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Tennis greats at the Greenbrier this weekend

Sep 20, 2013
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Tennis champion Pete Sampras returns to West Virginia this weekend for the Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic.  This is the second annual event.  Sampras won last year's inaugural tennis exposition.
    Sampras will be joined by other tennis greats Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Tommy Haas.  Lendl and McEnroe will play the opening singles match at noon Saturday.  The Americans Sampras and McEnroe will play Europeans Lendl and Haas in a doubles match on Sunday.

WVU law professor talks expected EPA power plant rules

Sep 19, 2013
AEP's Mountaineer plant in New Haven, WV. 2009
Keri Brown

With new regulations expected to come from the Environmental Protection Agency on coal-fired power plants, one West Virginia University law professor is predicting new challenges for the state coal industry.  James Van Nostrand is a law professor at the WVU law school, who specializes in energy law. He fully expects legal challenges to be presented by the coal industry in response to the EPA’s new guidelines which are slated to be released this week.

Ashton Marra

  The U.S. Attorney for Southern West Virginia is again charging Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury with conspiring to deprive a resident of his constitutional rights.

Here is the news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                          Sept. 19, 2013                   

GOODWIN CHARGES MINGO JUDGE IN SECOND CONSPIRACY

West Virginia Morning - Sept. 19, 2013

Sep 19, 2013

On this WV Morning, learn about the music scene in the state, hear from a law professor about new threats to the coal industry, and hear the history of famous Omie Wise ballad.

West Virginia’s substance abuse problem is one focus of the Integrated Behavioral Health Conference in Charleston this week.  Professionals from health care, government and law enforcement are meeting to find the best ways to handle substance abuse and other mental health needs.

Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling said the idea of the conference began a couple years ago and that the goal is to combine resources in hopes of learning and progressing the field.

Kathy Kelly is an a peace activist, a pacifist, and an author. She’s been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize three times. Her life's work has been traveling to war zones around the world to be a voice for people who are endangered and trapped by the political games of governments battling over economic bones. She's visiting Morgantown this week talking with students from West Virginia University, members of the media, and community members.

    

Path of the Pacifist

INTO off to the start they hoped for at Marshall

Sep 17, 2013

  International students from all over the world are a few weeks into their first semester at Marshall 

  University through a new program called INTO.

About 160 students from the other side of the world are new to the Marshall campus this fall.

It's official; Natalie Tennant enters U.S. Senate race

Sep 17, 2013
Jessica Y. Lilly

 West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant officially entered the U.S. Senate race. The Democrat announced her candidacy in front of about 100 supporters at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley Tuesday. 

“I am here after serious thought intense conversations with my family and a whole lot of prayer," Tennant said, "I am here today to tell you that I’m running for the United States Senate.”
 

After walking through a crowd of democrats, Natalie Tennant took the podium to share some of her views on national political issues.

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The victims of the Navy Yard shootings that brought panic and tragedy to a corner of Washington, D.C., on Monday morning are in many people's thoughts as their names and other information are released. We'll collect what we know about the victims here.

West Virginia Morning - September 16, 2013

Sep 16, 2013

On this WV Morning, a West Virginia native is finding success as a game show historian, and we take a minute to remember former WV Poet Laureate Irene McKinney.

A TRIBUTE: Celebrating Irene McKinney

Sep 16, 2013

Irene McKinney, poet, editor, and teacher, published seven collections of poetry, six during her lifetime including Vivid Companion and Six O’Clock Mine Report, and the most recent, published posthumously, Have You Had Enough Darkness Yet? The recipient of numerous awards, she served as WV’s Poet Laureate from 1994 until her death early last year.

Davis & Elkins increases enrollement by 68%

Sep 16, 2013

Davis & Elkins College recently announced admission figures which demonstrate the College’s fifth consecutive year of increased enrollment.

Davis & Elkins College reports a total growth of 65.8 percent since 2008. The Office of the Registrar reported the official figures for the new academic year totaling 847 full-time students, 318 are new students and 529 are returning students.

WV Native becoming game show historian

Sep 13, 2013
Bill Cullen hosts "Bank on the Stars" 1954
Courtesy Adam Nedeff

A West Virginia native is finding success as a game show historian.  Adam Nedeff grew up in Vienna and graduated from Marshall University in 2005.  His first book has just been published.  It's called "Quizmaster: The Life and Times and Fun and Games of Bill Cullen." Cullen was a popular game show host, first on radio beginning in the 1940's and ending his career on television in the 1980's.

   Here's Bill Cullen hosting the comedy quiz show "Walk a Mile" in 1952. A contestant named Greta is trying to explain how to make couscous.

Are excess tax levies the answer to dwindling school budgets? One such proposal has caused friction in Kanawha county.

Cabinet Secretary Rick Thompson held the 2nd of 5 meetings around the state yesterday to hear concerns from veterans about things like access to healthcare, and nursing homes. 

James McCormick is a 22-year veteran of the Iraq and Desert Storm Wars in the Army. He says there are many things vets in the state need.

“Well obviously access to healthcare is an important thing, the need for better understanding of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries and also we need to think about long-term care facilities for some of our aging veterans,” McCormick said.

West Virginia Morning - September 12, 2013

Sep 12, 2013

On this West Virginia Morning, how does gas drilling affect floodplains? That story and more.

Ashton Marra

As an officer in the Air National Guard, Boone County Republican Delegate Joshua Nelson is headed to his second mandatory service training in two years. In a press conference, Nelson announced new legislation he will introduce allowing military members like himself to participate in legislative votes while away for training or on active duty.

Nelson’s “Warrior/Legislator Act” would allow legislators who are members of the military to vote by electronic teleconferencing, either using new video technology like FaceTime or Skype or by telephone.

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Some members of the West Virginia Board of Education took a tour of the Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, W.Va., Wednesday. The Board’s monthly meeting took place on the campus and  prior to the

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meeting members walked through the facility to see how students are educated there and what kind of renovations are needed.

Gayle Manchin, board president, was impressed with some of the rooms she saw during the tour, commenting on how cozy they looked.

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New policy that that would cut in half the amount of permissible coal dust in underground mines is making its way through federal agencies in the form of proposed rule and regulation changes

The same stricter standards are proposed in legislation introduced this summer by Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

day in Bluefield to discuss the increasing cases of Back Lung disease, noting more than 2000 West Virginia miners have died of Black Lung over the last decade.

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