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When you think of something being solar powered, what do you picture? Solar panels on roofs, bridges, in fields, maybe you think of solar cars. But what about a solar musician?

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Marshall University’s Board of Governors was presented with a $116 million balanced budget Wednesday that included a tuition increase.

A tuition increase isn’t uncommon in the state’s higher education system today. Many of the states four year institutions are looking to tuition increases, at least in part, to make up for state budget cuts. Marshall University’s Board of Governors approved an increase of between 3 to 4% for students Wednesday. The increase is less than the 5% threshold that requires the approval from the Higher Education Policy Commission.

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BridgeValley Community and Technical College and WVU Tech will sign an agreement this week establishing multiple associate-to-bachelor degree educational pathways.

Under the agreement, officials say students who complete an eligible associate degree program at BridgeValley in South Charleston will be able to seamlessly transition into a bachelor’s program at WVU Tech.  

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A former Raleigh General Hospital nurse will spend eight months in prison for stealing painkillers intended for patients.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 31-year-old Olivia Dixon of Midway was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Beckley.


Watch Anna Sale, host of the popular podcast "Death, Sex & Money" from WNYC, and Dwight Garner, author and New York Times literary critic, as they discuss how growing up in West Virginia affects their work, as part of FestivALL Charleston. You can watch the live stream here starting at 5:30 p.m. today:

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Beckley officials are considering banning playing basketball on city streets following residents' complaints.

Residents have complained that players refuse to yield to traffic.

ArcelorMittal plans to sell 1,000 acres of surplus property in Weirton to The Frontier Group of Companies.

Media outlets report that ArcelorMittal announced this week that it has entered a purchase agreement with Frontier for the property adjacent to its steel plant. The sale is expected to close later this year. Details of the deal weren't released.

Thousands of people in eastern Kanawha and western Putnam counties are waking up without water this morning after a water main break in Dunbar yesterday.
A boil water advisory is also in effect for those customers who have low water pressure.

This is the time of year when the city of Charleston becomes a work of art.  FestivALL runs through this week an includes concerts of all kinds of music, theater, shows, dances and, of course, art.

At the Clay Center this week is "Art for ALL: A Juried Children's Exhibit" with works from children ages pre-K to 6th grade.

When you see it, you will notice the beautiful dioramas, drawings and paintings, but also take a look at how these works are displayed.

This exhibit employs it's own curator.  We spoke with Amanda Rogers, an art history major from West Virginia University, as she prepared to go to work.

Tuesday on the Senate Floor Senator Joe Manchin explained why he voted against President Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority. The legislative procedure outlines Congressional guidance to the President on trade policy priorities.

Manchin said the Trade Promotion Authority would grant the President authority to negotiate trade deals without Congressional input. He opposed the bill because he worries deals might be struck that would take jobs away from West Virginians. Manchin said history has shown that trade deals don’t help those in need of good jobs.

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The Obama administration is giving seven more states and the District of Columbia more flexibility from the requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law.

In addition to the nation's capital, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has renewed waivers for Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York, and West Virginia. Current law requires standardized tests in reading and math to measure student progress. With the waivers, schools in those states will be able come up with different ways to demonstrate improvement.

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If you spend any time outside these days, chances are you might be encountering some tiny black bugs. Lots of people mistake them for ticks, but they are actually Yellow Poplar Weevils. Agriculture officials say they're damaging poplar trees across West Virginia. 


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A Putnam County Schools official has been named state deputy superintendent of education support.

State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano announced Cynthia Daniel's appointment on Tuesday. She will replace Chuck Heinlein, who will retire on June 30.

WVPB's Beth Vorhees Among Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

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Ten people have been named to the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame, including WVPB News Director Beth Vorhees.

The 2015 class of inductees includes Vorhees, MetroNews broadcaster Hoppy Kercheval, retired West Virginia Public Broadcasting executive director Dennis Adkins and ESPN regional sportscaster Frank Giardina.

The University of Charleston has announced that the Maier Foundation is giving $1.3 million to support programs associated with the school's new Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center.

The Charleston Gazette reports the university made the announcement Monday. The school's president Ed Welch says $1 million of the donation from the Charleston-based foundation will go toward funding a full-tuition innovation-based scholarship for at least one new student each year.

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Bluefield police have requested an outside investigation of the death of a suspect who became ill while in custody at the city jail.

Bluefield Police Chief D.M. Dillow tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that Connie Hambrick complained of a bad headache and asked to be taken to a hospital about three hours after she was arrested on June 4.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort is cutting 50 days from its 2015 racing schedule to avoid lowering average daily purses.

Mountaineer director of racing Rose Mary Williams tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the move will keep purses at the same level.

On West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved tuition increases for in state and out of state students at three universities.  Also a report about the disappearance of Monarch butterflies.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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While the Higher Education Policy Commission is increasing tuition for in-state students at state schools around West Virginia by as much as 10 percent, officials at Salem International University, a private institution, announced a new college affordability initiative this week at their campus in Harrison County. The initiative would effectively cut students’ tuition by half or more.

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The billionaire owner of The Greenbrier resort says Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino will design a nearby mountaintop golf course.

Jim Justice announced plans for the new golf course, ski slopes and housing development in a news release Monday.

The release says the golf resort will break ground within 30 days and is expected to open in fall 2016. Justice says he hopes to attract the U.S. Open to the course someday.