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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For the first time since the final polls of the 2002 season, Marshall University Football is ranked in the top 25.

After a 49-24 win over Middle Tennessee State Saturday in Huntington, Marshall Football found itself ranked in both major polls Sunday. The Herd sits at 25th in the newest Associated Press College Football Poll and 24th in the newest Coaches Poll

Mine rescue competition teams from Alpha Natural Resources took first and second place this week at the Nationwide Coal Mine Rescue Skills Championship held in Prosperity, Pennsylvania.

The contest included two days of simulated emergency exercises that involved smoke exploration and ventilation, firefighting, fire hose management, gas detection, air measurements, use of breathing apparatus and a written test.

Twenty four teams from across the country competed.

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Representatives from twelve communities from across the state are in Huntington learning ways to deal with dilapidated and empty properties.

The twelve communities were selected by a statewide coalition of community development entities based on the amount of problems they’re having with dilapidated, abandoned and empty properties. The communities involved are:

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Marshall University Basketball is set to begin practice with new coach Dan D’Antoni.

A long coaching search in the spring began with rumors of Marshall trying to lure Mike D’Antoni away from his job with the NBA LA Lakers. And it ended with Marshall hiring Dan D’Antoni, Mike’s older brother and assistant with the Lakers. The need for a new coach was required after Tom Herrion resigned following an 11-22 season.

D’Antoni immediately put the team through an extensive off season program that saw many of the players lose considerable weight.

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The West Virginia regional jail system will use a $410,522 matching grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fight assault.

The money will be used toward training staff, educating inmates and providing victims’ services to combat sexual abuse and sexual assault. The Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority successfully applied for funds offered to help states implement the U.S. Prison Rape Elimination ACT.

The grant program supports demonstration projects that establish a “zero tolerance” culture for sexual assault in correctional facilities.

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Lily’s Place was created to care for addicted babies in Huntington and now it’s going to finally open its doors.

The facility will care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, meaning the they’re born addicted to drugs because of their mothers.

Lily’s Place officials and state dignitaries were on hand Wednesday as they cut the ribbon and officially opened the doors for babies to be welcomed.

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West Virginia has been awarded more than $1 million for chronic disease prevention programs.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced two grants on Thursday for state and local programs. The programs are aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

 The grants are funded in part by the Affordable Care Act. They will be administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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A 70-year-old public housing complex in Huntington is being torn down. The city has decided to demolish the facility that’s long been considered an eye-sore.

As visitors to Huntington enter the city from Hal Greer Boulevard they’re greeted by a set of unattractive square brick buildings. The apartments, known as Northcott Court, were named in honor of Gustavais Adolhus Northcott, a civic leader, president of the State Senate during 1905-1906 and early director of the First Huntington National Bank.

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The West Virginia Economic Development Council wrapped up a two-day meeting in Huntington yesterday.

The two day meeting in Huntington focused on everything from STEM initiatives and how they affect business throughout the state to businesses that are venturing into the international markets around the world. The conference brings groups together with the hope of dining out what’s working and giving ideas for future success.

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Students in ten West Virginia counties are going to receive extra help preparing for college and career training programs.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will receive a $21 million grant to help students in the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Commission will be awarded the “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP grant. It’s the second GEAR UP grant the HEPC has received. Jessica Kennedy is the Assistant Director of Communications for the HEPC.

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Research by a West Virginia sports economist is shedding new light on the recent string of domestic violence and abuse scandals involving NFL players. It’s a study that looks at the connection between players’ arrest records and their salaries.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals heard four cases during a visit to Marshall Tuesday.

The court’s appearance was its sixth at Marshall University in the past decade. Among the four cases heard by the state Supreme Court was one that questioned whether a municipal court in Mercer County can order a dog be euthanized. Justice Menis Ketchum II explained the case.

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The right two lanes of 5th Avenue in Huntington are closed this afternoon because of the beginnings of a sink hole. The lanes are closed between 25th and 27th streets in Huntington and will remain that way until further notice. 

According to a press release from the city of Huntington, the Huntington Sanitary Board and it's contractor will work through the weekend to determine the cause of the sink and then will repair the issue. 

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“Turn This Town Around” is a project in which two West Virginia communities- Matewan and Grafton - have been selected to receive training, coaching, and technical assistance to help residents revitalize their communities.  Wednesday night members of Turn This Town Around Matewan found out which of their ideas will receive funding.

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The Appalachian Queer Film Festival will host showings of the documentary “The Campaign, in Charleston Friday and Huntington Monday.

As a kickoff to their Film Festival in late October in Lewisburg, The Appalachian Queer Film Festival will host a showing of “The Campaign,” along with the Kanawha Players Theater. “The Campaign” which was filmed over a four-year period, examines the fight to defend same-sex marriage against Proposition 8 in California. Tim Ward is the Founder and Director of the AQFF.

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The state’s two Division 1 football programs kick off their seasons on the road Saturday afternoon.

Both Marshall and WVU kickoff at 3:30. Marshall is headed to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami University Red Hawks. The Mountaineers have a slightly tougher challenge Saturday as they travel to Atlanta for a matchup with Alabama, the team ranked number two in both the USA Today and Associated Press Preseason Polls.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen knows it will be a challenge.

The city of Huntington is developing a new downtown skateboard park.

It’s been idea that’s been in the works for quite a while. Or better yet, a dream that skateboarders thought they’d never see realized. At a reception yesterday in Huntington, officials broke ground on a skateboard park that is just the beginning for skaters. Charles Holley is the executive director of the city’s department of development and planning.

College Football doesn’t just happen in Huntington or Morgantown on fall Saturday’s in the state. It’s happening in the Mountain East Conference.

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Drug and law enforcement officials were in Huntington Wednesday as the Huntington Police department outlined their fight.

The National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli was in Huntington Wednesday with Congressman Nick Rahall to take a look at the efforts being made by the Huntington Police Department to fight the use and trafficking of illegal drugs. Captain Hank Dial gave an overview.

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Members of the state’s education community met Monday at Marshall University to discuss how to take the next step in public education in the state.

Can West Virginia’s public education system be fixed? That was the question that was asked Monday on Marshall’s campus. Charleston attorney Charles McElwee called together administrators and policy makers to discuss how change can be made in the public education realm. McElwee said the current system which follows old outdated standards isn’t working.

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