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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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Higher Education
11:43 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Enrollment Down at W.Va. Four-Year Institutions

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Fall enrollment is down at most of West Virginia's public four-year colleges and universities. The Charleston Gazette says state figures show about 65,400 students are enrolled in public four-year schools. That's down 1.6 percent from the fall of 2013.

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West Virginia Morning
8:30 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Nick Rahall Gives His Exit Interview on Election Night

On West Virginia Morning, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller will get a school named after him at West Virginia University.   And we’ll have an update about how the community of Matewan is turning their town around.

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A Senator's Legacy
8:06 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Rockefeller Honored with School of Policy, Politics in His Name

Dr. Scott Crichlow, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, President Gordon Gee and Sen. Joe Manchin at West Virginia University's Wise Library.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Some 2,000 boxes of documents, 500 gigabytes of data and hundreds of pieces of memorabilia now have a new home at West Virginia University after President E. Gordon Gee and Senator Jay Rockefeller announced Saturday the university's library will serve as Rockefeller's official Senatorial archive.

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Turn This Town Around
8:04 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Turn This Town Around-Matewan Gains Momentum as Meetings Wrap Up

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

“Turn This Town Around” is a project in which two communities, Matewan and Grafton have been selected to receive training, coaching and technical assistant to help revitalize their communities.

Wilma Lee Steele is on the board for the Mine Wars Museum in Matewan. They held an open house over the week where the public was able to come and vote on the color of carpet and how the museum will present the town’s history.

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2014 Elections
7:31 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Meet Delegate-Elect for the 65th District, Jill Upson

Credit Jill Upson / Twitter

On Election Day last week, Republican Jill Upson defeated Democrat Tiffany Lawrence for the House of Delegates in the 65th District.

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Inside Appalachia
7:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Another Industry Moves into Appalachia, Hemp Farmers in Ky. & N.C., Remembering Our Veterans

Fred Curits Lewis co-founder of the Growing Warriors Project.
Credit Growing Warriors

This week, we’ll hear from farmer Peg Taylor,  who’s excited that Hemp is being grown in Kentucky for the first time in four decades. But some farmers in West Virginia, like Bill Gorby, say they’re concerned about what hydraulic fracturing could do to the water on their farms.

And for What’s in a Name, we’ll travel to a small town that’s famous for its unique hunter’s stew.

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Appetite Appalachia
5:56 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Rattlesnake and Snapping Turtle Burgoo and Fresh Apple Pie for Dessert

Burgoo is a thick hearty hunter's stew
Credit Charles Hayes

 

On a an overcast, October day a crowd of 600 people gather in the little town of Webster Springs. Twenty cooks and 20 Burgoos. 

Helping judge the best of these Burgoos is Tim Urbanic, chef and owner of Cafe Cimino.

 

“You got to love Burgoo. I really love the rattlesnake. And the snapping turtle. They're such heritage foods,” he said.

 

The crowd gets to choose a people's choice Burgoo too. Angie Cowger and Elissa Clayton are about to vote for their favorites.

 

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Health
3:47 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

W.Va. 2014 Rate of Late Preterm Births at 9.1% in March of Dimes Report Card

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West Virginia once again earns a “C” on the 2014 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.

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Public Health
2:38 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

New Unit at Ruby Memorial Hospital is Ebola-Ready

Director of WVU Healthcare Facilities Engineering and Management, Scott Bierer, in one of the newly renovated isolation units at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Credit WVPublic

Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown is now equipped and prepared with what’s called an Infection Prevention and Containment Unit, complete with five isolations rooms, in the event that any sick person be admitted who has had any possible exposure to the Ebola virus.

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Gubernatorial Appointment
1:39 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Tomblin Taps McCabe for Public Service Commission

On the final night of the 2014 Legislative Session, Senate President Jeff Kessler stepped down from the podium to allow retiring member Brooks McCabe to oversee the chamber.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Friday announced the appointment of retiring state Senator Brooks McCabe to the West Virginia Public Service Commission. McCabe replaces Ryan Palmer who resigned in September to take a position with the Federal Communications Commission. 

McCabe will resign his from his seat in the Senate to take the position Nov. 15. He did not run for re-election this year.

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Politics
11:46 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Democratic Staff Accused of Trashing Charleston House

A Charleston attorney says the West Virginia Democratic Party rented a historic riverfront house and trashed it. 

Cynthia Evans told The Charleston Gazette that her Charleston office looked like a frat house Wednesday, the day after the election.

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Politics
11:41 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Manchin Leaves Bi-Partisan Group Over Election Support

Sen. Joe Manchin.

Sen. Joe Manchin has stepped down as an honorary co-chair of the bipartisan No Labels group.

The West Virginia Democrat has been upset that the group supported the Republican challenger, Congressman Cory Gardner, in the Colorado Senate race. Manchin had backed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in the contest. Manchin says the group did not communicate their plans to him beforehand.

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Republican Majority
11:35 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Hall Says Political Flip to Keep District Relevant

Credit Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Wyoming County Senator Daniel Hall made the political switch from Democrat to Republican this week giving the GOP an 18 to 16 majority. On Viewpoint Friday, Hall said he made the switch to keep his district relevant.

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Viewpoint
11:01 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Historic Wins and a Party Switch Mean New Faces Will Lead W.Va. in Washington and at Home

The 2014 mid-term elections were significant not just for the national Republican Party, but for the state GOP as well. The party was able to gain control of all 4 Congressional seats on the ballot and flip both the West Virginia House and Senate. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Ebola Health Care Worker Ends 21 Day Monitoring

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board talks with a health care worker who spent a month assessing the Ebola virus in Liberia. And the Public Service Commission is holding public hearings across the state on a rate increase request from American Electric Power.  Jessica Lilly attended one in Mercer County.

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PSC Meetings
9:09 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

What Are West Virginia AEP Customers Saying About AEP's Proposed Rate Increase?

American Electric Power customers testify about the proposed rate increase in Mercer County.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The Public Service Commission is hosting meetings across the state as American Electric Power asks to raise electric rates on customers. Wednesday they heard from folks in McDowell County, many of which, oppose the rate increase. On Thursday they were in Mercer County.

Folks at the meeting expressed concerns about:

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Public Health
6:43 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

An Ebola Healthcare Worker Returns Home to West Virginia

Burial site in Bong County, Liberia.
Credit Scott Laney / CDC

The week a healthcare worker in West Virginia completes his 21-day monitoring period after a month in Liberia.

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Economy
3:13 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Governor's Trip to Brazil to Focus on Ethane Cracker Plant

Credit West Virginia Legislature

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday he will lead a trade mission to Brazil next week to continue talks with two companies who plan to bring an ethane cracker to the state. 

Tomblin and members of the West Virginia Development Office will meet with executives from Odebrecht and Braskem while on the four day trip to the South American country, focusing on the next steps for Project ASCENT.

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Higher Education
3:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

WVU Exploring Purchase of Beckley Campus

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West Virginia University announced Thursday it is exploring the purchase of the former Mountain State University Beckley campus.The University announced a due diligence agreement in a press release. The agreement allows WVU to explore the facilities, location, and academic programs among many other areas at Mountain State to determine if it meets their academic and fiscal expectations.

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