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Higher Education
4:52 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

W.Va. Higher Education Agencies Name Senior Administrator

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West Virginia's higher education system has a new senior administrator.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education said Matt Turner will be the agencies' new executive vice chancellor for administration.

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Affordable Care Act Funds
4:44 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rural Clinic in Beckley Will Receive $1.65 Million Grant

Community Health Systems of Beckley is one of 60 clinics in the nation to receive a training grant through the Affordable Care Act.

Community Health Systems of Beckley is one of 60 clinics across the country that will share more than 80 million dollars in Affordable Care Act money.
 

The rural clinic  will receive a $1.65 million grant to help train primary care providers.

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Mingo Corruption
4:25 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ex-Mingo Prosecutor Sentenced to One Year in Prison, Additional Supervision

Credit United States District Court / Southern District of West Virginia

  Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty in a federal corruption case.

Sparks was sentenced Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Charleston. In addition to his time behind bars, he was sentenced to a year of supervised release.

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State Operations
3:21 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

WVOASIS Rolls Out Largest Phase to Date

Credit Office of the Governor

Tuesday marks a major change in the way state government does business, but it’s a change you likely won’t even notice.

West Virginia is rolling out its third phase of OASIS, Our Advanced Solution with Integrated Systems. It’s software that integrates a majority of the business state government conducts, but it’s not necessarily that simple.

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Guns
11:51 am
Mon July 7, 2014

West Virginia Recognizes Nebraska Concealed Carry Permits

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  Citizens from 31 other states can now carry concealed handguns in West Virginia as the state adds to its reciprocity list. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the addition of a reciprocity agreement with Nebraska today. The state becomes the seventh added since July of last year. Under the agreement, each state will honor a valid concealed carry permit issued by the other. Morrisey says Nebraska already recognized concealed handgun licenses issued by West Virginia.

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School Construction
8:25 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Construction of New McDowell Co. School to Begin Soon

Construction of a new $12 million elementary school in McDowell County is expected to begin after crews stabilize a riverbank that partially collapsed earlier this year.

Superintendent Nelson Spencer tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that demolition of the old Iaeger Elementary School has been completed. He says large rocks from the construction area are being used to help stabilize the bank.
 

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Cold Medicine
8:19 am
Mon July 7, 2014

CVS Stops Some Pseudoephedrine Sales in W.Va.

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After a bill to make pseudoephedrine available only through a doctor's prescription died on the final night of the legislative session this year, two pharmacies are announcing their intentions to stop selling the drug.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Testimony Entered in PSC Investigation, W.Va. Working to Limit Exotic Pets, and Humans of Fairmont

West Virginia American Water entered written testimony last week in the Public Service Commission's investigation into the January chemical leak in Charleston. The PSC wanted more information about how the company responded to the crisis, including justification for not shutting of their source water intake.

State officials are working on a list of animals they feel are too dangerous to own as pets and a North Central West Virginia man's Facebook project is picking up steam as he tries to introduce you to the 'Humans of Fairmont.'

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Lions, Tigers, Bears
7:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Dangerous Wild Animals: Who Made the List?

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When you hear the phrase “dangerous wild animals,” what image pops into your head? A lion? Tiger? Bear?

State officials are working to define what a dangerous wild animal is in order to restrict West Virginia residents from keeping them as pets. It’s an effort Sen. Bob Beach of Monongalia County said started for him in 2004 as chair of the House Agriculture committee.

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News
3:17 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves

Charlotte Smith, of Champoeg Creamery in St. Paul, Ore., says raw milk may offer health benefits. But she also acknowledges its very real dangers.
Courtesy of Champoeg Creamery

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:45 am

A growing number of Americans are buying raw milk. That's milk that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria.

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The Appalachian Project
11:09 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

These Two Friends Want to Document and Preserve Appalachian Culture

The Appalachian Project is collecting stories through its Facebook page as well as through video taped interviews.
Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Appalachian region has been reported on, documented and studied quite a bit in the past 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson came to the region to declare a ‘war on poverty.’

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Investigation
6:38 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Five Things From West Virginia American Water's Testimony to the PSC Regarding the Elk River Spill

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In May, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia opened a general investigation into West Virginia American Water’s response to January chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The investigation followed heavy scrutiny from the public over the water company not shutting down their intake along the Elk River downstream of the spill.

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Social Networking
8:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Checking In With the Humans of Fairmont

Creed Holden
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On Facebook you can find a page for just about any interest. In north central West Virginia, one photographer has created a new Facebook page to share images and short profiles of his fellow citizens.

Inspired by a project in the Big Apple, this page has captured the spirit of the Friendly City and in just one month it has attracted hundreds of followers.

Humans of Fairmont, and the Facebook page after which it’s modeled - Humans of New York - are categorized as Arts and Humanities websites.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Documenting Appalachian Culture, The Meaning of Wheeling, A Special Soldier and More

Two regular guys take on the job of documenting Appalachia’s culture and history.

A new book explores the meaning behind the name Wheeling.

Looking at Appalachia is still looking for photographs of the region.

And a West Virginia soldier is honored to be a member of the Old Guard.

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Essay
9:54 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

WVU Athletic Director Takes Issue With Professor's Opinion on Stadium Renovations

Oliver Luck

There is another point of view as to whether West Virginia University should spend millions of dollars to fix up its football stadium than the one expressed by visiting law professor Michael Blumenthal in his essay for West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Inside Appalachia.

Blumenthal questions whether such an outlay is appropriate for an institution of higher learning. Needless to say, as athletic director at West Virginia University, I believe it is – and for reasons that are both practical and educational.

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Public Comment Period
8:56 am
Thu July 3, 2014

State Releases Proposed Dangerous Animal List

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The public has an opportunity to weigh in on the state's proposed list of dangerous animals.
 
The list developed by the Wild and Dangerous Animal Board includes chimpanzees, crocodiles and giraffes.

Ownership of animals on the list will be prohibited. But residents who already own creatures on the list can keep them if they get a state permit.

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Retirement Funds
8:45 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Pension Credit Expansion to Cost W.Va. $197 Million

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A state actuary says expanding military service credits for public employees' pension benefits will cost more than $197 million.

A report by Consolidated Public Retirement Board actuary Harry Mandel projects that active Public Employees Retirement System participants will be eligible for $113.9 million in increased pension payments. Retirees will be entitled to about $43.6 million in increased payments.

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Promoting Diversity
8:28 am
Thu July 3, 2014

WVU Boosts Profile of Diversity Chief

David Fryson
Credit West Virginia University

  West Virginia University is elevating the status of its top diversity official.

The university said Wednesday that David M. Fryson has been promoted to vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. He's been chief diversity officer since 2012.
 

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Consumer Protection
8:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Public Service Commission Warning of Utility Scan

West Virginia's Public Service Commission is warning residents about a scam by callers who claim to represent utility companies.

The PSC says a Parkersburg-area man reported that he had been bilked out of about $1,500 by a caller claiming to represent Appalachian Power Company.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Tradition of The Old Guard, History's Tale of J.R. Clifford and The Black Lillies Perform

A Princeton native is continuing the more than 250 year old tradition of The Old Guard, a military group tasked with formal duties like playing taps at the Arlington Cemetery and firing traditional gun salutes. Parsons remembers J. R. Clifford, a prominent black attorney in the 1800s who stood up for the rights of African American teachers, and The Black Lillies perform "Gold and Roses" on the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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