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In this week’s Inside Appalachia we take a look at first generation college students.  We’ll hear about challenges that first generation college students are going through, and how some colleges and universities are trying to help these students stay in school.

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A federal judge has ruled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy must give a deposition in a lawsuit over the impact of regulations on jobs.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling, West Virginia, wrote Thursday that there's no viable alternative to deposing McCarthy in top coal producer Murray Energy's lawsuit.

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Each year the Marshall University Community gathers around the Memorial Fountain on the Marshall campus to remember those lost in the 1970 plane crash that killed the Marshall football team, staff and supporters.

The son of one of the dozens who died when a plane carrying the Marshall football team and staff crashed will speak at the annual memorial service.

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The annual Winter Festival of Lights at Wheeling's Oglebay Park is set to get started.

The display kicks off Friday night and runs through Jan. 3. It can be viewed nightly until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Higher Education Policy Commission says student enrollment at West Virginia's public four-year colleges is showing signs of stabilizing.

HEPC Chancellor Paul Hill says enrollment in the state's public colleges has declined in each of the past five years, but a smaller decline this fall could indicate efforts to boost enrollment are working.

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A controlled deer hunt is set for next week at Pipestem Resort State Park in southern West Virginia

Division of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Todd Dowdy tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the hunt scheduled for Monday through Wednesday is the first at the resort. Hunters will be taken to designated tree stand locations and be allowed to kill one deer.

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On West Virginia Morning, the latest from the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.  Also, Jessica Lilly tells the story of a Wyoming County student who is the first in her family to go to college. 

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

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After 31 days of presenting witness testimony and hundreds of pieces of evidence, the U.S. Attorney's Office was set to rest its case Thursday against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. That was, until a motion from the defense to allow them to use a government witness to bring in more evidence threw the prosecution, once again, off course. 

In this week's podcast, host Scott Finn discusses that motion with West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hissam as well as the government's arguments surrounding a 2010 Massey Securities Exchange Commission filing and defense motions for acquittal.

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$560,000 could have bought you the historic Sweet Springs Resort Thursday morning. The property, built in 1791, was auctioned off to a new owner, Ashby Berkley, along with equipment and facilities to bottle the famous Sweet Springs mineral water.

The Morgantown High School Marching Band makes its way down High Street in Morgantown on Wednesday, Nov. 11, during the city's Veterans Day parade.
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Dec. 7, 2016 will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which thrust America into World War II. Morgantown High School’s marching band has been selected to represent West Virginia during a commemoration next year in Hawaii to honor that milestone.

One of the few remaining survivors of the attack came to the Mountain State from Texas to share his first-hand account of that fateful day with the band members and take part in Veterans Day ceremonies.

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The United Mine Workers of America threw its support behind businessman Jim Justice in the West Virginia Governor’s race. 


This week on Inside Appalachia, we hear from first generation college students, like Savanna Lusk, the daughter of an underground coal miner and Logan Bays the son of a former surface miner. Host Jessica Lilly spoke on WVNS-TV Morning Show, previewing this week's episode.

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State and federal authorities have created a multi-jurisdictional working group to identify and deal with health care fraud in northern West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II and representatives of the FBI, the IRS and the state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the group's formation on Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Montoro is the group's leader.

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Standing in downtown Wheeling, “the original gate to the West” (as Wheelonians sometimes call it), it’s hard to throw a stone without hitting something historically significant. That is especially true at 1413 Eoff Street, the First State Capitol Building (constructed in 1858). The state’s first capitol building is being restored to its 20th century glory, and also being brought into the 21st century.

Alpha Natural Resources founder, chairman and CEO Michael J. Quillen and other retirees are objecting to the coal operator's plan to terminate their health care and other benefits.

In a Tuesday filing, the retirees say they haven't been provided sufficient time to analyze Alpha's plan and respond. They asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond on Tuesday to delay a Nov. 17 hearing.

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Marshall University hosted a panel to brainstorm ideas for battling prostitution in the Huntington community.

News outlets report that about 200 students and residents attended the event in the Memorial Student Center Wednesday night.

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University of Charleston President Ed Welch says a tuition increase will be offset by more financial aid.

Undergraduate tuition at the private university will increase by $3,000 to $28,900 a year.

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The Robert C. Byrd Corridor H Highway Authority is celebrating the completion of a segment of the road near the Tucker-Grant county line.

The authority scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.

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Mount Hope has banned disposing oil and gas drilling waste in injection wells that pump the material underground.

Mount Hope Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance prohibiting the disposal of drilling waste in injection wells within the town's borders.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor spoke to members of the Morgantown High School band.  The band has been chosen to represent the state at commemoration ceremonies in Hawaii next year.  And we’ll visit West Virginia first state capitol in Wheeling. 

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