We Remember Elmer Rich

Jun 27, 2015
Andrew Carroll / Augusta Heritage Center

95-year-old Elmer Rich, a famous old-time fiddler, died this past June 20th, West Virginia Day, at his home in Westover, West Virginia. He’ll be missed throughout these old hills.

Huntington Police Department

The FBI plans to investigate the death of a Mercer County woman who died at a Charleston hospital several days after being briefly held at the Bluefield City Jail.

Supervisory Special Agent Chris Courtright told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph there's no timeline for when the investigation will end.

Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University
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West Virginia University will pay West Virginia Radio Corp. nearly $1 million for a partial reimbursement of attorney fees related to a recently settled media rights lawsuit.

The Dominion Post reports WVU officials released the settlement agreement in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the newspaper.

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 Appalachian Power says it could cost up to $65 million in upgrades to convert each of several recently retired coal-fired plants to natural gas.

The estimate was submitted to West Virginia regulators, according to the Charleston Gazette.

Christine Cover

Appalachia has certainly been stereotyped by many people in the media. But not all storytellers are the same, and the stories that are told about Appalachia are often complicated with layers of misunderstandings. 

It takes time, compassion and perhaps an inside perspective to delve deep and do justice to the people affected by the story. So much of this type of work- that which is reshaping how Appalachia is portrayed- is being rendered by women in the media.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Student Climate & Conservation Congress met for its sixth year this week in Shepherdstown, teaching high school students about conservation and leadership skills.

Farm Security Administration

The Tygart Valley Homestead Community in Randolph County is celebrating its 75th anniversary this weekend. The Roosevelt Administration built the town of Dailey during the Great Depression to give out-of-work West Virginians a second chance. But the community is now struggling to hold on to that history and to their school building.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia officials are reacting to the Supreme Court's historic ruling that says same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. Same-sex marriages in West Virginia had already been legal for months due to lower-court decisions.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin:

Wyatt Greene

  Entering an election year, state officials aren't thrilled by suggestions to raise taxes, tolls and fees for roads.

As federal money keeps fizzling, some aren't dismissing the idea.

West Virginia's problems appear to be about upkeep, not necessarily congestion.

U.S. Census data from 2013 shows Charleston and Huntington metro areas had commute times about two minutes lower than the national average, almost 26 minutes. The Martinsburg-Hagerstown, Maryland, area exceeds the average by four minutes but includes Washington commuters.

Morgantown Industrial Park
Northeast Natural Energy

Drilling is set to begin in West Virginia in what is being billed as the first long-term field study of shale drilling for natural gas.

Northeast Natural Energy of Charleston is scheduled to drill Friday in Morgantown.

In this episode, my friend Alice Moore and I visit a Confederate cemetery in Corinth, Mississippi.  Alice tells me about her love for the battle flag.

  Clark Davis reports on Senate Bill 393 and its impact on truancy in schools and across the juvenile justice system. Public Source and The Allegheny Front collaborate on a story about prisoners affected streams polluted by coal ash. And southern rock troubadour Paul Thorn performs "What the Hell is Going On?" live on Mountain Stage.

Clark Davis / WVPublic

State officials joined with members of the juvenile justice community in Huntington Thursday to examine Senate Bill 393.

Senate Bill 393 which reforms the state’s Juvenile Justice system was signed into law on April 2nd. One of the many objectives is to reduce the number of status offenders, those who are charged with an offense that would not be a crime if committed by an adult. Much those offenses have to do with running away from home or what occurs often in West Virginia, being truant from school.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says he "appreciates" a U.S. Supreme Court ruling letting 28,000 West Virginians keep receiving federal subsidies for health insurance plans bought from a federal marketplace.

The Democrat's spokeswoman, Shayna Varner, says the ruling lets West Virginians who count on the Affordable Care Act's tax credits continue buying insurance through the private market.

On The Front Porch podcast, we discuss the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. with a special guest, WVU Vice President David Fryson.

Fryson is a pastor, a lawyer, and leads WVU’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

We discuss the debate over taking down the Confederate flag, and enduring symbols of the Confederacy in West Virginia. That includes General Stonewall Jackson, a West Virginia native who fought for the South.

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A judge has ruled that federal prosecutors do not face conflicts of interest that warrant taking their office off of a chemical spill case.

In Charleston federal court Wednesday, Judge Thomas Johnston denied a motion by ex-Freedom Industries officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell to have U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office recused. The two defendants contended that some prosecutors have conflicts because they were victims of the spill.

Shepherd University

Shepherd University's Board of Governors has named Sylvia Manning as interim president.

Manning's appointment is effective Aug. 3.

West Virginia American Water

After repairing and returning a 36-inch water transmission main to service overnight, West Virginia American Water is resuming work to address a new leak that occurred around 6 Thursday morning at the same site where yesterday’s work was completed. Excavation crews immediately returned to the site and are currently working to re-excavate the main and determine the issue. Estimated time for repairs cannot yet be determined.

On West Virginia Morning, the newest edition of our podcast “Us & Them” explores the opinions about the Confederate flag.  And we’ll meet a musician who uses solar power to create his music.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

West Virginia American Water

  DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia American Water says it has repaired a transmission main break that disrupted service to about 25,000 customers.
     The company is asking affected customers to limit all non-essential water use while it restores service.
     The break occurred Tuesday evening on a 36-inche main in Dunbar. It left customers in parts of Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties without water service or with low water pressure.
     A boil water advisory remains in effect. Water distribution sites have been set up for affected customers.
     West Virginia American Water said this morning that it doesn't know when service will be restored to all customers because it can't predict demand on the water system.
Water distribution sites are currently available at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, Dunbar Plaza,West Virginia State University, Nitro High School, West Side VolunteerFire Department in Saint Albans, Eleanor Tech Center, Winfield Courthouse,Buffalo Fire Department, Poca Fire Department, Hurricane Fire Department,Bancroft Fire Department and Culloden Fire Department. Customers should bring their own containers to fill.