News http://wvpublic.org en Groups Prep for EPA Clean Power Plan Hearing http://wvpublic.org/post/groups-prep-epa-clean-power-plan-hearing <p>Given the political climate around the EPA’s proposal, it seems unlikely that state lawmakers would have a policy without coal. Still, the United Mine Workers of America says workers and their families should be concerned about this new regulation. Groups from West Virginia and across Appalachia are gearing up to show support and protest of the EPA’s proposed rule.</p><p>Groups like the United Mine Workers of America and Coal River Mt. Watch are traveling to Pittsburgh later this week.</p><p>As it stands, the EPA rule would let states come up with their own energy policy on how to decrease carbon dioxide emissions. Given the political climate, some environmentalists worry it will be business as usual for the coal industry leaving little room for renewable energy. After all, lawmakers in states like West Virginia and Kentucky aggressively and consistently favor coal in speech and policy.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:39:52 +0000 Jessica Lilly 16158 at http://wvpublic.org Groups Prep for EPA Clean Power Plan Hearing Randolph County Searching for Solution to Crumbling School http://wvpublic.org/post/randolph-county-searching-solution-crumbling-school <p>The <a href="http://boe.rand.k12.wv.us/" target="_blank">Randolph County Board of Education</a> has called a special meeting for Tuesday evening to address structural problems with the <a href="http://harman.rand.k12.wv.us/" target="_blank">Harman School</a>. The facility suffered a roof collapse over the July 4<sup>th</sup> weekend.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A plaster ceiling caved into a classroom, bringing with it two tons of debris.&nbsp; A post-collapse inspection of the school, built in the 1950s, determined it is not safe for use.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:56:48 +0000 Sarah Lowther Hensley 16151 at http://wvpublic.org Randolph County Searching for Solution to Crumbling School Huntington Regroups After Downtown Fire http://wvpublic.org/post/huntington-regroups-after-downtown-fire <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Huntington regrouped Monday as business owners and residents of the Morris Building tried to figure out what’s next after a Sunday morning fire.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:48:20 +0000 Clark Davis 16150 at http://wvpublic.org Huntington Regroups After Downtown Fire Overall Mining Deaths Up First Half of 2014 http://wvpublic.org/post/overall-mining-deaths-first-half-2014 <p></p><p>Twenty-two miners were killed in accidents in the mining industry during the first half of 2014, including 8 coal miners, according to a <a href="http://www.msha.gov/fatals/summaries/summaries.asp.">summary </a>by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration.</p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p>That's <a href="http://www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2013/NR130731.asp">compared</a> to 18 miners who were killed in the first half of 2013.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:13:17 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 16138 at http://wvpublic.org Overall Mining Deaths Up First Half of 2014 Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban http://wvpublic.org/post/another-appeals-court-tosses-same-sex-marriage-ban For the second time this summer, a federal appellate court has voted to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage.<p>A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a district court judge's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/276807609/virginias-same-sex-marriage-ban-is-ruled-unconstitutional" target="_blank">decision</a> that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.<p>"We do not dispute that states have refused to permit same-sex marriages for most of our country's history. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 16147 at http://wvpublic.org Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban W.Va.'s Attorney General Announces a $950k Settlement with 3 Financial Groups http://wvpublic.org/post/wvas-attorney-general-announces-950k-settlement-3-financial-groups <p>West Virginia's attorney general has reached a $950,000 settlement with three companies over allegations of antitrust law violations.</p><p>Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the deal Monday. GE Funding Capital Market Services, Trinity Plus Funding Co., and Trinity Funding Co. were among 22 financial companies sued in 2009 by previous Attorney General Darrell McGraw.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:49:56 +0000 Associated Press 16132 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va.'s Attorney General Announces a $950k Settlement with 3 Financial Groups U.S. Court Says Va. Gay Marriage Ban Unconsitutional, Will Affect W.Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/us-court-says-va-gay-marriage-ban-unconsitutional-will-affect-wva <p></p><p>A federal appeals court governing West Virginia has struck down the&nbsp; same-sex marriage ban in neighboring Virginia.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:59:03 +0000 Ashton Marra & Associated Press 16131 at http://wvpublic.org U.S. Court Says Va. Gay Marriage Ban Unconsitutional, Will Affect W.Va. Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies http://wvpublic.org/post/margot-adler-npr-journalist-three-decades-dies Margot Adler, one of the signature voices on NPR's airwaves for more than three decades, died Monday at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer.<p>Margot joined the NPR staff as a general assignment reporter in 1979. She went on to cover everything from the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic to confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.<p>"Her reporting was singular and her voice distinct," Margaret Low Smith, NPR's vice president for news, said in an announcement to staff. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:46:00 +0000 editor 16128 at http://wvpublic.org Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies EPA Administrator Defends Clean Power Plans http://wvpublic.org/post/epa-administrator-defends-clean-power-plans <p></p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to hold public hearings this week about the proposed Clean Power Plan.&nbsp; The hearings are being held in Washington, Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Each hearing last two days.</p><p>The administrations plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants has been sharply criticized by some West Virginia politicians, political candidates, the coal industry and others who say it will hurt West Virginia’s economy.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:33:06 +0000 Beth Vorhees 16124 at http://wvpublic.org EPA Administrator Defends Clean Power Plans Water Company Giving Educational Tours After Chemical Leak http://wvpublic.org/post/water-company-giving-educational-tours-after-chemical-leak <p>A water company whose Charleston treatment plant was contaminated by a coal-cleaning agent is January is holding a public tour next week.</p><p>West Virginia American Water Co. will conduct the free "WaterFest" event Aug. 9.<br /><a href="http://bit.ly/1rRPKYI">&nbsp; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:49:59 +0000 Associated Press 16123 at http://wvpublic.org Water Company Giving Educational Tours After Chemical Leak W.Va. Judge Lets IMG Deal with WVU Stand http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-judge-lets-img-deal-wvu-stand <p>A judge has denied a motion by West Virginia Radio Corp. to toss the media rights contract between West Virginia University and IMG College.</p><p>Monongalia County circuit judge Thomas Evans on Thursday set aside the motion for summary judgment against WVU and others.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:10:10 +0000 Associated Press 16121 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Judge Lets IMG Deal with WVU Stand Art Project to Aid Huntington Children's Hospital http://wvpublic.org/post/art-project-aid-huntington-childrens-hospital <p>A partnership will boost Huntington's train collection substantially next year.</p><p>The city is launching an art initiative with the Hoops Family Children's Hospital and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary.<br />&nbsp;<br /><a href="http://bit.ly/1khIapK">The Herald-Dispatch reports</a> artists will use their skills on 40 fiberglass train engine statues that will go on display in Huntington next year.<br />&nbsp;<br />Mayor Steve Williams says after the display, the trains then will be sold at auction to benefit the children's hospital.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:01 +0000 Associated Press 16120 at http://wvpublic.org Art Project to Aid Huntington Children's Hospital W.Va. Schools Will Soon Receive A Through F Grades http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-schools-will-soon-receive-through-f-grades <p>The process of implementing a new performance-based system for accrediting the state's public schools will begin in September.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1tQwZV1">The Dominion Post reports </a>the state Office of Educational Performance Audits will conduct on-site reviews in each of Monongalia County's public schools in mid-September. Schools across the state will be reviewed over the next two years.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:26 +0000 Associated Press 16119 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Schools Will Soon Receive A Through F Grades Remembering Charleston's Historic Block District, Garden for the Blind in Wheeling http://wvpublic.org/post/remembering-charlestons-historic-block-district-garden-blind-wheeling <p>A report about The Block, a historical district in Charleston once the heart of the city’s African-American community and more state history from Hinton in Summers County.&nbsp; From Wheeling,&nbsp; a report on a community garden specifically designed to be tended by the visually impaired and Marshall University's football team is expected to do well this season.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:25:35 +0000 Beth Vorhees 16113 at http://wvpublic.org Remembering Charleston's Historic Block District, Garden for the Blind in Wheeling Speaker Gives Insight into the Heart of the Black Community http://wvpublic.org/post/speaker-gives-insight-heart-black-community <p>As part of a project to resurrect some of the history of this neighborhood, the West Virginia Center for African American Art and Culture has organized a series of lectures. About 60 people attended the second of these talks last week. &nbsp;</p><p>Charles James III is the fourth generation in his family to own and operate one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the United States, the James company. James said that he remembers being invited to the local country club in the late 80's. But his father in an earlier generation was not asked to join until the 80's.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:41:27 +0000 Roxy Todd 16091 at http://wvpublic.org Speaker Gives Insight into the Heart of the Black Community Huntington Building Catches Fire http://wvpublic.org/post/huntington-building-catches-fire <p>A fire in the 6-story Morris Building in Huntington was contained early Sunday afternoon.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Huntington Fire Department and several volunteer crews from the area battled the fire in downtown Huntington. The building houses several offices, about 10 residents and two popular restaurants on the bottom floor, Backyard Pizza and the Peddler.</span></p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:11:03 +0000 Clark Davis 16085 at http://wvpublic.org Huntington Building Catches Fire Appalachian Pride Inspires Web Site and Podcast http://wvpublic.org/post/appalachian-pride-inspires-web-site-and-podcast <p>The Appalachian region has long been the focus of fascination and study going back to the early 1900’s when historians and musicologists traveled through the region collecting stories and songs.</p><p>But folks from outside the region have not always promoted a flattering image. And that, along with a curiosity about his own family, inspired Dave Tabler to start his web site <a href="http://www.appalachianhistory.net/">Appalachia History</a>.</p><p></p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Cecelia Mason 16034 at http://wvpublic.org Appalachian Pride Inspires Web Site and Podcast Two Firefighters Treated After W.Va.-Va. Tunnel Blaze http://wvpublic.org/post/two-firefighters-treated-after-wva-va-tunnel-blaze <p></p><p>A tractor-trailer fire filled an Interstate 77 tunnel with black smoke, backed up traffic for miles and sent two West Virginia firefighters to a hospital.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1pYJ5Jk">The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports</a> that the fire in the East River Mountain Tunnel near West Virginia's border with Virginia was extinguished by 5:50 p.m. Friday, more than 2 1/2 hours after it was reported.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:59:07 +0000 Associated Press 16062 at http://wvpublic.org Two Firefighters Treated After W.Va.-Va. Tunnel Blaze Therapeutic Gardening for Vets, Gardens Feeding the Hungry, Chinese Medicine and More http://wvpublic.org/post/therapeutic-gardening-vets-gardens-feeding-hungry-chinese-medicine-and-more <p>The country’s top energy official visits Pittsburgh.</p><p>Veterans find gardening therapeutic.</p><p>We visit with Appalachian blogger and podcaster Dave Tabler.</p><p>And take a tour of a historic home in Hinton West Virginia.</p><p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inside-appalachia/id623400860?mt=2">Subscribe to the podcast through iTunes</a></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Cecelia Mason 16028 at http://wvpublic.org Therapeutic Gardening for Vets, Gardens Feeding the Hungry, Chinese Medicine and More New Urban Garden in Wheeling Designed For the Blind http://wvpublic.org/post/new-urban-garden-wheeling-designed-blind <p></p><p>Wheeling has a new urban garden, and it’s a little out of the ordinary. It’s designed for visually impaired gardeners. &nbsp;Not many like it exist in the state.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:57:05 +0000 Glynis Board 16032 at http://wvpublic.org New Urban Garden in Wheeling Designed For the Blind