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Economic Development
11:14 am
Fri December 12, 2014

W.Va. Coalfields Panel Grants $20k for Trail Project

Senate President Jeff Kessler created the SCORE program in October.
Credit West Virginia Legislature

A state Senate panel seeking to revitalize the struggling southern coalfields has awarded a $20,000 grant to a trail project.

At a Thursday meeting in Princeton, Senate President Jeff Kessler and task force members gave the grant to the Piney Creek Trail Committee.

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Health
10:44 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Report: W.Va. Lax on Tobacco Prevention Funding

A group of public health organizations say West Virginia isn't spending enough money on programs to prevent tobacco use.

According to a report, states this year will collect $25.6 billion from the national tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes. But they'll spend less than 2 percent of it on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

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Education
10:39 am
Fri December 12, 2014

W.Va. Girls Scouts Promoting STEM Education

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The Girls Scouts council in West Virginia is implementing a program to promote science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council says the program called "Imagine Your STEM Future" will work to inspire more girls to pursue education and careers in those fields.

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Water
10:37 am
Fri December 12, 2014

W.Va. Officials: Water Regulations Hard to Enforce

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West Virginia environmental officials say the state lacks a strong program to deter falsification of coal company water samples.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Department of Environmental Protection officials made that observation Thursday at a regulatory board hearing. The state Environmental Quality Board did not rule on an appeal by Appalachian Laboratories Inc., which lost its Clean Water Act certification after an employee pleaded guilty to falsifying water quality samples.

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Education
10:34 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Former Superintendent Case Heading to W.Va. Supreme Court

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A legal battle over the firing of West Virginia's school superintendent is heading to the state's highest court.

A Kanawha County circuit judge last month refused to dismiss former superintendent Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Board of Education is appealing that ruling to the state Supreme Court.

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Ski Areas Open
8:27 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Winterplace and Timberline Ski Areas Open Friday

Snow making on the tubing run at Winterplace Ski Resort in W. Va.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Skiers and snowboarders heading to the mountains of West Virginia this weekend will find two more of the state’s major ski resorts open for the season.  Winterplace and Timberline open Friday, December while Canaan Valley will open Saturday, December 20.  Snowshoe Mountain has been open since November 26.  Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, which offers one slope for guests, will begin the season when weather permits.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:15 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Auditions Announced for "The Trial of Dr. Mudd"

On West Virginia Morning, too many teenagers are incarcerated and a task force has come up with recommendations to lower that number.  And Liz McCormick talks with a playwright who is auditioning actors for his latest worked titled “The Trial of Dr. Mudd.”

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Arts & Culture
7:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Author Details New Work About Lincoln Assassination

Author, Ed Steers
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who set John Wilkes Booth’s leg after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, has been portrayed in a variety of media as an innocent victim who was wrongly accused for conspiring with Booth.

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Public Education
6:40 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

W.Va. Board OKs Plan for More Flexible School Days

West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin
Credit West Virginia Department of Education

Members of the state Board of Education have approved a pilot program that will give school districts more flexibility in planning their instructional days.

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Smoking
6:36 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

W.Va. Checks Tobacco Sales to Minors

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West Virginia officials say retailers continue to ensure they're not selling tobacco to minors.

An annual statewide survey indicates that 87.8 percent of retailers inspected did not sell tobacco products to youth under the age of 18 during 2014.

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Courts
5:04 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Judge Orders Hearing on Motion to Lift Gag Order

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The judge in Don Blankenship's case has scheduled a hearing after the former Massey CEO responded Thursday to a request by several news outlets to lift a gag order.  

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger issued the order Thursday evening scheduling a hearing on the motion to lift the gag order.

That motion was filed by the Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, The Charleston Gazette, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio Nov. 14.

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Environment
4:24 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Petition Asks W.Va. Govenor Not to Allow Drilling Under Ohio River

Ohio River

Govenor Earl Ray Tomblin received a petition with 3,820 signatures requesting he disallow horizontal drilling under the Ohio River.

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School Evacuation
4:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Huntington High Evacuated After Firework Type Device Found

School bus arrives to evacuate Huntington High students.
Credit Clark Davis

Huntington Police evacuated Huntington High school Thursday afternoon after school administrators received reports that a student had an explosive device.

Late Thursday morning Huntington Police were called to the high school because of a report of a firework type device found in the possession of a juvenile. The student had shown the device to another juvenile who reported it. Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says the onsite resource officer, who is a member of the Huntington Police Department arrested the individual. The device was then recovered and rendered inert. 

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Justice Reform
2:07 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Reducing Truancy Top Concern of Juvenile Justice Study

From right to left, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin, Court Administrative Director Steve Canterbury, Justice Menis Ketchum and Chief Justice Robin Davis at the event announcing the task force's recommendations.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Tomblin's Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice released its final report Thursday which includes some 20 recommendations on how to reduce the state's incarcerated youth population. The report focuses heavily on preventative measures to deal with status offenders, or juveniles who commit offenses that would not be considered crimes for an adult. 

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Public Education
11:54 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Common Core: Educators Say Yes, Lawmakers Aren't Sure

State Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano speaking to the west Virginia Board of Education.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the state Board of Education heard directly from teachers this month about the development and the implementation of the state’s Next Generation Standards. Those standards are West Virginia’s version of Common Core.

“So, today is a moment for us to pause as a state to reflect on where we are with our education reform and our educational progress,” State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano said during the board’s meeting Wednesday.

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Drug Abuse
11:12 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Northern West Virginia Drug Task Force Shares Ideas

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A task force on drug abuse in northern West Virginia is emphasizing the need for more treatment programs and better education for parents on the signs of heroin addiction.

The Intelligencer reports that leaders of the Ohio Valley Addiction Action Plan Working Group shared the group's ideas Wednesday at Wheeling Hospital. The panel was formed by U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II in August to develop strategies to fight drug addiction.

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Wood Play Layoffs
11:07 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Hardwood Flooring Plant Announces Layoffs

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The owner of a hardwood flooring plant in southern West Virginia says it's laying off 47 workers.

Unilin notified workers at its Mingo County facility that the layoffs are effective Jan. 1. The facility at the Buck Harless Wood Products Industrial Park employs 182 workers.

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News
8:27 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Judge Spaulding Remembered

Judge O. C. Spaulding of Putnam County
Credit West Virginia Supreme Court / flickr

Former Putnam County Circuit judge O.C. Spaulding is being remembered by the state’s judiciary today as hard-working, well-respected and a good friend

Spaulding died yesterday at his home.  The state police say he killed himself.  He was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS.

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West Virginia Morning
7:52 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Next Generation Standards: W. Va.'s Version of Common Core

On West Virginia Morning, the state board of education listens to teachers for their views on the curriculum known as Common Core.  And Glynis Board sits down with singer Mollie O’Brien and pianist Bob Thompson to talk about their Joy to the World holiday concert tour of the state.

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School Safety
7:28 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

W.Va. School Principals Learn How to Effectively Deal With a School Shooter

Principals listen to Lieutenant Eric Johnson discuss ideas for effective school shooter safety.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

130 new school principals attended a training today in Charleston focused on effectively responding to an active shooter on school grounds.

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