Clark Davis

Huntington Reporter/Producer

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Clark Davis can be heard throughout the week on West Virginia Morning at 7:30am during NPR's Morning Edition.

Clark works in the Huntington Bureau of West Virginia Public Broadcasting covering news and public affairs for radio and sometimes television.

Clark joined West Virginia Public Radio in 2007 as the Huntington reporter.

Clark graduated from Marshall University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV and later in 2007 with a Masters in Public Relations.

Born in Huntington, Clark grew up an enthusiastic sports fan and has always been interested in radio.

He has been married since 2010.

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As the city of Huntington finds its way out of a budget crisis that’s caused 24 positions to be cut in just the last week, there’s only a little over two months from finding out if the city will be named America’s Best Community.

In April, Huntington will find out if it’s one of the top three cities in a year-long contest, America’s Best Communities, sponsored by Frontier. The city has been competing against 7 other towns from around the country, and each community presented different projects that were tracked. Depending on that progress, Huntington could be picked as one of the best communities in the country. Third place receives $1 million, second place receives$2 million, and the community that’s picked as the winner takes home $3 million.

Mayor Williams City Council
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The city of Huntington is dealing with budget issues that have the police and fire departments on a pace to exceed their budget for the fiscal year.  At a city council meeting Monday night, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams updated council members on the additional cuts he's asked the two departments to make in order to assure the city can balance its budget this year. Despite the deficit, Williams and city counselors are cautiously optimistic that a budget without police or fire layoffs can occur.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says the city's budgetary problems are rooted in three areas. The first, police and fire departments have outspent their annual budgets with six months left in the fiscal year. Along with the overspending, health insurance costs for the city have steadily increased as well as the amount Huntington is paying into its police and fire pension funds. When you combine all three, Huntington is facing an approximate $4.8M budget deficit by the end of the fiscal year in July. 

Carter G. Woodson
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Marshall University announced Friday the launch of the Carter G. Woodson Lyceum. Named after the Huntington native and “Father of Black History Month,” the program will strive to teach about the history of black history month and Woodson.

The lyceum will be operated as a collaboration between the Drinko Academy and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Griffin McElroy
Forbes

Marshall Graduate and Huntington Native Griffin McElroy has been named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for media for 2017. The 29-year-old McElroy was chosen for his work as the founding editor of Polygon, Vox’s video game website as well as weekly podcasts. 

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Organizations from around the state gathered at Marshall University Friday to discuss the next step in rebuilding the communities ravaged by the June 2016 flooding.

The one-day summit in Huntington focused on ways to improve the devastated economies in regions of the state where flooding took not only homes, but also businesses and schools. Jenny Gannaway, is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster group, which hosted the event. 

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Much of the state is under a Winter Weather Advisory Thursday as snow is expected to move into the region throughout the day. 

The Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Friday, as parts of the state will see 2-4 inches of snow. 

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As the state looks for ways to deal with the effects of the opioid epidemic, one type of program has seen a steady increase in use during the past year in West Virginia’s two biggest cities. Needle exchanges in Charleston and Huntington are providing services to more addicts each week, but are struggling to find the money needed to expand.

Elk
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The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources along with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin presented 20 Elk to Logan County Monday.

More than 140 years ago, Elk were native to the state. In 2015, legislation authorized the Division of Natural Resources to begin an active elk restoration plan, starting with finding enough suitable land to sustain a population. Through a partnership with The Conservation Fund, more than 32,000 acres of publicly accessible land was acquired and another 10,000 through lease agreements in Logan County. The DNR transferred the 20 donated elk from the western part of Kentucky last week and have them set up in a space fenced off in Logan County at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area.

Last week, Congress approved a continuing resolution that will fund the federal government through April 2017. The resolution also extended healthcare benefits for tens of thousands of miners and their families by four months.

Members of Congress spent more than a year debating how to fund both the healthcare and pensions of tens of thousands of miners across the country. The benefits were promised to miners more than 40 years ago by the federal government, but funding for the programs is running out.

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Marshall University is boosting its fight against the opioid addiction epidemic. The University has created a coalition to coordinate strategies with the city of Huntington, as well as a new research position to study treatment options for addicts. 

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The group West Virginians for Affordable Health Care hosted a conference Tuesday at Marshall University focused on the state's opioid epidemic.

The conference titled “Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic,” brought together groups from all over the state as well as national experts to discuss ways of dealing with the epidemic. Groups like the Cabell-Huntington Health Department presented their needle exchange effort and Martinsburg Police presented their Martinsburg Initiative. Dr. Anita Everett is the Chief Medical Officer for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and she was the featured speaker. Everett said it’s great to a see a state of communities trying new things and wanting to work together.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
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Rumors had it that WV Senator Joe Manchin would be the next Secretary of Energy. But following a meeting with President-elect Trump, the Democratic Senator says he will remain in the Senate. Former Texas governor Rick Perry has been tapped for a cabinet position instead.  

WVU Women's Soccer
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West Virginia University’s Women’s Soccer team will make its debut in the Women’s College Cup Friday. It’s the team’s first trip to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Final Four.

West Virginia University is hoping to continue a season of firsts after the Mountaineer Women’s soccer team spent most of the year at the top of national polls and is the number 1 seed in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. They’ll meet the University of North Carolina in the first of two games Friday in San Jose, California, in the College Cup. WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said it’s not time to admire they’re successful season just yet.

Jim Justice Victory Speech
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The Transition Team for Governor-elect Jim Justice announced Wednesday that Marshall and West Virginia Universities will play a role in his move into office.

 

The Transition Team says they’ll gather experts from both universities to help with the changeover. According to a press release, both research institutions will help facilitate policy discussions and proposals for the new administration.

Marshall Memorial Fountain
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Family and community members crowded around the Marshall University Memorial Fountain Monday at noon on the Huntington campus. The ceremony was to mark the 46th anniversary of a plane crash that claimed the lives of football players, coaches and community members.

It’s a Marshall tradition each year on the day of the anniversary of the crash to hold a ceremony around the fountain to remember the lives lost.

Bob Huggins
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The college basketball season got started over the weekend across the country and in the Mountain State.

In Morgantown the Mountaineers men’s basketball team is fresh off a first round upset loss in the NCAA tournament last season to Stephen F. Austin This season they’re picked to finish second in the Big 12 conference preseason poll and start the season ranked 20th in the country by the Associated Press. Of the 15 players on the Mountaineers basketball roster, there are 6 freshmen. Head Coach Bob Huggins said there is no time for the freshman to sit around and gain experience, the Mountaineers use a system of constant movement, so they’ll need to play.  

"We’re going to play a lot of people so they’re going to play, our two bigs are going to play," Huggins said. "We have a 6-10 freshman and a 6-8 freshman and they’re going to play. I hope we can get into other peoples bench and make them play guys they haven’t played a lot in just a cumulative effect of what we do, wears on them."

Last month the Coalfield Development Corporation and Solar Holler announced they would expand an already existing partnership to help transition miners from coal jobs into a new industry. The announcement meant a new training facility at West Edge in the Westmoreland neighborhood of Huntington, but will work with laid off miners throughout the state’s southern coalfields.

When voters go to the polls on November 8th, they’ll be tasked with deciding who will lead the state’s agriculture industry.  The two major party candidates see the Commissioner of Agriculture as someone who can diversify the state’s economy, but have different opinions about what that diversification looks like. 

Walt Helmick is seeking his second term as Agriculture Commissioner. His competition is Republican Kent Leonhardt and Libertarian Buddy Gurthrie.

Patrick Morrisey, Mike DeWine, Andy Beshear
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Attorneys General from Ohio and Kentucky joined West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in Huntington Thursday to discuss the opioid crisis plaguing all three states.

Attorneys General Mike DeWine, of Ohio, and Andy Beshear, of Kentucky, joined Morrisey at the New Life Church in Huntington. It’s one of a series of meetings being held to increase cross-border cooperation in finding solutions to problems stemming from the opioid epidemic. Beshear said the epidemic has touched everyone. 

Marshall Medical School Dean Joseph Shapiro
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Marshall University announced Wednesday it’s partnering with the University of Kentucky on a multimillion dollar research grant.

The two universities are partners in a $19.8 million grant from the National Institute of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award. The money helps further clinical and translational science initiatives, emphasizing medical research relevant to the community. The goal is to speed up the process of implementing laboratory findings in patient care. Joseph Shapiro is the Dean of the Marshall University School of Medicine. 

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