddy Hirsch

If you’re not watching HBO's "Silicon Valley," it may be because you think it’s a weekly half hour of puerile, sexist drivel about a bunch of nerds blundering their way up the most elitist food chain on earth. And you may be right about that. But if you’re not watching, you’re missing one of the most vivid, granular and entertaining explainers out there of the way venture capital works.

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The Monroe County Landmarks Commission recently submitted a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC. The group opposes the latest proposed route for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which cuts very close to a historic mineral springs hotel.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was joined by lawmakers and patient advocacy groups from across the state at the Capitol Thursday for the ceremonial signing of two healthcare related bills.

Senate Bill 366 creates the Patient Protection and Transparency Act which offers protections to people who sign up for insurance through a federal health care exchange website.

Tomblin also signed House Bill 2100 known as the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act.

John Nakashima
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Two staff members at West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) have received awards related to telling West Virginia’s story in their roles as documentarians, reporters and producers.  

John Nakashima, and Suzanne Higgins, both senior producers have been honored by the social workers of West Virginia, and the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters Association (VAPB) respectively.

David McKinley, member of US House of Representatives, March 2012
United States Congress

While considering a bid for governor, Republican Congressman David McKinley added almost $154,000 to his federal campaign account to start the year.

On Wednesday, McKinley and West Virginia's freshman Republican congressmen posted six-figure hauls from January through March.

Stephanie Petersen

Volunteerism is a strong part of West Virginia culture- neighbors helping neighbors in times of disaster.

A new study released this month says  West Virginia has the 5th largest number of people signing up to join AmeriCorps. Those volunteers serve in West Virginia and across the country.  

Smile! We're analyzing how you're feeling using videos

Apr 16, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Mukta Mohan

The advertising world spends a lot of money trying to make you feel something. They want to make you laugh, cry, feel hungry, even. Anything to sell their products and build brand loyalty. However, tracking whether or not their commercials are working is hard to do. A company called Affectiva says it can help by using video footage to collect emotional data.

Marketplace for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015