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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State Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick is continuing to push a statewide program that encourages farmers to grow potatoes in West Virginia. The Department of Agriculture has committed a quarter of a million dollars to the program.

Commissioner Helmick met with commercial buyers and wholesalers at G&G Nursery and Farm in Mason County Wednesday.

The farm is one of several in western West Virginia counties participating in the pilot. The $250,000 of funding is for planting and harvesting equipment that will be loaned to farmers, as well as seed potatoes and fertilizer.

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Marshall University hosted the annual Health Science and Technology Academy Summer Institute this week with a camp titled Fun with Science. It’s a summer program that begins a journey toward college for high school students.

The Health Science and Technology Academy is a collaboration between Marshall and West Virginia University. The statewide initiative was created to inspire first-generation, rural and African American youth to attend college and offset the disparity of those populations in the areas of science and health care.  Students took part in dissection activities and got to diagnose mock patients after some instruction. 

Former industrial sites in Huntington will soon be getting a facelift thanks to federal grant dollars awarded to the city.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced grants totaling $400,000 for the city of Huntington Tuesday as a part of the agency’s brownfields program. A brownfield in a former industrial or commercial site prohibited from development because of environmental contamination. The grants will allow the city to clean up multiple industrial sites including a property that sits on 3rd avenue just down from Marshall University’s campus.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced more than one million dollars in federal grants Monday for projects aimed at stopping violence against women.

The Stop Violence Against Woman Act Program Grants will support 28 projects across the state that establish or help groups already fighting violence against women in West Virginia. The grants will help pay for new personnel and provide training and assistance for those establishing groups or enhancing their organization.

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is piloting the state’s first syringe exchange program, aimed at reducing the risk of spreading diseases.

State DHHR officials will join will local health workers in Huntington Thursday to announce a program that is the first of its kind for West Virginia. The pilot Syringe Exchange Program will launch in Cabell County later this year.

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West Virginia American Water has completed repairs in Dunbar.

Repairs have been made to a 36-inch water transmission main in Dunbar following two leaks on a newly installed section of pipe. The system relay station in Dunbar has been restarted and normal pumping capacity has resume to areas west of Dunbar. All booster stations except one have been restarted and are beginning to re-pressurize.

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West Virginia American Water crews have once again responded to a leak in Dunbar.

Water crews are performing an emergency shutdown on a 36-inch water transmission main in Dunbar so that repairs can be made to a new leak that developed today. Crews are working to dig up the area and determine the new issue. It’s not yet been determined when the repairs might be finished.

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The state Public Service Commission is allowing a group of county commissioners to intervene in a nearly 30 percent proposed rate hike for water customers in southern and central West Virginia. 

The West Virginia Public Service Commission says the Kanawha County Commission can intervene in a rate increase proposed by West Virginia American Water. The largest water utility in the state proposed a rate hike of just over 28 percent in April. 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says he "appreciates" a U.S. Supreme Court ruling letting 28,000 West Virginians keep receiving federal subsidies for health insurance plans bought from a federal marketplace.

The Democrat's spokeswoman, Shayna Varner, says the ruling lets West Virginians who count on the Affordable Care Act's tax credits continue buying insurance through the private market.

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Marshall University’s Board of Governors was presented with a $116 million balanced budget Wednesday that included a tuition increase.

A tuition increase isn’t uncommon in the state’s higher education system today. Many of the states four year institutions are looking to tuition increases, at least in part, to make up for state budget cuts. Marshall University’s Board of Governors approved an increase of between 3 to 4% for students Wednesday. The increase is less than the 5% threshold that requires the approval from the Higher Education Policy Commission.

Tuesday on the Senate Floor Senator Joe Manchin explained why he voted against President Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority. The legislative procedure outlines Congressional guidance to the President on trade policy priorities.

Manchin said the Trade Promotion Authority would grant the President authority to negotiate trade deals without Congressional input. He opposed the bill because he worries deals might be struck that would take jobs away from West Virginians. Manchin said history has shown that trade deals don’t help those in need of good jobs.

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  Four people have been charged with fraudulently using federal small-business programs to obtain contracts worth millions from the government.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II said Monday that the defendants obtained contracts worth more than $140 million under a program that helps disadvantaged business operators compete for government contracts. Another $24 million was obtained under a program that helps disabled veterans.


Members of the state’s education community gathered in Huntington Thursday for EdTalks, a speaker series sponsored by the Charleston based nonprofit The Education Alliance.

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A man charged with threatening West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has been sentenced to prison.

Fifty-year-old Steven Anthony Major was sentenced to an 18 month federal sentence for threatening Senator Manchin and his family on multiple occasions. A release from U.S. Prosecuting Attorney Booth Goodwin's Office says Major called the senator's office on February 24 this year claiming he would murder Manchin. Major also admitted to calling the both Msnchin's D.C. and West Virginia offices four times between March 17 and 20 and leaving voice mails containing violent threats against the Senator's family.

State officials announced this week that the mid-Atlantic transportation hub in Prichard, a 30-million dollar facility comprised of rail, air, highway, and waterway assets, will be operated by a Cincinnati-based intermodal company.

The West Virginia Port Authority along with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox announced this week that Parsec Inc was awarded the contract to operate the Heartland Intermodal Gateway in Prichard, West Virginia.

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Members of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition gathered the public Monday night in Westmoreland, near Huntington, to discuss the Rogersville Shale.

The forum was designed to inform the public of a newly discovered shale formation, the Rogersville Shale. The shale is concentrated in Calhoun, Roane, Jackson, Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln, Wayne and Cabell counties in West Virginia, but also extends into Kentucky. Dianne Bady is with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

The West Virginia University Board of Governors unanimously approved a one billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The new budget includes a tuition increase approved by the board last month. The proposed tuition increase of nearly 10% for in-state students still needs the final approval of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission before it can take effect.

A brand new music festival kicks off Friday in Huntington.

The Jewell City Jamboree starts at noon at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington featuring bluegrass, Americana and other types of music.

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A recycling center and its operator have been indicted in what prosecutors are calling an organized criminal enterprise.

Multiple media outlets report West End Recycling Inc. in Huntington and its owner, William "Bill" Smith, were indicted by a grand jury on nearly 200 counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, receiving stolen scrap metal and engaging in an organized criminal enterprise.

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  The West Virginia Division of Highways says a Kentucky company is the apparent low bidder for a contract to upgrade a section of U.S. 35.

Bizzack Construction, LLC of Lexington, Kentucky, bid $174.4 million to design, build and finance the project.

The 14.6-mile section runs from State Route 869 in Putnam County to County Route 40 in Mason County. It's the final section to be upgraded to four lanes.

The DOH says Bizzack's bid is one of five accepted on Wednesday from contractors. State officials now will review Bizzack's bid.