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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  Marshall University Leadership met Thursday to discuss the next step in finding leadership for the University in the wake of the death of Marshall President Stephen Kopp.

Kopp died Wednesday night. He was 63.

Marshall’s 10-member leadership team met Thursday morning to discuss the process for going forward with operations.

The Board of Governors retains the authority to run the university in Kopp’s place. Thursday morning the Board of Governors directed the senior leadership team to take care of the usual day-to-day operations.

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The University of Charleston plans to build a replacement for its gymnasium.

The Eddie King Gym, built in 1947, is the oldest facility on the university's campus. The university will build a new arena and learning center called The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Innovation Center. Media outlets report it's named after a foundation that donated $5 million toward the project.

The facility also will have locker rooms and offices.

University President Ed Welch said Wednesday the learning center is intended to foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking on campus.

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  Marshall University President Stephen Kopp passed away Wednesday evening in Huntington. Kopp suffered a heart attack early in the evening and was then transported to Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington. There he was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. 

According to a Marshall University press release the leadership team will meet first thing Thursday morning to review the university's operation plans of continuity. 

  West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck is leaving WVU Athletics for a position with the NCAA.

Athletic Director Oliver Luck has accepted a newly created position of executive vice president of regulatory affairs with the National College Athletic Association effective January 15th. The Move was announced by WVU President Gordon Gee and NCAA President Mark Emmert.

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Nine counties will receive state funding for school construction projects.

The largest award, $1 million, will go to Berkeley County to add six classrooms to Potomack Intermediate School near Martinsburg.

Greenbrier, Wirt, Gilmer, Marion, Ohio, Fayette, Upshur and Lincoln will receive smaller grants for projects.

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Auto parts manufacturer Diamond Electric is relocating its U.S. headquarters from Michigan to West Virginia.

The move is expected to bring 10 to 15 jobs to West Virginia.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the change at a news conference Monday.

The automotive ignition coil manufacturer will consolidate its main Michigan office with existing operations in Eleanor, located in Putnam County.

The Eleanor location first opened in 1997. It now features Diamond Electric's largest production facility, including 335 employees.

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Huntington Police evacuated Huntington High school Thursday afternoon after school administrators received reports that a student had an explosive device.

Late Thursday morning Huntington Police were called to the high school because of a report of a firework type device found in the possession of a juvenile. The student had shown the device to another juvenile who reported it. Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says the onsite resource officer, who is a member of the Huntington Police Department arrested the individual. The device was then recovered and rendered inert. 

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Concord University continues their dream season this weekend with a Division 2 semifinal matchup.

The Mountain Lions will travel to Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday for a 3 o’clock kickoff. Concord stayed unbeaten with a 32-26 win over Bloomsburg last Saturday in Athens. 

The Mountain Lions were held to a season-low 306 yards against Bloomsburg in the Regional Final, but were still able to stay alive in the playoffs.

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Huntington officials think the way to fight back against drug abuse in the area is to try unique and different approaches.

The word is innovation, it’s what Huntington Mayor Steve Williams thinks is the key to fighting drug-related crimes in Huntington.

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Turn This Town Around 2015 voting is underway. The contest picks two towns in the state helps revitalize them through facilitated projects and planning.

Turn This Town Around is joint focus of the West Virginia Community Development Hub, West Virginia Focus and West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The goal is to help towns in the state turn things around and once again become vibrant communities.

After focusing on Grafton and Matewan in 2014, the groups have once again opened up voting to select two new towns for 2015.

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A week after Marshall’s football team had their hopes of an undefeated season dashed in a loss to Western Kentucky, the team is set to host the Conference USA Championship game tomorrow at noon.

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Facing Hunger Foodbank provides food to those in need in the region, year round. But around the holidays the need becomes deeper for many in the area.

In a normal month the food bank will deliver 5 or 6,000 pounds of food to each county. During the month of November and December that number jumps to between 8 and 10,000 pounds.

 

  A new music festival featuring local and national talent is coming to Huntington next summer.

The Jewel City Jamboree will run Friday through Sunday, June 5-7 at Harris Riverfront Park. The festival will feature a mix of nationally traveling bluegrass acts such as The Rambling Rooks and Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time and will also feature local acts like Mystic Mountain Blueberry and Big Rock.

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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Kateryna Schray as the 2014 West Virginia Professor of the Year.

Schray was among nearly 400 top professors in the United States who were finalists. Schray, an English professor, describes her teaching philosophy as “embarrassingly simple.”

Schray is in Washington D.C. today where the national and state winners are being announced and honored at an awards luncheon at the National Press Club. She also will be attending an evening congressional reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Two lawsuits against former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury have been settled.

Robert Woodruff's federal lawsuit alleged malicious prosecution, false arrest and wrongful imprisonment. His wife filed a separate suit in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Federal court documents say Robert Woodruff's case is settled.

The Woodruffs' attorney, Mike Callaghan, says the wife's case has also been settled. He declined to specify settlement terms.

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The city of Follansbee has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty to resolve wastewater pollution violations.

The penalty is part of a recent consent order issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The consent order also requires the city to submit a plan for corrective action. The plan must include an analysis defining the root cause of the wastewater collection system's problems.

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The Division of Natural Resources held a public meeting last week to gauge the interest of southern West Virginians on returning Elk to the state.

A 100 people crowded into a conference room last week at Chief Logan Lodge in Logan County. They were there to let the DNR know what they thought about returning Elk to the state of West Virginia. Elk once lived here between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Overwhelmingly participants spoke in favor of returning the animal to the area.

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Members of the Huntington and Marshall community gathered yesterday to remember those lost in the 1970 plane crash that claimed the Marshall Football team.

Tom Shoebridge was the keynote speaker as the community gathered around the fountain as they do each year to remember the players and community members that died aboard the DC-9 flight as it returned from a road game at East Carolina University. Shoebridge is the younger brother of Teddy Shoebridge, the quarterback of the Thundering Herd team that perished in the horrific accident.

Every year on November 14, community members gather at the Marshall University student center to commemorate the crash. At the center, a memorial fountain with 75 jets of water honors
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The Marshall University community will recognize the 44th anniversary of the 1970 plane crash Friday at noon with the annual fountain ceremony.

Each year on the anniversary of the plane crash, November 14th, a ceremony is held around the memorial fountain in the middle of Marshall’s campus.

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A Charleston man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.

The U.S. attorney's office says 52-year-old John E. Swain II entered his guilty plea Wednesday in federal court in Charleston. Swain faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 23.

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