Glynis Board

Reporter/Producer

Glynis Board hails from the northern panhandle of West Virginia. She’s now based in Morgantown where she’s been reporting for West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 2012. She covers a broad range of topics including arts and culture, women’s issues, and developments in the oil and gas industry. She’s also especially interested in covering news from the northern panhandle where she grew up.

Before reporting the news, Glynis worked in the production department at WV PBS since 2004, contributing with video editing and film making skills to such documentaries as Frank Kearns: American Correspondent, The Last Mission: Establishing the Rule of Law in Iraq, and Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice.

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Religion
1:36 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Faith Leaders in Morgantown Meet to Talk Tolerance

Credit Community Coalition for Social Justice

Continued news about conflicts between faith groups around the globe inspired interfaith discussions this week in Morgantown. A Forum on Religious Diversity explored what different faiths teach about social justice, tolerance, and compassion.


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Economy
10:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

What's Next, Wheeling?

What’s Next, West Virginia? That’s the question that keeps getting thrown around the state. Conversations are going on all over, exploring what West Virginians want to see happen next in their economy, including at a workshop in Wheeling.


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Public Health
3:48 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

"100 Years of Poor Health" Kicks Off W.Va. Public Health Dialogue

Credit Department of Labor

West Virginia University's School of Public Health is kicking off a series of monthly Public Health Dialogues this week. The first in the series is titled "Black Lung and Chemical Spills: 100 years of Poor Health in West Virginia."

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Infrastructure
1:12 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Morgantown Passes Heavy-Truck Traffic Ban

Credit Safe Streets Morgantown / https://www.facebook.com/SafeStreetsMorgantown

Morgantown City Council passed an ordinance 6-1 that limits heavy trucks traveling through the city's downtown area along State Route 7.


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Architecture
6:39 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Fallingwater One of "10 Homes That Changed America"

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Southwestern Pennsylvania’s famous Frank Lloyd Wright home Fallingwater will be featured in a new PBS program called 10 Homes That Changed America. The crew out of Chicago started production there last week.


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Infrastructure
2:53 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

City Council to Hear Morgantown Truck Traffic Proposal

Recent photo of heavy trucks traveling through downtown Morgantown.
Credit Safe Streets Morgantown / https://www.facebook.com/SafeStreetsMorgantown

Morgantown City Council will meet to discuss amending traffic code to address heavy trucks traveling through the downtown business district.

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Chemical Leak
1:41 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Investigations into January Chemical Spill Continue

Now disassembled Freedom Industries tank farm that leaked into the Elk River on January 9, 2014.
Credit AP

The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding a discovery conference on Monday, August 18th in its ongoing investigation of West Virginia American Water's response to the January 9th chemical spill.

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Oil and Gas Industry
11:45 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Illegal Fracking Practices Identified in W.Va., Pa.

Credit Baker Hughes

An environmental watchdog non-profit just released a report identifying companies who are using diesel fuel in their horizontal drilling fluids. Apparently, that’s illegal without a special permit.


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Infrastructure
9:50 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Department of Highways Weighs In On Proposed Morgantown Heavy Truck Ban

Credit Safe Streets Morgantown / via Facebook

As efforts to limit heavy truck traffic in Morgantown’s downtown district continue, the WV Department of Highways is weighing in on who has jurisdiction over road regulation. 


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Water Resource Management
5:21 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Watching Over Water: Researchers Pool Resources

Pictured, are, left to right: Dr. Bruce Dickson of the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Dr. Benjamin Stout of Wheeling Jesuit University, Dr. Elisabeth Dakine of Duquesne University and Melissa O'Neal of the West Virginia Water Research Institute. These researchers just collected a commemorative first sample from the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh's Point State Park.
Credit WVU

Citizen and university researchers involved in monitoring water quality at 54 sites on the upper Ohio River basin will gather for a first-of-its kind conference on Monday, Aug. 11, at Duquesne University.


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Children's Programming
10:03 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Production of 4th Season of Abracadabra Wraps Up: Q&A with Dr. Adelman and Joey

Nastini, Salty, Joey, Adelman on set.
Credit John Hale

Abracadabra – shortened to just “Abra” in the hallways of WV Public Broadcasting—is a locally produced program for children that combines magic and ventriloquism with nutrition, health, exercise and safety.  The show is hosted and produced by physician/magician/ventriloquist Michael Adelman, the President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Characters like Daisey, Salty the Pirate, Professor Science, and Duk (the magical duck) sing, dance, learn, and watch magic tricks. And of course there’s Joey, a bright well-meaning, mischievous boy puppet. Glynis Board visited set this week to talk to Adelman and Joey as the fourth season of production wraps up.


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Energy
12:25 am
Wed August 6, 2014

W.Va. Communities Band Together to Adopt Solar Co-Ops

As electricity rates continue to climb, some communities are coming together to try to offset their bills by harnessing the power of the sun. It’s still a pretty novel idea in West Virginia but communities in Fayette and Monroe Counties are forming solar co-ops to help make it happen.


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Education Reform
6:23 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

4th Annual Student Success Summit: Redefining College and More

From Left to Right: Kyatt Bayley and Keaton Cooper from Randolph County, and Bethany Booth from Marshall County. Youth Summit attendees at this year's Student Success Summit.
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

The West Virginia Department of Education says high school graduation rate has been increasing and is up to 80 percent. But only 56 percent of students are college bound.  How to improve those rates, and defining what “college-bound” really means were among the discussions at the fourth annual Student Success Summit in Morgantown last week. 


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STEAM
5:24 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

24-Hour Robotics Competition Kicks Off in Morgantown

Credit MARS FIRST

High school teams from all over the country are pitting their robots against each other in a series of events designed to test their ability to work together and endure.


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Law Enforcement
1:16 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Groups Work to Combat Rise of Human Trafficking in W.Va.

Map of the locations of calls made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in 2013.
Credit Polaris

In Morgantown, law enforcement officials met to learn about human trafficking in West Virginia. Apparently, reports of trafficking in the state are on the rise, but that might be a good thing.


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Community Gardens
10:57 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

New Urban Garden in Wheeling Designed For the Blind

Gardener Martin Wach built and planted the garden over a two-week period. And there's a lot of room for growth.
Credit Martin Wach

Wheeling has a new urban garden, and it’s a little out of the ordinary. It’s designed for visually impaired gardeners.  Not many like it exist in the state.


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Culture
11:59 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Wheeling Italian Festival: Celebration of All Ethnicities, and Students

Credit italyfest.com

Folks in Wheeling are ramping up for the annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival. It’s one of the largest Italian Festivals in the country, but it’s not all cannoli and spaghetti. Organizers have worked to make ethnicities from across the region feel welcome in their celebration of heritage.

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Public Health
2:02 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

DHHR Warns of Possible HIV Exposure at Northern Panhandle Pain Clinic

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Health officials are advising patients of a clinic in in the northern panhandle to be tested for some infectious diseases after an investigation discovered questionable practices.

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Rural Infrastructure
5:14 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

W.Va. Rural Roads Continue to Crumble, Highway Workers Face Possible Lay-Offs

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

More research has surfaced indicating the abysmal state of rural infrastructure these days, especially in West Virginia, and shortfalls in federal funding for highway maintenance could make the problem worse as well as leave many road workers filing for unemployment.

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Ginseng
8:18 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Stakeholders Meet for Ginseng Summit, Discuss Industry To-Dos, To-Don’ts, Ta-Das

Panax quinquefolius foliage and fruit
Credit www.botanicus.org/item/31753000788239

Ginseng annually brings millions of dollars in revenue into Appalachia. But its future as a revenue option, or even its existence at all in these parts is far from certain. Growers are struggling to conserve the plant and ensure the vitality of the industry. Those concerns as well as new research that sheds light on the therapeutic qualities of the plant were discussed at the 2014 Ginseng Summit.

A small gathering of key stakeholders in the ginseng industry gathered at the Golden Seal Botanical Sanctuary just outside the small town of Rutland, in Meigs County Ohio, to discuss important topics surrounding the medicinal root.

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