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12:23 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Cabell Co. School Scare Prompts FEMA Site Visit Review

  The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reviewing its site visit procedures after a staff member's appearance at two West Virginia elementary schools caused a scare.

Cabell County Schools spokesman Jedd Flowers said Thursday that school officials weren't notified prior to the worker's visit on Monday.

Flowers says the worker showed one school's principal his identification badge. But she didn't think the badge was legitimate. The man left and the principal notified county school officials, who contacted police.

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Memorial Fountain Ceremony
11:32 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Marshall University Set to Remember Those Lost in Crash with Fountain Ceremony

The 1970 team lost in the crash.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Marshall University, Wayne County, Tri-State Airport, Marshall University Student Center

The Marshall University community will recognize the 44th anniversary of the 1970 plane crash Friday at noon with the annual fountain ceremony.

Each year on the anniversary of the plane crash, November 14th, a ceremony is held around the memorial fountain in the middle of Marshall’s campus.

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West Virginia Morning
8:22 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Mine Safety Threatened by Deliquent Fines

On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly talks with NPR’s Howard Berkes about his investigation that links delinquent fines for mine safety violations to more injured coal miners.  And schools in Mingo County are no longer under state control after the state board of education gave back control to the local school board yesterday, but the board remains concerned about educational conditions in Fayette County.

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Local Control
11:25 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

State BOE Updated on Fayette County Intervention

West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin and state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano receive a report during the board's November meeting.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

During the West Virginia Board of Education's November meeting Wednesday, Fayette County Superintendent Serena Starcher presented board members with the results of a survey and analysis of the performance of the county's secondary schools.

In October 2013, the state board directed the county to conduct the study specific to Meadow Bridge High School, a school a proposed facilities plan for the county would have consolidated if approved. Starcher said Wednesday, however, the county decided to expand the study to all middle and high schools.

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Investigating Delinquent Mine Fines
6:01 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Investigating Delinquent Mines: The Story Behind The Story

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch and Howard Berkes at Southern Coal's Tams No. 1 Surface Mine near Beckley.
Credit Patrick Graham

Another West Virginia coal miner died this week, the fifth death this year. It's a tough reality in the coalfields where families regularly pray that loved ones will come home from a day's work, as they have for decades.

As incidents are reported, media outlets often share the amount of citations or delinquent fines of the mine where the accident occurred. But to what end?

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Government
5:36 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Senate President: W.Va. Senate Coalfields Initiative Will Continue

Credit West Virginia Legislature

  Democratic Senate President Jeff Kessler says an initiative to revitalize the struggling southern coalfields will continue.

In a news release Wednesday, Kessler said a second listening tour stop is set for the evening of Nov. 18 in Oak Hill.

The Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy initiative, or SCORE, aims to diversify southern West Virginia. The panel plans to make recommendations before the January legislative session.

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Impersonation of Federal Officer
4:09 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonation

Credit Chasingsol/Wikimedia Commons

A Charleston man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.

The U.S. attorney's office says 52-year-old John E. Swain II entered his guilty plea Wednesday in federal court in Charleston. Swain faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 23.

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Public Education
11:42 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Mingo County Schools Returned to Local Control

The West Virginia Board of Education at their November meeting in Mingo County.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Board of Education returned local control to Mingo County Schools after nearly 10 years of intervention. 

Board members voted unanimously Wednesday during their November meeting at Mingo Central High School in Delbarton.

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West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Race Matters in Appalachia

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia held yesterday in Charleston.  And on the heels of a new agreement between the United States and China to limit greenhouse gases, Glynis Board explores a new report about ways to reduce emissions in West Virginia. 

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Environment
1:30 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Four Ways West Virginia Can Reduce CO2 Emissions

Credit Dave Mistich / Data From U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Can West Virginia reduce CO2 emissions? The short answer, according to a new report, is yes. Will West Virginia reduce CO2 emissions? That's another question...


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Race Issues
8:03 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Summit Brings Racial Issues to Forefront

The Summit on Race Matters in Appalachian opened Monday night with a panel discussion in the Culture Center Theater.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Over the past two days, dozens of people gathered in Charleston to have conversations organizers appropriately refer to as “racy.” The Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia pulled West Virginians from all areas, all backgrounds into the capital city to discuss how national racial tensions seen in places like Ferguson, Missouri, materialize right here at home. 

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News
1:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Coal Miner Killed Monday in Monongalia Co. Mining Accident

State regulators say a coal miner is dead following an accident at a Monongalia County mine.

The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said Tuesday that 49-year-old Raymond Scott Savage of Maidsville was killed Monday night at Redbone Mining Company's Crawdad No. 1 Mine.

The office says in a news release that Savage was struck by a piece of rock while operating a roof bolting machine. He was a section foreman.

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Government
12:39 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

With GOP Flip, W.Va. Coalfields Initiative On Hold

Senator Mike Green
Credit West Virginia Legislature

  As the state Senate shifts Republican, a Democratic senator says an initiative to revitalize West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields is on hold.

Sen. Mike Green says the fate of the Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy initiative, or SCORE, is up to Senate Republicans. The Raleigh County Democrat is SCORE's co-chairman. He lost re-election last week as Republicans took the majority.

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Economy
12:33 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Hendricks Coal Expects Layoffs at Mingo Mines

  Hendricks Coal expects to lay off 90 workers at three mines and a coal preparation plant in Mingo County.

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Environment
10:01 am
Tue November 11, 2014

West Virginia DEP Approves Union Carbide Site Cleanup Plan

Credit Harry Schaefer, Environmental Protection Agency / wikimedia Commons

  State regulators have approved Union Carbide's plan to clean up a former warehouse and drum storage facility in Charleston.

The Department of Environmental Protection says Union Carbide operated the facilities at the former Kelly Field Site from the late 1940s to the early 1990s. The property is now vacant.

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9:24 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly: John Unger

Lead in text: 
PBS features West Virginia State Senator John Unger, who also serves as a pastor at three churches in the Eastern Panhandle. Unger says being a pastor allows him to better understand "the human condition" and helps him become a better legislator.
  • Source: Pbs
  • | Via: PBS
BOB ABERNETHY, correspondent: John Unger is a 45-year-old West Virginia native who has pastored St. John Lutheran Church in Harper's Ferry for four-and-a-half years. He says when he started the congregation consisted of six people and a dog. Today, about fifty people worship here on the average Sunday.
West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Film Honoring 37 Fallen Premieres Tonight

On West Virginia Morning on this Veterans Day, Beth Vorhees talks with two students at West Virginia State University about their film that chronicles the lives and service of 37 West Virginians who died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And Suzanne Higgins sits down with U. S. Senator Jay Rockefeller as prepares to retire from public service. 

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Retirement Looming
10:33 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Rockefeller Says Personal Sacrifices Part of Public Service

Sen. Jay Rockefeller reflects on his half-century career in public service.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who announced Saturday the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at West Virginia University, will retire at the end of the year after 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

Rockefeller calls public life "all consuming if you go after it like you should."

He says personal time with family, especially his children, has been the price he's paid in public service, and he plans to make up for it in retirement.

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Huntington Hospitals
3:54 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Cabell Huntington Hospital Announces Agreement to Assume Control of St. Mary’s

Credit CabellHuntington.org

Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s will soon work together in Huntington.

Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Pallotine Sisters who control the St. Mary’s Medical center have signed an agreement that transfers control of St. Mary’s to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Both hospitals say the hope is that by working together they will be able to provide more affordable healthcare to the region..

Now that an agreement has been reached, the hospitals will wait for the Federal Trade Commission to review the competitive implications of the transaction.

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Mine Closure
1:04 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Alpha Closes McDowell County Mine

Alpha Natural Resources has idled an underground coal mine in southern West Virginia.

Alpha spokesman Steve Hawkins said the shutdown of the Brooks Run South Mining Cucumber operation is considered to be permanent.

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