Drug Court Prostitutes
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State and local officials gathered Friday in a court room at the Cabell County Courthouse. They came together to re-dedicate the existing drug court program by changing the name from Cabell County Drug Court to Cabell-Huntington Drug Court. They also announced a new program within the drug court:  the Women’s Empowerment and Addiction Recovery program.

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So how do you say Appalachia? This week, our episode is about the many different accents, and pronunciations, of Appalachia. Many of those interviewed for the show said they have very strong feelings about pronunciation.

Inside Appalachia’s host Jessica Lilly found six known pronunciations of the word Appalachia. Yes, that's right, six different ways to say it:

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Federal regulators say a Huntington hospital's planned takeover of another hospital would likely lead to higher costs to patients and lower quality of care.

The Federal Trade Commission announced a challenge Friday to Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc.'s proposed takeover of St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington.

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A Kentucky resident whose father was among the victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash that killed 75 people will speak at a memorial service.

Stephen Ward will speak on Nov. 14 at the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza in Huntington.

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West Virginia University's Office of Student Life has suspended a fraternity involved in a prank.

The university announced the interim suspension Friday of the Phi Gamma Delta chapter.

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Appalachian Power and affiliate AEP West Virginia Transmission Co. are investing $20 million in Cabell and Lincoln counties to improve reliability during the harsh winter months.

The investment in the transmission grid includes a new substation and about 4 miles of transmission line.

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Federal land and water conservation fund grants are heading to 11 community outdoor projects across West Virginia.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the funding totaling nearly $585,000 will leverage approximately $1.2 million in federal, local and private funds, benefiting projects that will be enjoyed by a quarter million state residents.

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The West Virginia Ethics Commission has reprimanded a sewage system official in Cabell County for making unauthorized personal purchases with a business credit card.

The commission issued the public reprimand Thursday to Dina B. Foster, general manager of the Pea Ridge Public Service District.

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A 27-year-old Windsor, Maryland, man faces up to 20 years in prison for his leading role in a heroin trafficking ring that distributed the drug in West Virginia, Virginia and elsewhere.

The government says Brian Alexander Hall entered a guilty plea to a conspiracy count Thursday in federal court in Martinsburg. Besides a prison term, he also could be fined up to $1 million.

Coming soon to a West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles regional office near you — paid commercials on video screens.

The state Ethics Commission approved the commercials Thursday.

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Walker Machinery Company has announced that 77 of its employees will be laid off.

Local news agencies report that the company, which employs about 500 people, says slow economic conditions and a slumping coal industry are forcing the layoffs.

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On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis previews the basketball season at the state’s universities.  And how do you pronounce the name of our region?  There are many ways to say “Appalachia.” 

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

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As Fayette County fights over school consolidation, The Front Porch gang questions whether the promises made about school consolidation ever came true.*

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The sixth full week of the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been almost exclusively focused on Bill Ross, a key witness for the prosecution.

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The West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion held a meeting Thursday in Charleston’s West Side neighborhood.

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West Virginia’s representatives gave their support to a U.S. House bill that authorizes spending up to $325 billion on transportation projects during the next six years.

After three days of debate and some 100 amendments considered, House Resolution 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, passed on a vote of 363 to 64. The bill approves more than $300 billion in spending on the country’s transportation projects. It includes $261 billion for roads and bridges.

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College basketball season has begun in West Virginia.

The West Virginia University men’s team tips off its season in exhibition play Friday night against Glenville State. Last year, the Mountaineers made a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. It was the most successful season since an appearance in the final four in 2009. WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said the key to last year was adopting a full-court press on defense, where defenders guard their player all over the floor. 

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A filmmaker with West Virginia connections is the subject of a documentary about his work in India.

A native of Ohio, Ellis Dungan moved to Wheeling in 1958 where he produced and directed industrial, business and public relations films many of which are in the West Virginia Film archives today.

But before moving to Wheeling, Dungan was fresh out of film school in southern California, who went on to become a pioneer in the Tamil film industry in southern India from 1935 to 1950.

Premature Baby
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The March of Dimes gives West Virginia low marks for preventing premature births.

West Virignia earned a D on the 2015 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. The report card compares the state's preterm birth rate with the March of Dimes' goal of 8.1 percent by 2020.

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West Virginia Women Work is an organization that wants to help women in the state achieve economic self-sufficiency. They’ve been at it for 15 years. About 1000 women are better for it, so far. But the organization runs on a shoestring budget, with only five full-time staff to organize six 11-week courses each year. It’s now looking to the state to stay afloat.