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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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.

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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.

U.S. Attorney's Office

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  The nonprofit behind the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic says it wasn't informed until after the tournament its insurance wouldn't cover cash prizes for holes-in-one on holes deemed too short.

In a third-party complaint in Charleston federal court, Old White Charities says the PGA controls the distance and location of golf pins. It says the insurance application notes that.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin held a press conference Thursday to announce the recipients of grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission Investment Program. 

Joined by Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette and the West Virginia Development Office, Tomblin presented more than $4.7 million in funding to support 11 programs and organizations in the state. Many of the projects involved public water and educational services. Tomblin said it can make all the different for folks in the state. 

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The West Virginia University football team is 1-0 after a win last week over Georgia Southern. The Mountaineers hope to turn the early win into a successful season. 

A year after finishing 7-6, including a loss to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl, the Mountaineers are hoping last Saturday’s 44-0 win over Georgia Southern is a sign of things to come. WVU limited Georgia Southern to 224 yards of offensive output. The Mountaineers on the other hand went for 544 total yards. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said WVU should be even more prepared for Liberty University because both teams run a similar offense. 

Secretary of State's Office

The Secretary of State’s office is warning business owners about a scam that has surfaced in the state.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says business owners are receiving postcards from a firm called “Business Compliance Division” with an official looking logo.  The cards ask owners to call a number to fix a potential compliance violation and are told they need to pay a fee of up to 85 dollars to apply for a certificate of existence.

  U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced Tuesday he'll vote against the Iran nuclear deal. Manchin said when the process started he was supportive of the need to engage in diplomacy. 

 "Whenever I am able, I will choose diplomacy over war because the stakes are so high for West Virginia, which has one of the highest rates of military service in the nation.  But as I struggled with this decision, I could not ignore the fact that Iran, the country that will benefit most from sanctions being lifted, refuses to change its 36-year history of sponsoring terrorism," Manchin said.

West Virginia Department of Education

The West Virginia Department of Education is set to hold a meeting tonight at Marshall about academic standards in the state.

It’s the latest in a series of town hall-style meetings being held around the state. They’ll examine the West Virginia Next Generation Standards for grades K-12. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’s campus.

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The college football season kicks off around the state this weekend with games in Huntington, Morgantown and around the Mountain East Conference. Marshall’s football team opens their season Sunday against Purdue.

A season after finishing 13-1 and being among the leaders in many statistical categories offensively, Marshall is beginning a fresh campaign with a new quarterback. Gone is four-year starter Rakeem Cato, replaced by James Madison transfer Michael Birdsong.  Thundering Herd Head Coach Doc Holliday said there are many similarities between the two quarterbacks. 

Wayne County Board Site Hacked Islamic Group

The Wayne County Board of Education’s website was hacked Wednesday. Those claiming responsibility say they’re members of a terrorist organization.

In the early morning hours Wednesday the website was hacked by someone claiming to be part of the Islamic State. When users visited the Board of Education website they were re-directed to another site which promotes Islamic terrorism.

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The Cabell-Huntington Health Department is set to make history in the state of West Virginia Wednesday, with the first needle exchange program. 

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  Boaters and swimmers have been advised to use caution during activities on the Ohio River following the discovery of more blue-green algae blooms.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department re-issued a health advisory after algae blooms were found on Wednesday near the back channel of Wheeling Island and near McMahon Creek.

WV Freedom School

A three day racial justice workshop will kick-off Friday in Charleston.

American Friends Service Committee will host the West Virginia Freedom School, a three-day racial justice workshop that runs from Friday to Sunday at the East End Family Resource Center on the East End of Charleston. Students from Clay, Kanawha, Pocahontas, Marshall, Logan, Boone and Mingo counties will attend the meeting. They’ll combine with college students from Wesleyan University, Bridge ValleyTech and West Virginia State University.