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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Teams of high school and middle school students gathered in South Charleston over the weekend to compete to design the best virtual bridge.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College hosted the West Virginia Design Contest at the Advanced Technology Center in South Charleston. Thirty-nine high school and middle school teams entered the competition for a chance to win nearly $7,000.  

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BridgeValley Community and Technical College will host the West Virginia Bridge Design Contest Saturday.

The contest at the BridgeValley Advanced Technology Center in South Charleston will host 39-teams of amateur engineers competing in the West Virginia Bridge Design Contest. The teams will vie for awards totaling close to $7,000 in cash.

Freedom Industries

  A judge has rejected a $6.7 million bankruptcy plan by the company behind a January 2014 chemical spill.

In a Charleston federal bankruptcy court filing Wednesday, Judge Ronald Pearson said Freedom Industries and state environmental regulators haven't agreed on cleanup terms at the Charleston spill site. Pearson ordered Freedom to comply with state cleanup orders.

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Members of the Huntington community have taken an idea from nearby Athens, Ohio to try to connect local food producers with local food consumers. 

Local Restaurants 

Susan Ballard is the co-owner of the Bodega, a gourmet style sandwich restaurant. She's interested in any 

  locally growned food she can get her hands on. After doing a taste test with Celeste Nolan of Laurel Valley Creamery she decided to use locally produced cheeses to top off some the sandwiches on the menu.

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Congressman Evan Jenkins hosted a roundtable discussion Friday morning in Huntington with 

  representatives of law enforcement and an anti-drug trafficking program.

The focus of the roundtable discussion was to point out the importance of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program to each wing of law enforcement in the area. 

The discussion comes on the heels of a budget proposal by the current Obama administration that would cut HIDTA’s funding by $51.6 million, taking it from $245 million to $193.4 million. Jenkins instead has requested an increase in the budget for HIDTA.

According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch Marshall University running back Steward Butler was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of battery. 

Butler turned himself in Wednesday morning. The criminal complaint against Butler says on April 5th moments after witnessing two men kiss, Butler exited a passing vehicle and shouted derogatory comments toward the men before striking the face of both victims with a closed fist. One of the victims captured the incident on video.

West Virginia Autism Training Center

As the country recognizes autism awareness month, the state is making progress, but researchers across West Virginia say there’s still a long way to go.


Alec Hildebeidel is a junior journalism student at Marshall University. He was attracted to Marshall by the radio program at the student-run station WMUL. But, perhaps more importantly for Alec, the Bel Air, Maryland, native was attracted to a program at the University to help students with autism.  

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
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A report from the National Park Service says three parks in southern West Virginia brought tens of millions of dollars into the surrounding communities, supporting hundreds of jobs.

The National Park Service says the New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River and Gauley River National Recreation Area brought 1,280,604 visitors into southern West Virginia last year.

West Liberty University interim President John McCullough says no decision has been made on a proposal to close three buildings on campus.

McCullough says the university is studying other options to reduce costs.

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On the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, many don’t realize the many links between the 16th President and the Mountain State. 

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Dr. Kent Brantly, the first American survivor of the Ebola virus, was at Ohio Valley University in Vienna Monday night passing on his message about battling the disease. 

  Brantly was diagnosed with Ebola while serving as a doctor for Samaritan’s Purse Mission in Liberia. What happened next is the story that led to the not-yet-published book that he and his wife, Amber, wrote. Brantly was working as a doctor in Liberia when the news came that Ebola had spread to the country. 

Marshall University

Among the many higher education budget cuts announced this session was a unique program at Marshall that only those who needed the services know about. The Luke Lee Listening Language Learning Lab is dealing with cuts.

West Virginia American Water announced Thursday they’re doling out grants to six community organizations.

The grants are part of West Virginia American Water’s 2015 Environmental Grant program. It’s a program designed to help innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water or groundwater supplies.

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Huntington City officials and concerned citizens held a public forum Tuesday night to discuss their growing concerns over drug abuse and the crimes that accompany it.

Panel members represented law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and recovery organizations and neighborhood groups. They all were there to discuss the same thing, drug crimes, those that are addicted to the substances and how to protect neighborhoods. The idea for the forum came from discussion that was already occurring on social media.

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  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding two crayfish species to the Endangered Species list.

The agency said Monday in a news release that the Big Sandy crayfish and the Guyandotte River crayfish are at risk of extinction.

WVU Men's basketball coach Bob Huggins
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After being picked by many so called college basketball experts to lose their opening NCAA Tournament game to Buffalo, West Virginia University is now headed to the Sweet 16.

The game tonight will pit the Mountaineers against the Wildcats in a rematch of the 2010 elite 8 game. That win by WVU put the Mountaineers in the final four for the first time in 51 years. A win Thursday evening, would put WVU one win away from a second final four in just five years.

  A misdemeanor charge against former Capital High School principal Clinton Giles has been dismissed.

Giles had been charged with failing to immediately report a sexual assault at the school.

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A museum sits just outside of Huntington that many in the state would consider a hidden gem.

The Heritage Farm Museum and Village has been named the state of West Virginia’s first Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The affiliation will allow the museum to use the resources and learning opportunities that the Smithsonian provides.

Huntington officials met with the media Monday to discuss how they’re dealing with the drug epidemic.

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The West Virginia Treasurer’s Office will host its first county-wide Get a Life budget simulation over the next two days in Putnam County.

The program for eighth grade students in Putnam County will show them how a budget is put together. The two-day event, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Navy Reserve Center, will also teach kids the importance of properly handling money.