Today Concord University is celebrating a new broadcasting facility on its campus. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Jessica Lilly, a Concord graduate who teaches at the university, spearheaded efforts to get a college radio station up and running.

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Huntington is just the latest city in the state to catch on to the Little Free Library Trend. It’s a new fad that’s changing communities and reading habits.

Matt Lockhart is a lawyer in Huntington who decided in late spring and early summer he wanted to put a Little Free Library in his yard.

The final stop of the statewide West Virginia Next Generation Standards tour will be Tuesday, September 29 at Shepherd University.

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Update: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 11:45 a.m.

Current models estimate the diluted discharge will reach Hagerstown, Maryland by October 3 and Harpers Ferry by October 10. Rain may alter the projections. The discharge is expected to continue to flow downstream and become diluted.

Washington's Top News reports the spill is not expected to impact the Washington, DC area's water supply. The full impact of the spill is still being investigated by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The U.S. Department of Education has named two schools in West Virginia as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The department announced the awards Tuesday for 335 schools nationwide.

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Federal law enforcement officials have unveiled a drug prevention initiative in Ohio County.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II said Tuesday that drug testing kits will be made available for free to Ohio County residents.

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When Republican lawmakers took control of the state Legislature for the first time in some 80 years in 2015, party leaders maintained their legislative priorities wouldn’t change.

Federal inspectors issued 193 citations and 13 orders at U.S. mine operations in August.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it conducted the inspections at 14 coal mines and seven other mines.

The special impact inspections were conducted in 12 states, including Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

The inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 miners.

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The Kanawha County Commission and the city of Charleston have filed petitions to intervene in West Virginia American Water's rate case.

The state's largest water utility is seeking Public Service Commission approval for a 28 percent rate increase. The company attributes the proposed increase to previous system improvements and future planned projects.

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A sailor who died after collapsing at the end of a fitness test in Virginia has been identified.

The Navy says 19-year-old Dalton Andrew Frye of Chester, West Virginia, collapsed near the end of a run on Sept. 24. The Navy says Frye died Saturday after being taken off life support by his family.

The Huntington City Council has voted to implement a $2 increase in a user fee.

The council approved the proposal on an 8-2 vote Monday night. It is expected to provide an additional $3 million in revenue annually for Huntington.

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The state School Building Authority has rejected a funding plan for the consolidation of four high schools in Fayette County.

The authority voted Monday to deny the county's request to let it compete with other counties for state funding to build a new high school. The authority distributes money raised from both state general revenue and lottery funds.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick looks into genetically modified foods and the concerns surrounding them.  That’s  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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In July, the United States House of Representatives voted on House Resolution 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. It passed the House and has now moved on to the Senate. If passed into law, it would create a federal voluntary labeling standard for genetically modified foods or those with genetically modified ingredients. Labeling would also be regulated by the FDA. Here in West Virginia, there’s been some talk and show of concern from some over this bill, including a group in the Eastern Panhandle.

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Verso Corp. says the chemical that spilled into the Potomac River last week at its Maryland paper mill was a synthetic form of latex, posing no allergy threat for people sensitive to natural rubber.

Verso spokeswoman Kathi Rowzie said Monday the substance was half water and half styrene-butadiene, a paper coating. Nearly 10,000 gallons spilled into the river Wednesday from a wastewater treatment plant serving the mill in Luke.

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Hundreds of students in southern West Virginia will see a performance at Theatre West Virginia as part of a federal government campaign to get children to enjoy the outdoors.

The National Park Service says nearly 1,100 fourth graders from Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers counties are signed up to attend the live show at the Cliffside Amphitheatre in Grandview on Wednesday.

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Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and Mountain Stage-- a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting--in collaboration with local partners will host a series of video premiere events showcasing venues and musicians along the Mountain Music Trail during the month of October.

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A West Virginia school district is training its students to counter school shootings in a manner that leaves open the option to physically confront the shooter.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that schools in Kanawha County School District are now learning under the ALICE Training Institute's program, which teaches the "run, hide, fight" method. If students cannot exit a room safely or barricade the door, the program says, students should counter the attacker by throwing objects at them or swarming them.

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  The Huntington City Council is set to decide whether to implement a $2 increase in a user fee.

The council plans to vote on the proposal Monday night that would provide an additional $3 million in revenue annually for Huntington.

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The United Steelworkers says it plans to meet with representatives of Mardi Gras Casino and Resort to try to head off a possible strike.

Members of USW Local 14614-F9 rejected the Nitro resort's insurance offer during negotiations Friday and authorized a strike. The negotiations began in early August.