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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At midnight on Saturday, March 14, the West Virginia Legislature adjourned its 2015 session. This post is the home for The Legislature Today's online coverage of the final day of the regular session.

We've curated this post by aggregating tweets and posting audio of important moments on the chamber floors.

Todd Harrell / West Virginia National Guard

According to Yeager Airport officials a slippage that started Wednesday at the end of the runway has gotten worse.

Yeager Executive Director Rick Atkinson says the slip developed over the weekend in a corner of the safety overrun area at the end of the main runway. The hillside broke away and slipped onto nearby roads.

West Virginia Department of Education

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a waiver process aimed at giving counties flexibility in making up instructional days cancelled because of weather.

The policy approved Wednesday will allow counties to seek waivers from the state-required 180 instructional days for school days cancelled due to states of emergency.

A bill granting similar exemptions is pending in the Legislature. The policy would go into effect if lawmakers don't pass the bill before the session ends on Saturday.

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The city of Huntington announced Monday they’ve received a grant of $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The grant will help cleanup old industrial sites in the Highlawn area of Huntington and will help facilitate a new advanced polymer center. Huntington is one of 20 communities nationwide this year to receive a grant under the EPA’s Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program.

e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

  U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is urging the Navy to name a ship after Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams.

 Manchin made the request Friday in a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

He said naming a ship after the Fairmont native would not only honor his legacy, but also the legacy of scores of other West Virginia veterans and their families.

The 91-year-old Williams is the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. After retiring from the Marines, he worked for the Veterans Affairs Administration for 35 years. 

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  A team at Marshall University has received a Knight News Challenge Grant to take a smart phone or mobile device history app and improve its black history offerings.

http://www.wvchallenge.org/site/state/wv/node/index.shtml

Adam Cleek is a former Mountaineer Challenge Academy Alum and Purple Heart recipient. Cleek will speak later today to 800 congressional, corporate and community leaders at the National Guard Youth Foundation Youth’s Challenge Gala in Washington D.C.

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  West Virginia lawmakers may name a highway after University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

Senators have introduced a resolution to name a section of Route 19 in Marion County after Saban, who 

 grew up in the area. It would be dubbed the "Nicholas Lou 'Nick' Saban, Jr., Expressway."

Saban, Alabama's coach since 2007, grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Saban's Alabama teams clinched national championships in 2012, 2011 and 2009. He led Louisiana State to a share of the title in 2007.

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A candle light vigil is schedule for this evening in protest of the killings of three American Muslim students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

The vigil, organized by local high school and college students, will be held in front of Riggleman Hall on the University of Charleston campus at 6:30.

The students are calling on local muslims to show public support for what they call senseless killings of the three students. 

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  Applications are due Friday to the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center. There a group that’s offering help to West Virginia Communities dealing with abandoned and dilapidated properties.

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Thurmond, West Virginia is the smallest town in America to pass an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

In a unanimous vote Monday night, the town of five residents adopted employment, housing and public accommodation protections to a new town-wide Human Rights Act.

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  A Kanawha County principal has resigned after being charged with failing to report an alleged sexual assault.

The Kanawha county Board of Education accepted Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles' resignation on Monday.

Giles was suspended on Feb. 3 after prosecutors filed the misdemeanor charge against him in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

http://states.aarp.org/category/west-virginia/

The West Virginia AARP announced Thursday a list of things they hope the legislature will consider.

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The next time you get pulled over for a driving too fast the police officer might have a camera pointed directly at you. The next wave of technology for officers around the country is body cameras.

There are different types of boy cameras.  From ones that are built into glasses, ones clipped on the collar or chest pocket and sometimes on the gun belt. The Winfield Police Department purchased them last year and was one of the first in the state to start using them.

West Virginia Legislature

Governor Tomblin has signed another bill from this legislative session.  Senate Bill 280 supports the oil and gas drilling industries.  

Prior to its passage, companies acquiring assets from existing operations in West Virginia were required to re-apply for permits. This legislation eliminates the reapplication process and authorizes the transfer of existing permits with approval from the Department of Environmental Protection.  

Office of the Governor

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today signed House Bill 2001, repealing the West Virginia Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio Act. "In 2009 when the Legislature approved West Virginia's Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio, the Act had overwhelming support from business and industry," Gov. Tomblin said. "We understand economic drivers and factors change over time, and the Act as it was passed in 2009 is no longer beneficial for our state.

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At the West Virginia Wildlife Center this morning, the groundhog named French Creek Freddie did not see his shadow. That means that he is predicting an early spring this year.  Concord Charlie at Concord University is also predicting an early spring because he Did NOT see his shadow. However, in Pennsylvania this morning, Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter.

West Virginia Department of Military Affaris and Public Safety

  Executive Director Joe DeLong announce Monday his plans to resign from the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority. 

DeLong will step down March 31 to pursue other opportunities. DeLong was named acting executive director in January 2012 and the RJA board voted to make him the agency's permanent chief that August. 

While in the position DeLong saw a reduction in the daily fee paid by counties and municipalities, a 34 percent decline in mandatory overtime since 2012 and a 44 percent drop in claims filed against the RJA since 2011. 

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The executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is retiring.

Gary Ray will step down next January after more than eight years as head of the agency that oversees interscholastic athletics, cheerleading and band activities among its member schools.

The SSAC board of directors accepted Ray's retirement at a meeting Wednesday. A search will begin soon for Ray's replacement.

With the President’s State of the Union coming up tonight, Senator Joe Manchin is still unsure about what a more conservative political climate on Capitol Hill means for the nation, and for West Virginia.

At the end of 2014 Senator Joe Manchin publically expressed his discomfort with the back and forth between each party and what was being accomplished. Manchin said his tune hasn’t changed much, he’s taking a wait–and-see attitude:

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