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Isabella Scafidi

As a young man Steve Scafidi hungered "for something like magnificence." Or so he explained when asked by Marc Harshman how he came to writing poetry. 

"I found it reading aloud some Walt Whitman one evening and I never quit," Scafidi said in conversation with Harshman. "I remember thinking to myself, 'my life is changing here but don't make a big deal out of this -- just follow the thread of it.' And I did."

Scafidi is a cabinet maker in the Eastern Panhandle. He encourages aspiring writers to do more than write, so that metaphors may be discovered and writing enriched with life.

He was a featured poet in the Wheeling Poetry Series. He spoke with Harshman and delivered some of his published poems. 

Huntington wins America's Best Communities comp
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The city of Huntington is the first place winner of America’s Best Communities competition. The announcement came Wednesday night. Huntington officials in Denver, Colorado, received a $3 million award to be used on local revitalization efforts.

Huntington was one of the 8 finalists last April and has already received $100,000.

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Gov. Jim Justice signed a law Wednesday making West Virginia the 29th state to allow the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.

The law lets doctors prescribe cannabis to patients who are terminally ill or have seizures, cancer, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, AIDS and other specified conditions.

Charleston Civic Center Renovation
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A new change order has brought costs for the Charleston Civic Center expansion project up to nearly $93.6 million.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Charleston City Council approved the $1.2 million change order Monday.

A nursery where drug-affected babies are treated at Lily’s Place in Huntington, W.Va.
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Marshall University is hoping to expand Huntington's services for babies born addicted to drugs by adding a comprehensive center that would follow babies to kindergarten.

The Herald Dispatch reports that creators of the plan met Monday with Rep. Evan Jenkins to discuss the program. Jenkins pledged his support during the meeting.

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Repair efforts are underway at a Wheeling stadium after a large concrete panel fell from the seating area.

Media outlets report that contractors were using a crane to remove a panel they found damaged Friday at Wheeling Island Stadium. Upon the panel's removal, an adjacent panel came loose and fell to the ground.

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West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since November 2008.

WorkForce West Virginia says the rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 4.9 percent in March. The number of unemployed residents fell by 2,300 to 38,100.

WVU Rifle athletes taught fans the basic of competitive shooting at their rifle range in Morgantown.
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West Virginia University will host the NCAA rifle national championships in two years.

The NCAA announced Tuesday that the university will host the event in Morgantown on March 8 and 9 in 2019. It marks the first time that WVU will be the host site for an NCAA championship final.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear the first in our series “The Struggle to Stay” with a profile of a young Lincoln County man and learn his story about choosing to stay home and make his living here.

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

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Warren Zevon was a beloved cult hero in the world of rock music. Born in Chicago but raised on the West Coast, Zevon began his music career as a classical piano student before broadening his admiration of Stravinsky to The Everly Brothers and other folk and pop icons.

Zevon’s stoic vocals and gallows songwriting led to critical acclaim and popular success, eventually leading to his 1978 hit “Werewolves of London.” Although he could certainly be “Mr. Bad Example,” Zevon was an artist’s artist, one that we were proud to welcome twice to the Mountain Stage

Huntington America's Best Community FInalist
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The city of Huntington will find out later today (Wednesday) if it’s one of the Best Communities in the country.

Last April, Huntington was announced as a finalist for the America’s Best Communities competition. The year-long event will wrap up Wednesday with the top 8 cities giving a final presentation in Denver, Colorado. The winner will be announced at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has two new members.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday the appointments of Deborah Sullivan and Joseph Wallace to the board.

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A young mom – we’ll call her Patient A – is sitting on a couch holding her infant son at Karen’s Place, the newest in-patient treatment program for pregnant women in Louisa, Kentucky.

She smiles down at the healthy infant in her arms, then begins to talk about her older son – now 2½.

“He was actually born addicted,” she said.

DuPont's Washington Works
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Critics say DuPont has spent too little on testing Ohio and West Virginia residents for contamination from a chemical used to make Teflon, while paying millions to a lawyer overseeing the testing program.

The Columbus Dispatch reports DuPont spent about $860,000 on testing over a 2 ½-year period for contamination from the chemical used to make Teflon at its Washington Works plant, along the Ohio River.

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A Kanawha County man has admitted in federal court that he stole a box of checks and other mail from the Elkview area.

34-year-old Jason Lee Spradling of Pinch pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possessing a large quantity of stolen mail.

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West Virginia officials say there have been more than 30 complaints of sexual abuse, neglect and other issues against a nursing company from 2012 to 2016.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the complaints were confirmed by the West Virginia Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification against ResCare, which often provides care for people with physical and mental disabilities.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton has a special story about how to treat pregnant women who are addicted to drugs.

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

Rose Cousins
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In 2007, Canadian artist Rose Cousins was chosen as one of five co-winners in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest for performing songwriters. A decade (and a couple Mountain Stage performances) later, the Juno award-winning singer-songwriter returned to NPR's Mountain Stage with songs from her new record Natural Conclusion.

Kevin Butt's job is to find cleaner ways to power Toyota. One of the hardest places to do that is at the automaker's sprawling plant in central Kentucky, a state where nearly 90 percent of electricity still comes from coal.

Butt points out a new engine assembly line, where a conveyor belt moves in a slow circle. He says it was specially designed with a more efficient motor. There are also enormous fans overhead and LED lights, all changes that save millions.

  An Ohio man who sold heroin laced with an elephant tranquilizer that caused more than two dozen overdoses in West Virginia has been sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Bruce Lamar Griggs, of Akron, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington.

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