Aquatic Life
7:23 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

DNR Officials Continue to Study Fatal Fish Disease

Columnaris disease can be fatal for fish. West Virginia has had fish kills due to outbreaks of the disease.
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Columnaris Disease. It’s an illness affecting aquatic life in West Virginia. While it can be fatal, Division of Natural Resources officials are trying to stop it from spreading to more waters in the state.

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Natural Gas Drilling
5:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Energy Corporation of America Won't Pursue UIC Project In Preston Co.

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Energy Corporation of America says they won't be planning to put an underground injection well in Preston County, following months of investigation into the project by the company.

ECA was looking to turn an old natural gas well near Masontown into a Class II Underground Injection Well. That would have essentially taken water from hydraulic fracturing processes and injected it in the ground there.

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Constitutional Powers
3:42 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Does W.Va.'s Governor Have Too Much Power?

Gov. Tomblin signed a ceremonial bill after the completion of the 2014 legislative session.
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Part one of a three part series.

The question of gubernatorial power in West Virginia was forced into the spotlight after two decisions by Governor Tomblin following the 2014 legislative session; two vetoes, to be more specific. Now lawmakers, the Governor’s Office and even the Attorney General are trying to figure out what’s next for these rejected bills.

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Inside Appalachia
2:41 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Spring Kindergarten Roundup, Seed Sharing, Young W.Va. Poet

Listen here for the April 19 & 20, 2014 edition of Inside Appalachia.

On Inside Appalachia this week, a small program in Appalachia is trying to help childcare providers save for retirement.  We go to the West Virginia Pipe Trades Apprentice Contest in Wheeling and seed sharing in Pennsylvania -- it's one way to make gardening more fun and affordable.

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West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Documents Strengthen Legislative Veto Override, W.Va.'s Professor of the Year, Mountain Stage Music

Historical documents seem to strengthen some Republican lawmakers' case that the Legislature has the ultimate power to override a gubernatorial veto. West Virginia's Professor of the Year for 2013 is an English teacher at Marshall University who has a unique style, and John Gorka performs "Give Us Back Our Water" in the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Chemical Leak
8:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

W.Va. Tourism Budget Doubling After Chemical Leak

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West Virginia is expanding its tourism funding in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from the January chemical spill in the Elk River that spurred a water-use ban for days.

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Child Nutrition
7:56 am
Fri April 18, 2014

W.Va. Expands Women and Children Nutrition Program

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says a program intended to keep mothers and their young children healthy has raised its income eligibility guidelines.

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Paranormal Experiences
1:15 am
Fri April 18, 2014

W.Va. Ghost Story Archive Calls For Submissions

Haunted Farm House
Credit is an archive of WV ghost stories, and they're looking for more submissions.

Jonathan Moore of Pax, W.Va. started collecting WV ghost stories nearly 15 years ago because, well, he kept hearing them.

“Neighbors would just be telling me about their stories, and stories within Pax and I decided to take those stories and gather more from other people around WV in order to develop an archive for WV, for other people to read and share their experiences,” said Moore.

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Gun Ordinance
3:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Morrisey Files Motion to Dismiss Charleston Gun Lawsuit

Attorney General Patrick Morissey testifying before a Senate committee earlier this year.
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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed motions to intervene in and dismiss a Kanawha County Circuit Court case challenging a new state gun control law.

The bill passed during this year’s legislative session strives to make gun ordinances uniform across the state.

In a release, Morrisey said the case should be dismissed because the City of Charleston did not name a defendant. Instead, the city is asking the circuit court judge to rule on the "validity" and "construction" of the new law.

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2:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

New River Bald Eagle Hit by Train and Vehicle Dies

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A female bald eagle that nested in the New River Gorge has died from injuries suffered last month when she was hit by a train and later by a vehicle.  Three Rivers Avian Center executive director Wendy Perrone says the eagle, named Streaky, was euthanized Monday after she failed to regain the use of her legs and her liver shut down.

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Higher Education
11:21 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Marshall Professor Named 2013 Professor of the Year

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A Marshall University English Professor has been named the 2013 Professor of the Year in the state.

Kateryna Schray is an English Professor in the Marshall University College of Liberal Arts. She’s been named the 2013 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation. Each year the Faculty Merit Foundation honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. Schray said her students were supportive and happy for her after her award. She said she’s just not sure she’s deserving because she still has a ways to go.

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Recovers from Finances
8:30 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Theatre W.Va. Will Return for 54th Season

A production of Theatre W.Va.'s "Hatfields and McCoys."
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Theatre West Virginia is preparing to return for its 54th season following a shutdown caused by financial problems.

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West Virginia Morning
8:03 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Lawmaker: Legislators are Ceding Power to Governor, The Mysterious Tradition of Salt Rising Bread

One state lawmaker says the balance of power in the state has been shifting toward the office of governor for decades as legislators slowly cede their powers to the office, and the tradition of salt rising bread in Appalachia is slowly being forgotten, but two Pennsylvania women are trying to change that. They're making sure people remember not just the history, but also the science behind the food.

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Healthy Food Options
7:56 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Reasearch Center Working to Create Food Hubs in W.Va.

The food hubs would help connect retailers with local growers selling Appalachian grown and produced products similar to the way farmers markets are able to pull in people looking for local goods. This farmers market is in Bridgeport.
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An Upshur County research center is examining the idea of creating "food hubs" in West Virginia.

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Appalahian Cuisine
10:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Salt Rising Bread: An Appalachian Tradition of Longing and Wild Microbes

Salt Rising Bread, an enigmatic yeastless Appalachian soul food that inspires fond memories of grandmothers.
Credit Susan Brown and Jenny Bardwell

Salt Rising Bread is an Appalachian traditional bread made without yeast. It’s a baking custom that can be traced back to the 1800s. But not much has been documented about the bread or its history, so two women in Mt. Morris, Pa., began a quest to understand the hows and whys behind a tradition that seems to captivate anyone who catches wind of it. Bakers Jenny Bardwell and Susan Brown have been researching the bread for 20 years.

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9:57 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cars on Coal Train En Route to Va. Derail in W.Va.


  Crews are cleaning up after a dozen cars of a coal train destined for export from Virginia derailed in southern West Virginia. A spokesman for Norfolk Southern Corp. says the cars derailed late Tuesday in Rock, which is located in Mercer County. The 12 cars were among 180 being hauled to Norfolk to be exported.

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9:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Are New Regulations Tough Enough to Prevent Another West Virginia Chemical Spill?

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra and The New Yorker's Evan Osnos spoke with Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour about January's Elk River chemical spill. Both Marra and Osnos field questions about whether or not the spill has changed the paradigm in relation to the politics of industry in the state and whether or not recently passed legislation will prevent a similar event in the future.
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Natural Resources
1:55 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Harrison Co. Residents Busted for Possession of Too Many Trout

Color Plate Brook Trout from American Fishes by Goode and Gill (1903)

Two Harrison County residents have been fined for exceeding the state's trout possession limit following the discovery of more than 300 trout in their home.

The individual limit for possessing trout is 12.

The Division of Natural Resources says 70-year-old Michael Earl Fetty and 46-year-old Tammy K. Fetty of Wallace caught trout in Curtisville Lake and Huey Run Lake nearly daily. The trout were kept in a freezer in their home.

DNR officers discovered 321 trout in the home last month during an investigation.

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Chemical Leak
1:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

W.Va. Official: $2 Million in Chemical Spill Costs Reimbursable

A West Virginia homeland security official thinks responders for a Jan. 9 chemical spill into the water supply could receive $2 million in federal help.
Homeland security official Greg Myers says the estimate covers state and local agencies, and select nonprofits, like volunteer fire departments. He says the total could grow.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Two W.Va.-based Boy Scouts Councils Plan Merger

Boy Scouts sit under pipe at 2012 Nation Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Mt. Hope, W.Va.
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Two West Virginia-based Boy Scouts of America councils are planning to merge.

Members of the Huntington-based Tri-State Area Council and the Charleston-based Buckskin Council will vote on whether to approve the merger on May 29.
Tri-State Area Council serves parts of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Buckskin Council serves the majority of West Virginia, and parts of Virginia and Kentucky.

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