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Election 2014
11:21 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Vote Smart's Vote Easy is the 'Match.com' of Politics

Credit Project Vote Smart

With all of the negative campaign advertising on television and radio leading up to Election Day, voters can get lost in the noise.

Project Vote Smart is helping to cut through that though with a free online resource for voters called Vote Easy. It’s a quiz of sorts to help you figure out which candidate most closely aligns with your stances on certain issues.

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Viewpoint
10:40 am
Fri October 31, 2014

McKinley Talks Policy Over Politics, Are the Races Over? Manchin Says Not All

Congressman David McKinley's race for re-election has seen little noise from his Democratic challenger state Auditor Glen Gainer. In an earlier episode of Viewpoint, Gainer called his campaign a truly "grassroots effort," but McKinley doesn't seem threatened by the challenge.

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West Virginia History
9:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

October 31, 1990: Ravenswood Aluminum Workers Locked Out

On October 31, 1990, union workers at Ravenswood Aluminum arrived as usual for their midnight shift. Only this time, they were turned away from the gates. Thus began one of the most bitter labor disputes of the late 20th century.

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West Virginia Morning
8:51 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Hacking the Gender Gap

On West Virginia Morning, we wind up our pre-election coverage with interviews from Republicans Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for the U.S. Senate and David McKinley, who is seeking another term as the First District Congressman.  And a report about last weekend’s Hackathon at WVU which highlighted women, media and wearable technology.

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Affordable Care Act
9:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Capito on Obamacare: Keep the Popular Stuff. Ditch the Business Mandate.

The way Rep. Shelley Moore Capito describes her position on Obamacare, it doesn’t seem complicated.

Keep the good stuff, Get rid of the bad stuff. Add a couple of new tweaks.

The question is, if you do what she wants to do, does the health care system still work?

“I don’t think as its being rolled out, the act in and of itself is working for small businesses and individuals,” Capito said in an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

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Tech Ed
9:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

WVU Hosts Hackathon for Women

WVU Reed College of Media Dean, Maryanne Reed, with Hackathon participants behind her during a Google Hangout with a women leaders in technology symposium at Google.  
Credit David Smith / WVU

Women make up nearly 60 percent of the professional workforce, yet they hold 25 percent of jobs in the area of computer science. That gender gap one reason why West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media hosted a Hackathon that focused on women, media and wearable technology.

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Election 2014
8:23 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Capito: Coal Decline Caused By 'All of the Above' - But Regulations Easiest to Change

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., says that the current decline in coal-related employment is caused by many factors. But she says as a U.S. Senator, she would focus on the one she believes she can influence: environmental regulations.

In an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting, the candidate for U.S. Senate said the decline in coal jobs was caused by three things:

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Beckley Flights
3:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Nonstop Flights From Beckley to Charlotte Announced

Airport officials in Beckley have announced new nonstop flights to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Florida-based ViaAir will begin the flights out of Raleigh County Municipal Airport by early December. The airline plans two flights on weekdays and one flight on Saturday and Sunday. Its 30-passenger  turboprop planes will have two pilots and a flight attendant.

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WV Festivals
3:03 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Dogwood Festival Returns to Huntington in April

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Local artists will once again have an opportunity to showcase their talents in Huntington this spring.

The city announced that the Dogwood Arts and Crafts festival will return in the Spring of 2015. The Big Sandy Superstore Arena will host the festival that has made its home in Huntington for more than 40 years. The festival is returning after a one-year hiatus. Huntington resident and ceramic artist Carter Taylor Seaton will organize the festival.

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Energy & Environment
1:40 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Radiation Detectors Nearly Set at W.Va. Landfills

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  A state Department of Environmental Protection official says the installation of detectors is nearly complete at six West Virginia landfills that will accept low-level radioactive drilling waste from natural gas operations.

Legislation passed earlier this year required radiation monitoring of drill cuttings sent to landfills and overturned tonnage limits for those particular landfills.

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Three One-Hour Episodes Recorded in Charleston
12:01 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

West Virginia "Finds" Featured on Antiques Roadshow in May

The PBS series Antiques Roadshow has announced three May broadcast dates for episodes shot in Charleston, W.Va., last August. The episodes are scheduled to air at 8 p.m. on May 11, 18, and 25 on West Virginia PBS and other public television stations nationwide.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting also is producing a behind-the scenes look at the visit to be broadcast with the national premiere of the Charleston episodes.

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Arts & Culture
11:37 am
Thu October 30, 2014

W.Va. Schools to Honor Author Pearl S. Buck

Credit The Dutch National Archives

  West Virginia University and West Virginia Wesleyan College are honoring award-winning author and Nobel laureate Pearl S. Buck.

The schools are hosting an event Thursday in Morgantown along with the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation.

The event is part of Mountaineer Week - a weeklong celebration of West Virginia's heritage and culture.

Buck's novel "The Good Earth" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and helped earn her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

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West Virginia History
11:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

October 30, 1930: First Mountain State Forest Festival Held

The culminating moment is when West Virginia’s governor crowns the new Queen Silvia.Today, the festival, which is celebrated the first weekend in October, regularly attracts up to 150,000 visitors to the Randolph County seat.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Mountain State Forest Festival, Elkins, 1930, Neil Armstrong, Randolph County, Queen Silvia

The first Mountain State Forest Festival began in Elkins on October 30, 1930. Since then, it has been held every October except for the years 1941 to 1949. The festival was intended to attract tourists to the region, which is known for its hardwood trees and dazzling fall colors.

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Martinsburg Doctors on Ebola Virus: "Stay Calm"

On West Virginia Morning, a special committee of members of the state senate convened its first meeting to find out how citizens in Beckley feel about their economic future and what the legislature can do to improve it.  And we’ll continue our series of reports profiling the third party candidates on your election ballot.  This morning we’ll meet Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate John Buckley.

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Ebola
1:49 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ebola Seminar Helps Ease West Virginians' Worries

Dr. Matthew Simmons, infectious disease specialist at Berkeley Medical Center
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In an open seminar at the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, Ebola preparedness was the focus of discussion. It’s been in the headlines across the country for a while now, but should West Virginians really feel at risk of contracting the disease? Doctors in the state say West Virginians have little to fear.

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Economic Diversification
1:12 am
Thu October 30, 2014

What the Beckley Area Thinks of Southern W.Va.'s Economic Future

Eight members of the SCORE committee listen at their first listening tour stop in Beckley.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A special West Virginia Senate committee, known as the Southern Coalfields Revitalizing its Economy or SCORE for short, made its first stop in Beckley Wednesday evening to hear from community members ways lawmakers can help diversify the region's economy and put people back to work. 

More than two dozen people shared their thoughts with the eight panel members in attendance. Here is what some had to say.

Infrastructure:

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Public Education
9:50 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

W.Va. Gets $9.7 Million Grant to Curb Gun Violence

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

  The West Virginia Department of Education is getting a grant to curb gun violence by connecting families, schools and communities to mental health services.

The agency is set to receive the $9.7 million from Project AWARE. West Virginia is one of 120 states and local school districts receiving grants for mental health first aid training.

Officials say the grant is part of a national initiative to support teachers, schools and communities in recognizing and responding to mental health concerns among youth.

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Free Books
4:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Little Libraries Post Up in Mercer County Town

This Little Library is perched on Concord University's campus in Athens, W.Va.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The town of Athens has made it easier for folks to access books in town. The town was one of thousands across the country to open an official Little Library.

There are three “Little Libraries” throughout the town of Athens made possible by the Little Free Library Organization.  Essentially, it’s a box full of books that sits on a pole about 5 feet tall.  

The libraries are intended for residents and students to give a book and/or take a book from the boxes. So far book traffic out of the Little Libraries in Athens has been steady.

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Met Opera in HD
3:40 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bizet's Carmen in HD

There is no other woman in the world of opera like Carmen, the stunning Spanish gypsy, who is as passionate in her loves as she is for her freedom, totally unfettered by any code.

An operatic tour-de-force, Carmen will be sung in French with English supertitles  during the simulcast from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera to theaters around the world this Saturday, November 1, at 12:55pm. 

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
2:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hear Judith Owen Perform "Blackbird" Live on Mountain Stage

Judith Owen Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

It's been said that singer, songwriter and performer Judith Owen displays the depth of Carole King with the European flair of Annie Lennox. Her latest album, Ebb & Flow pays tribute to artists  who inspired her, like Carole King, along with James Taylor and the Beatles. Here she performs the McCartney standard "Blackbird," backed by legendary session bass player Leland Sklar.

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