Higher Education
1:37 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Future of WVU Institute of Technology Being Discussed

Credit WVU Tech

  West Virginia University's purchase of the Mountain State University campus in Beckley has cast a shadow on WVU's Institute of Technology in Montgomery.

The two campuses are approximately 40 miles apart, with 1,200 students attending WVU Tech.

A 2011 state audit found major financial and enrollment problems as well as infrastructure and student life issues at WVU Tech. The latter included a lack of student access to wireless Internet on campus.

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10:35 am
Mon January 19, 2015

W.Va. Homeless Man Settles with Charleston Over Backpack

Credit Steve Shaluta / West Virginia Division of Tourism

  A homeless man who says a Charleston policeman tossed his backpack off a bridge has agreed to a settlement in exchange for agreeing not to sue the city.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Andrew Joel Hunt settled for $1,500, according to an agreement. The newspaper said the backpack tossed into the Elk River contained a laptop and photographs of his late wife.

Patrolman Brian Lightner had been on paid leave since Sept. 9 following the August incident involving Hunt.

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8:35 am
Mon January 19, 2015

A Closer Look at Coffee

Coming up on West Virginia Morning, We take a closer look at Coffee and a racially-motivated incident in Pocahontas County.

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11:18 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Racist Hate Crime Shakes Hillsboro Community into Action to Spread Message of Tolerance

Blair Campbell (center) managed to find a smile that day, among friends, after they helped her erase the graffiti from the Pretty Penny Cafe. Photo by Brynn Kusic

In the middle of the night on January 6th, 40 year old Robert Ratliff drove along US 219 to Pocahontas County from nearby Greenbrier County. With green paint, he wrote two words on the side of the town's only restaurant, the Pretty Penny Cafe. To this town, those two words have had a ripple effect of emotions- from shock, to fear, to pain, and now, to love.

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Energy & Environment
5:40 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Company Run by Ex-Freedom Employees is Facing Environmental Violations

Credit AP

After Freedom Industries leaked chemicals into 300,000 people's drinking water in Charleston last year, a company run by ex-Freedom employees is facing environmental violations a few towns away, in Nitro.


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Screening & Panel Discussion
5:10 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

WVPB Hosts 1,000 Days Screening at Met Theater in Morgantown

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Underground Injection Well
4:45 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Danny Webb Construction Permit Hearing Rescheduled

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

A public hearing on two permit renewal applications for an underground injection control (UIC) facility near Lochgelly in Fayette County has been rescheduled for Feb. 19, according to a release. The hearing was initially scheduled for Jan. 7 but had to be postponed due to inclement weather conditions.

The hearing is set for 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Oak Hill High School. The DEP is also accepting written comments until March 1.


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Inside Appalachia
4:31 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Inside Appalachia: Water in the Coalfields

Water Outages and Advisories Continue in W.Va. Coalfields

While the chemical spill in Charleston left more than 300,000 without usable water, it's a problem that folks in the coalfields deal with on a regular basis.

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GOP Senator
4:18 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Boso tapped as GOP Senator


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has tapped Republican engineer Gregory Boso as the new 11th District state senator.

The Democratic governor had to pick from three Republicans to replace GOP state Sen. Clark Barnes, who has 

  officially resigned to become Senate clerk.

Boso currently provides forensic and investigative engineering services for cases in Kentucky and West Virginia. The Summerville resident is president of G.L. Boso & Associates Inc. and Boso & Boso Inc.

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Mountain State University
2:10 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Judges Approve Sale of Mountain State University

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Mountain State University's sale of campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg has been approved by a three-judge panel.

The school's Beckley campus has been sold to West Virginia University for $8 million, while its Martinsburg campus is going to a Virginia limited liability company called Viking Way Holdings, according to media reports.

Judges on a mass litigation panel approved the sales on Friday, pending a 30-day appeal period. They postponed a ruling on a larger settlement that would distribute $8.5 million of those sales to as many as 14,000 MSU students.

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1:43 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Memorial Service Held for Gov. Arch Moore

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin pay their respects to Gov. Arch Moore, Jr.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Hundreds gathered at the Capitol Friday to remember former Arch Moore, Jr., the state's longest serving governor.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin, Arch Moore III and others shared fond memories of the state's 28th and 30th governor during a service in the Culture Center. Fitting, many remarked, because Gov. Moore worked to find the money to build the facility in the 1970s.

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Forest Land
11:42 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Timber County Payments Down After Subsidy Expires

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West Virginia and 40 other states are losing money after Congress ended subsidies to counties that contain national forest land.

Agriculture officials announced Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service is distributing more than $50 million to 746 timber counties nationwide. That's compared with about $300 million during the final year of the Secure Rural Schools subsidies program.

West Virginia is set to receive about $282,000 this year, down from about $1.97 million last year.

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Deer Kills
11:35 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Deer Kills Down in 2014

Credit Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

The number of deer killed during West Virginia's various seasons fell 31 percent last year compared with 2013.

The Division of Natural Resources says hunters killed 104,223 deer during the bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q and Class XS deer seasons.

That's down from 150,268 in 2013 and 23 percent below the five-year average of 136,168.

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Coal Heritage
11:34 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Funding Made Available in Coal Heritage Area


The National Coal Heritage Area Authority is seeking proposals for funding for projects within the National Coal Heritage Area.

The money is aimed at supporting community efforts to preserve, interpret and promote coal heritage resources.

The Register-Herald reports that the National Coal Heritage Area includes the counties of Mercer, McDowell, Wyoming, Summers, Raleigh, Fayette, Boone, Mingo, Logan, Wayne, Cabell, Lincoln and the Paint Creek and Cabin Creek watersheds in Kanawha County.

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West Virginia Morning
8:23 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Republican House and Senate Begin Repeals

On this episode of West Virginia Morning, We bring you our fifth and final installment of our series Water in the Coalfields and our mountain stage song of the week.

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Water Infrastructure
6:47 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

What Does it Take to Build New Water Systems in the Coalfields?

Work to replace the water system in Elkhorn began summer 2014.
Credit Daniel Walker

This week, we’ve been talking about water in the coalfields. We met folks that deal with frequent water outages and boil water advisories because of crumbling water systems, and heard stories of folks living with no water source at all. We also learned that proper sewage disposal is still a challenge.


Progress has been made. Just this past year, the Elkhorn Water Project began. It's expected to bring clean water to folks living in several coal camp communities along Route 52 in McDowell County. A project in Wyoming County is expected to bring a permanent solution to water issues in Bud and Alpoca.

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5:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Delegate Miley Says Jobs Are Available in Harrison County

Credit West Virginia Legislature

As the legislature begins its session, the Republicans now holding the majority tout job creation as their main focus for the next eight weeks. On the House floor today, Delegate Miley of Harrison County noted that there are plenty of jobs in the north region of the state.

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WV Legislature
4:51 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Legislature Considering Repeal of Law Requiring Use of Alternative and Renewable Energy

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of both the House and Senate Energy Committees took up a bill Thursday repealing a law that’s commonly been referred to as West Virginia’s cap and trade law.

The Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act of 2009 requires electric utilities in the state to produce 25 percent of their electricity with alternative and renewable energy sources by 2025, meeting benchmarks of ten percent in 2015 and 15 percent in 2020.

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3:22 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Report: W.Va. Water Intakes at Risk from Thousands of Tanks

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  A new report says drinking water sources in West Virginia are at risk of contamination from thousands of aboveground storage tanks.

The report says the greatest risk is posed by 3,167 tanks near and upstream from surface drinking water intakes. A 2014 state law requires extra safeguards for tanks in these areas.

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2:38 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

W.Va. Man Found Incompetent for Trial in Sheriff's Death

  A West Virginia man has been found incompetent to stand trial in the fatal shooting of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Ferrell on Thursday ordered Tennis Melvin Maynard committed to a state mental health facility for life.

Crum was killed in April 2013 while parked in his cruiser in downtown Williamson.

Farrell had ordered a mental health evaluation in November 2013 for Maynard. Last February, Farrell indefinitely postponed Maynard's murder trial.

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