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Politics
3:22 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

W.Va. Poet: “Appalachian Blackface” Story of 2014 Election Cycle

West Virginia poet Crystal Good.
Credit Paul Corbitt Brown

Editor's Note: The audio links in this story contain some racially charged words that may not be suitable for all listeners. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, I want to tell you a story. It’s a strange, fascinating and awful tale staged in West Virginia during the 21st century when they developed a unique craft, an art form of performance known as Appalachian blackface."

The opening lines of Crystal Good's newest poem "Appalachian Blackface" are meant to pull the audience into a theatrical tale, one where the politicians are the performers and West Virginia voters the ticket holders to a show the centers around coal, economics and race.

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Government
12:34 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

W.Va. Public Workers Could See Health Benefit Cuts

  Workers covered by the Public Employees Insurance Agency could see reductions in their benefits next year.

The Public Employees Insurance Agency has proposed $40 million in benefits cuts. PEIA executive director Ted Cheatham tells the Charleston Daily Mail that comments gathered during public hearings show workers aren't happy with the changes.

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Hunting
10:43 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Hunting Safety Tips from W. Va. DNR

Credit Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

   SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Division of Natural Resources is advising hunters to take safety precautions with tree stands as the two-week buck firearms season gets under way.
 
     The season began Monday and runs through Dec. 6.
 
     DNR law enforcement chief Col. Jerry Jenkins says in a news release that tree stand accidents are the most common cause of hunter injuries.  
 
     Hunters are advised to use a safety belt or harness when hunting from elevated tree stands. Climbing belts should be used when climbing up or down a tree.
 

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Food & Drink
10:23 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Distillery Helps Sustain Jefferson County's Rural Economy

(from left to right) Eric Bell, CFO & Operations Manager, Linda Losey, co-founder, and Tom Keifer, co-founder
Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Bloomery Sweetshine Distillery located in Jefferson County has attracted around 50,000 tourists since it opened in 2011. While Jefferson County has been called the leader in tourism and economic impact in the state, some say the rural economy is struggling, and this distillery could be helping to revive it.

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Government
9:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

More W.Va. Court Records to go Digital in 2015

  More West Virginia circuit court records are expected to go digital in 2015.

The West Virginia Supreme Court is implementing a pilot electronic filing project in 14 counties. The project got under way in December 2013 when a lawsuit was filed electronically in the Marion County Circuit Clerk's Office.

Matt Arrowood with the Supreme Court tells The Exponent Telegram that civil cases are being filed electronically in Marion and Jefferson counties. He says court officials hope to begin e-filing all case types by the first of next year.

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News
8:13 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Veteran Broadcaster Bos Johnson Dies

This portrait of Bos Johnson hangs in the board room at West Virginia Public Broadcasting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Longtime WSAZ-TV news anchor and director Bos Johnson has died.
 
     The television station announced Johnson's death in a statement posted on its website Sunday night. The statement didn't provide details or Johnson's age.
 
     Johnson retired in 2005 following a 53-year career in journalism. He worked at WSAZ-TV for 24 years before leaving the station in 1976.
 

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Mon November 24, 2014

"Inspiring West Virginians" Producer Finds West Virginians Inspiring

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with freelance radio producer Jean Snedegar about the people she is profiling in her fifth season of Inspiring West Virginians.  And reporter Roxy Todd takes us to Webster County for the Burgoo cook-off. Burgoo is a stew made without rules. 

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Inside Appalachia
3:39 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Coal Co. Operating Above the Law, Revitalizing Coal Country, 14-Year-Old TN Banjo Picker & more

Credit Courtesy of the Meade family

Perfect for your Thanksgiving road-trip: Fifty-one minutes of some great Appalachian stories, including: NPR's mine safety investigation continues. Where is the the mine with the highest delinquent fines in the U.S.? What happens when mines don’t pay their fines? And an update from the Appalachian Project, and how a financial adviser in Johnson City, TN decided to begin recording oral histories across Appalachia. These stories and more, in this week's episode of Inside Appalachia.

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Inside Appalachia
6:26 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Coal Co. Operating Above the Law, Revitalizing Coal Country, 14-Year-Old TN. Banjo Picker & more

Credit Courtesy of the Meade family

Perfect for your Thanksgiving road-trip: Fifty-one minutes of some great Appalachian stories, including: NPR's mine safety investigation continues. Where is the the mine with the highest delinquent fines in the U.S.? What happens when mines don’t pay their fines? And an update from the Appalachian Project, and how a financial adviser in Johnson City, TN decided to begin recording oral histories across Appalachia. These stories and more, in this week's episode of Inside Appalachia.

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Music Festival
2:26 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Jewel City Jamboree Festival Announced in Huntington

 

  A new music festival featuring local and national talent is coming to Huntington next summer.

The Jewel City Jamboree will run Friday through Sunday, June 5-7 at Harris Riverfront Park. The festival will feature a mix of nationally traveling bluegrass acts such as The Rambling Rooks and Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time and will also feature local acts like Mystic Mountain Blueberry and Big Rock.

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Immigration
12:48 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Manchin: President Should Have Given Congress Timeline on Immigration

Credit Courtesy Photo

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin today criticized President Obama’s new executive rule the will affect millions of illegal immigrants in this country not because of the rule itself he said, but because of the timing.

The President announced the temporary shield for more than 5 million illegal immigrants in a primetime speech Thursday.

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Energy & Environment
10:55 am
Fri November 21, 2014

W.Va. to Open Bids on Wildlife Land Fracking

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
Credit Ruhrfisch [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) / Wikimedia Commons

  

West Virginia officials are unveiling offers to frack under wildlife conservation land in Tyler County.

On Friday in Charleston, the state Department of Commerce will publicly open bids for oil and natural gas rights under Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area.

The bid deadline on the 518 acres was Thursday. A 20-percent royalty on what's extracted is required.

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Education
10:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Release of Westest2 Scores Delayed Again

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

  The release of last year's standardized test scores for West Virginia public school students has been delayed again.

The Charleston Gazette reports that state education officials did not announce the results Thursday as expected. State Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says officials are still working with counties to validate the scores. She says scores can be expected soon, but did not give a specific date.

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West Virginia Morning
8:51 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Garbage to be Turned into Fuel in Berkeley County

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports on “resource recovery,” a polite way to say how household garbage can be used for fuel.  And Jessica Lilly joins Beth Vorhees to describe the scene at the arraignment of former Massey Energy chief Don Blankenship Thursday in Beckley.

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Energy
10:33 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Italian Company Could Change the Way W.Va. Looks at Waste

Hogbin shows what the confetti-like material will look like. After the cleaning process, he says it is safe to touch.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Landfilling has been the main source of getting rid of waste for centuries. But a new technology coming to West Virginia may change how we think of waste disposal, and in the long run, help our environment.

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Carbon Regulations
4:15 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Colorado Skiers: Powder, Not Power Plants

Supporters made the announcement on the sidewalk in front of the Regional EPA building in Denver.
Credit http://www.snowridersinternational.org

As the ski season opens, more than 115 snow and mountain supporters across the country have signed letters in support of bold action by the Environmental Protection Agency to curb power plant emissions.

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Higher Education
3:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WVU Revokes Charter from Second Fraternity

Credit Swimmerguy269 / wikimedia Commons

West Virginia University says a second fraternity has had its charter revoked by its national office.

The Morgantown school said Thursday that Beta Theta Pi has informed the university that the local chapter's charter had been pulled "based on past behavior issues."

The Charleston Gazette reports that the move comes after Kappa Sigma fraternity's national office informed WVU last week that the school's chapter had been suspended since mid-October.

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Top Professor
3:36 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Marshall Professor Earns Honor as Top Professor in State

Credit Marshall University Communications

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Kateryna Schray as the 2014 West Virginia Professor of the Year.

Schray was among nearly 400 top professors in the United States who were finalists. Schray, an English professor, describes her teaching philosophy as “embarrassingly simple.”

Schray is in Washington D.C. today where the national and state winners are being announced and honored at an awards luncheon at the National Press Club. She also will be attending an evening congressional reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Black Lung
2:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rockefeller Introduces Black Lung Legislation

Credit Department of Labor

Senator Jay Rockefeller co-sponsored legislation to address barriers and delays miners face when seeking benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Program.

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Developing
1:53 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Blankenship Pleads Not Guilty, Bond Set at $5 Million

Sketches of Don Blankenship and his attorney during arraignment hearing.
Credit Sketch artist Jesse Corlis

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship stood with three attorneys as he pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Beckley. Blankenship was indicted on charges of conspiring to violate mine safety rules and then lying about it.  Blankenship appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Clarke VanDervort.   

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