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11:46 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Rahall Raises $324K in W.Va.'s 3rd District; Jenkins, $194K

Congressman Nick Rahall (left) and State Senator Evan Jenkins are running for the U.S. House seat for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional district.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall raised almost $324,000 last quarter for his contested re-election bid, while GOP challenger Evan Jenkins banked about $193,500.
 
Federal Election Commission reports say Rahall has about $1.1 million in his campaign account after the January-through-March fundraising period. Jenkins has about $512,000 cash on hand.
 

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Performing Arts
10:44 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Fairmont State University Student Wins National Poetry Award

Ian Williams is a national award winning poet. He's from Fairmont and is about to graduate from Fairmont State University.
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

April is Celebrating Poetry Month across the nation. West Virginia’s had a great many poets find success, including Irene McKinney, Linda Goodman, and Tom Andrews. But there’s a young man from Fairmont who’s now also making a name for himself in the field of poetry.

Ian Williams is a 21 year old college student at Fairmont State University. He studies English Education and he dreams of becoming a college professor at some point during his life. But before that, he’s finding success as a poet. Williams recently won a national Poetry Award, in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies College/University Level Poetry Competition. Ian was one of two first place winners. He says he first got interested in poetry as a high school student in Fairmont.

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Graffiti
9:31 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Racial Slur Found in Theater Owned by West Virginia State University

Credit West Virginia State University

A racial slur spray-painted inside the West Virginia State University Capital Center Theater is being investigated by federal authorities.
 
The Charleston Gazette reports that police received a report of the graffiti over the weekend. They forwarded the case to the FBI for investigation as a possible hate crime.
 

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Gun Ordinance
8:56 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Martinsburg OKs Preliminary Firearm Regulations

Downtown Martinsburg.
Credit Martinsburg Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Martinsburg City Council has given preliminary approval to four proposed firearms ordinances designed to bring the city into compliance with a new state law.
 
The law prohibits municipalities from enacting firearms regulations that are greater than those of the state and federal governments.

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Regional Jails
8:49 am
Wed April 16, 2014

No Touching Ban Placed on Inmates to Curb Drug Problem

WVRJA Acting Executive Director Joe DeLong
Credit West Virginia Department of Military Affaris and Public Safety

Concerns about drug contraband have prompted a ban on regional jail inmates touching loved ones during supervised contact visits.

A directive issued by West Virginia Regional Jail Authority executive director Joe DeLong prohibits inmates from hugging, kissing or shaking hands with loved ones at the beginning and end of contact visits.
 
The directive also prohibits children from sitting with inmates.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Constituional Powers Questioned in W.Va., Young Fairmont Poet Wins National Award

After some controversial vetoes from Gov. Tomblin, lawmakers, academics and citizens a like arequestioning the balance of power in West Virginia's Constitution and a 21-year-old Fairmont native is making a name for himself on the national poetry scene.

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Mountain Stage Archives
7:02 am
Wed April 16, 2014

West Virginia Public Broadcasting Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

These Mountain Stage performances from the 1980s will be digitized as part of the Digital Archive Project.
Credit Josh Saul / Mountain Stage

Charleston, W.Va. – April 16, 2014National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) acting chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that West Virginia Public Broadcasting is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support digitizing 30 years of Mountain Stage programs into a consistent and accessible format for all audiences.

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Threats
5:34 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

W.Va. Man Accused of Threatening U.S. Senator

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Federal prosecutors say a 49-year-old Barboursville man has been indicted on charges he threatened to kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.
 
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Steven Anthony Major was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Charleston. He is accused of making four separate threats to kill Manchin. The threats allegedly occurred from March 17 through March 20.
 

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Think Wednesday, April 16
5:05 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Live With Mule Deer, Go Inside Animal Minds on #pbsThinkday

Join Joe Hutto as he crosses the species divide and becomes part of a wild mule deer family on Nature.
Credit Courtesy of ©THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Learn what it's like to live among wild mule deer, dig into the remarkable senses of dogs, sharks, and birds, and then uncover what we've inherited from our reptilian ancestors on Think Wednesday, April 16 beginning at 8 p.m. on West Virginia PBS!

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Premieres April 15
4:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Film From Ken Burns, "The Address"

Watch as students from the Greenwood School memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.
Credit Courtesy of Lindsay Taylor Jackson / Florentine Films

The Address, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, premieres April 15 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.  The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

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Lawsuit
4:19 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ex-Superintendent of W.Va. Schools Files Second Suit

Dr. Jorea Marple
Credit www.wvencyclopedia.org

West Virginia's former state school superintendent has filed a second lawsuit contending she was unfairly fired.

Jorea Marple's latest legal claim was filed this week in Kanawha County Circuit Court, according to media reports. A similar lawsuit is pending in federal court.
 

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Online Renewal Service
2:35 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

W.Va. DMV Announces Online Services Now Available

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Division of Motor Vehicles Acting Commissioner Steve Dale announced Tuesday that many DMVs throughout the state may see less foot traffic as some West Virginians may now have the option to go to the web for vehicle services.

Dale says some customers can now renew their vehicle registration and request a duplicate registration card online. The  DMV’s online service portal is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Obituary
1:57 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

W.Va. GOP Says Former U.S. Rep. Staton Has Died

Congressman Mick Staton
Credit U.S. Government

The West Virginia Republican Party says former U.S. Rep. Mick Staton has died. He was 74.
 
W.Va. GOP chairman Conrad Lucas says Staton died Monday.
 
Lucas says Staton's health had been declining and he entered the intensive care unit at a hospital in Winchester, Va., last Thursday.
 

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Mingo Corruption
12:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Figure in Mingo Probe Sues Ex-Officials, Others

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A figure in the federal Mingo County corruption probe is suing several former county officials and others.     

George White's lawsuit claims the defendants violated his constitutional rights and damaged his reputation.

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Environment
12:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Cheat Canyon Property Bought by Conservation Groups

The canyon is about 1000 feet deep, entirely forested, and well-known for its whitewater. Director of the WV Chapter of the Nature Conservancy Rodney Bartgis says the area is also interesting because it’s home to some rare and endangered earthlings such as the Cheat threetoothed snail, and the Indiana Bat.

A segment of the Cheat Canyon will become a state wildlife management area and a nature preserve.

The 3,800-acre property stretches about 7 miles from Albright's outskirts to a segment of Sandy Creek in northern West Virginia.

The Conservation Fund and the Nature Conservancy bought the property from The Forestland Group. The conservation groups plan to transfer the property to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources over the next two years for establishment of a wildlife management area.

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Community
11:55 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Groups Work to Restore Wheeling's Oldest Cemetery

Mount Wood Cemetery
Credit Glynis Board / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Work is underway to reset the headstones at Wheeling's oldest cemetery.
 
Most of the headstones at the city-owned Mount Wood Cemetery have fallen, either due to shifting land or vandalism. 

The Restore Mount Wood Cemetery project is being funded by donations to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley. Monument company Rock of Ages donated its time to reset four large obelisks.
 

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Mingo County
10:14 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Williamson Mayor Resigns, Charged with Making False Statements

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The soon-to-be former Mayor of Williamson is charged with making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service just hours after resigning from his post.

Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick submitted his resignation letter Monday, but didn’t give a reason for the departure. That information was made public Tuesday and was followed by an information from US Prosecuting Attorney Booth Goodwin.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Preserving Cheat Canyon, Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Birthday & A Man's Roots in W.Va. Slavery

Two national conservancy groups have announced plans to turn the Cheat Canyon into a nature preserve and wildlife management area. West Virginia University celebrates the 450 birthday of William Shakespeare with an adaptation of Henry IV and a Michigan man traces his ancestry back to Cabell County and back to a slave owner with whom he shares a name.

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Higher Education
6:31 am
Tue April 15, 2014

W.Va. Universities Receive STEM Grants for Minority Students

Woodburn Hall at West Virginia University
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West Virginia University and two other institutions of higher learning in the state will share in a $2.5 million grant to attract, retain and graduate underrepresented students in so-called STEM studies.

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Higher Education
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Higher Ed Panel to Set WVU President's Salary

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee
Credit West Virginia University

The Higher Education Policy Commission will meet April 25 at Fairmont State University to vote on a new contract for West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee.

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