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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West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Pepperoni rolls have been called the unofficial food of West Virginia. Legend has it they were originally made for coal miners to take underground in their dinner buckets- because the cured pepperoni didn’t spoil. 

A new book ABOUT Pepperoni Rolls is set to be published next year. On this week's episode of Inside Appalachia Roxy Todd talks with the writer of this new book to learn more.

Narcan - Naloxone
Adapt Pharma

In September the West Virginia State Board of Education approved a new policy that will allow schools across the state to stock intranasal naloxone or narcan to help deal with overdoses. Starting yesterday school boards can now enact policy changes that will allow them to carry the drugs in their schools. As part of the new policy only school nurses with a RN or LPN license can administer the life-saving drug that reverses the effect of opiates in an overdose situation.

Bill Bissett Headshot
Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce

The current President of the Kentucky Coal Association is leaving the energy industry, for a job back in his hometown of Huntington. 

Bill Bissett will be the next President and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce starting November 1st.

Coming home.

The 50-year-old father of two decided being in his home state and hometown was more important than leading the coal association in Kentucky. 

Anthony Jenkins
West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University’s new president. Anthony L. Jenkins gave his first state of the university address Thursday.

Jenkins told faculty, staff and students Thursday that enrollment was up at the historically black university. It’s the fourth consecutive year that enrollment is up according to the university.

West Edge Solar
Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

The Coalfield Development Corporation took another step Wednesday in the advancement of a solar institute.

At the West Edge Factory in the Westmoreland neighborhood of Huntington, the Coalfield Development Corporation has a solar training program that teaches former coal miners and others how to install solar panels as a possible career path.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There's a tropical fruit in season right now, and it grows right here in Appalachia. It's called a pawpaw, and it resembles and tastes like a mango. 

Last week, at least 8,000 visitors from around the world flocked to Athens, Ohio, to celebrate the fruit at the Pawpaw festival. 

ITT Tech Open House
Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

Since the closure of all ITT Tech Campuses around the country, students are wondering what’s next? Some ITT Tech students in Huntington who are trying to find the next step.

Rick Reeves is a former ITT Tech student who’s not sure what to do now that the schools is closing its doors across the country.

"This is absolutely a mess, I had one quarter left, two classes and I was about to finish," Reeves said. "I’ve been at this for three years because of random problems and problems with the school and yeah this really hurts."

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was joined by state and local officials Friday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a 24-hour, statewide hotline used to help those with addiction. 

The statewide hotline, 1-844-Help4WV, is a phone number people can call if they’re dealing with substance abuse or behavioral health problems. The call center also provides help to those dealing with thoughts of suicide or depression. Tomblin said substance abuse prevention services are now available in all 55 counties. He said the hotline has been successful so far.

ITT Tech
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

  The ITT Technical Institute in Huntington recently closed after a crack-down on federal financial aid for for-profit institutions. The West Virginia Community and Technical College System is hosting an open house to show students ITT Tech students more options Tuesday.

The open house will be at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Mountwest Community and Technical College and Huntington Junior College will be on-site to present options to the ITT Tech students.

Addiction Stories Program
Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

  People in addiction recovery came out Wednesday night in Huntington at Marshall University, to tell their story on how it’s affected their lives.

  Nick Pauken was part of the Marshall University program “Addiction in Appalachia: Our Stories”. In collaboration between the Marshall Student Health Education Program and the English Department, those in addiction recovery worked with English professors to write a monologue about their story. It was a chance for those in recovery, family members and significant others to tell how addiction impacted their lives.

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  West Virginia University will host a traveling exhibit of 1,100 empty backpacks to represent the number of college students who die of suicide each year.

A news release from the university said the free exhibit will be Tuesday in front of Woodburn Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Skyler Howard
Matt York / AP

The state’s two largest universities are ready to begin the 2016 college football season.

West Virginia University football opens the 2016 season Saturday in Morgantown against South Eastern Conference Member Missouri. Last year the Mountaineers finished the season with a record of eight wins and 5 losses. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said they’ve hit the point where until they step on the field they’re not getting any better, so they’re ready for Missouri.

Pop Up Market
Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

Pop Up Farmers Markets, they’re a unique idea bringing farm fresh fruits and vegetables to people who don’t typically have access to those kinds of foods. One in Wayne County recently focused on expanding access to the youngest of children. 

Stephanie Dawson's two-year old son Luke attends the Playmates of Ceredo Daycare, the site of a new one-day pop up farmer’s market last week.

"I think it’s pretty awesome, especially teaching kids about vegetables and you know farmer’s market learning and letting them experience the shopping world as well," Dawson said.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News Reporter Kara Lofton on how physical activity can help students perform better in the classroom and Roxy Todd reports on people’s grocery buying habits. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Aravind Sivaraj / wikimedia Commons

  Federal authorities are investigating after a computer virus infected all electronic services of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system in Kentucky and West Virginia.

ARH spokeswoman Melissa Cornett said in a statement Saturday that the system is dealing with technical complications.

Heroin
Adobe Stock

An Akron, Ohio man is in Federal Custody in connection with a rash of overdoses in Huntington earlier this month.

Twenty-two-year-old Bruce Lamar Griggs was arrested in Ohio and is being held on a federal criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of West Virginia. According to United States Attorney Carol Casto and Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli, Griggs is charged with distribution of heroin.

Shepherd University

  A year after playing for a Division 2 National Championship, Shepherd University Football is preparing for a season as the team everyone is focused on beating. Shepherd and the rest of the Mountain East are ready for the new year.

ARC Announcement
Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the United States Economic Development Administration visited Huntington this week to announce millions of dollars in funding for Appalachian communities struggling with the effects of coal’s decline.

Heroin Injection
Psychonaught / Wikimedia Commons

Twenty-six reported cases of overdose in Huntington raised eyebrows throughout the state and country Monday evening. All 26 reports came in over a 4-hour period, putting the city’s emergency responders on high alert. Now Huntington officials are trying to figure out what caused the spike.

Almost half of the 26 reported overdoses happened in an around one east Huntington neighborhood, near the Marcum Terrace housing projects. It was reported that heroin samples were being handed out near the location.

Marshall Univeristy Applied Engineering Complex
Bastian & Harris Architects

Marshall University’s year-old Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Complex has been awarded LEED Gold level certification.

The four story engineering complex opened just last fall on Marshall’s Huntington campus. In construction of the facility the university was aiming for LEED Silver Certification, a lesser recognition. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED rating system is developed by the U.S. Green Building Council as the guide for buildings constructed, maintained and operated for environmental performance.

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