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The Hatfield and McCoy descendants came armed — with digging tools. Working together as volunteers, they helped archaeologists unearth artifacts from one of the bloodiest sites in America's most famous feud.

The leader of the dig says they have pinpointed the place where Randolph McCoy's home was set ablaze in the woods of eastern Kentucky during a murderous New Year's attack by the Hatfield clan. Two McCoys were gunned down in the 1888 ambush. It marked a turning point in the families' cross-border feud in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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This week, Inside Appalachia is featuring some incredible stories about dogs that help people heal. Like Paca, who helps children overcome emotional trauma and even helps encourage them to read. And we'll travel to a special cemetery, reserved only for coonhound dogs.

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  The property owners of a Fayette County injection well site are terminating their lease agreement with the site operator and are asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to also withdraw its permit application.

The North Hills Group owns the Lochgelly site in Fayette County that Danny Webb Construction has been operating two injection wells on. The site collects waste from the natural gas industry and disposes of it underground.

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
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The West Virginia Royalty Owner’s Association will begin a round of public meetings across the state next week to talk about a piece of controversial legislation.

The meetings held across West Virginia will focus on forced pooling or lease unitization. It’s a practice in the natural gas industry where gas companies parcel of groups of land in an attempt to drill a well.

Under current state law, if a royalty owner refuses to sell their rights to the company, it can’t drill the gas well, but lawmakers attempted to change that during the last legislative session. 

Sgt. Ashley Snyder plays with her son and some of the other soldiers' children during the 363 Military Police annual Christmas party.  Sgt. Snyder will be deploying to Kosovo.
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More than $1.5 million has been awarded to child advocacy centers in West Virginia.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says the funds will go to 20 projects across the state. The money will assist local non-profit child advocacy centers in addressing child abuse and neglect.

A West Virginia judge has dismissed first-degree murder charges against two men in a 1999 cold case.

Media outlets report that Lewis County Circuit Court Judge Jake Reger on Thursday granted a special prosecutor's motion to dismiss the charges against 40-year-old Joseph Edward Metz of Horner and 52-year-old Charles Stephen Freeman of Archbold, Ohio.

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State officials say arson was the cause of a fire at a former high school that gained national attention from the movie "October Sky."

Media outlets report that the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fire.

On West Virginia Morning, two reports from the Augusta Heritage Center...one about a young fiddle player and another about the traditional arts and crafts workshops.  Also, Judith Owen performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting...telling West Virginia's story.


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The Augusta Heritage Center is known around the world for its many music workshops and jam sessions. But Augusta actually started as a way to keep traditional arts and crafts alive in Randolph County.

Fourteen-year-old Kiara Williams of Rock Cave, West Virginia has been playing fiddle for two years and recently won the youth fiddle championship at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.
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It’s Old-Time, Vocal, and American Vernacular Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. Countless individuals have come to learn everything from African-American String Band Traditions and Square Dance Calling to Balkan Harmony Singing and 19th Century Banjo Music.  For one young West Virginian, Augusta has opened up the world of fiddle music.


The prevailing wage in West Virginia expired on July 1 of this year after a political battle between lawmakers and the executive branch, but WorkForce West Virginia says they’re still working to recalculate the wage.

The prevailing wage is the hourly rate workers are paid on construction projects that are paid for with state dollars.

Lawmakers attempted to repeal the wage rate during the 2015 legislative session, but instead passed a law calling on WorkForce West Virginia and economic researchers from Marshall and West Virginia universities to recalculate it.

The method of recalculation was presented to lawmakers in June, but the Joint Committee on Government and Finance voted it down. As a result, the wage expired on July 1.

Faith Based Community Garden Helping Those In Need

Aug 6, 2015
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The First Lutheran Community Garden is located on a small lot on the corner of 19th Street and Liberty Street in Parkersburg. The property used to be an apartment building, but when it was torn down, the church decided to purchase the land and start a garden. The mission of the garden is to make produce available to those who may struggle getting it otherwise.

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One of the nation's largest coal mining companies will pay a $2 million federal fine for exceeding pollution discharge limits at Appalachian mines in several states.

The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced the agreement with Arch Coal Inc. and its subsidiaries. It says excess releases of aluminum, manganese, iron and suspended solids occurred at mines in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia over the last six years. About 1,200 violations occurred, though 700 were resolved previously by state enforcement agencies in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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The 26th annual Appalachian String Band Festival at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County, wrapped up on Sunday. Twenty-one musicians, 12 bands and 11 dancers from California to Maryland took home a total of $7,450 in prize money. Ten of the winners were from West Virginia.

  State health officials are partnering with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College on a pilot program to move recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits toward self-sufficiency.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the program on Thursday at the college in Mount Gay.

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To comply with a new law, the Ethics Commission is advising public officials to limit use of their photos on websites and elsewhere.

Thursday's advisory opinion addresses a new state law banning trinkets, from mugs to matchbooks, with officials' names or faces on them.

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The search for a new chancellor to lead the West Virginia Community and Technical College System is being restarted.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the council that oversees the system decided Wednesday to reassess the search. The decision came after council members rejected the only finalist for the job. The finalist wasn't identified.

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A judge has ruled that the developer of a proposed natural gas pipeline can’t survey a West Virginia couple’s property without their permission.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Robert Irons said Mountain Valley Pipeline failed to show that the project would provide sufficient public use to justify entering private property without an owner’s permission.

The N&W, as it was known, built a major rail yard at Williamson, which would become the Mingo County seat.
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West Virginia environmental regulators are fining the Mingo County Public Service District $12,000 for releasing pollutants into a nearby waterway.

In a consent order signed by Mingo PSD Manager J.B. Heflin last month, the Department of Environmental Protection found issues around the Chattaroy collection system and pump station in Delbarton.

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Wayne County Assessor Eric Hodges faces charges of using a county purchasing card to buy items for personal use.

Media outlets report that West Virginia State Police arrested Hodges on Tuesday. The 41-year-old Wayne resident is charged with felony embezzlement, computer fraud and fraudulent use of a credit card.

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