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It can be pretty tough to be a young person in Appalachia. There’s a lot of love for our region in the younger generation, too. So some younger people are making their own opportunities. Hear from people in their teens and 20s who are creating art and music here and listen to their ideas and dreams for Appalachia.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin welcomed 23 governors from across the country to West Virginia for the National Governors Association's summer meeting at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs Friday.

Over the course of two days, governors will hold meetings focused on a variety of topics NGA Chair and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said many states deal with: economic development, health care, workforce development and education.

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Dr. Donald Rasmussen, an internal medicine specialist who helped spark the 1969 Black Lung Strike, died on Thursday. He was 87.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that throughout the 1960s, Rasmussen became involved in groundbreaking research about black lung, a sometimes-fatal disease caused by inhaling coal dust.

Sen. Joe Manchin and the acting administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration will meet with state and local officials to discuss rail safety.

Manchin and Sarah Feinberg will hear Friday from military representatives, first responders and industry representatives. The venue will be the Center for National Response, a former highway tunnel in eastern Kanawha County that is used for anti-terrorism activities and other drills.

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Former Yeager Airport executive director Rick Atkinson has been named city manager of South Charleston.

Media outlets report Atkinson began his new job on Wednesday, two days after he resigned after 16 years as the airport's executive director.

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Charleston is considering ending a rule that allows residents to use recycling bins instead of clear plastic bags the city provides.

The Charleston Gazette reports bins were allowed last year. Residents have not had to separate their recyclable items since June 2014.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from Harpers Ferry.  The popular historic town was badly damaged by a large fire yesterday.  Also, we visit Davis and Elkins College for Irish Week at the Augusta Heritage Center.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


Over the past century, Charleston’s two newspapers brought down corrupt politicians, exposed injustice, and served as West Virginia’s first draft of history.

And now, the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail are joining into one newspaper. Why is this happening, and what does it mean for West Virginians?

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30-Mile Meal Huntington

As Huntington's Hot Dog Festival approaches, the members of 30-Mile Meal in the city are set to unveil their West Virginia Dog, a product they say perfect symbolizes their work with the surrounding community. 

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The U.S. attorney in Louisville says an Internet drug company operating in West Virginia has agreed to forfeit $450,000 from the illegal sale of prescription drugs as part of a guilty plea.

The plea agreement says Aracoma Drug Co. electronically received invalid prescriptions from NationalRXRPartners for prescription drugs to be dispensed to people who filled out questionnaires over the Internet.

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West Virginia's Green Bank Telescope is one half of an international team searching for intelligent life in the universe.

The partnership was announced this week by an entrepreneur and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. The 10-year, $100 million initiative will use the Pocahontas County telescope and the Parkes Telescope in Australia — the two most powerful telescopes in the world.

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Harpers Ferry Mayor Gregory Vaughn says an early morning fire has devastated the historic town's commercial area.

Vaughn says the fire destroyed seven to eight businesses housed in one building. An adjacent restaurant sustained substantial damage. No one was injured.

A Murray Energy subsidiary has been cited by federal regulators for an accident that killed one worker and injured three others at a mine in Marshall County.

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says McElroy Coal. Co. didn't adequately support the roof, face and walls where miners work or travel.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Governor Tomblin about hosting the National Governors Association summer meeting at the Greenbrier.  The conference opens today.  And Roxy Todd tells us the story of Rabbit Jones, and the nightclub scene in segregated Charleston.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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The 1930s, 40s, and 50s in Charleston- before the decline in mining jobs caused many African Americans to leave Kanawha County- those years were electric with music that could be found throughout the city on almost any night of the week. That’s what Hubert "Rabbit" Jones remembers.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show, says he means it this time: He's retiring.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."

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A much anticipated alternative for addiction recovery is now a reality in southern West Virginia. The Four Seasons Recovery Center in Mercer County is part of the West Virginia Justice Reinvestment Act. 

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West Virginia’s 55 schools districts can now apply for state funding to help combat excessive absences in public schools.

 

The West Virginia Department of Education is accepting applications from county boards of education for funding to hire a local truancy diversion specialist.

Those county level specialists will work directly with students who have the highest number of absences, providing them individual attention to get them back in the classroom.

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The Cabell-Huntington Health department played host to a two-day training session this week. Its goal: to help local health officials get acquainted with conducting a syringe exchange program. 

The first of two trainings conducted by the Harm Reduction Coalition of New York City focused on why a syringe exchange program is right for the Huntington area. The program will allow addicts to exchange their old syringes for new ones.  

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E-filing is expanded again, now to its third county in the state.

West Virginia Judiciary’s Unified Electronic Filing System, or e-filing for short, started in Marion County in August 2013, and then in April of this year, it expanded for the first time to Jefferson County. On Tuesday, it expanded again to Monroe County.

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