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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Ginseng
10:36 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Ginseng TV Show Features Questionable Practices

Credit history.com

The History Channel featured a new show this year that focused on ginseng in Appalachia. According to Neilson ratings, the show, called Appalachian Outlaws, was one of the most popular on cable channels, averaging over 2.7 million viewers per each of its six episodes. There’s no official word if season two is in the works, and while some fans are hoping that there will be a second season, other people are hoping the show will just go away.


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Sports
10:12 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

WVU Rifle Team Wins NCAA Championship

Credit WVU

National Champs again! The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team won its 16th NCAA Championship in Murray, Ky., Friday.

The Mountaineers won the championship last year too, and it’s the third win under coach Jon Hammond. WVU’s first title under Hammond came in 2009. The rifle team is the only WVU program to win an NCAA Championship.

Hammond says it was a relaxed win, and that his team was confident, focused, and capable. He also expects good things next year as all five shooters that shot at this year’s championship will return.

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Nutrition
9:53 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

"Real" Juice Bar Opens in Morgantown

Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

Ruth Haas and her family moved to Morgantown from Elkins a year ago and about the same time decided it might be cool to open a juice bar. A year later her juice bar and cafe, called Real, opened its doors to a welcoming community.

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Environment
6:30 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bill to Regulate W.Va. Gas Drilling Waste on Hold

Credit Bill Hughes

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by the governor in a special session.
 
Lawmakers who negotiated a version both sides could agree on were unable to get the measure passed before midnight Saturday, the deadline for the regular session.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Enter the World of West Virginia Crayfish Research

"And it was THIS BIG," says Barbicambarus cornutus (AKA: Bottlebrush Crayfish of Kentucky) of the human that caught him...
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

Crayfish are one of the most endangered animal groups in the country, but recently a scientist at West Liberty University discovered three new species--and says there may be more on the way. That's not a big surprise if you know Zachary Loughman. He's one of only nine crayfish biologists in the country and maybe the most enthusiastic.

“Any second of any day I will look for crayfish. Period," Loughman says.

He says Appalachia is the perfect place to research crayfish because it's such an ecologically diverse region.

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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Fri March 7, 2014

WV Morning: Legislative Coverage, Brain Research, and Del McCoury

On this West Virginia Morning, the Senate deals with minimum wage, the budget, and fracking waste while the House considers construction worker safety. We also have a special report on brain research from West Virginia University. And the Del McCoury Band is our featured musical guest in this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Chemical Leak
4:01 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Hearing on Capitol Hill Considers Lessons Learned from Elk River Chemical Spill

Credit Twiter / @hansenevan

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works had a hearing Thursday in Washington that focused on improving chemical safety. Committee members heard about the recent water crisis in the Kanawha Valley from a West Virginia expert.

Panelists included representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Chemical Safety Board as well as authorities from communities that have witnessed recent chemical strife.

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West Virginia Morning
8:23 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Legislative Coverage, Incubator Schools, and Inspiring Paleoclimatologists

On this West Virginia Morning we revisit an Inspiring West Virginian segment that profiles two of the world’s leading paleoclimatologists; that, legislators debate everything from deer farming to golf courses, and Cabell County School Board officials hope their new school is the next step in education.

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Painkillers
2:41 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Manchin Looks Into Pay-To-Play-With-FDA Allegations

Credit drugs.com

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia continues to express concern about alleged meetings between pharmaceutical manufacturers and officials at the Food and Drug Administration who oversee safety regulations of painkiller medicine.

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Coal
11:58 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Study: Carbon Benefits Outweigh Costs (If You Don’t Count End of Humanity…Maybe Even If You Do)

Graph included in "Social Costs of Carbon? No, Social Benefits of Carbon"
Credit International Energy Agency

The report, titled “The Social Costs of Carbon? No, The Social Benefits Of Carbon,” highlights a forecasted decline in oil demand in the world’s energy market.

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Oil and Gas
1:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Missing Person in Greene Co. Gas Well Explosion Was a Morgantown Resident

Candlelight Vigil, Betts Park, Warren, PA

27-year old Ian McKee of Morgantown has been identified as the missing and feared-dead employee from the recent Greene County gas well explosion.

McKee was an employee of Cameron International, a contractor to Chevron, and his friends say he was onsite when the gas well exploded last week.

McKee and much of his immediate family are from Warren, Pa.

Initially, the Pennsylvania State Police set up a two-mile perimeter around the burning gas well. Then, the Wild Well Control crew from Houston, Texas, couldn’t get closer than a half mile because of the heat.

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Economy
5:10 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Income Inequality Between Top 1% and Rest of Working West Virginians Among Nation's Highest

Credit Economic Policy Institute

A recent study says income inequality between the top 1% of West Virginia's wealthiest and rest of working West Virginians is among the highest in the nation.

While the West Virginia legislature considers increasing the state's minimum wage, a new report shows  the state's top 1% of income earners captured over half of all West Virginia's income growth between 1979 and 2007.

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Oil and Gas Waste
11:51 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Listen: Voices From Frack Waste Hearing Tell A Story

The House Judiciary Committee heard thoughts and concerns during a public hearing over a piece of pending legislation: HB4411 - allowing the disposal of drill cuttings and associated drilling waste generated from fracking sites in commercial solid waste facilities.

Some History:

Some Recent History:

State-Wide Concern:

Some Science:

The Advocate:

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Solar Energy Options
10:20 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Solar Talks Take Place in Wheeling and Morgantown

West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Legislature Debates Pseudoephedrine and E-Cigarettes, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, & More

On this West Virginia Morning, legislators debate details of pseudoephedrine, electric cigarettes, and child welfare. Plus, some radio sleigh riding, and this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn with "City of Refuge."

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Chemical Leak
11:09 am
Fri February 7, 2014

West Virginia University Continues Testing for MCHM Contamination

Filling Up — Jason Fillhart, from West Virginia Water Research Institute, leans off a boat dock to collect a water sample.
Credit Raymond Thompson / WVU

West Virginia University researchers say, in an effort to fulfill their land-grant institution mission of serving communities in the state, they stepped up to begin a research project to study the Elk River Chemical spill. University funds as well as a grant from the National Science Foundation have provided seed money to immediately collect perishable data to conduct this study.

Lead Researchers:

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Chemical Leak
1:26 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Manypenny: Water Crisis is the Result of a Systemic Problem

Mike Manypenny (D - Taylor, 49)

Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources, Mike Manypenny, is no stranger to water concerns throughout the state.

Since the passing of the Horizontal Well Control Act of 2011, Manypenny of Taylor County has introduced and reintroduced about 30 pieces of legislation designed to strengthen environmental controls to protect water sources, air, and public health. This year he’s introduced over a dozen bills that deal with water resources directly.

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Chemical Leak
11:39 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Is There Something In The Water?

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Water: It flows through our very blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells. It flushes waste from our bodies, cushions our joints and allows us to digest and absorb food. The average adult human body is about 60 percent water. Perhaps it’s not surprising that so many are still offended and disturbed by the water crisis in the Kanawha Valley—“Kanawha” which, by the way, means “water way.”

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Chemical Leak
8:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Found Formaldehyde Begs Basic Questions, Expert Says

Marc Glass is a principal researcher in charge of evaluation and remediation of environmental contamination in soil and water for the environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies. He’s been testing water samples for private residents affected by the Elk River chemical spill. While his results haven’t turned up any traces of formaldehyde, it is something they’ve been testing for.

How long did the Freedom tank leak?

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Horizontal Drilling
1:26 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Fracking Waste: What Is It & What Do We Do About It

Credit Baker Hughes

The natural gas boom continues to sound in what have become the northern gas fields of West Virginia. State lawmakers are working on ways to take maximum advantage of the economic benefits that are coming with it. The other byproduct authorities are grappling with is an excess of waste products, which, without proper disposal, can threaten public health.

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