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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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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Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s will soon work together in Huntington.

Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Pallotine Sisters who control the St. Mary’s Medical center have signed an agreement that transfers control of St. Mary’s to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Both hospitals say the hope is that by working together they will be able to provide more affordable healthcare to the region..

Now that an agreement has been reached, the hospitals will wait for the Federal Trade Commission to review the competitive implications of the transaction.

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“Turn This Town Around” is a project in which two communities, Matewan and Grafton have been selected to receive training, coaching and technical assistant to help revitalize their communities.

Wilma Lee Steele is on the board for the Mine Wars Museum in Matewan. They held an open house over the week where the public was able to come and vote on the color of carpet and how the museum will present the town’s history.

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After switching parties in the spring, Evan Jenkins will now head to D.C. after pulling off what could be called a monumental upset.  

Jenkins unseats Nick Rahall from the 3rd congressional district seat after a reign that lasted 38 years. Jenkins began his political career as a member of the House in 1994 and elected to the Senate in 2002. Even though he defeated a long time member of Congress, in his victory speech Jenkins says he appreciates what Rahall did for the state.

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Union workers at Kroger stores in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have ratified a new three-year contract.

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 says in a news release that the contract includes wage increases and preserves workers' health and retirement benefits. Workers' health care premiums won't increase.

The contract ratified Monday covers 4,000 workers. It will expire on Oct. 7, 2017. 

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Local artists will once again have an opportunity to showcase their talents in Huntington this spring.

The city announced that the Dogwood Arts and Crafts festival will return in the Spring of 2015. The Big Sandy Superstore Arena will host the festival that has made its home in Huntington for more than 40 years. The festival is returning after a one-year hiatus. Huntington resident and ceramic artist Carter Taylor Seaton will organize the festival.

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The City of Huntington is making progress in its efforts to roll out free wireless internet to the public.

Huntington’s WiFI initiative is part of a one-year pilot project with WVNET. The WiFi is only available at Pullman Square for now, a downtown shopping area according to Huntington Mayor Steve Williams. The public can access the network by checking their WiFi settings and clicking on the “Welcome to Huntington” network.

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Among the candidates for the Second District congressional seat is Bob Henry Baber. He’s the candidate from the Mountain Party.

Bob Henry Baber is an employee at Glenville State University, working with them to raise funds, but he’s not new to the political arena. The one time Mayor of Richwood threw his hat in the ring during the 2010 special election for governor and made a run for U.S. Senate in 2012, both times with the backing of West Virginia’s Mountain Party. He received 20,000 votes in his run for the United States Senate in 2012.

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Just days after a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High school in Washington, the Cabell County Board of Education announced a new plan to deal with the same type of situation in their facilities.

Starting later this week and next Cabell County schools will change the way teachers and students respond to a possible intruder in their school. While the schools had some procedures before, they’ve now adopted the ALICE Principles, expanding their response. ALICE stands for:

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A private West Virginia college is suing the U.S. government over funds seized during a theft investigation.

Bethany College is seeking $262,020 in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in West Virginia's Northern District. The complaint alleges the cash was forfeited to investigators from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

The complaint says the money should be set aside for the college.

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