Glynis Board

Assistant News Director - Northern Panhandle Bureau Chief

Glynis Board hails from the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and is based in Wheeling at the First State Capital Building. 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, as well as a variety of significant happening in northern West Virginia.

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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Linda Pastan has had a prolific career during the course of which she won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and twice was named a finalist for the National Book Award. She is, as well, past poet laureate of Maryland.

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Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate Charlotte Pritt is no stranger to the political scene. She spent 8 years as a state legislator in the ’80s into the ’90s. Then she ran for governor and almost won in ’96. She made history once, and she’s hoping to do it again.


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Representatives from energy and manufacturing industries, as well as policy makers came to Wheeling this week to talk about infrastructure challenges in the region.

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A research lab in the Northern Panhandle has produced two new companies. One compresses coal into remarkably strong, lightweight, fire-proof foam panels. A second uses the same foam to make molds for airplane and rocket parts. 


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For more than half a century along the Ohio River, the chemical company DuPont provided jobs for thousands of people. One chemical they produced is PFOA, commonly known as C8. It was a remarkably useful compound, used in “Teflon” non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and even in some food wrappers.

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A look back at how West Virginia turned politically from blue to red. Anne Li took a deeper look at what happened leading up to the flip back in 2014 and whether voters’ feelings then will impact this year’s state legislative races.

Also, Allegheny Front reporter Reid Frazier looks at why some worry Shell's new ethane cracker in Beaver County will bring pollution back to Pittsburgh. The planned facility will use ethane from the region's natural gas to produce 1.6 million tons of plastic a year.  

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On this West Virginia Morning, hear highlights from last night's second and final gubernatorial debate between billionaire Jim Justice and  state Senate President Bill Cole.

And as much of the state deals with the problem of overdoses, the West Virginia State Board of Education doesn’t want to stand by till it happens at a public school. Clark Davis reports on how some schools in the state are taking extra steps to prepare for worst-case scenarios.

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Two years in, the challenges and benefits of expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Kara Lofton reports that while the program has been overwhelmingly beneficial, coming up with funds for it is still a challenge. 

With the opioid crisis driving up overdose rates across the Ohio Valley, a once-obscure medication is becoming a household feature. Naloxone can reverse an overdose and, with training, can be administered by just about anyone. Aaron Payne reports that the drug is saving lives, but is no silver bullet for the region’s addiction problems.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito led a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia today focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting took place at Chief Logan Conference Center in southern West Virginia. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman. She was joined by Sen. Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins.

The meeting addressed regulations stalled in court that put limits on each state’s carbon output. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because the regulations increase stress on the coal industry.


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Pennsylvania's natural gas is a hot commodity in energy hungry markets throughout the Northeast. But there's some concern that the radioactivity common in the state's shale deposits could be making its way into the gas--and into people's homes as radon. The Allegheny Front's Julie Grant has more.

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Dr. Robert Rupp weighs in on the importance and power of political debates both nationally, and here in West Virginia. He’s a member of the State Election Commission and a professor of political science at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Rupp spoke with Ashton Marra about the first presidential debate and what West Virginia’s candidates for governor can take away from it before they hit the air waves tonight. 

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First: In the 12 refugee resettlement areas in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, evacuees are thriving. Forty Syrian refugees are expected this month in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where more than 10,000 asylum seekers from around the world have settled over the past 35 years, creating new homes and new businesses.

Then: the current President of the Kentucky Coal Association is leaving the energy industry, for a job back in his hometown of Huntington, West Virginia. Hear his thoughts on how business can spur healthier communities.

...on this West Virginia Morning.

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This West Virginia Morning, the special meaning behind apple pie with the state's folklorist, Emily Hilliard.

Learn more about the RECLAIM Act with reporter Benny Becker who spoke with two lobbying participants about their hopes that the bill will open new opportunities for coalfield economies.

And: Jam grass heroes Leftover Salmon return to Mountain Stage this week, with a song that contemplates West Virginia History: "Blair Mountain." Listen to Leftover Salmon with this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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West Virginia's foster care system is dealing with the fallout of the drug epidemic. We hear from one family who intimately understands the challenges that the state faces on this West Virginia Morning.

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President Obama’s signature environmental effort to reduce carbon emissions from power plants is back in a courtroom today. More than two dozen state attorneys general are challenging the federal government’s proposed regulations. Leading the fight is West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey.

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The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the case West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the federal Clean Power Plan. That’s the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s attempt to address climate change by limiting CO2 emissions from power plants.

Richard Hague was raised in that northern outpost of Appalachia, Steubenville, Ohio, and has lived his adult life in another Appalachian city of Ohio, Cincinnati.  The author of over eight books of poetry, and numerous chapbooks, his collected volume, During the Recent Extinctions, won the prestigious Weatherford Award as the finest book of poetry published in Appalachia in 2013.  

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A controversial 300-mile gas pipeline that would cut through Virginia and West Virginia is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill today to address water infrastructure challenges. It also incorporates provisions that affect coal ash regulations.


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In a rare unified effort, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito joined with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins, and Governor Tomblin today to petition president Obama on behalf of flood victims in the state.  

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Researchers in West Virginia and Kansas want to get a better handle on how best to manage millions of barrels of dangerous wastewater produced across the United States by the natural gas industry.

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Almost a thousand union gas workers are locked out of their jobs today across the northeast. Picketing in protest began this week and it continues today in 150 locations.


A new statewide, online publication went live today - Vandaleer.com. It pulls content from affiliated, localized online storytelling publications based around the state - the collective mission: share a new, positive narrative about and by West Virginians who want to celebrate what’s interesting and unique about the state.

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Two people were transported to hospitals for inhalation injuries, others were treated at the site of a reported chlorine leak in Marshall County. Communities in the area were evacuated. Officials from Axiall Corporation say a rail tanker car loaded with liquid chlorine developed a leak Saturday morning inside the company's facility near Proctor, W.Va. 

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Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The case has major implications for the country’s policy on climate change. But some experts and industry leaders say the outcome is not likely to bring coal back from its decline in the power market.

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She was born in Knoxville and raised in Cincinnati. The poems of Nikki Giovanni reflect her pride as both a black American woman, and an author with deep roots in Appalachia.  She is revered not only for her poetry but for her work as essayist, children’s author, activist, and teacher. The recipient of 7 NAACP Image Awards, the Langston Hughes medal, a Grammy nominee, National Book Award finalist – her achievements are unique and impressive.

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At the 16th annual Blues Fest in Wheeling this weekend it rained hard and shined hot, and at Wheeling’s Heritage Area Port the weekend blues musicians rocked on through it all. About 2,400 paying blues fans came from far and wide and dealt with both deluges of rain and sweltering sun. 


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The NAACP’s annual state convention took place over the weekend on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University featuring a panel discussion where speakers tackled some of the biggest racial issues facing the state.


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People converged from all over the state this weekend in the Northern Panhandle to audition for a roles as an extras in a new Netflix series called called Mindhunter. It’s directed and produced by David Fincher - who directed such films as Seven, Fight Club and House of Cards. Mindhunter is about an FBI crime unit tracking down serial killers. It’s set in the 70s and is based on a best-selling book of true crime stories.


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In an unprecedented move, this week the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement issued a Policy Advisory to any states that issue self-bonding permits to coal mining companies.


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