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12:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

State to Pilot Program Aimed at Helping At-Risk Teens

WV will pilot a federal program aimed at at-risk youths.
Credit Love Krittaya, Wikimedia Commons

West Virginia is one of 10 states selected to launch a federal pilot program to keep more at-risk teenagers at home, reducing the number of children receiving services in out-of-home care facilities.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Children and Families will launch the Safe at Home West Virginia program.

The effort will provide wrap-around services and counseling to children and families around the state. The aim is the prevention of child abuse, neglect and the re-entry of children into foster care.

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STEM Education
12:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Second Smallest School in West Virginia Works on NASA Project

This week, students at a very small West Virginia school are wrapping up a very big science project…with help from NASA. They’re building a full scale model of a satellite. It’s something you might not expect to see at the second smallest school in the state...but one teacher had the ambition and enthusiasm to make it happen.

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West Virginia Morning
8:21 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Jenkins, Rahall Debate; Monroe County Grist Mill

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on last night’s debate between Democratic incumbent Congressman Nick Rahall and Republican challenger State Senator Evan Jenkins.  And we’ll visit Reed’s Mill which has been grinding corn meal since 1791.

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News
6:16 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Send Your Photos for State Capitol Christmas Tree

Credit wikimedia / Wikimedia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia service members and first responders will be honored later this year by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.
 
     They are asking state residents to submit photos of service members and first responders for recognition trees that will be displayed in the governor's reception room during the holiday season.
 
     Tomblin says the display is intended to showcase West Virginians who serve the nation and their communities.
 

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West Virginia Legislature
5:45 am
Wed October 15, 2014

House of Delegates Mourns the Loss of Oce Smith

Sergeant-At-Arms Emeritus Oce Smith
Credit Martin Valent / The West Virginia Legislature

Members of the House of Delegates are mourning the loss of the long time Sergeant-At-Arms who passed away early Tuesday.

Oce Smith was Sergeant-At-Arms Emeritus. He retired in 2012 after 45 years serving the house.

House Speaker Tim Miley today noted Smith's vast knowledge of the legislative process.   Delegate Mike Caputo called him a true Statehouse institution.

Oce Smith lived in Marion County.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Appetite Appalachia
10:35 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Bloody Butcher Corn: From Field to Fork

Larry Mustain, about to grind Bloody Butcher Corn
Credit Allender Stewart

In southern West Virginia, Reed's Mill has been stone-grinding local cornmeal since 1791. It's one of the few gristmills that has been in continual operation in this country, and it grinds a local heirloom corn that has been passed down for generations.

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Election 2014
2:39 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

3rd Congressional District Candidates Square Off in Debate

Congressman Nick Rahall and state Senator Evan Jenkins took the stage to a standing ovation Tuesday.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The two candidates for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District squared off in their only scheduled debate Tuesday evening in Huntington. The event was sponsored by the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.

Republican state Senator Evan Jenkins came out swinging, immediately attacking Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall in his opening remarks for his party connections, calling him a "foot solider" for President Obama and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

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Senate Debate
2:30 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Capito Won't Attend Senate Debate Friday

It's looking unlikely that West Virginia's two main contenders for an open U.S. Senate seat will debate again before Election Day.

Republican Shelley Moore Capito won't attend a West Virginia Public Broadcasting debate Friday. Democrat Natalie Tennant, Libertarian John Buckley, Bob Henry Baber of the Mountain Party and Phil Hudok of the Constitution Party will participate.

Capito's campaign said the congresswoman will be on her previously scheduled bus tour.

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News
2:28 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

WVU Parkersburg Preparing for Petrochemical Jobs

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg is working to identify the major industries and staffing needs associated with the proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County.  

In November 2013, the Brazil-based Odebrecht Organization announced a location near Parkersburg, W.Va. for an ethane cracker and associated polyethylene plants. Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise, or project ASCENT, will use ethane produced in West Virginia as a result of the development of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

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Wildlife
10:14 am
Tue October 14, 2014

West Virginia DNR Begins Fall Trout Stockings

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Streams and lakes across West Virginia will be stocked with about 42,000 pounds of trout during the next two weeks.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources began its fall trout stockings on Tuesday. Trout stockings will continue next week. Nine lakes and 25 streams will be stocked.

Wildlife resources chief Curtis Taylor says in a news release that information about trout stockings will be posted first on the DNR's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wildlifewv , at 2:30 p.m. each day. The information will be posted on the DNR's website, www.wvdnr.gov, and on the Fishing Hotline, 304-558-3399, an hour later.

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Government
9:46 am
Tue October 14, 2014

W.Va. Ethics Panel Interviews Director Candidates

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

More than a dozen people have applied to become the next executive director of the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

Commissioner Betty Ireland is chairwoman of the commission's personnel committee. She tells The Charleston Gazette that the committee is interviewing 15 applicants.

Ireland says the applicants have a wide variety of legal experience and backgrounds. She says some are living out of state and want to return to West Virginia.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Small School in Paw Paw Finishes Big Science Project

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll take a trip to Paw Paw in Morgan County to visit a small school with a big science project.  And in Milton in Cabell County, a worker at Blenko Glass is worried that young people are not learning glass making skills.

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Marriage Equality
12:48 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Casie McGee & Sarah Adkins: The First Same-Sex Couple to Be Married In West Virginia

Independent radio producer Trey Kay poses for a photo with Casie McGee and Sarah Adkins.

This past Thursday afternoon, Casie McGee and Sarah Adkins rushed to the Cabell County Courthouse upon receiving the news that county clerks in West Virginia had been directed to change the marriage license applications to include same-sex couples. 

Casie and Sarah were one of three couples involved in a lawsuit by Lambda Legal that challenged the state's ban on same-sex marriage that inevitably helped bring marriage equality to West Virginia. 

Marshall Sports
3:48 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Marshall Enters College Football Polls

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For the first time since the final polls of the 2002 season, Marshall University Football is ranked in the top 25.

After a 49-24 win over Middle Tennessee State Saturday in Huntington, Marshall Football found itself ranked in both major polls Sunday. The Herd sits at 25th in the newest Associated Press College Football Poll and 24th in the newest Coaches Poll

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Election 2014
3:27 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

What Do You Want to Hear from the U.S. Senate Candidates?

West Virginia Public Broadcasting is hosting a second debate for the candidates running for U.S. Senate and wants to know, what do you want to hear from them?

Submit your questions to us by the morning of Thursday, October 16, and we'll choose some to ask the candidates Friday morning.

The debate itself will air Friday evening from 7-8pm on West Virginia Public Broadcasting and West Virginia Public Radio. All of the candidates on the ballot have been invited to participate.

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2014 Election
8:19 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Twitter: The New Election Soap Box

On West Virginia Morning, our digital reporter Dave Mistich looks at the effect anonymous twitter users are having on political discourse.  And, from Friday’s edition of our political talk show Viewpoint, Ashton Marra talks with Nick Casey, the Democratic candidate for the state’s second congressional district.

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2014 Election
6:53 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Voter Registration Ends Tuesday

Credit WBOY

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Time is running out for West Virginians to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.
 
     Tuesday is the deadline to register.
 
     Early voting begins Oct. 22. Early voting hours and locations by county are posted on the Secretary of State's Office's website, www.sos.wv.gov .

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School Threats
7:07 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Updated: Former Mussleman High Student Arrested for Making Terroristic Threats

Editor's Note: We have redacted the photo and username of the person in question due to the potential of they being a minor. The tweets included in this post are graphic in nature and have not be edited.

Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.

A former student faces charges of using a hacked Twitter account to threaten a Berkeley County school.

Police arrested 21-year-old Justin Matthew Light of Kearneysville around 1:30 a.m. Monday. Light is charged with making threats of terrorist acts.

Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster Jr. announced the arrest Monday afternoon during a joint news conference with school officials.

Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon says an individual in Massachusetts alerted authorities after seeing the online threats against Musselman High School. The threats were posted on Twitter on Sunday.

The Twitter account belongs to another former student who now attends Fairmont State University.

Light is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail.

Updated: Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.

Berkeley County Schools says a former student at Musselman High School was arrested Monday for making terroristic threats against the school principal, students and staff. The school system says those responsible will face criminal prosecution. 

Updated: Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 11:29 p.m.

Berkley County Sheriff Kenny Lemaster says an investigation is ongoing and a person of interest has been developed after threats were made Sunday to open fire at Musselman High School on Monday morning.

Lemaster says the threats were made after a Twitter account had been hacked. He says the person whose identity was compromised is not a suspect.

Lemaster says law enforcement officials are working towards making an arrest as evidence continues to be collected.

Classes at Musselman High School are planned for Monday.

Lemaster said additional officers will be on call, and law enforcement officials will have an increased presence at Musselman High School and throughout the county to try to ease student and parents concerns.

“We are urging people not to give into their fears on this. We are working hard with so students and staff can safely go to school,” Lemaster said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg Police and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department were involved in the investigation.

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Inside Appalachia
5:40 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Wild Pawpaws, Gourmet Salt, Wild Ginseng, and a Biscuit Bake-off

Credit Lauren Stonestreet, of Elle Effect Photography

 

In this episode, we’ll travel to Maryland to forage- and eat- wild Pawpaws

And we’ll learn about Anne Braden, one of the early advocates for social equality in Kentucky.

We'll also hear about a new company in West Virginia that’s revived a historic salt-works -and why chefs are loving it.

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CDC rankings
5:01 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

State's Immunization Efforts Receive National Honors

West Virginia is honored by the CDC for its immunization programs.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

West Virginia has received two national honors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its efforts to control vaccine-preventable diseases.

The CDC ranks West Virginia among the top three states in the country for having the highest number of adults immunized against the flu. 

Approximately 52% of adults in West Virginia got a flu shot in the 2013-2014 season, compared to 42% nationally.

West Virginia was also cited for being among the top five states for most improved immunization coverage of adolescents, ages 13-17.

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