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Tourism
11:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year

National Park visitors spend millions in southern West Virginia communities.
Credit National Park Service

A new National Park Service report shows that visitors to national park areas in southern West Virginia spent $51 million in nearby communities in 2013.

The report says a little more than 1,243,000 people from around the world visited the New River Gorge National River, the Bluestone National Scenic River, and the Gauley River National Recreation Area in 2013.

In a release today NPS Superintendent Trish Kicklighter said that in addition to providing visitors remarkable experiences in America's outdoors, National Park  Tourism is a significant driver in the national economy.

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Tentative Settlement
9:21 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Freedom Industries in Bankruptcy Court Tuesday

Credit United States District Court / Southern District of West Virginia

  The company at the center of a chemical spill into West Virginia's largest water supply is back in bankruptcy court Tuesday.

Freedom Industries has a Tuesday morning hearing scheduled in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. The hearing will involve a $2.9 million settlement with Freedom's insurer.

Lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom reached a tentative settlement, according to documents filed Friday in Charleston federal court.

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West Virginia Morning
8:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

How City Government Works, Energy Forum & Chinese Medicinal Herbs in Va.

A  series of seminars titled "Fairmont 101" provides citizens there with lessons about the inner workings of running a city.  And the first of a two part series about Chinese Medicinal herbs now used and regulated in Virginia.

http://wvtf.org/post/appalachian-medicinal-herb-growers

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Edible Mosaic
1:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Shepherdstown Bakery Makes Treats For U.S. Capitol Event

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Those attending the screening at the United States Capitol Tuesday evening will not only learn more about West Virginia, but will be able to sample some of its culinary treats. On Monday the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery was assembling this edible mosaic of the West Virginia state seal for the event. Owner Pam Berry said each square in the design was attached to the top of a chocolate brownie piece, making about 370 petit fours, or bite size treats.

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Community Engagement
11:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Grafton Turns Out for Turn This Town Around

People packed into the Church of the Good Shepherd for Monday night's Turn This Town Around meeting in Grafton
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Learn about Monday night's Turn This Town Around public workshop in Grafton.

We continue our coverage of the Turn this Town Around Project. This series follows two towns, Grafton in north central West Virginia and Matewan in southern West Virginia, as they undergo projects to help the towns look better and revitalize community development. Monday night, Grafton held its third public training workshop to help teams continue to focus their efforts and get ready to apply for funding.

The welcome surprise at Monday’s meeting was an overwhelming turnout. More than 135 people showed up, excited and ready to talk about how to “turn their town around.” For many of them, it was their first “Turn this Town Around” meeting. 

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Community Engagement
6:45 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

“Fairmont 101”: Learning Basics of Local Government

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Operating a city is a complicated business. Cities provide a variety of services from public safety and road repair to clean water and public parks. There are multiple departments, a mish-mash of funding streams, and oodles of state and federal regulations to observe. The City of Fairmont, West Virginia has launched an interactive program to make sure its citizens understand the city’s role and responsibilities and its processes for serving the public: “Fairmont 101”.

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Panel Discussion
4:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Some Say West Virginia Can Survive the New EPA Regulations

The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church hosted the EPA Carbon Rules: How Can West Virginia Lead? panel discussion.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia can actually thrive under new U.S. Environmental Protection Regulations that aim to reduce greenhouse gasses, according to three panelists participating in a public forum last week in Shepherdstown.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

West Virginia Democrats Want GOP Candidates Off Ballot

Del. Suzette Raines
Credit West Virginia Legislature

  West Virginia Democrats say Republican state Del. Suzette Raines doesn't live where she claims and shouldn't be on the November ballot.

They also want GOP House of Delegates hopeful Melissa Lewis off the ballot.

The state Democratic Executive Committee filed complaints Monday in Kanawha and Preston circuit courts.

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Public Health
2:02 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

DHHR Warns of Possible HIV Exposure at Northern Panhandle Pain Clinic

Credit wikimedia commons

Health officials are advising patients of a clinic in in the northern panhandle to be tested for some infectious diseases after an investigation discovered questionable practices.

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Classic Regatta
11:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

City of Huntington Readies for Classic Regatta

Dan Bunting's Flex Seal Boat.
Credit Clark Davis

The city of Huntington is bringing back the classic regatta this weekend in hopes to spur more economic activity downtown.

On the heels of a three-year successful run with powerboat races, city officials decided to bring back the old tradition of a Classic Regatta to Harris Riverfront Park. The event will run three days starting this Friday through Sunday.

Attendance will be free, with events like a carnival, car show and two days of Powerboat Nationals racing. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is excited about the differences between past events and this weekend’s event.

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Government
11:26 am
Mon July 21, 2014

W.Va. Veterans Clinic with Air Concerns Tentatively Set to Reopen

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  A Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic closed because of air concerns is expected to reopen next month.

The Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Maxwelton was closed June 6 after several employees became ill.

Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center spokeswoman Debbie Voloski tells The Register-Herald that the clinic is tentatively scheduled to reopen Aug. 1.

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Government Billing
9:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

W.Va. Treasurer Helps Localities Manage Finances

Treasurer John Perdue
Credit West Virginia State Treasurer's Office

  An online billing program offered by the West Virginia Treasurer's Office is making it easier for local governments to manage their finances.

Treasurer John Perdue says the LGov program helps local governments process their bills. He tells the Charleston Gazette that the program reduces paperwork and gets money into the system faster.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Concerns About Road Construction, Beckley Annexation, Teaching Teachers, Charleston's Barbeque

Beckley could become the third largest city in the state if plans to annex some communities go through. State roads are in poor condition and contractors who work on these roads worry about the federal funding shortfall.  And Adrian Wright began his barbeque business in Charleston on a street corner.  Now he owns his own restaurant.

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Train Race
1:28 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Steam Engine Wins Train Race at the Ghost Town of Spruce

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park - Shay Heisler 6 and Shay 11 are both pictured here pulling logs
Credit Shayfan via Wikimedia Commons

It's been called the NASCAR of train races, and it takes place at an altitude of 3,853 feet in Pocahontas County.

Yesterday a crowd of 250 people gathered to watch as two massive trains, one departing from Cass and the other from Elkins, converged at the wilderness ghost town of Spruce. The two trains raced side by side for nearly a mile.

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News
5:39 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles

Lizan Mitchell (left) as the wealthy and crotchety Carolyn and N.L. Graham as Veronika, her nurse, in the play Dead and Breathing.
Seth Freeman

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 8:40 pm

The play Dead and Breathing begins boldly. Sixty-eight-year-old Carolyn takes off her towel and steps into a bathtub completely naked. She's bathed by her chatty nurse, Veronika.

The wealthy, cantankerous woman is dying of cancer. Carolyn, played by Lizan Mitchell, wants to die sooner rather than later, and tries to convince the nurse (N.L. Graham) to help her do that.

It's one of the most talked-about new plays at this year's Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which runs through Aug. 3.

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Lawsuit
1:52 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

$2.9 Million Settlement Proposed for Chemical Spill Cases

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and the company that contaminated their water supply.

The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court.

The agreement would settle 24 lawsuits against Freedom. Many businesses sued to recoup profits they lost while shuttered for days. A January tap-water ban affected 300,000 people.

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Inside Appalachia
9:01 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Mountaintop Removal Concerns, "Food Tourism," Nostalgic Rebirth and more

A young yoga skeptic finds interest in the exercises.

Kentucky farmers are testing the nutritional value of hay.

And a music camp carries on the tradition of ole time Appalachian music.

Residents concerned about environmental impact. After approval for a mountain top removal site near Kanawha State Forest, the safety of people living in the area are not the only red flag being raised. As Ashton Marra of West Virginia Public Radio reports, the possible effects on plant and animal life are drawing criticism.

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Athletics
5:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Grafton Welcomes Swimmers for Summer Championship

Photo by Kevin Stead

  

For more than half a century, swim teams in north central West Virginia have gathered in Clarksburg for an annual summer competition. But the pool that served as the invitational’s home has closed. Organizers have decided to continue the tradition, but rotate its location from year to year. 

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Rural Infrastructure
5:14 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

W.Va. Rural Roads Continue to Crumble, Highway Workers Face Possible Lay-Offs

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

More research has surfaced indicating the abysmal state of rural infrastructure these days, especially in West Virginia, and shortfalls in federal funding for highway maintenance could make the problem worse as well as leave many road workers filing for unemployment.

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Wildlife
10:57 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Board to Revise List of W.Va. Dangerous Animals

Credit FlickreviewR / flickr

  A board asked to produce a list of animals that are illegal to keep as pets in West Virginia plans to amend an earlier list after receiving public comments.

The original list developed by the Wild and Dangerous Animal Board includes chimpanzees, crocodiles, giraffes, elephants, piranha, and several types of pythons. But it also includes some types of birds, turtles, tetra fish and geckos.

The Charleston Gazette reports the board Thursday decided to have a subcommittee work on a compromise.

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