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Reid Frazier

Dave Hathaway is a coal miner in Greene County, in the very southwestern corner of Pennsylvania. Apart from a brief stint living in Colorado as a child, he’s lived his whole life there, and he’s never really thought much about leaving. 

Tim Reddinger, Ohio River, Beaver, Pennsylvania
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It’s easy to take the water coming out of your faucet for granted, but tragedies like the Elk River Chemical spill that left thousands of residents in West Virginia's capital city without water for days have put tap water front and center.

Appalachia is no stranger to water contamination, especially in places with a history of heavy industry, like the Ohio River Valley. But as a large source of drinking water, how do we know it’s safe?

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Interstate cooperation has been crucial to restoring waters in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. But so far, there hasn’t been much interest in marshaling a regional effort to improve the heavily polluted Ohio River. Those living along its banks from Pittsburgh to Louisville are beginning to realize the increasing value of this water, and how reimagining their relationship to it could prove critical to the region’s future.

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  On the morning of April 29, a natural gas transmission line exploded in a field in Salem Township in western Pennsylvania. The blast was so powerful it ripped a 12-foot crater into the landscape, burned a section of the field with a quarter-mile radius and threw a 25-foot section of the 30-inch steel pipeline 100 feet away. At the time of the explosion, a 26-year-old man was in his house, a few hundred feet away. He was badly burned, and his home destroyed.

Decline In Natural Gas Hurts Businesses

Mar 28, 2016

On this West Virginia Morning, we learn about an anti-islamophobia movement in Appalachia and we hear the story of a local economy taking a hit as a result of a decline in natural gas business.

Ohio Farmer Pushes For GMO Labeling

Mar 21, 2016

On this West Virginia Morning, Kara Lofton brings us an update on the merger between Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center. We'll also hear from a farmer from Ohio who is speaking out about GMO labeling for food in America.


On this West Virginia Morning, a physics professor thinks he has found a better way to tell when food is fresh and he’s taking it to the market.

Religious Freedom Protection Act Dies in Senate

Mar 3, 2016
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On this West Virginia Morning, Rob Engle brings us the story of House Bill 4012 getting voted down in the Senate as well as a Senate-approved brunch bill that would allow restaurants, wineries and distilleries to begin selling alcohol on 10 in the morning. Ashton Marra has a story on the budget gap, Liz McCormick looks into potential changes in how the severance tax is handled at the county level, and the Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier looks into the economic effects of pollution.

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On this West Virginia Morning, two environmental groups intend to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect Monarchs under the Endangered Species Act.

SNAP Requirements Change

Jan 11, 2016
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On West Virginia Morning, Health reporter Kara Lofton reports on changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Thanksgiving comes in two parts “giving” and “thanks.”  

This week, we’ll talk to a man in North Carolina, who’s collected over 1,000 varieties of heirloom apples.

And Layuna Rapp shares her memories of raising turkeys on her family farm in West Virginia

And we also want to take some time to hear from two young women who know what it’s like to struggle.

Troubled Youth Thankful For Youth Systems Services: Glynis Board visits the Youth Services System in Wheeling, serving at risk children and young adults.

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On this West Virginia Morning, teachers in West Virginia are doing the best they possibly can on low pay, and the state legislature is working to get them raises.

A new report argues fossil fuels should be here to stay, and a story about the effects of road salt.

Ashton Marra

Our friends at Allegheny Front explore how a cracker plant has impacted the air quality in Houston and legislators receive an update on the effect of the Governor's prison reform bill from this past session.