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Environment
2:44 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

EPA Debuts Air Monitoring System at Freedom Spill Site

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  The Environmental Protection Agency has begun air monitoring at an industrial site in Charleston that fouled public drinking water supplies to 300,000 customers in January.

Unveiled Friday, the monitoring will be done at the Freedom Industries plant along the Elk River to determine if any chemicals are released into the air as the site is cleaned up.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the program's debut comes three weeks after the removal of more than one dozen chemical storage tanks.

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Health & Science
2:40 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

West Virginia Health Officials Preparing for Ebola

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

No Ebola cases have emerged in West Virginia, but hospitals, state health officials and residents are preparing for the worst.

West Virginia University's public affairs office sent an email this week to the entire campus community - more than 35,000 people - explaining protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those include remembering to frequently wash hands and avoiding touching blood or body fluids of sick people.

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Inside Appalachia
5:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

W.Va. Coal Miner, Ky Distiller, Former NASA Astronaut, Mill Operator, Chef and more

In this episode, we hear from Larry Mustain, who grinds heirloom corn at his family’s mill in West Virginia.

And we'll learn more about traveling along the Bourbon Whiskey Trail in Kentucky?

We'll also talk with, Jordan Bridges, a coal miner in southern West Virginia who is worried as more and more mines are laying off workers.


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Slab Fork native
4:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WV Native Bill Withers Nominated For Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

WV native Bill Withers is a nominee for the 2015 Class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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West Virginia native Bill Withers is among the first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 76-year-old Raleigh County-native was born in Slab Fork and is best known for several R&B and pop songs in the 1970s and 1980s. Those songs include "Ain't No Sunshine," ''Just the Two of Us," and "Lean on Me."

He's one of 6 of the 15 nominees for the hall's Class of 2015 announced last week that are on the ballot for the first time. Other new nominees include the punk trio Green Day, Sting and the rockers Nine Inch Nails.

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Viewpoint
11:38 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Tennant Outlines Plan for Senate, Recapping the 3rd Congressional District Debate

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant outlines her plan for West Virginia if elected to become the state's next U.S. Senator. 

We profile the Constitution Party's candidate for U.S. Senate Phil Hudok. 

Also, Jonathan Mattise of the Associated Press and Ben Fields of the Herald-Dispatch recap a debate between Rep. Nick Rahall and state Senator Evan Jenkins as they battle it out for the 3rd Congressional District.

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Election 2014
9:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Watch: The U.S. Senate Debate from West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Credit John Hale / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Watch Democrat Natalie Tennant, Libertarian Party candidate John Buckley, Constitution Party candidate Phil Hudock and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber debate for the U.S. Senate seat.

Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, who is also vying for the seat, declined an invitation to participate due to prior obligations. 

The debate is moderated by West Virginia Public Broadcasting assistant news director and statehouse reporter Ashton Marra.

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West Virginia Morning
8:15 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Revitalizing the Economy of Southern W.Va. and Studying Natural Gas

 Senate President Jeff Kessler announced the creation of SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing their Economy, Thursday. The program will send a group of senators to the southern part of the state to hear from citizens about what they can do to revitalize the area's economy.

A West Virginia transplant in Doddridge County moved here to enjoy the rural area, but soon after, saw well pads being placed within sight of her home. Now, she invites scientists, students, and even reporters to come study the health affects of the activity from her home.

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Benefits
4:45 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Same Sex Couples Are Now Covered by PEIA

A spokeswoman for the Department of Administration confirmed Thursday that married, same sex couples in West Virginia are now able to apply for coverage under the state's Public Employee Insurance Agency.

The change comes after Attorney General Patrick Morrisey decided last week to no longer defend the state's gay marriage ban in federal court. Governor Tomblin soon after released a statement directing state agencies to "take appropriate action" to make the practice legal in West Virginia, including the reprinting of marriage license applications.

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Economy
4:28 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Senate Task Force to Aid Southern W.Va. Coalfields

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Senate President Jeff Kessler is setting up a task force as part of a push to help West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields.

On Thursday, the Marshall County Democrat announced the Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy initiative, or SCORE.

The program is based off the Shaping our Appalachian Region program, which has similar goals for eastern Kentucky's hurting coalfields.

Kessler's 13-member Senate task force will look at a variety of ways to revitalize the coalfields.

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Health & Science
4:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Henry Winkler Visits with Jackson County Students About Growing Up Dyslexic

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The actor whose most famous part came as “The Fonz” on Happy Days just made a trip to West Virginia to talk to school children about growing up with dyslexia.

Henry Winkler was in Jackson County Thursday to discuss what he dealt with as a child with dyslexia and the books he now writes based on his life. The children’s novels are titled, “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever.” The novels provide a comedic way of illustrating to kids to not stop trying.

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Oil and Gas Industry
3:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

‘WV Host Farms’ Offers Researchers Birdseye View of Gas Drilling

Before/After screen capture of the Mark West Plant, a major mid-stream gas processing plant that's in the middle of construction in Doddridge County.
Credit courtesy of WV Host Farms

For a couple of years now an organization that bubbled up in Doddridge County has been teaming with scientists to try to get a better handle on the impacts of horizontal drilling and the ancillary processes that support it. WV Host Farms brings together landowners, researchers, students, and news reporters to take a close look at what is locally referred to as “ground zero” of Marcellus Shale fracking.

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Ebola Virus
12:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Kanawha Health Officer: Response to Yeager Ebola Scare Was 'Coordinated' and 'Careful'

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There were some tense moments at Yeager Airport last night.  A flight from Atlanta was delayed on the tarmac after someone on the flight overheard a conversation about Ebola in Texas.  Dr. Rahul Gupta, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department described the scene on West Virginia Public Radio this morning.

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Election 2014
11:27 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rahall Outspends Jenkins More Than 2-to-1

  Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall spent $1.2 million last quarter for his tough re-election bid, more than double what GOP opponent Evan Jenkins spent.

As political ads flooded the airwaves in the race, Jenkins spent $542,800 last quarter.

Seeking his 20th term, Rahall raised $487,200 from July through September and had $381,700 cash left. Jenkins, a state senator, raised $307,200 and had $461,400 in his campaign account.

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News
8:54 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Four Sickened While Handling Bag at Charleston Airport

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  Yeager Airport has reopened following a hazardous material incident that sickened four workers.

Airport director Rick Atkinson tells media outlets that four Delta Global Services employees were exposed to an unknown substance while handling a bag in the Charleston airport's baggage area.

He says the workers experienced shortness of breath and developed what appeared to be a rash. Two drove themselves to a Charleston hospital, where they were decontaminated. The other workers were decontaminated at the airport.

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West Virginia University
8:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Are W. Va. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

On West Virginia Morning, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department joins Beth Vorhees to talk about hospital preparations to handle contagious diseases.  And part 2 of Roxy Todd’s report about a special heirloom cornmeal that one chef uses for his Italian polenta.  A report from the kitchen.

Appetite Appalachia
7:57 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Bloody Butcher Corn: From Field to Fork-Making Fresh Polenta at Cafe Cimino

Tim Urbanic's breakfast of Bloody Butcher Polenta (similar to grits), fried ham, cucumbers, and an omelet
Credit Roxy Todd

It's early morning around 6 am, and I'm standing with Chef Tim Urbanic in the kitchen of the Cafe Cimino Country Inn. Tim grew up in western Pennsylvania in a coal camp, and his mother, Julia Cimino, was a first generation Italian immigrant from Calabria.

“The polenta was a staple in our family. This is a polenta that I've known all my life, since I was a little kid. We add to this Romano cheese, fresh butter, and then we use water for the base.”

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American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape
6:36 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Fiesta Dinnerware Still Made in America - Thanks to W.Va. Company

Fiesta settings are displayed at the Homer Laughlin China Co. showroom at the company's headquarters in Newell, W.Va. The line currently has 15 colors.
Credit Ross Mantle / NPR

  You may not know the name Homer Laughlin, a china factory in Newell, W.Va., but you'd likely recognize — or have eaten off of — its most famous product: brightly colored, informal pottery called Fiesta.

While most of America's china factories have closed, unable to compete with "made in China" or Japan or Mexico, Homer Laughlin, which set up shop on the banks of the Ohio River in 1873, is still going strong. It employs about 1,000 people.

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WVU Sports
4:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Mountaineers Looking for Improved Effort

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As College Basketball Season nears, West Virginia University Head Coach Bob Huggins is hoping his team can take a step towards the top of the Big 12 Conference.

A year after finishing with 17 wins and 16 losses and a first round loss to Georgetown in the National Invitational Tournament, West Virginia University Basketball hopes with several new players things are better this season. The Mountaineers finished 6th in the Big 12 last season and are picked to finish in the same spot, sixth, according to the Big 12 preseason poll.

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Inside Appalachia
3:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Author Homer Hickam Visits His Home State

Homer Hickam at the 2014 Appalachian Heritage Festival at Shepherd University.
Credit Cecelia Mason / Shepherd University

Every October, author and West Virginia native, Homer Hickam, makes a trip home to West Virginia for the annual Rocket Boys festival in Beckley…but he also makes a point to stop in on his hometown of Coalwood in McDowell County during his visit. 

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Higher Education
2:34 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Number of CTC Degrees Awarded in W.Va. Growing

WVCTC Chancellor James Skidmore discusses the community and technical college system with the state Board of Education.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia has announced more than 4,500 degrees were awarded during the 2013-2014 school year.

Between 2009 and 2014, the number of certificate degrees awarded in the state more than doubled from 539 to 1,476.

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