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Eunice Bellinger
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Eunice Bellinger has been named the new president of BridgeValley Community and Technical College.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the school's Board of Governors voted Monday to select Bellinger as the college's next president.

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Information about pill shipments that prescription drug distributors being sued by the state had sought to keep secret show that the firms flooded rural West Virginia with hundreds of thousands of painkillers.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a Boone County judge on Monday ordered the release of previously sealed court documents about prescription pain pill shipments to the state.

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A cable TV miniseries predominantly filmed in West Virginia is set to debut next month.

"The American West" is scheduled to premiere at 10 p.m. June 11 on AMC.

The West Virginia Film Office says in a news release that the eight-part series was filmed in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, along with Prickett's Fort State Park in Marion County.

The series focuses on the years 1865 to 1890. It looks at the transformation of America's frontier lands following the Civil War, and notables such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp.

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Three West Virginia fire departments will receive more than $887,000 in federal grants for equipment upgrades.

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the grants Monday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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The chairs of the House and Senate finance committees shared their budget proposals with their respective committee members Monday, each finding ways to close a more than $270 million budget gap expected during the 2017 fiscal year.

Both proposals would allow agency heads to determine how to take their additional cuts—that while leaders of both chambers are still waiting to see if a critical tobacco tax increase will make it through the House.

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West Virginia now lets people 21 years old and up carry hidden guns without permits or training.

The law passed by the Republican-led Legislature took effect Tuesday.

On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra reports on the house and senate versions of the 2017 state budget.  Both make large withdrawals from the rainy day fund.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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A camp for environmental education is now open to the public in Summers County, West Virginia.

The Register-Herald reports that Camp Brookside celebrated its opening Saturday afternoon.

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By a narrow margin of just nine votes, members of the House have agreed to not impose a new tax on e-cigarette liquids.

The product is still subject to the state’s 6 percent sales tax, but lawmakers were looking to add an additional tax by the milliliter that would bring in some $2 million each year in additional state revenues.

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In 2013, Governor Tomblin chose to expand the state’s Medicaid program, providing healthcare coverage for 150,000 more West Virginians. Up until this point, Medicaid expansion has had no impact on the state’s budget.

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What happens if lawmakers do not approve a budget by the June 30 deadline? That’s a question no one at the statehouse seems to have a clear answer to just yet. Governor Tomblin and his staff, though, are taking steps to prepare for the worst-case scenario -- a government shutdown.

“Should we not have a budget then June 30, every state employee would lose their job,” Tomblin said.

  West Virginians are now allowed to drink raw milk through animal-sharing agreements.

The law that was passed by the Republican-led Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin went into effect Monday.

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A jury has awarded more than $500,000 to a South Charleston motorcyclist who was injured in a lumber spill wreck.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports jurors reached the verdict last week in Larry Keeling Jr.'s case.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says law enforcement agencies can soon apply for incinerators for unwanted and expired prescription medication.

Morrisey says in a news release that his office and the attorney general Public Health Trust's advisory board will review and award grants in August.

Shepherd University

For the first time in its 144-year history, Shepherd University is being led by a Shepherd graduate.

Mary Hendrix got her Bachelor of Science in pre-med and biology from Shepherd in 1974.

She went on to receive her Ph.D. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship to train at Harvard Medical School.

On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra explains Governor Tomblin’s proposal to furlough state employees just in case lawmakers don’t pass a spending plan by June 30.  Also, Liz McCormick introduces us to the new President of Shepherd University, Dr. Mary Hendrix.

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

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Restaurants and other businesses in Shepherdstown are now able to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings.

The Shepherdstown Town Council passed an ordinance at a special meeting Thursday moving the start of alcohol sales in food establishments from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Sundays.

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A company has agreed to pay for the installation of carbon filters in Vienna's water treatment plant.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp says the installation paid for by Wilmington, Delaware-based Chemours Co. will begin immediately.

A Homestead Act for Appalachia

May 22, 2016
Appalachian Trail
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Appalachia, especially its coal mining region, is experiencing a revived bit of attention as shuttered mines, a rise in income inequality and longstanding poverty received flashes of concern from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. 

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Authorities say two elementary school pupils in West Virginia face disciplinary action after they were found to be in possession of dangerous weapons on school grounds last Thursday.

Sgt. D.A. Evans of the Rainelle Detachment of the West Virginia State Police tells the Register-Herald that the two students brought unloaded weapons to Rainelle Elementary School.

Evans says juvenile petitions will be filed against the students.

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