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Bayer CropScience says it plans to sell its Institute Industrial Park to Union Carbide. But the company will continue to operate its thiodicarb unit at the site as a tenant.

Terms of the transaction announced Monday weren't disclosed.

Bayer says in a statement to media outlets that the plant's operations, including utilities and security, will be transferred to Union Carbide in a phased turnover. Union Carbide is expected to assume full operation of the site by mid-2016.

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Groups working to preserve a 180-year-old pavilion in Greenbrier County have surpassed their fundraising goal.

The Greenbrier Historical Society and Friends of The Blue launched a Kickstarter campaign in February to raise $25,000. WVVA-TV reports that the campaign raised $27,000.

West Virginia students will take a new online standardized test this year that's based on the national Common Core standards.

The testing window for the Smarter Balanced Assessment begins next week and runs through June 24. Counties and schools will set their own testing schedules.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Dr. Suzanne Cole, the staff oncologist at the Charleston Area Medical Center.  Dr. Cole’s work is featured in a new television documentary premiering tonight on PBS called “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”  We’ll also hear a clip from the documentary  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


Local Food Local Places working group of representatives from federal, regional, state, and local organizations tour Wheeling.
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Momentum continues to mount behind local food and local economic development efforts in the Northern panhandle. Wheeling was one of the top picks in a national Local Foods, Local Places Competition. As a result, local organizations are receiving technical assistance from multiple state and federal agencies to help capitalize on the growing demand for local foods.  Meetings with federal agency representatives began last week.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — For the second straight year, West Virginia Public Broadcasting won the Outstanding News Operation award among metropolitan radio stations. Another Charlottesville station, WINA-AM, won it among non-metropolitan stations.

Meanwhile, Charlottesville station WVIR-TV won Outstanding News Operation of the Virginias for small market television, while Charleston station WCHS-TV took home the honor for large market television in the 2015 Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters Awards.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Suzanne Higgins, longtime producer and reporter at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is the recipient of the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters' Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is given annually by the VAPB to an individual who has made significant contributions to news reporting, management, or education in West Virginia broadcasting for at least 20 years.

Higgins is a senior producer of news and public Affairs for WVPB. She has produced full-length programs and smaller news and feature stories for both television and radio.

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Overall, West Virginia continues to see a decline in population since 2012. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that, while the state's population grew from 2010 (1,854,176)  to 2012 (1,856,313) the state has seen a drop-off in consecutive years since--with the last estimate from July 1, 2014 putting West Virginia's population at 1,850,326.

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In this episode: Appalachians who love their land and their mountain homes. But history reveals some unsettling stories about some Appalachians who were forced off their land in the 1930s to make room for the Shenandoah National Park. 

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Citing technical errors, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill letting public entities accept private donations to display the phrase "In God We Trust" on their buildings.

The bill would have required the State Building Commission to develop guidelines for displaying the national motto and the POW-MIA flag.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed two education bills Thursday, one meant to give some teachers a pay raise and another to put some restrictions on the state Board of Education when they take over a county school system.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill that would scale back the Above Ground Storage Tank Act and lessen the number of tanks under state scrutiny.

The 2014 law was approved after a chemical leak tainted the drinking water supply for 300,000 people in the Kanawha Valley.

A Kentucky man has been charged in West Virginia with defrauding the federal Veteran's Affairs Disability Compensation Program.

On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly talks with the Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission about the region’s progress over the last 50 years.  And Jim Lange profiles jazz guitarist Ryan Kennedy who is releasing his first solo CD tonight.  Kennedy is a member of the Mountain Stage band. 

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


The Appalachian Regional Commission was created as part of the War on Poverty, declared by Lyndon B. Johnson in Appalachia in 1964.

Earlier this week Senator Shelley Moore Capito, along with other federal representatives, introduced legislation that would reauthorize the Appalachian Regional Commission. The announcement comes on the heels of a report evaluating the progress of the Commission after 50 years. 

Dr. Suzanne M. Cole, a hematologist and oncologist, knows she’s not always going to win the battle with cancer.

“Healing is not always about eternal life. Healing is helping people to have a good death. There’s some kind of healing in that too,” Cole says in the documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," March 30 - Apr. 1 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

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  When Ryan Kennedy picks up a guitar, people pay attention. Kennedy has released his debut CD titled Something to Say– a collection of nine original compositions. The 34-year-old Berklee School of Music trained Charleston native is a member of both the Bob Thompson Unit and the Mountain Stage Band.

The Ryan Kennedy Trio will be performing at his CD release party – Friday, March 27 at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 702 Quarrier St, in Charleston at 8 p.m.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito, along with other federal representatives, introduced legislation that would reauthorize the Appalachian Regional Commission. The announcement comes on the heels of a report evaluating the progress of the Commission after 50 years.

On West Virginia Morning, West Virginia and West Virginia State universities are partnering with others to bring a presidential debate to Charleston in 2016. Ashton Marra has more about that.  And Clark Davis previews tonight's Sweet 16 matchup between the Mountaineers and the Kentucky Wildcats.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.


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West Virginia State Police have captured a Pennsylvania man who escaped from a state psychiatric hospital.

State police say 30-year-old Rocco Zuccaro of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, was found late Wednesday night hiding in tall grass near a natural gas facility in the McWhorter area of Harrison County.

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