West Virginia Morning

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Whether it's important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Radio's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in depth stories and interviews from around the state.    

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Blacksmithing at Prickett's Fort State Park and Wheeling Native Tim O'Brien on Mountain Stage

On West Virginia Morning, data gatherers are frustrated by the oil and gas industries' attitude about transparency. In the age of 3-D printers, what’s to become of the time-tested trade of blacksmithing?  And Wheeling native Tim O’Brien joins fellow singer-songwriter Darrell Scott for our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

For more energy news from State Impact Pennsylvania click here:

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu August 21, 2014

State Surface Mine Board to Consider Kanawha Mine

On West Virginia Morning Ashton Marra reports from the second day of testimony about the surface mine located near the Kanawha State Forest. And Beth Vorhees talks with two local actors who appear in the film “Moving Mountains” which was filmed in West Virginia. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Layoffs are Changing the Political Landscape in Coal Country, Romney Supports Coal in W. Va.

On West Virginia Morning, Mitt Romney visits West Virginia, reporter Catherine Moore is in Boone County looking at how layoffs in the coal industry are changing the political landscape.  And football isn’t just about the Thundering Herd or the Mountaineers.  Clark Davis looks at the upcoming season at the state’s smaller universities.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

What's Next for Boone County Coal Miners?

On West Virginia Morning, reporter Catherine Moore attended the coal festival in Boone County to ask residents there what’s next for them after layoffs in the coal industry.  And Liz McCormick reports from Jefferson County where libraries are rallying for community support.

For State Impact Pennsylvania's report about natural gas drilling in state forests click here. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Enough with the W. Va. Jokes Already and Uncle Dude Plays Bluegrass

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Dave Tabler who heard so many jokes about being from West Virginia, he began a website and podcast to defend it.  We’ll also meet Uncle Dude of Pocahontas County.  His nephew explains how his uncle mastered bluegrass music after contracting polio as a child.  Ashton Marra reports on Gov. Tomblin's new effort to reform the state's juvenile justice system. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:56 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Fracking Regulations, Craft Brew Festivals, Antiques Roadshow and Mountain Stage's Song of the Week

An environmental watchdog group is claiming some companies in West Virginia are using diesel fuel in their fracking fluids without the proper permits. Craft Brewers are celebrating their industry at two festivals in West Virginia this weekend, but they're hoping the events bring attention to the legal needs of the industry not just their businesses. Antiques Roadshow's executive producer Marsha Bemko discusses the show's first time in West Virginia and Brett Dennen has this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:44 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Huntington Fights Drug Abuse, WVBOE Approves Extended Bus Routes & Reducing Euthanization of Strays

Federal and regional drug enforcement officials visited Huntington to learn about the success the city has had so far in combating the drug epidemic and share details about their future efforts. The West Virginia Board of Education approved a waiver to allow some students in Randolph County to take bus rides as long as an hour and 18 minutes one way after a ceiling collapse closed their school and the Kanawha Chalreston Humane Association has changed some policies helping them along their path to become a no-kill shelter.

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West Virginia Morning
11:32 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Bluefield Coal Symposium, W.Va. and Ky. Politics Heat Up Over Coal & McDowell Co. Improves Water

The Bluefield Coal Symposium brings together government and industry leaders to discuss challenges, West Virginia parallels Kentucky in coal jobs and politics in regards to the widely talked about "war on coal", and McDowell residents get closer to having safe water.

West Virginia Morning
8:20 am
Tue August 12, 2014

DEP Hears Appeals About Kanwaha Co. Mine, Changing Climates Mean Changing Forests & Education Reform

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Surface Mine Board held its first day long hearing in the case of Keystone Industries' KD Mine No. 2, a mine situated near the boundary of Kanawha State Forest. In the first day, appellant presented evidence and testimony about why the permit should be revoked.

The Allegheny Front's Julie Grant discusses how climate change could be linked to the changing make up of forests in Appalachia and educators gather at Marshall University to discuss reforming the state's education system.  

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West Virginia Morning
8:02 am
Mon August 11, 2014

90 Years Since W.Va. Presidential Candidate Accepted Nom., Morgantown Traffic and More

   On Monday, August 11, 1924, Clarksburg native John W. Davis returned to his hometown to accept the Democratic nomination for president. Rod Rogers, former aide and speechwriter for Gov. Arch Moore and unofficial expert on Davis, talks about the importance of that nomination.

Morgantown is speaking out against truck traffic in its downtown area, but is finding there may be little they can do about it and a non-profit in Huntington is hoping they can take a vacant building and make it a hub for artists and entrepreneurs. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:18 am
Fri August 8, 2014

A Rally Against MTR Mining, Unemployment Advice, Abracadabra's 4th Season and Mountain Stage Music

  The Kanawha State Forest Coalition continues their fight against the mountaintop removal mine site just 1,500 feet from the forest's edge with a rally at the state Capitol. Dr. William White, member of the state Board of Education and the West Virginia Broadcasting Authority board of directors, talks about his book focused on curbing unemployment in the African American community. West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Abracadabra is finishing up production of its fourth season, and Jessie Winchester sing "Never Forget to Boogie" in the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Reconnecting Teachers in McDowell, Helping Veterans Access Benefits, MU's New Pharmacy and More

  Educators in West Virginia hope the completion of a new apartment building in Welch will draw new teachers and young professionals to McDowell County. The plan comes from the project Reconnecting McDowell and new apartments are expected to be complete in August of 2015.  

The American Legion is reaching out to veterans across the country to help them access their health care benefits. They set up shop in North Central West Virginia this week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:21 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Solar Co-ops Come to W.Va., Turning Grafton Around and Estimated Homeless Number Growing in State

Two communities in West Virginia are trying out solar power, but pooling their resources to do so. They've started solar co-ops, meant to help save them money while benefiting the environment. Community teams in Grafton are putting the finishing touches on their project proposals for the Turn This Town Around Project.

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West Virginia Morning
7:57 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Passing the Tradition of Appalachian Bluegrass and a Look into World of Poverty in W.Va.

A jam band in Sophia, West Virginia, plays for fun, but is also passing down an Appalachian tradition to younger generations to ensure bluegrass music doesn't fade away and one man's story of poverty.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Charleston's West Side Revive, Redefining College in W.Va. and Marie Manilla's New Novel

The American Legion is sending representatives to North Central West Virginia this week to help veterans better understand the benefits available to them. A group on Charleston's West Side is working on narrowing down ways they can revive the urban neighborhood. An education summit in Morgantown was focused on redefining college for West Virginia students, and Marie Manilla, a Huntington native, talks about her new book "Patron Saint of Ugly."  

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West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Fri August 1, 2014

EPA Hearings in Pittsburgh, New Coal Dust Regs, Marina Safety Law Delayed and Mountain Stage's 800th

 

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding hearings in Pittsburgh on planned regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Federal regulators are releasing new regulations to close loopholes in the mine inspection process. West Virginia lawmakers expalin why they decided to delay the implementation of a marina inspection law that could save lives and Mountain Stage's 800th show features Dave Mason and his hit "We Just Disagree."

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Thu July 31, 2014

NPR President and CEO Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning a report about the correlation between climate change and a rise in allergies and asthma.   Beth Vorhees talks with Jarl Mohn, the new president and CEO of NPR.  He visited Charleston yesterday.

http://www.npr.org/about-npr/310991669/npr-names-jarl-mohn-president-and-ceo

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Officials Learn How to Stop Human Trafficking in W. Va, WVU Football, Banjo Player Chelsea McBee

Human trafficking is happening in West Virginia and law enforcement learns what to look for to stop it. Athletic officials at WVU are hoping that the 2014 football season will be a lot better than last year’s when the team finished 4-8.  And we’ll meet Chelsea McBee, a 29 year old banjo player from Shepherdstown.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

4th Circuit Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban in Va., U.S. EPA Begins Nationwide Hearings

What does the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling about Virginia's gay marriage ban mean for West Virginia? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency begins a week of public hearings about it's Clean Power Plan and business owners in Huntington think about what to do next after a large fire Sunday in a building downtown. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Remembering Charleston's Historic Block District, Garden for the Blind in Wheeling

A report about The Block, a historical district in Charleston once the heart of the city’s African-American community and more state history from Hinton in Summers County.  From Wheeling,  a report on a community garden specifically designed to be tended by the visually impaired and Marshall University's football team is expected to do well this season. 

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