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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WVU Sports
4:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Mountaineers Looking for Improved Effort

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As College Basketball Season nears, West Virginia University Head Coach Bob Huggins is hoping his team can take a step towards the top of the Big 12 Conference.

A year after finishing with 17 wins and 16 losses and a first round loss to Georgetown in the National Invitational Tournament, West Virginia University Basketball hopes with several new players things are better this season. The Mountaineers finished 6th in the Big 12 last season and are picked to finish in the same spot, sixth, according to the Big 12 preseason poll.

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Marshall Sports
3:48 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Marshall Enters College Football Polls

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For the first time since the final polls of the 2002 season, Marshall University Football is ranked in the top 25.

After a 49-24 win over Middle Tennessee State Saturday in Huntington, Marshall Football found itself ranked in both major polls Sunday. The Herd sits at 25th in the newest Associated Press College Football Poll and 24th in the newest Coaches Poll

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Both from Raleigh County
4:19 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Alpha Rescue Teams Win National Competition

Alpha Natural Resources' mine rescue teams won highest honors in national competition this week.

Mine rescue competition teams from Alpha Natural Resources took first and second place this week at the Nationwide Coal Mine Rescue Skills Championship held in Prosperity, Pennsylvania.

The contest included two days of simulated emergency exercises that involved smoke exploration and ventilation, firefighting, fire hose management, gas detection, air measurements, use of breathing apparatus and a written test.

Twenty four teams from across the country competed.

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Dilapidated Properties
4:48 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

How can West Virginia Towns Get Rid of Dilapidated Properties?

Site of demolished building, planned for reuse.
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Representatives from twelve communities from across the state are in Huntington learning ways to deal with dilapidated and empty properties.

The twelve communities were selected by a statewide coalition of community development entities based on the amount of problems they’re having with dilapidated, abandoned and empty properties. The communities involved are:

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Marshall Sports
4:25 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Marshall Men’s Basketball Ready for 2014-2015 Season

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Marshall University Basketball is set to begin practice with new coach Dan D’Antoni.

A long coaching search in the spring began with rumors of Marshall trying to lure Mike D’Antoni away from his job with the NBA LA Lakers. And it ended with Marshall hiring Dan D’Antoni, Mike’s older brother and assistant with the Lakers. The need for a new coach was required after Tom Herrion resigned following an 11-22 season.

D’Antoni immediately put the team through an extensive off season program that saw many of the players lose considerable weight.

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Regional Jails
2:42 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Regional Jail System Awarded Grant to Fight Assault

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The West Virginia regional jail system will use a $410,522 matching grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fight assault.

The money will be used toward training staff, educating inmates and providing victims’ services to combat sexual abuse and sexual assault. The Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority successfully applied for funds offered to help states implement the U.S. Prison Rape Elimination ACT.

The grant program supports demonstration projects that establish a “zero tolerance” culture for sexual assault in correctional facilities.

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Health & Science
4:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Facility for Drug-Addicted Babies Set to Finally Open Doors

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Lily’s Place was created to care for addicted babies in Huntington and now it’s going to finally open its doors.

The facility will care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, meaning the they’re born addicted to drugs because of their mothers.

Lily’s Place officials and state dignitaries were on hand Wednesday as they cut the ribbon and officially opened the doors for babies to be welcomed.

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Disease Prevention
1:48 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

WV Receives $1 Million for Disease Prevention

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
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West Virginia has been awarded more than $1 million for chronic disease prevention programs.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced two grants on Thursday for state and local programs. The programs are aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

 The grants are funded in part by the Affordable Care Act. They will be administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Northcott Court Demolition
10:43 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Residents of Northcott Look Forward to New Housing

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A 70-year-old public housing complex in Huntington is being torn down. The city has decided to demolish the facility that’s long been considered an eye-sore.

As visitors to Huntington enter the city from Hal Greer Boulevard they’re greeted by a set of unattractive square brick buildings. The apartments, known as Northcott Court, were named in honor of Gustavais Adolhus Northcott, a civic leader, president of the State Senate during 1905-1906 and early director of the First Huntington National Bank.

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Economic Development
3:26 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

WV Economic Development Council Holds Annual Meeting in Huntington

WV Economic Development Council held their 2014 meeting in Huntington.
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The West Virginia Economic Development Council wrapped up a two-day meeting in Huntington yesterday.

The two day meeting in Huntington focused on everything from STEM initiatives and how they affect business throughout the state to businesses that are venturing into the international markets around the world. The conference brings groups together with the hope of dining out what’s working and giving ideas for future success.

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College Readiness
4:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Higher Education Policy Commission Receives College-Readiness Grant

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Students in ten West Virginia counties are going to receive extra help preparing for college and career training programs.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will receive a $21 million grant to help students in the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Commission will be awarded the “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP grant. It’s the second GEAR UP grant the HEPC has received. Jessica Kennedy is the Assistant Director of Communications for the HEPC.

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Arrested Athletes
11:32 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Do Arrested NFL Stars Take a Pay Cut?

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Research by a West Virginia sports economist is shedding new light on the recent string of domestic violence and abuse scandals involving NFL players. It’s a study that looks at the connection between players’ arrest records and their salaries.

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Supreme Court of Appeals
3:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

WV Supreme Court Hears Arguments at Marshall

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals heard four cases during a visit to Marshall Tuesday.

The court’s appearance was its sixth at Marshall University in the past decade. Among the four cases heard by the state Supreme Court was one that questioned whether a municipal court in Mercer County can order a dog be euthanized. Justice Menis Ketchum II explained the case.

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Sink Hole
3:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Sink Hole Closes Two Lanes of 5th Ave in Huntington

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The right two lanes of 5th Avenue in Huntington are closed this afternoon because of the beginnings of a sink hole. The lanes are closed between 25th and 27th streets in Huntington and will remain that way until further notice. 

According to a press release from the city of Huntington, the Huntington Sanitary Board and it's contractor will work through the weekend to determine the cause of the sink and then will repair the issue. 

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Turn This Town Around
2:06 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Turn This Town Around Awards Grants

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“Turn This Town Around” is a project in which two West Virginia communities- Matewan and Grafton - have been selected to receive training, coaching, and technical assistance to help residents revitalize their communities.  Wednesday night members of Turn This Town Around Matewan found out which of their ideas will receive funding.

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Film Festival
4:21 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

The Appalachian Queer Film Festival to Show Documentary in Charleston and Huntington

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The Appalachian Queer Film Festival will host showings of the documentary “The Campaign, in Charleston Friday and Huntington Monday.

As a kickoff to their Film Festival in late October in Lewisburg, The Appalachian Queer Film Festival will host a showing of “The Campaign,” along with the Kanawha Players Theater. “The Campaign” which was filmed over a four-year period, examines the fight to defend same-sex marriage against Proposition 8 in California. Tim Ward is the Founder and Director of the AQFF.

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College Football
11:54 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mountaineers and Herd Kick Off 2014 Season

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The state’s two Division 1 football programs kick off their seasons on the road Saturday afternoon.

Both Marshall and WVU kickoff at 3:30. Marshall is headed to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami University Red Hawks. The Mountaineers have a slightly tougher challenge Saturday as they travel to Atlanta for a matchup with Alabama, the team ranked number two in both the USA Today and Associated Press Preseason Polls.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen knows it will be a challenge.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Skateboard Park Becomes Reality in Huntington

The city of Huntington is developing a new downtown skateboard park.

It’s been idea that’s been in the works for quite a while. Or better yet, a dream that skateboarders thought they’d never see realized. At a reception yesterday in Huntington, officials broke ground on a skateboard park that is just the beginning for skaters. Charles Holley is the executive director of the city’s department of development and planning.

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Mountain East Conference
5:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Shepherd Picked to Repeat in Mountain East

College Football doesn’t just happen in Huntington or Morgantown on fall Saturday’s in the state. It’s happening in the Mountain East Conference.

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Drugs in Huntington
5:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

National Drug Official Pays a Visit to Huntington

Michael Botticelli and Nick Rahall speak with community members.
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Drug and law enforcement officials were in Huntington Wednesday as the Huntington Police department outlined their fight.

The National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli was in Huntington Wednesday with Congressman Nick Rahall to take a look at the efforts being made by the Huntington Police Department to fight the use and trafficking of illegal drugs. Captain Hank Dial gave an overview.

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