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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.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson said one person is dead after an early morning house explosion in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.

On this West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board has an update on the ongoing investigation into Wednesday shooting at a federal building in Wheeling, Ashton Marra reports on the future of tolls along the West Virginia Turnpike, and Clark Davis has more on Marshall's School of Medicine being lifted from probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Thomas J. Piccard
AP

A press conference Thursday afternoon gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities a chance to address concerns about a shooting that took place Wednesday at the Federal Courthouse in Wheeling.

Ashton Marra

As the state moves closer to paying off its bond debt associated with the West Virginia Turnpike, lawmakers are starting to consider what to do with the roadway. The ideas being discussed in the halls of the Capitol, however, always make their way a few miles down I-77 to the state Parkways Authority’s headquarters.

A bill originally introduced during the 2013 Legislative Session is being hashed out by legislators during interim meetings. Co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cole of Mercer County, he says it helps diminish the burden on the Turnpike counties.

VH1 saves the music at eight W.Va schools

Oct 10, 2013
trombone
wikimedia

Students in eight West Virginia public schools will be playing new musical instruments in their bands and music classes this year.  The new instruments come thanks to a partnership between the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

Which schools?

Beckley-Stratton Middle School in Raleigh County

George Washington Middle School in Putnam County

Horace Mann Middle School in Kanawha County

Milton Middle School in Cabell County

Summers Middle School in Summers County

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Board of Education had asked Superintendent Lynn Boyer to study the costs and benefits of keeping the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney versus moving them to another location. Boyer made a presentation to the Board Wednesday and in a statement announced the Board voted Thursday morning to keep the schools in Romney.

Boyer said the decision will allow the WVSDB and the community work together to make improvements to the Schools.

In June 2011 Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was recommended for probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. After making many necessary changes the school had its probation lifted late last week.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s congressional delegation is weighing in on the shutdown’s
effect on mine safety. Approximately 1,400 of MSHA’s 2,355 employees are
furloughed during the government shutdown. Three miners were killed
on three consecutive days this past weekend, including one from West
Virginia.

In his remarks Thursday from the House floor, Congressman Nick Rahall
urged his colleagues to “abandon this ridiculous political showdown that
is undercutting the safety in our mines, our industrial facilities, our
food chain, and so much more.”

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