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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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. 

  West Virginia's Children Advocacy Centers are seeing an increase in the number of children needing services.

A new report says the number of children served by the state's 20 centers increased by 14.6 percent to 3,294 during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.


Webster County
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  The agency that oversees West Virginia's regional jails is addressing a $1.3 million debt that Webster County owes for inmate jail fees.

The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says in a statement that the Regional Jail Authority filed a petition with the state Supreme Court on Thursday. It seeks to divert state tax revenues that normally would go to Webster County to offset the county's unpaid bill for daily fees the state charges to house its inmates.

Hershell Woody Williams
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  The U.S. Navy has announced it will name a ship after Hershel "Woody" Williams, a West Virginia World War II veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

Multiple media outlets report that the Navy made the announcement Tuesday, months after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., wrote a letter urging them to name a ship after Williams.

Jerome Gilbert Marshall University President
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The Marshall University Board of Governors today named Mississippi State University Provost Jerome A. “Jerry” Gilbert the 37th president of Marshall University. Gilbert will assume the presidency in January.

Earlier this month, the Presidential Search Committee announced Gilbert as one of three finalists for the position following a national search. All three candidates participated in open forums last week with students, faculty, staff and members of the community, and the decision to hire Gilbert was made yesterday by the Board of Governors in executive session.

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Marshall University's Board of Governors has selected the university's next president.

The board approved the new president after meeting in executive session Monday. Three finalists visited the Huntington campus last week.

Sam Quinones
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Just a week before President Barack Obama is due in Charleston to discuss the states, problem with substance abuse, author and journalist Sam Quinones was in Huntington Thursday speaking to Marshall students about the opiate epidemic. 

Quinones told students: there is no simple solution to the drug problems cities like Huntington face. 

Corrections Training, Knife Training
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As a prerequisite to working in the state's prisons corrections officers have to spend time at the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Professional Development Center.  Cadets in the program go through several types of training there. 

The Professional Development Center in Glenville in Gilmer County hosts the cadets during their training period. Among the training are things like agility obstacle courses and edged weapon defensive tactics training. Garrett Powell is a cadet at the facility. 

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  Marshall University's Presidential Search Committee has identified three finalists following a national search.

The university announced Wednesday that the three finalists are Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President Jerome Gilbert, Oregon Institute of Technology President Christopher Maples and University of Southern Mississippi Professor and former Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Denis Wiesenburg.

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  The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Charleston roofing contractor for exposing workers to excessive heat.

The agency said Monday that one employee of Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. was hospitalized for a heat-related illness on Sept. 11 while the company was removing tile roofing from Building 3 at the Capitol Complex.

West Virginia Turnpike
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  West Virginia highways officials are planning 11 informational meetings around the state to seek input about potential future projects.

The Department of Transportation is developing a list of expansion, resurfacing and other transit projects for fiscal years 2016 through 2021. The list will be available for discussion.

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Union workers at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Nitro plan to vote this week on a revised health insurance proposal.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that during talks Tuesday with the United Steelworkers Local 14614-F9, casino management agreed to remove contract language that would have allowed future policy changes in the workers' health insurance.

Matt Lockhart Little Free Library
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Huntington is just the latest city in the state to catch on to the Little Free Library Trend. It’s a new fad that’s changing communities and reading habits.

Matt Lockhart is a lawyer in Huntington who decided in late spring and early summer he wanted to put a Little Free Library in his yard.

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Federal law enforcement officials have unveiled a drug prevention initiative in Ohio County.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II said Tuesday that drug testing kits will be made available for free to Ohio County residents.

Huntington Ohio River
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  The Huntington City Council is set to decide whether to implement a $2 increase in a user fee.

The council plans to vote on the proposal Monday night that would provide an additional $3 million in revenue annually for Huntington.

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STEM schools in West Virginia are set to receive $1 million in funding.

STEM Network schools will receive resources, including a $30,000 grant over three years and a STEM Coordinator Volunteer in Service to America to become demonstration sites for innovative STEM practices. The aim is to boost student achievement. The Education Alliance made the announcement Thursday.

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Positive West Nile mosquito pools have been found in Huntington.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department is urging residents in Cabell County and the city of Huntington to take precautions when going outdoors for an extended period. According to the health department, mosquito surveillance has shown positive cases of West Nile virus in the area.

Clay Center
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The Commission on Presidential Debates announced today that Charleston would not be one of the sites selected to host a 2016 Presidential or Vice Presidential debate. West Virginia was one of 16 applicants from around the country under consideration to host one of the debates.

West Virginia State University and West Virginia, the states land-grant universities, were co-applicants for the debate in collaboration with the city of Charleston, the state of West Virginia, Steptoe Johnson PLLC and the Clay Center.

Concord Football Stadium
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A year after finishing undefeated in the Mountain East Conference and advancing to the Division 2 National Semifinals, the Concord Mountain Lions were picked to repeat as conference champions this year.

Manchin Capito

West Virginians who still get their water from wells will soon get help.

Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced Tuesday that $131,310 will go to the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources West Virginia Private Water Well Safety Project. The hope is to identify and address drinking water program performance gaps, improve efficiency and effectiveness of drinking water programs and identify and reduce exposures leading to drinking water contamination.