Dave Mistich http://wvpublic.org en Improvised Explosive Devices, Chickens, Marijuana Found in I-79 Crash http://wvpublic.org/post/improvised-explosive-devices-chickens-marijuana-found-i-79-crash <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West Virginia State Police say altered fireworks, weapons, chickens and marijuana were found inside an SUV that wrecked on Interstate 79, and the driver from Pennsylvania has been arrested.</span></p><p>Police say a Ford Explorer carrying dozens of chickens flipped in Roane County about 3:30 a.m. Friday.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:06:38 +0000 Associated Press & Dave Mistich 17459 at http://wvpublic.org Improvised Explosive Devices, Chickens, Marijuana Found in I-79 Crash Here's the Department of Defense Equipment that West Virginia's Police Have Received Since 2006 http://wvpublic.org/post/heres-department-defense-equipment-west-virginias-police-have-received-2006 <p>Over 500 weapons and hundreds more pieces of military-grade tactical equipment have been transferred to the state of West Virginia since 2006 through a Department of Defense program known as the 1033 program. The transfers came through the Defense Logistics Agency's Law Enforcement Support Office, or LESO.</p><p>An investigation <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/15/us/surplus-military-equipment-map.html?_r=0">released Tuesday by The New York Times</a> outlines transfers from the program to states, who coordinate with local law enforcement to acquire and distribute the weapons and equipment.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:38:44 +0000 Dave Mistich 17326 at http://wvpublic.org Here's the Department of Defense Equipment that West Virginia's Police Have Received Since 2006 Police Issue 182 Citations as WVU Students Return http://wvpublic.org/post/police-issue-182-citations-wvu-students-return <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Police issued more than 180 citations and arrested more than a dozen people during West Virginia University students' first weekend in Morgantown for the fall semester.</p><p>Preliminary figures released Tuesday by Morgantown police show 82 citations were issued for underage drinking between last Friday and Monday.</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:26:40 +0000 Dave Mistich 17344 at http://wvpublic.org Police Issue 182 Citations as WVU Students Return Watch: The DEP Surface Mine Board's Hearing on Kanawha Mine Permit Appeal http://wvpublic.org/post/watch-dep-surface-mine-boards-hearing-kanawha-mine-permit-appeal <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri; line-height: normal;">The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will live stream the second day of the Surface Mine Board’s hearing regarding the appeal of Keystone Industries’ KD No. 2 mine permit, which is for a surface mine near Kanawha State Forest. The hearing started on Aug. 11 and resumes this Wednesday, Aug. 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW9MBzYfISA</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:26:48 +0000 Dave Mistich 17342 at http://wvpublic.org Watch: The DEP Surface Mine Board's Hearing on Kanawha Mine Permit Appeal Follow the Action at Antiques Roadshow Charleston http://wvpublic.org/post/follow-action-antiques-roadshow-charleston <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everyone here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting is excited for Saturday's Antiques </span>Roadshow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> taping at the Charleston Civic Center. We wanted to share a bit of the behind the scenes action as it happens right here.</span></p><p>Whether you were lucky enough to get a ticket (be sure to share your experience using <strong>#wvantiques</strong>!) or following along at home or on the go, have a look at all of the interesting antiques and quirky heirlooms from our various social media feeds:</p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:30:54 +0000 Dave Mistich 17124 at http://wvpublic.org Follow the Action at Antiques Roadshow Charleston Coming to Antiques Roadshow? Here's What You Need to Know http://wvpublic.org/post/coming-antiques-roadshow-heres-what-you-need-know <p></p><p>Roughly 6,000 people will pack the Charleston Civic Center as the expert appraisers from&nbsp;<em>Antiques Roadshow&nbsp;</em>roll into town to take a look at all sorts of family heirlooms, yard sale finds, and quirky treasures.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:30:27 +0000 Dave Mistich 17113 at http://wvpublic.org Coming to Antiques Roadshow? Here's What You Need to Know Local Craft Brewers Hope to Use Festivals to Lobby for More Industry-Friendly Laws http://wvpublic.org/post/local-craft-brewers-hope-use-festivals-lobby-more-industry-friendly-laws <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">IPAs, Stouts, </span>Hefewiezens<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Ales.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re in Huntington or Wheeling this weekend, you’re bound to get a taste of some locally-brewed varieties at the Rails and Ales Festival or the Mountaineer </span>Brewfest<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>But, brewers from around the state aren’t just hoping to raise awareness about their products with these events, they’re also looking to influence the way they do business by getting the attention of state lawmakers.</p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:57:52 +0000 Dave Mistich 17080 at http://wvpublic.org Local Craft Brewers Hope to Use Festivals to Lobby for More Industry-Friendly Laws The Bluefield Coal Symposium, W.Va. and Ky. Politics Heat Up Over Coal & McDowell Co. Improves Water http://wvpublic.org/post/bluefield-coal-symposium-wva-and-ky-politics-heat-over-coal-mcdowell-co-improves-water <p></p><p>The&nbsp;Bluefield Coal Symposium brings together government and industry leaders to discuss challenges, West Virginia parallels Kentucky in coal jobs and politics in regards to the widely talked about "war on coal", and McDowell residents get closer to having safe water.</p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:32:16 +0000 Dave Mistich 16987 at http://wvpublic.org The Bluefield Coal Symposium, W.Va. and Ky. Politics Heat Up Over Coal & McDowell Co. Improves Water In The Supposed 'War on Coal', West Virginia and Kentucky Parallel on Mining Jobs, Politics http://wvpublic.org/post/supposed-war-coal-west-virginia-and-kentucky-parallel-mining-jobs-politics <p></p><p></p><p>The "war on coal" is a phrase that's increasingly popular in Central Appalachia politics. With declines in coal jobs and new rules from the EPA to target carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, the words become hugely political--especially during an election year.</p><p>But the phrase's validity certainly begs question, at least according to a recent article by Erica Peterson of WFPL&nbsp;in Louisville.</p><p>Just l<span style="font-family: Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: normal;">ast week, Peterson--who began her career as a reporter at West Virginia Public Broadcasting--<a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/if-theres-war-coal-it-started-long-president-obama">detailed the ups and downs of Kentucky's coal jobs</a> back to the Reagan administration beginning in 1981, examining the loss or gain of coal mining employment within that state across presidencies. What she found was, that if a war on coal exists in Kentucky, the blame goes farther back than President Barack Obama.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:02:02 +0000 Dave Mistich 16971 at http://wvpublic.org In The Supposed 'War on Coal', West Virginia and Kentucky Parallel on Mining Jobs, Politics Delegate Raines to Withdraw from House 35th District Race http://wvpublic.org/post/delegate-raines-withdraw-house-35th-district-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A member of the House of Delegates will withdraw from the race for the 35th district amidst recent legal troubles and allegations related to her living situation.</span></p><p>Republican Kanawha County Delegate Suzette Raines was accused by the state Democratic Executive Committee for lying about where she lives. The committee also accused her of not filing campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State’s office or campaign disclosures with the state Ethics Commission.</p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:55:52 +0000 Dave Mistich 16680 at http://wvpublic.org Delegate Raines to Withdraw from House 35th District Race W.Va. GOP Nixes Speaker Facing Federal Sentencing http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-gop-nixes-speaker-facing-federal-sentencing <div><strong>Updated: August 6, 2014 at 5:58 p.m.</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The West Virginia GOP has canceled an event where a conservative scholar would have spoken four days before his sentencing for federal campaign finance violations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas says the September 19 Victory Dinner featuring </span>Dinesh<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>D'Souza<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Charleston is canceled. He says the event will be rebooked.</span></div><p></p><p><strong>Original Post Published: August 6, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.</strong></p><p>A conservative scholar and author will headline a West Virginia GOP event four days before his sentencing for federal campaign finance violations.</p><p>A state Republican Party news release says Dinesh D'Souza will speak at the party's annual Victory Dinner on September 19 in Charleston.</p><p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:47:50 +0000 Associated Press & Dave Mistich 16623 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. GOP Nixes Speaker Facing Federal Sentencing Marie Manilla's 'The Patron Saint of Ugly' http://wvpublic.org/post/marie-manillas-patron-saint-ugly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>For many people, summer is a time to get lost in literature. And this year, Huntington author Marie Manilla’s new book, <em>The Patron Saint of Ugly</em> is ending up on many summer reading lists. The story is set in a fictional West Virginia town, and most of it is told in the form of transcripts of archived tapes.</p><p>Manilla's lead character,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Garnet Ferrari, is believed to possess magical healing powers. Her bright red hair and port-wine stains all over her body lead pilgrims from all over the world to seek help through her supposed powers. Yet, Garnet is dead set on dispelling rumors of her abilities, blurring the lines between fact and fiction--furthering the mystery of who she might be.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 02:45:53 +0000 Dave Mistich 16315 at http://wvpublic.org Marie Manilla's 'The Patron Saint of Ugly' New NPR Chief Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Talks Future of Public Radio http://wvpublic.org/post/new-npr-chief-visits-west-virginia-public-broadcasting-talks-future-public-radio <p>NPR has a new president and CEO.&nbsp; Jarl Mohn was once a music DJ, but he says he has a passion for&nbsp; public radio. That's why he chaired Southern California Public Radio after making his career in cable TV as President and CEO of E-Entertainment Television.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:23:55 +0000 Beth Vorhees, Dave Mistich & Ashton Marra 16303 at http://wvpublic.org New NPR Chief Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Talks Future of Public Radio West Virginia, Coal Industry Leaders Attend Pittsburgh Energy Rally http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-coal-industry-leaders-attend-pittsburgh-energy-rally <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West Virginia officials joined hundreds of coal miners and coal supporters at an electricity and energy jobs rally.</span></p><p>The Wednesday event at Pittsburgh's Highmark Stadium included&nbsp;Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, labor leaders and others.</p><p>Officials say the rally is aimed at raising awareness over proposed changed to federal rules about pollution discharged by coal-fired power plants.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:50:44 +0000 Ashton Marra, Dave Mistich & Associated Press 16256 at http://wvpublic.org West Virginia, Coal Industry Leaders Attend Pittsburgh Energy Rally Deadline Approaches for Claims in W.Va. Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/deadline-approaches-claims-wva-chemical-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Time is running out for residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston to file claims in federal bankruptcy court.</p><p>Claims against Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the spill, must be filed by Friday. Forms can be obtained and completed on the court's website.</p><p>According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston, roughly 850 claims were on the register as of Wednesday morning. The total amount listed for those claims is more than $21 million.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:22:37 +0000 Dave Mistich & Associated Press 16251 at http://wvpublic.org Deadline Approaches for Claims in W.Va. Chemical Spill The Final Moments of Freedom Industries' Tank 396 http://wvpublic.org/post/final-moments-freedom-industries-tank-396 <p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">The storage tank&nbsp;that was the source of a&nbsp;chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 West Virginians on January 9 has been demolished. Tank 396, which housed the coal-scrubbing compound MCHM, was demolished Tuesday afternoon.&nbsp;</span>Contractors <a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/photos-video-demolition-freedom-industries-site-begins">began demolition of the tank farm</a> on July 15.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:49:22 +0000 Dave Mistich 16224 at http://wvpublic.org The Final Moments of Freedom Industries' Tank 396 Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/feds-commit-health-studies-elk-river-chemical-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal, state, and&nbsp;Kanawha&nbsp;county officials met Wednesday in U.S. Senator Joe&nbsp; Manchin’s&nbsp;Washington D.C. office to pin down plans for more studies on the January 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The announcement comes as a relief to those who’ve been pressing for this development since almost day one.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Members of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, and the West Virginia Department and Health and Human Resources were part of the meeting.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:43 +0000 Dave Mistich 15884 at http://wvpublic.org Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill Photos & Video: Demolition of Freedom Industries Site Begins http://wvpublic.org/post/photos-video-demolition-freedom-industries-site-begins <p></p><p>Freedom Industries contractors began the demolition process &nbsp;at the site of a January chemical leak that tainted the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Contractors knocked out a wall and ripped piping materials from the tanks Tuesday.</p><p>Freedom Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch said four tanks will remain up to store stormwater and waste at the site until their contents are removed. &nbsp;He said, at that point, the contents will be removed and those tanks will be torn down at the end of the process. &nbsp;</p><p>Welch says Tank No. 396, which is the tank that stored&nbsp;MCHM and leaked into the river on January 9, will be demolished sometime next week.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are some images of the site just before and during the initial phases of the demolition process:</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:22:18 +0000 Dave Mistich 15465 at http://wvpublic.org Photos & Video: Demolition of Freedom Industries Site Begins Tank Demolition Underway at Freedom Site http://wvpublic.org/post/tank-demolition-underway-freedom-site <p>Demolition has started on at the site of a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated public drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians.</p><p>Independence Excavating began the demolition process Tuesday by knocking down a brick wall, tearing out piping, and removing materials connected to the tanks. Freedom Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch says the first cuts to the tanks will come Wednesday.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:06:36 +0000 Dave Mistich 15459 at http://wvpublic.org Tank Demolition Underway at Freedom Site DEP Approves Stormwater Management Plan for Freedom Tank Demolition http://wvpublic.org/post/dep-approves-stormwater-management-plan-freedom-tank-demolition <p>The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved a stormwater management plan for the demolition of the Charleston Freedom Industries site. The tanks there were involved in the contamination of the drinking water for some 300,000 West Virginians in January.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1217503-revised-stormwater-management-plan.html" target="_blank">the plan approved Monday</a>, Freedom Industries contractors will place liners over the footprint of the tanks to prevent stormwater from unintentionally entering the ground.</p><p>Contractors will also halt the demolition process if more than two inches of rain falls within a six-hour period.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:53:14 +0000 Dave Mistich 15398 at http://wvpublic.org DEP Approves Stormwater Management Plan for Freedom Tank Demolition