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Man strives to restore Philippi theatre

Oct 17, 2013
Russ Stover

While the International Film Festival gets underway in Charleston, in another part of the state, a man is working to bring film back to his small town.

Russ Stover is trying to restore the Grand Theatre in downtown Philippi, to make it an attraction to cinema enthusiasts in the area. Stover says in that part of the state, it’s very difficult for film lovers to go see movies.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

From the Associated Press: Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.

Passage of the bill late Wednesday in the House and Senate ended a Washington-created crisis that closed much of government for 16 days. It came on the eve of the date the Treasury Department warned it would no longer be able to borrow to pay the government's bills.

WVU / WVU

Google Glass. It’s a new computer right out of a James Bond film or a science fiction novel. You wear it like you would wear glasses, but you peer at the world with technologically reinforced eyes.

Like Iron Man.

…Without the suit.

Maybe the suit will come next, but, in the meantime Google Glass is being tested by thousands of people including students at West Virginia University. Professor Mary Kay McFarland got wind that Google was looking for ‘Glass Explorers’ and now she’s incorporated the technology into her class.

Ashton Marra

Up a small set of stairs and to the left sits the cafeteria at McKinley Middle School, but you don’t need the secretary’s directions to find it. At lunch time, you can hear the chatter of students as soon as you walk in the school’s front door.

McKinley houses about 350 6-8 graders who, in 20 minute shifts of about 50 or so, file into the small cafeteria, fill their trays and sit down at tables to eat.

“I’m usually scared of the school food,” said eighth-grader Mickala Wilkinson.

W.Va. International Film Festival opens Thursday

Oct 16, 2013

The West Virginia International Film Festival opens tomorrow night in Charleston for a week’s worth of movies from around the world.

  The vice president of the festival can’t wait to show local audiences a French film called “Holy Motors.”  It’s a fantasy drama about a man and his limousine. Emmett Pepper is also a fan of another movie to be featured at the festival.

West Virginia Morning - October 16, 2013

Oct 16, 2013
Billy Owens as pictured in the yearbook from 1954.
Courtesy Concord University

On this WV Morning, cutting edge technology at local parks is an idea most wouldn’t believe; Clark Davis reports on park WIFI in Huntington. Also, Concord University is partnering with a school from the land down under to learn more about Australian culture, and Jessica Lilly has a report on the first African American student and athlete at Concord University. And as Cecelia Mason reports, the WVU Medical School’s Eastern Division is trying to fill a void in doctor education through a new class called Med Chef.

Concord class collaboration spans 10,000+ miles

Oct 16, 2013
Concord students displayed posters during a symposium. A Concord education class is partnering with an Austsralian school to evaluate differences and similarities.
Jared Kline

Concord University is partnering with a school from the 'land down under' to learn more about Australian culture. Technology is playing a huge role to help surpass such a large geographical boundary.

This semester Concord students enrolled in Educational Psychology, Assessment (EPAT) teamed up with students from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. The partnership is part of an effort to compare education systems on a global level.

Joey Stevenson / WVU School of Medicine

Students at the West Virginia University School of Medicine Martinsburg, W.Va., campus are getting a side dish of cooking lessons along with their regular medical training.

The WVU Medical School’s Eastern Division is trying to fill a void in doctor education through a new class called Med Chef.

Billy Owens as pictured in the yearbook from 1954.
Courtesy Concord University

A campus based organization at Concord University tracked down the first African American student to attend the school. The Black Student Union invited Billy Owens to Athens earlier this month. Owens saw discrimination in his day, but not at the University.   

  It started after sophomore and Black Student Union president James Riley heard the legend of Billy Owens from faculty advisors on campus. Apparently, they had searched for Owens in the past with no luck.

Huntington parks set up wireless system

Oct 15, 2013

  The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District is banking on the idea that if WiFi is available, people will come to the park.

An internet service provider based in Huntington pipes a signal directly to antenna’s located at strategic locations in the park. That signal is turned into WiFi; available to connect to mobile devices in the park. At 50 megabytes per second the Park District thinks they’re on to something that the public will enjoy. Kevin Brady is the Executive Director.

NOVA host coming to WV

Oct 15, 2013
David Pogue, Host of Nova scienceNow
PBS

Next week in Morgantown, a special symposium on energy will be bringing one of the nation’s most prominent faces in the field.

  David Pogue is a columnist for the New York Times, who also works as the host of the PBS program Nova Science Now.

Pogue is the keynote speaker for the Science, Technology and Research Symposium, or STAR symposium, coming up next week in Morgantown. Pogue says science is a field where there’s a lot of demand—a number of job opportunities are available—but not much supply—meaning, there just aren’t enough people to fill those jobs.

West Virginia Morning - October 15, 2013

Oct 15, 2013

On this WV Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Senator Joe Manchin's ideas on how to get the government funded, and Glynis Board brings us a feature on the first annual WV tatto expo. Those stories and more!

Tattoo artists and ink-fanatics alike traveled from all over the country to the first ever WV Tattoo Expo in Morgantown Oct. 11-13, 2013.

Twelve Senators are reaching across the aisle on a deal to end the government shutdown and increase the federal debt limit before Thursday, the day the country would likely default on its debts if Congress doesn’t act. One of the 12, Senator Joe Manchin said default is not an option.

Little Blue Run Coal Ash Impoundment
Wiki

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy over groundwater pollution, soggy yards, and foundation damage they say was caused by a leaking coal ash impoundment.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Wheeling accuses the Ohio-based power company of negligence, reckless conduct, trespassing and creating a nuisance.

It says arsenic and other substances have leached out of the unlined, 1,700-acre Little Blue Run impoundment into groundwater, and the air has been fouled by the noxious odors of hydrogen sulfide gas.

by Rob Elliott / Arizona Raft Adventures

Kathy Zerkle is a river ranger for the National Park Service who works in Fayette County in New River Park, and, you guessed it, she’s out of work these days. Furloughed. And while she’s concerned about what that means for the safety and well-being of the New River Park and the public that visit, and her personal future financially, she’s also concerned about how the government shutdown impacts the Grand Canyon—or at least her ability to experience it.

West Virginia Morning - October 14, 2013

Oct 14, 2013

On this WV Morning, Ben Adducchio talks about the importance of science with David Pogue, a columnist for the New York Times who also works as the host of the PBS program Nova Science Now. Also, Grand Canyon woes and how the National Park Service is effected by the federal shutdown. Plus, take a ride on the railroad in a Traveling 219 special about a tourist train run by the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad.

Train-Truck collision fatality ID'd

Oct 12, 2013
Geoff Hamill / Pocahontas Times

Authorities have identified the driver who died after his logging truck collided with a passenger train at a crossing in West Virginia.

Update: October 14, 2013:

Geoff Hamill / Pocahontas Times

Update: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9:12 p.m.

Tracy Fath, Director of Marketing and Communications for Davis Health systems reports that 23 individuals have received treatment at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.Va.:

Submitted Photo

Compressed natural gas is a hard sell despite all the drilling.

West Virginia native John Nash continues to inspire.

Traditional music lovers will soon be able to own The 1928 Johnson City Sessions.

And we take a trip to the quiet zone in West Virginia, shhhh.

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