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West Virginia Morning
7:58 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The Story of a Seed and a Songbird

On West Virginia Morning, operators of public water and sewer systems tell lawmakers that they are over-regulated.  They want the Public Service Commission to ease up.  And Glynis Board has an interesting story about wild ginseng and how a little bird could help the plant survive.

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Research
7:45 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Wild Ginseng, Wood Thrushes, and Climate Change: A Survival Story

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Some researchers at West Virginia University have discovered that wild ginseng—a native and valuable medicinal plant—could be using specific birds to catch a ride into climates for which it’s better suited.

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Public Services
6:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Public Utilities Say Too Much Regulation From State

Delegates listen as Paul Calamita, counsel for the West Virginia Municipal Water Quality Association, addresses regulatory concerns.
Credit Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Services

A study paid for by local public water systems says the state public service commission over-regulates the utilities and is preventing them from providing better service to their customers.

The study was paid for by the West Virginia Rural Water Association, Municipal Water Quality Association, the West Virginia section of American Water Works Association and the West Virginia Water Environment Association.

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News
10:30 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Rhode Island Senator to Visit W. Va. on Wednesday

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will visit West Virginia on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

As a part of their agreement to visit each other’s states, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will host Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in West Virginia on Wednesday, October 22 to demonstrate West Virginia’s ability to utilize diverse energy resources. Senator Manchin will emphasize the importance of investing in the technology needed to provide cleaner power while also ensuring reliable and affordable electricity throughout the United States.

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Higher Education
10:27 am
Tue October 21, 2014

W.Va. PROMISE Scholarship Recipients Increase

Credit West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

  A higher education official says more West Virginia high school seniors are qualifying for the state's PROMISE scholarship.

Higher Education Policy Commission financial aid senior director Brian Weingart also says the college graduation rate of PROMISE recipients is higher than the general student body's rate.

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Morgantown Riots
7:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Gee: Culture of the University Must Change

Credit West Virginia University

  West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says the culture of the university must change following riots that erupted after the football team's win over Baylor.

Gee says in a letter to the WUV community that setting fires and other incidents following Saturday night's game are unacceptable.

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West Virginia Morning
7:55 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Why Should Voters Care About Campaign Finance Reporting?

On West Virginia Morning, lawmakers get some advice about how to make campaign finance reporting more transparent.  And we’ll profile Rocket Boy Homer Hickam. 

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Campaign Finance
6:14 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Five Ways State Lawmakers Could Improve Campaign Finance Disclosures

David Earley, counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice's Democracy Program, spoke before a Judiciary subcommittee.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Representatives of the Brennan Center for Justice told state lawmakers Monday they’ve done a good job keeping up with the changing rules of campaign finance disclosures, especially after the 2010 Citizen’s United decision, but said West Virginia can do more to make the process more transparent for voters.

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Mine Safety
12:30 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Official: Hundreds of Miners Tested Positive for Drug Use in Past Two Years

Director of the West Virginia Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training presented the updated information to the Joint Committee on Labor and Worker Safety Issues.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers received the latest numbers Monday on miners who have tested positive for drugs under a fairly new state law.

The law went to effect on January 1, 2013, that, among many other provisions, required coal mining operators and certain employers to implement a substance abuse screening program for miners and mine safety professionals.

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Government
11:40 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Randolph Co. Judge to Appeal Punishment for Affair

The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over disciplinary action against a judge who had an inappropriate sexual affair.

Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong admitted to having a two-year affair with William Travis Carter. At the time of their liaison, Carter was director of the North Central Community Corrections program in Elkins.

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Roads
9:50 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Corridor H Segment Expected to Open by Late November

  Another section of Corridor H in West Virginia is expected to open by Thanksgiving.

Corridor H coordinator Tommy Collins tells The Exponent Telegram that the 1.5-mile segment is near the connector to W.Va. Route 42 and W.Va. Route 93 in the Mount Storm area.

Collins says another 4-mile section could open by the end of the year. But he says an early spring opening is more likely due to the weather.

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West Virginia Morning
8:48 am
Mon October 20, 2014

First Woman to Walk in Space: Don't Be Afraid of Being Afraid

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling about the Women and Technology conference.  She’ll talk with the first woman to walk in space.  And Ashton Marra interviews Natalie Tennant, one of the candidates who could become the first women to represent West Virginia in the United States Senate.

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Education Summit
7:55 am
Mon October 20, 2014

2nd Annual West Virginia Education Summit

 The Education Alliance, in collaboration with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, hosted the second annual West Virginia Education Summit on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Business, community, education and legislative leaders are all part of this innovative discuss on how we can work together to achieve excellence in education in West Virginia.

You can watch the Education Summit right here.

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Workforce Development
11:38 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

W.Va. Women in Tech Conference Features First Female Space Walker

"What an amazing woman in STEM, #KathrynDSullovan @ #WVWomenTech"
Credit tweeted Kristen Perko

The first woman to walk in space was the keynote speaker at the Women in Tech Conference. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and several other speakers met at Oglebay Park in Ohio County to talk about empowerment and technology.

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News
12:21 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

WVU: Riots Following Baylor Upset Were 'Criminal', Expulsions Possible

Credit Associated Press

Morgantown authorities are assessing damage from riots that broke out following West Virginia's 41-27 win over No. 4 Baylor.

Police Chief Ed Preston said Sunday that crowds pushed over street lights and threw rocks, beer bottles and other items at public safety personnel and their vehicles. Numerous fires were set in the student-dominated Sunnyside area and other parts of the city.

Preston says in a news release that police used pepper spray and chemical munitions to disperse the crowds. Police arrested several people on various charges.

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News
9:03 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Charleston Lawyer Aces NPR Puzzle

Congratulations to West Virginian Brad Sorrells, who aced all the questions on this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle!

He was selected to play this week's puzzle after correctly answering last week's challenge: Name a certain country. Change one letter in its name to a new letter and rearrange the result to name another country's capital.

Then change one letter in that and rearrange the result to name another country. What geographical names are these?

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Law & Order
3:42 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Kanawha Co. Delegate Arrested for DUI

Credit West Virginia Regional Jail Authority

A West Virginia state lawmaker has been arrested for driving under the influence.

Del. Doug Skaff from South Charleston was arrested Saturday morning in Monongalia County.

Skaff is a Democrat and the chairman of the House of Delegates Small Business and Economic Development Committee. He is a candidate for state Senate.

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Environment
2:44 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

EPA Debuts Air Monitoring System at Freedom Spill Site

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  The Environmental Protection Agency has begun air monitoring at an industrial site in Charleston that fouled public drinking water supplies to 300,000 customers in January.

Unveiled Friday, the monitoring will be done at the Freedom Industries plant along the Elk River to determine if any chemicals are released into the air as the site is cleaned up.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the program's debut comes three weeks after the removal of more than one dozen chemical storage tanks.

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Health & Science
2:40 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

West Virginia Health Officials Preparing for Ebola

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

No Ebola cases have emerged in West Virginia, but hospitals, state health officials and residents are preparing for the worst.

West Virginia University's public affairs office sent an email this week to the entire campus community - more than 35,000 people - explaining protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those include remembering to frequently wash hands and avoiding touching blood or body fluids of sick people.

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Inside Appalachia
5:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

W.Va. Coal Miner, Ky Distiller, Former NASA Astronaut, Mill Operator, Chef and more

In this episode, we hear from Larry Mustain, who grinds heirloom corn at his family’s mill in West Virginia.

And we'll learn more about traveling along the Bourbon Whiskey Trail in Kentucky?

We'll also talk with, Jordan Bridges, a coal miner in southern West Virginia who is worried as more and more mines are laying off workers.


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