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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ARC Grants Presser
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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
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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.

Cabell Huntington Health Department
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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
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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.

West Virginia Small Business Development Center
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  West Virginia is about to get federal help for small businesses in the state.

Governor Tomblin announced Monday that West Virginia has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration to receive $200,000 in State Trade and Export grant funding. It’ll help develop a new export assistance program under the West Virginia Development Office  called West Virginia First STEP – Next STEP.

Marshall University
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  Marshall University's presidential search committee plans to interview six new candidates in September.

Marshall Board of Governors chairman Michael G. Sellards says the candidates were identified by consultants with AGB Search Inc. He didn't identify the candidates.

The committee interviewed six other candidates in May but decided to continue the search.

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A new partnership between local police and the Marshall University Forensic Science Center is already paying dividends.

Cabell County Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers announced Wednesday that Oswald Gibson has been charged with second-degree sexual assault and kidnapping. Police say the attack occurred June 17th, 2004. The announcement of the indictment came during a press conference involving Huntington police, West Virginia state police and the Marshall University Forensic Science Center. It’s a partnership that has the forensic science center testing rape kits and checking DNA against the Combined DNA Index System or CODIS. They’re kits from the late 90s and early 2000s that were collected before CODIS existed. Hammers said the new arrangement could be huge in cracking cold cases.

Chicken Wings
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In conjunction with the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams announced a new food festival Tuesday.

In an ongoing effort to promote Huntington, a new chicken wing festival was announced for October. The Wing Fling. will feature more than 20 local restaurants competing to see who can serve up the best chicken wings. There will also be a wing-eating contest. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says it’s part of an effort to provide a new event each weekend to attract attention to downtown Huntington. 

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Some Cabell County students took part in their first full day of classes Monday at the Explorer Academy. 

It’s the first Expeditionary Learning School in the state of West Virginia. It’s an undertaking of the Cabell County School Board. Peyton Elementary and Geneva Kent Elementary were closed and consolidated to form the academy. 

Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex
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Thursday afternoon Marshall University celebrated the long-awaited opening of the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex.

Capital Venture Corportation

Huntington City officials joined with local developers Thursday to announce a new downtown development.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams announced that local development group Capital Venture Corporation has purchased a building along Third Avenue and is in the process of finishing the purchase of three remaining buildings next to it.

One of the buildings will be torn down and the other three will be renovated, making room for condos and businesses on the upper floors, and restaurants and markets on the lower floors.

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  Natural Gas Contractor Cenergy LLC celebrated an expansion Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Milton. 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and other state officials took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the natural gas business based in Milton. Cenergy was founded in 2006 by Milton native Chuck King. In 2014 the company doubled in size and now once again is expanding its operations that will include approximately 170 employees. Governor Tomblin says it’s a great thing for the local economy.

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Kids in Wayne County are already back in school. State Superintendent Michael Martirano joined them today to emphasize the importance of good attendance.

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Seven years ago, an Associated Press article labeled the city of Huntington, West Virginia the unhealthiest in the nation.

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