Workforce Development
11:38 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

W.Va. Women in Tech Conference Features First Female Space Walker

"What an amazing woman in STEM, #KathrynDSullovan @ #WVWomenTech"
Credit tweeted Kristen Perko

The first woman to walk in space was the keynote speaker at the Women in Tech Conference. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and several other speakers met at Oglebay Park in Ohio County to talk about empowerment and technology.

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12:21 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

WVU: Riots Following Baylor Upset Were 'Criminal', Expulsions Possible

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Morgantown authorities are assessing damage from riots that broke out following West Virginia's 41-27 win over No. 4 Baylor.

Police Chief Ed Preston said Sunday that crowds pushed over street lights and threw rocks, beer bottles and other items at public safety personnel and their vehicles. Numerous fires were set in the student-dominated Sunnyside area and other parts of the city.

Preston says in a news release that police used pepper spray and chemical munitions to disperse the crowds. Police arrested several people on various charges.

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9:03 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Charleston Lawyer Aces NPR Puzzle

Congratulations to West Virginian Brad Sorrells, who aced all the questions on this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle!

He was selected to play this week's puzzle after correctly answering last week's challenge: Name a certain country. Change one letter in its name to a new letter and rearrange the result to name another country's capital.

Then change one letter in that and rearrange the result to name another country. What geographical names are these?

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Law & Order
3:42 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Kanawha Co. Delegate Arrested for DUI

Credit West Virginia Regional Jail Authority

A West Virginia state lawmaker has been arrested for driving under the influence.

Del. Doug Skaff from South Charleston was arrested Saturday morning in Monongalia County.

Skaff is a Democrat and the chairman of the House of Delegates Small Business and Economic Development Committee. He is a candidate for state Senate.

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2:44 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

EPA Debuts Air Monitoring System at Freedom Spill Site

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  The Environmental Protection Agency has begun air monitoring at an industrial site in Charleston that fouled public drinking water supplies to 300,000 customers in January.

Unveiled Friday, the monitoring will be done at the Freedom Industries plant along the Elk River to determine if any chemicals are released into the air as the site is cleaned up.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the program's debut comes three weeks after the removal of more than one dozen chemical storage tanks.

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Health & Science
2:40 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

West Virginia Health Officials Preparing for Ebola

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

No Ebola cases have emerged in West Virginia, but hospitals, state health officials and residents are preparing for the worst.

West Virginia University's public affairs office sent an email this week to the entire campus community - more than 35,000 people - explaining protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those include remembering to frequently wash hands and avoiding touching blood or body fluids of sick people.

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Inside Appalachia
5:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

W.Va. Coal Miner, Ky Distiller, Former NASA Astronaut, Mill Operator, Chef and more

In this episode, we hear from Larry Mustain, who grinds heirloom corn at his family’s mill in West Virginia.

And we'll learn more about traveling along the Bourbon Whiskey Trail in Kentucky?

We'll also talk with, Jordan Bridges, a coal miner in southern West Virginia who is worried as more and more mines are laying off workers.

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Slab Fork native
4:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WV Native Bill Withers Nominated For Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

WV native Bill Withers is a nominee for the 2015 Class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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West Virginia native Bill Withers is among the first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 76-year-old Raleigh County-native was born in Slab Fork and is best known for several R&B and pop songs in the 1970s and 1980s. Those songs include "Ain't No Sunshine," ''Just the Two of Us," and "Lean on Me."

He's one of 6 of the 15 nominees for the hall's Class of 2015 announced last week that are on the ballot for the first time. Other new nominees include the punk trio Green Day, Sting and the rockers Nine Inch Nails.

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4:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WATCH: Pianist Bob Thompson covers PHISH

Mountain Stage pianist since 1991, Bob Thompson chose a Phish song to perform on a recent Mountain Stage show.
Credit Josh Saul / mountain stage

We posted this video of our own Bob Thompson covering jam-band legends Phish, and it got over 1,000 views virtually overnight.

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11:38 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Tennant Outlines Plan for Senate, Recapping the 3rd Congressional District Debate

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant outlines her plan for West Virginia if elected to become the state's next U.S. Senator. 

We profile the Constitution Party's candidate for U.S. Senate Phil Hudok. 

Also, Jonathan Mattise of the Associated Press and Ben Fields of the Herald-Dispatch recap a debate between Rep. Nick Rahall and state Senator Evan Jenkins as they battle it out for the 3rd Congressional District.

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West Virginia History
10:50 am
Fri October 17, 2014

October 17, 1785: Virginia General Assembly Establishes Morgan's Town

The town began to take off with the founding of the West Virginia Agricultural College in 1867. Renamed West Virginia University the following year, the school would become the centerpiece of Morgantown.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; Library of Congress. / Morgantown, Morgan's Town, 1785, 1886, West Virginia University, Zackquill Morgan

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Recommended If You Like: Longform Folk-Pop
10:35 am
Fri October 17, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers
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This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Andrew Barr of The Barr Brothers, an up-and-coming Canadian quartet with roots in American folk, African desert, Delta blues and classical string, to say the least. The band's newest record, Sleeping Operator, just goes to prove that The Barr Brothers are the Ra Ra Riot of transcendental folk. Check out the interview below to learn more about the band, their longform music style and their connections to alt music friends The War on Drugs and of Montreal. If you're a fan of sprawling soundscapes that are as much warm as they are catchy (see: Bahamas), this interview and music are recommended for you.

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Election 2014
9:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Watch: The U.S. Senate Debate from West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Credit John Hale / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Watch Democrat Natalie Tennant, Libertarian Party candidate John Buckley, Constitution Party candidate Phil Hudock and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber debate for the U.S. Senate seat.

Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, who is also vying for the seat, declined an invitation to participate due to prior obligations. 

The debate is moderated by West Virginia Public Broadcasting assistant news director and statehouse reporter Ashton Marra.

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West Virginia Morning
8:15 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Revitalizing the Economy of Southern W.Va. and Studying Natural Gas

 Senate President Jeff Kessler announced the creation of SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing their Economy, Thursday. The program will send a group of senators to the southern part of the state to hear from citizens about what they can do to revitalize the area's economy.

A West Virginia transplant in Doddridge County moved here to enjoy the rural area, but soon after, saw well pads being placed within sight of her home. Now, she invites scientists, students, and even reporters to come study the health affects of the activity from her home.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
10:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight: Listener's Choice!

You chose'em, so we're playing'em on "Mountain Stage After Midnight."
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It was a Mountain Stage Radio Show match for the ages: Randy Newman vs. Robert Cray vs. Colin Hay vs. Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Which performances would we choose for "Mountain Stage After Midnight?" Luckily, you made the tough call by voting for your favorite performances on Mountain Stage's Facebook, and now it's time to listen to the winners on this week's  "Mountain Stage After Midnight." Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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4:45 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Same Sex Couples Are Now Covered by PEIA

A spokeswoman for the Department of Administration confirmed Thursday that married, same sex couples in West Virginia are now able to apply for coverage under the state's Public Employee Insurance Agency.

The change comes after Attorney General Patrick Morrisey decided last week to no longer defend the state's gay marriage ban in federal court. Governor Tomblin soon after released a statement directing state agencies to "take appropriate action" to make the practice legal in West Virginia, including the reprinting of marriage license applications.

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4:28 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Senate Task Force to Aid Southern W.Va. Coalfields

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Senate President Jeff Kessler is setting up a task force as part of a push to help West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields.

On Thursday, the Marshall County Democrat announced the Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy initiative, or SCORE.

The program is based off the Shaping our Appalachian Region program, which has similar goals for eastern Kentucky's hurting coalfields.

Kessler's 13-member Senate task force will look at a variety of ways to revitalize the coalfields.

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Health & Science
4:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Henry Winkler Visits with Jackson County Students About Growing Up Dyslexic

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The actor whose most famous part came as “The Fonz” on Happy Days just made a trip to West Virginia to talk to school children about growing up with dyslexia.

Henry Winkler was in Jackson County Thursday to discuss what he dealt with as a child with dyslexia and the books he now writes based on his life. The children’s novels are titled, “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever.” The novels provide a comedic way of illustrating to kids to not stop trying.

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Oil and Gas Industry
3:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

‘WV Host Farms’ Offers Researchers Birdseye View of Gas Drilling

Before/After screen capture of the Mark West Plant, a major mid-stream gas processing plant that's in the middle of construction in Doddridge County.
Credit courtesy of WV Host Farms

For a couple of years now an organization that bubbled up in Doddridge County has been teaming with scientists to try to get a better handle on the impacts of horizontal drilling and the ancillary processes that support it. WV Host Farms brings together landowners, researchers, students, and news reporters to take a close look at what is locally referred to as “ground zero” of Marcellus Shale fracking.

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Ebola Virus
12:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Kanawha Health Officer: Response to Yeager Ebola Scare Was 'Coordinated' and 'Careful'

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There were some tense moments at Yeager Airport last night.  A flight from Atlanta was delayed on the tarmac after someone on the flight overheard a conversation about Ebola in Texas.  Dr. Rahul Gupta, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department described the scene on West Virginia Public Radio this morning.

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