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Civil Rights
3:29 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Civil Rights Activist visits Marshall as part of Constitution Week

  Civil Rights Activist Joan C. Browning visited Marshall this week as part of constitution week. The Freedom Rider told her story on the 50th anniversary of the rides.

Joan C. Browning was a Freedom Rider. The Riders were a group of men and women who boarded buses and trains headed for the Deep South in 1961 to test the 1960 Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in interstate public facilities. What makes Browning’s perspective different though is that she’s Caucasian.

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Affrilachia
1:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

West Virginians are encouraged to read Kentucky Poet Laureate’s book

Frank X. Walker

The West Virginia Library Commission is hoping folks across the state will read Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker’s book Affrilachia.  The book is this year’s choice for the One Book, One West Virginia program.

During an appearance at the Martinsburg Berkeley County Public Library Wednesday morning Walker read Clifton 1, the first poem in the book. It tells the story of Walker and his father visiting Clifton, Ky., where his father grew up.

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WV Morning
12:04 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

West Virginia Morning - Sept. 26, 2013

Linda Powers is featured on this episode of West Virginia Morning as part of a preview for 'Inspiring West Virginians'.
Credit Jean Snedegar

On this West Virginia Morning, medical marijuana is the topic of discussion during legislative interims, Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker and the final preview of this season's 'Inspiring West Virginians.'

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Miners representative education tool
11:31 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Miners, know your rights

A mine safety law that’s been on the books since 1977 was intended to give miners the ability to report problems without retribution. This is a law that’s rarely been used and often when it has  managers and not working miners serve as the representatives.

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News
11:08 am
Thu September 26, 2013

WV state seal turns 150

The front or obverse of West Virginia's official state seal.
Credit wikimedia

The official state seal is 150 years old today.

On September 26, 1863 lawmakers in the newly formed State of West Virginia adopted the State Seal designed by Joseph Hubert Diss Debar of Doddridge County.

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Legislature
9:24 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Will West Virginia legalize medical marijuana?

Credit Flickr / eggrole

After three failed attempts to get a bill passed that would make marijuana available to those who would benefit from its medicinal properties, Del. Mike Manypenny (D-Taylor) continues to press on.

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Statehouse
5:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

State falling short in revenue collections for FY 2014

Director of the State Budget Office Mike McKown , Secretary of revenue Bob Kiss and Deputy Secretary Mark Muchow update the Joint Committee on Finance on the state's budget in the House Chambers.
Credit Ashton Marra

Newly appointed Secretary of Revenue Bob Kiss and members of his department presented an overview of last year’s budget to lawmakers. Legislators scrutinized the governor’s last minute decision to cut almost $18 million from Medicaid to balance the budget at the end of the last fiscal year, but they were also given some crucial insight into the revenue numbers for this year.

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Public Education
2:01 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

WVEA wants higher salaries from lawmakers

The state’s largest teacher’s union announced a new initiative pushing for a competitive salary for teachers and school personnel. Union leaders call the pay increase the next step in improving public education and student achievement across West Virginia.

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WV Morning
11:37 am
Wed September 25, 2013

West Virginia Morning - Sept. 25, 2013

On this WV Morning, the storyteller behind The Butler tells his tale. Also, Ashton Marra reports about legislators' and educators' concerns over the undeveloped work force in the state. AND: Rodney Barges, field biologist, keeps the wild in WV.   

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Statehouse
10:53 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Legislative audit shows state purchasing laws not followed

Legislative auditors told an interim legislative committee the state's $38 million expansion of a statewide microwave communications network ignored West Virginia purchasing laws. Legislative leaders say they’re committed to reviewing the purchase process to prevent future misconduct.

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Books & Film
12:55 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Former W.Va. reporter sparks national interest in 'The Butler'

Former Charleston Gazette reporter Wil Haygood uncovered the story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who worked under eight presidencies. Haygood was covering the 2008 presidential campaign for The Washington Post when he discovered Allen's story. It has since been developed into a major motion picture and Haygood has written a book about Allen.
Credit Courtesy Photo

In most cases, a novel or biography inspires a film. But for journalist and author Wil Haygood, the sequence has been dramatically different.  A November 7th, 2008 article by Haygood in The Washington Post inspired the Lee Daniels film The Butler and then Haygood went back to write the book, The Butler: A Witness to History.            

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Statehouse
9:51 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Educators want lawmakers to focus on preparing students for future careers

Republican state leaders have been arguing for years that the state tax rates are preventing businesses from bringing jobs to West Virginia. Projected growth shows that while they may not come at the same rate those lawmakers want to see, jobs will come as the national economy turns around. There’s another factor, however, that’s starting to worry educators when it comes to the state’s economic future. And that’s the number of highly skilled workers ready to fill those positions.

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Statehouse
9:44 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

DHHR Secretary stays focused on filling 600+ vacancies

In her first appearance before legislators, Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling said the department is not yet prepared to release a detailed response to a performance review completed earlier this year. Instead, she shared some generalizations about major issues the department is trying to address. The biggest of those issues is hiring and retaining the necessary personnel to run the state’s largest agency.

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Podcast
3:37 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

West Virginia 150: Commemorating Statehood

The West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston on the state's 150th birthday.
Beth Vorhees WV Public Radio

June 20, 2013 · West Virginia is the only state in the Union that was created as a direct result of the Civil War. When war broke out in 1861 and Virginia seceded from the Union, some living in that state’s western regions saw it as an opportunity to break away and create a new state.

 

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WV Morning
10:04 am
Tue September 24, 2013

West Virginia Morning - Sept. 24, 2013

On this WV Morning, high school seniors are reporting feeling inadequate when it comes to college preparedness, the Great Ohio River Relay runs through Huntington, and more.

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Envrionmental
5:22 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Anti-fracking group rallies in Huntington near Ohio River

Members of Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Wheeling Water Warriors hold a rally in Huntington.

  Members of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition hosted a rally Monday morning in Huntington. 

  Their effort focuses on shedding light on the transfer of waste water on barges.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition hosted a group from the northern panhandle called the Wheeling Water Warriors. This group of Wheeling Warriors organized after a waste water treatment plant was proposed to be built near Wheeling. Since then they have led a charge that includes organizing The Great Ohio River Relay.

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News
4:50 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

New Collection Explores 'Classic Appalachian Blues'

Originally published on Sat May 15, 2010 6:32 pm

Blues fans have long looked to the Mississippi Delta or Chicago for a taste of authentic Americana, but a new compilation draws attention to another region: Appalachia. Classic Appalachian Blues, from Smithsonian Folkways, features acoustic finger-style blues assembled by music professor Barry Lee Pearson and archivist Jeff Place.

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Education
4:08 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

WVU Solar Decathlon Team begins California competition

WVU Solar Decathlon Team
Credit West Virginia University

The West Virginia University Solar Decathlon team is waking up this morning in California, beginning its preparations for the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition. WVU is one of a handful of schools from around the world that’s competing.

The team is taking 29 people, including students, to spend several weeks competing in this event. The teams will be taking on Herculean tasks, so to speak, by building a home in a week, complete with several energy saving amenities, before being judged on its contents.

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Higher Education
1:26 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Tabled report: How many high school seniors feel college bound?

Chancellor Paul Hill

Lawmakers delayed hearing a report from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Monday that showed only half of the state’s graduating seniors felt academically prepared to go on to college.

Chancellor Paul Hill was scheduled to present the report to the Legislative Oversight Committee on Education Accountability Monday, but the item was pushed until next month’s legislative interims because of time.

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News
1:24 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Photos: Mountain Stage Celebrates 30 years at Americana Conference

Credit Dave Mistich

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage celebrated 30 years of live performance radio at the Americana Music Association's Conference in Nashville last week. Host Larry Groce and Producer Adam Harris were joined by singer-songwriters Tim O'Brien, Kim Richey and Chip Taylor for a special panel to discuss the show's history and its impact on American music and culture.

Here are a few images taken during the hour-long panel, which featured discussion and performances: 

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