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The West Virginia cancer coalition Mountains of Hope released a five-year strategic plan for reducing the impact of cancer the state. Its goal is to create a centralized framework that collaborating health care practitioners, policymakers and advocates can follow to reduce cancer rates in the state.

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Donald Trump's West Virginia campaign chairman says the GOP presidential front-runner will be visiting the state sometime before the May 10 primary.

But Mike Stuart, who is also a former state Republican Party chairman, declined to say when or where Trump would visit. Stuart told The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the Trump campaign is committed to winning West Virginia's popular vote as well as the delegate vote.

On West Virginia Morning, the state's Poet Laureate Marc Harshman reads poetry by Appalachian poet Robert Morgan.  And Clark Davis reports about a local storytelling website in Huntington. 

These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

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Robert Morgan is a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Essayist, novelist, teacher, short-story author, poet, and “an unassuming gentleman and a friend to artists everywhere,” Harshman said. His novel Gap Creek was a selection of the Oprah Book Club and a New York Times Best Seller.

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The U.S. Senate passed national energy reform legislation this week for the first time in nearly a decade.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 includes amendments were offered up by Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore-Capito of West Virginia that aim to help coal be a competitive energy source into the future.  

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Mountain Stage with LarryGroce, the long-running live-performance radio program from NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is pleased to announce that jam band extraordinaire Leftover Salmon will return to Mountain Stage on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston.

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A group of Huntington residents are spearheading a local storytelling web site. It’s an idea that’s spreading all over the state.

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The West Virginia Racing Commission says appeals hearings for small fines against racetrack personnel are costing the commission thousands of dollars apiece.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports racing commissioners discussed Tuesday that each appeal of track judges' or stewards' fines for minor infractions requires the commission to retain a hearing examiner, a court reporter, to pay for travel costs, and often the cost of the out-of-town meeting space to hold the hearing.

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Prosecutors say former coal company executive Don Blankenship has to head to prison on May 12, pending an appeal.

Prosecutors mentioned the ex-Massey Energy CEO's date to surrender to federal custody in a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filing on Wednesday.

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A Wheeling-based union local has settled claims that it failed to reinstate a National Guard member as an apprentice laborer following his return from basic training.

The U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement Wednesday with the Laborers Local No. 1149.

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Unemployment rates dropped in 52 of West Virginia's 55 counties in March.

WorkForce West Virginia says the unemployment rate rose in McDowell County and was unchanged in Barbour and Brooke counties.

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Scott Tobias has been named director of bands at West Virginia University.

WVU says in a news release that Tobias replaces John Hendricks, who has accepted a new administrative position with the College of Creative Arts. Hendricks spent 12 years as assistant director of bands and as director of the Mountaineer Marching Band since 1998.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling where a city council candidate’s campaign sign was defaced with black spray paint and how the community has responded.  And Earth Day is celebrated this Friday.  We’ll have a report about how corporate America is using the occasion to advertise its environmental stewardship. 

These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Glenn Elliot

With Election Day just a few weeks away, you’ve likely seen a political sign or two on a street corner in your town, or maybe in your neighbor’s front yard. Up in Wheeling, one community is responding to the defacing of a candidate’s sign after spray paint blackened out her face and racially disparaging phrases covered her name.

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A team of West Virginia scientists have made a breakthrough in cancer research that could improve the results patients see from lung cancer treatments.

Scientists from the West Virginia University Cancer Institute and the Morgantown-based bio-analytic technology company Protea say they've identified changes that occur at the molecular level in lung cancer cells. Those changes may make the cells resistant to cancer-fighting drugs, something researchers say can be a common problem among cancer patients.

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Two graduates of West Virginia universities have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their work.

Monongalia County native Margie Mason is a West Virginia University grad who, along with three colleagues at the associated press, earned a Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public service. Mason was part of an 18-month investigation of slavery and severe labor abuses tied to the seafood supply in American supermarkets and restaurants.

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The owner of a scrap metal business has been convicted of engaging in an organized criminal enterprise.

Media outlets report that Monday, 80-year-old William "Bill" Smith entered a Kennedy plea on the charge, while West End Recycling pleaded guilty to five counts of receiving stolen scrap metal. A Kennedy plea allows a conviction without the defendant admitting guilt.

WVPB News Team Wins 6 Regional Murrow Awards

Apr 19, 2016
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting's news team has won six Regional Murrow Awards.

The awards, named for legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, are organized and curated by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The station competed against news organizations in RTDNA's Region 8, which includes Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. 

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The Pallottine Missionary Sisters have announced the creation of the Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon. This new foundation will serve healthcare related needs of the community in Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties through its annual grant award process.

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With the arrival of the last day to register to vote before next month's primary election in West Virginia, the secretary of state's office says activity through the online voter registration application system has surged.

The secretary of state's office said the system received more than 10,000 submissions last week, accounting for almost a third of the submissions. There were about 1,100 submissions the first full month and 8,600 submissions in March.

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