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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Cabell Huntington Health Department
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As needle exchanges just get going around the state, Huntington’s program has been up and running for three months.

Last week, a college-age woman sat in the reception area at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department waiting to exchange used hypodermic needles for clean ones.  

"I think it’s really great actually, it’s helped a lot of people, it’s helped people stay away from diseases you know what I mean and I just think it’s really great. They offer a lot of things here that help a lot of people, myself included." 

Camden Park
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday, Dec. 17, that it is charging Camden Park in Huntington with 45 violations resulting in more than $65,000 in penalties.

OSHA says in a news release that an inspection in June in response to a complaint revealed the violations. Camden Park was charged with 40 serious violations and five other-than-serious violations.

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  The annual Capital Classic battle between WVU and Marshall in basketball tips off tonight at 7 at the Charleston Civic Arena.

The Mountaineers enter the contest with just one blemish on their record -- a loss to the University of Virginia. They sit at 8-1 on the season and are ranked 20th in this week's Associated Press poll.

Congressman Evan Jenkins, FAST Act
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  Federal dollars are already pouring into West Virginia that will help increase public transportation access. U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins was in Huntington Tuesday to discuss how the FAST Act will help not just that city, but the entire state.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA
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  Federal regulators have cited a logging company for 22 serious worker safety violations.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Ray Clearing Inc. of Bickmore also was issued one other-than-serious citations. The citations stem from an inspection by OSHA's Charleston Area Office at a site in Cabin Creek on Aug. 4.

Revitalize Huntington Forum
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Huntington officials have joined forces with state and federal agencies to develop a plan for boosting economic development in the city. A forum held Tuesday focused on cleaning up toxic industrial sites, dealing with blighted areas and developing the waterfront. Huntington could become a model for other cities dealing with similar issues.

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State, federal and city officials will meet Tuesday in Huntington discuss revitalization efforts in the city.

The City of Huntington and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a forum Tuesday December 8th to provide guidance on moving the city forward with a new revitalization plan. The forum is among the first of its kind under the EPA’s “Making a Visible Difference in Communities” initiative.

Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert.
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The Marshall Board of Governors hosted an event Wednesday afternoon introducing Jerome Gilbert as the next President.

The Marshall and Huntington Community’s welcome Jerome Gilbert and his wife Lee to Huntington. Speakers at the ceremony included board Chairman Michael Sellards and Marshall interim President Gary White. Gilbert said he’s ready for the challenge to lead the university into the next year and has some different ideas for the university already. 

"I’m interested in building on the strengths of the past and it’s been a strong liberal arts university over the years and combine that liberal arts with the STEM areas and medicine," Gilbert said. "It really presents a very broad based education that prepares students for jobs in this century."

Chris Duhon, Mug Shot
West Virginia Regional Jail

Marshall men's basketball assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended for an undisclosed violation of athletic department rules and policies.

 Marshall's athletic department announced Duhon's suspension Monday and said it won't comment further.

Asbestos Abatement
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Despite a recent drop in West Virginia’s unemployment rate, many of the state’s industries continue to see a decline in jobs. One company is using federal grant money to help improve the lives of those who have found themselves out of work in the southwestern part of the state.

Brian Spence is from Wayne, West Virginia. He’s one of many people who were laid off from the Rockspring mine in May He said it was time to find something else. 

Mountwest Community and Technical College
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  Marshall University is partnering with Mountwest Community and Technical College to help students who earn an associate degree in graphic design to obtain a four-year degree in visual arts.

Officials also say Mountwest students who complete two-year degrees in animation and game development can earn bachelor's degrees in computer and information technology at Marshall.

West Virginia Attorney General's Office

  About 430 West Virginia students won't have to pay nearly $446,000 in outstanding loans for online courses of a Pittsburgh firm that runs for-profit trade schools and colleges.

  Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced West Virginia's portion of the settlement Monday with Education Management Corporation.

Deer
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  Deer hunters are being encouraged to get their Division of Natural Resources identification number before West Virginia's buck firearms season opens.

Hunters will need the ID number to use the state's new electronic game checking system to report deer they have killed. Use of the electronic system is required.

1970 Marshall Team, Memorial
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Each year the Marshall University Community gathers around the Memorial Fountain on the Marshall campus to remember those lost in the 1970 plane crash that killed the Marshall football team, staff and supporters.

The son of one of the dozens who died when a plane carrying the Marshall football team and staff crashed will speak at the annual memorial service.

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State delegates will host a town hall hearing this evening in Bluefield on tax reform.

Delegates Marty Gearheart, John Shott and Joe Ellington, all of Mercer County, will host the hearing to hear citizens’ ideas and comments on potential state tax reform proposals.

Billboard, Prostitution
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As prostitution arrests continue to rise in the Huntington area, city officials have come up with some unique ideas that they hope can begin to decrease the number of prostitution arrests. Among those ideas is the decision by the Huntington Police Department to begin posting  pictures of those arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

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  The West Virginia School Building Authority has reversed its denial of Fayette County's plan to consolidate four high schools.

Media outlets report that the authority approved an amendment to the school district's educational facilities plan on Monday. The authority had rejected the amendment on Sept. 28.

Drug Court Prostitutes
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State and local officials gathered Friday in a court room at the Cabell County Courthouse. They came together to re-dedicate the existing drug court program by changing the name from Cabell County Drug Court to Cabell-Huntington Drug Court. They also announced a new program within the drug court:  the Women’s Empowerment and Addiction Recovery program.

Bob Huggins
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College basketball season has begun in West Virginia.

The West Virginia University men’s team tips off its season in exhibition play Friday night against Glenville State. Last year, the Mountaineers made a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. It was the most successful season since an appearance in the final four in 2009. WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said the key to last year was adopting a full-court press on defense, where defenders guard their player all over the floor. 

Race Forum, WVSU
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Members of the Kanawha County Community gathered at West Virginia State University earlier this week to discuss race and the ongoing battle for equality.

Community members, officials and students took part in a discussion at West Virginia State looking at different racial issues effecting West Virginia and Kanawha County. The discussion was organized by students and the American Friends Service Committee. 

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