Anne Li

Anne Li covers north central West Virginia for West Virginia Public Radio. She has formerly worked for NPR One and was a fellow at the Northwestern University Knight Lab. She has bylines in FiveThirtyEight and NPR. 

The Monongalia County Sheriff's Department's new body cameras are constantly recording footage.
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The Monongalia County Sheriff's Department began wearing brand new body cameras this winter. The old cameras only had a two-hour battery life and didn't record well in low-light situations. When then-Sheriff Al Kisner found that the new body cameras would cost the department about $40,000, he turned to the community. 

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The coal industry has done a lot for central Appalachia. It’s created jobs, and it’s helped many families afford college. Coal has also created a  very strong sense of pride. But as jobs in the coal industry have declined, so have the opportunities in Central  Appalachia. On this episode of Inside Appalachia, we explore one of the legacies of of the industry: crumbling water infrastructure.

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It’s been happening for years - water systems are slowly coming to a breaking point. The next episode of Inside Appalachia explores one legacy of the coal mining industry - crumbling water infrastructure.

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In a conference call with the press on Friday, Department of Revenue Cabinet Secretary Dave Hardy said West Virginia revenue collections for the month of January came in about $18M short of state estimates. 

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In a conference call with reporters moderated by former delegate Meshea Poore, Margaret Chapman Pomponio, of the West Virginia FREE Action Fund, Andrew Schneider, of Fairness West Virginia, and State Delegate Mike Pushkin gave statements opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Christine Jacobs, administrative assistant at the LGBTQ+ Center/Women's Resource Center at WVU, leads a moment of silence for the victims of the mosque shooting in Quebec and for Arthur Bagenda, a WVU student who passed away recently.
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Laila Sakkal, a senior pre-med student at West Virginia University who was born in Charleston, held back tears as she talked about her Syrian grandmother, who can no longer join Sakkal's family in the United States as planned. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily barred non-U.S. citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. - though the details of the order are still unclear. 

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The West Virginia University Board of Governors voted Friday afternoon to shut down Arnold Hall and Apartments, one of its older residence halls, and to add beds to University Place, a public-private apartment that the university has been struggling to fill. 

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Gov. Jim Justice said in a news release that Bill White will leave his position on the state Board of Education to lead the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs.

White, who is black,  has served on the state board since 2010. He said one of the first things he would do as director is make the responsibilities of the Office of Minority Affairs more clear to the public.

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Childcare costs are high no matter where you are in the country. But in West Virginia, it's even worse - according to a 2016 report by the think tank New America and Care.com, parents in the Mountain State shoulder the highest cost burden, spending about 45 percent of the state's median household income on childcare.

Cities and towns all along the Ohio River are pushing to reinvent their economies. And they’re turning to everything from recreation to new industry to do it. Here are three new developments we’re watching from Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

1. Shell’s Ethane Cracker

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Latest enrollment figures show that 32,855 West Virginians signed up for 2017 coverage under the Affordable Care Act as of Dec. 24, 2016. 

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Last fall, Danielle Martin, a forest pathologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Morgantown, and her colleagues noticed something different about the oak trees in Seneca State Forest. The trees secreted an amber-colored sap, and bore cankers - which look like canker sores - underneath their bark. 

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A study released today by the Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions at West Virginia University examines data collected on methane emissions of natural gas engines from "pump-to-wheel," meaning from natural gas fueling stations and heavy-duty vehicles themselves. 

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In the decade-long court case William K. Stern, et al. vs. Chemtall, Inc., et al., workers in coal preparation and wastewater treatment sought medical monitoring for the potential increase of neurological problems caused by exposure to hazardous materials used in their jobs.

As part of the $13.95 million settlement, workers can now use a free health monitoring program. About $6 million went to plaintiffs' attorneys, according to the West Virginia Record. The legal teams decided that the remaining roughly $6 million should be divided equally between the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute at West Virginia University and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health at Marshall University. 

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Chances are, one of the first things you do in the morning is turn on the faucet. For more than three million people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia, that means getting tap water that comes from the Ohio River. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio is also one of the most polluted rivers in the country. 

Cecelia Mason

A new study predicts that West Virginia will see smaller high school graduation class sizes and slightly more racial diversity in the coming years. 

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This article has been updated to clarify the desription of Breitbart News Network.   

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee released a statement today that defended his decision to allow Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus while also condemning Yiannopoulos' attack on a faculty member. 

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Although the recent presidential election has raised questions about the Affordable Care Act’s future, West Virginia University says it will continue to operate the West Virginia Healthy Start Navigator Project. The program helps people in northern West Virginia sign up for health insurance under the ACA.

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Last fall, Dan Carder's cell phone started ringing off the hook. The area codes hailed from major U.S. cities. At the time, Carder was working in his lab at West Virginia University, where he is the director of the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions (CAFEE). Annoyed with phone calls, he finally picked up. The reporter on the line, sensing that Carder had no idea that he had broken international news, advised Carder to Google himself. 

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Monday night, hundreds of individuals joined hands on West Virginia University's campus to show support for each other after last week's presidential elections.

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