On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet the Vagabond Chef. Matt Welsh of Wheeling recently took a motorcycle trip through 39 counties to find the best cuisine.  And we’ll feature a performance by bluegrass group The 1937 Flood in tribute to radio host Joe Dobbs.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Matt Welsch, also known as the Vagabond Chef, has traveled all over the world experiencing culinary arts and food. You can find a taste of those travels at his restaurant, the Vagabond Kitchen, in Wheeling. Welsch recently took a 10-day motorcycle trip across the state of West Virginia. Over the course of 1500 miles, and throughout 39 counties, Welsch's objective was to connect and find other West Virginians who are passionate about cuisine, spirits, and celebrating the Mountain State in general.  The Vagabond Chef calls the trip “a true immersion experience.”

You may have heard about the scandal involving Volkswagen cheating on emissions standards. But did you know that WVU researchers helped catch VW in the act?

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Federal officials say they have struck a $5.6 million settlement with Bayer CropScience over an explosion that killed two people at the company's Institute pesticide plant in 2008.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced the settlement Monday.

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  New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not moving.

Results from a telephone survey show obesity rates stayed about the same in 45 states last year. There were small increases in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah.

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I grew up in Appalachia.

Okay, I didn’t come from the kind of Appalachia that’s often associated with the stereotype of ignorant, welfare check-collecting “hicks” living “up the holler.”  I grew up in Charleston, WV, which is and was much like “Suburban Anywhere, USA.”

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A state program has awarded grants totaling $100,000 to eight projects that promote healthy living in communities.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the Growing Healthy Communities grants on Monday.

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Researchers plan to survey West Virginia residents about their experiences with crime as part of a study of crime reporting in the state.

Other study topics include residents' willingness to seek help from law enforcement and their perceptions of the criminal justice system and community safety.

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Former U.S. Nick Rahall is donating 2,000 boxes of documents from his congressional career to West Virginia University.

The papers include testimony, speeches, news releases and other documents. Rahall represented southern West Virginia for 19 terms in the U.S. House, from 1977 to 2015.

The public will have an opportunity to learn about West Virginia's academic standards for grades K-12 at a town hall meeting in Wheeling.

The West Virginia Department of Education says the town hall will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Liberty University's Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex.

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The Division of Natural Resources has obtained 4,300 acres in McDowell County for an elk restoration program.

Natural Resources director Robert Fala tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the state is leasing the land near the Tug Fork Wildlife Management Area, roughly between Welch and Roderfield.

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A health care company is continuing its effort to acquire a Navy base in Pendleton County after the facility closes.

KVC Health Systems has proposed converting the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove into a community college that would serve young adults emerging from the foster care system.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Proctor and Gamble manufacturing site in Berkeley County.  And Roxy Todd talks with novelist Glenn Taylor about his book “A Hanging at Cinder Bottom” set in McDowell County at the turn of the 19th century.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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West Virginia public workers could face another round of health insurance benefit cuts.

A professional gambler named Abe Baach and his girlfriend Goldie Toothman, who owns a local brothel, are the main characters in a new novel by Glenn Taylor. The novel, called A Hanging at Cinder Bottom, is set in McDowell County’s “red light district” of Keystone during the turn of the 19th century.

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Sixteen schools in eight West Virginia counties will share more than $12,200 in grants for sustainability projects.

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How do the wordsmiths of today describe Appalachians? The people who don't let a day go by without putting down on paper a song, or a rhyme, or a tale that they just had to get off their chest? What kind of worlds do they create in their writings?


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The highly anticipated Procter and Gamble site in Berkeley County broke ground Friday. And starting October 1, 2015 job applications will be available online.

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Two West Virginia health centers are getting help with their fight against opioid overdoses.

Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced Friday that two West Virginia health centers will receive a total of $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program.

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Four energy partners have formally asked the federal government for permission to build a 564-mile natural gas pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

The 348-page application for the $5.1 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday.