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West Virginia environmental officials will be honoring several organizations and groups for their work.

The 2016 Environmental Awards will be presented Monday at the Department of Environmental Protection's headquarters in Kanawha City.

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The National Park Service is opening an environmental education center in southern West Virginia.

The New River Gorge National River says in a news release that a grand opening celebration will be held May 21 for the new Camp Brookside center in the Summers County community of Brooks. The event is free and open to the public.

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A federal judge is delaying the trial involving a lawsuit filed against a water company and a manufacturer that sold a chemical to a company involved in a massive spill in Charleston.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver told attorneys during a monthly status hearing last week he would need more time to review and rule on several motions. The trial had been scheduled to start July 12.

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The deadline for state employees, retirees and teachers to sign up for or change health insurance plans ended on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Sunday marked the last day to adjust Public Employees Insurance Agency benefits.

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West Virginia lawmakers have returned to negotiate a long-delayed 2017 budget hampered by the coal industry's downfall and low natural gas prices.

The Republican-led Legislature reconvened Monday, per Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's call.

On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra talks with Senate Finance Chairman Mike Hall about the state’s budget troubles.  The legislature convenes at noon today for a special session.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re featuring some of our team's award winning Appalachian stories from the last year.

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NPR Music & West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce its return to the Augusta Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 13.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed Lisa Hopkins as state auditor.

The Democratic governor announced the appointment Friday.

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Scientists are telling us that this is the year of the Cicadas. The noisy insects emerge in West Virginia every so often, this bunch haven’t been to the state in 17 years and some Marshall professors want your help tracking them.

Two Marshall University Science professors are giddy about the idea of cicadas coming to the state this summer. They’re looking for help in tracking the next wave called Brood V cicadas. 

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One Big Family was written for very young readers over two decades ago, but didn't find it's way to print until this year. West Virginia poet laureate Marc Harshman's book celebrates family togetherness by describing a classic summer family reunion.

On The Front Porch podcast, it’s our post-primary breakdown. Who won, who got beat…and who lost, because in West Virginia politics, you actually have to spell that out.

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A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has reported to a California prison to begin his one-year sentence.

Spokesman Justin Long says Blankenship is in custody Thursday at a federal facility in Taft, California.

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Two pieces of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center have been delivered to Huntington, where they will be used in a memorial at the 9/11 Healing Field.

The pieces were carried by convoy from New York on Thursday and arrived in time for an evening ceremony in Huntington. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the ceremony provided a chance to pay respects to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York, as well as first responders, veterans and active members of the military.

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A new tactical diversion squad through the Drug Enforcement Agency will help north central West Virginia fight the state's growing drug problem.

WBOY-TV reports that starting next month the diversion squad will assist local law enforcement in catching drug dealers, finding pill mills and identifying false prescriptions.

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After a chemical spill in the Kanawha Valley left more than 300,000 people with contaminated drinking water for days, state lawmakers passed legislation in an effort to prevent a similar crisis. One part of that legislation requires most water utilities in the state to draft source water protection plans – with public input. West Virginia Public Broadcasting attended a public forum in Shepherdstown Thursday night aimed at educating the community about the plans.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with our political analyst Dr. Robert Rupp about the results of Tuesday’s primary election and Judy Collins and Ari Hest are along with the Mountain Stage song of the week.

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

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Legislation designed to support babies born addicted to drugs passed unanimously in the United States House Of Representatives yesterday.

The bill is called The Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act. It was introduced by West Virginia U.S. representative Evan Jenkins. It is designed specifically to help babies who have neonatal abstinence syndrome, also known as NAS.

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved alternative teacher certification programs in eight counties, including a McDowell County program that will bring Teach For America's services to the state.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the decision was made at the board's meeting on Wednesday.

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The 2016 Americana Music Awards nominations are in! We're proud to see so many of Mountain Stage's guests on the list. Click on the artist's name to hear their recent performance on Mountain Stage.

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