Arts & Culture

Marshall University
4:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Marshall BOG Figures Out Process Moving Forward

Credit marshall.edu

  Marshall University Leadership met Thursday to discuss the next step in finding leadership for the University in the wake of the death of Marshall President Stephen Kopp.

Kopp died Wednesday night. He was 63.

Marshall’s 10-member leadership team met Thursday morning to discuss the process for going forward with operations.

The Board of Governors retains the authority to run the university in Kopp’s place. Thursday morning the Board of Governors directed the senior leadership team to take care of the usual day-to-day operations.

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University of Charleston
8:58 am
Thu December 18, 2014

University of Charleston to Build New Gym

The new sports and fitness center that will take the place of the Eddie King Gym.
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The University of Charleston plans to build a replacement for its gymnasium.

The Eddie King Gym, built in 1947, is the oldest facility on the university's campus. The university will build a new arena and learning center called The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Innovation Center. Media outlets report it's named after a foundation that donated $5 million toward the project.

The facility also will have locker rooms and offices.

University President Ed Welch said Wednesday the learning center is intended to foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking on campus.

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Marshall University
11:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Tributes Pour In For Marshall University President

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  Marshall University President Stephen Kopp passed away Wednesday evening in Huntington. Kopp suffered a heart attack early in the evening and was then transported to Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington. There he was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. 

According to a Marshall University press release the leadership team will meet first thing Thursday morning to review the university's operation plans of continuity. 

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WVU Athletics
11:36 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Oliver Luck Accepts Position With NCAA

  West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck is leaving WVU Athletics for a position with the NCAA.

Athletic Director Oliver Luck has accepted a newly created position of executive vice president of regulatory affairs with the National College Athletic Association effective January 15th. The Move was announced by WVU President Gordon Gee and NCAA President Mark Emmert.

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Coonskin Park Name Change
11:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Proposed Renaming of Coonskin Park Dropped

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A Kanawha County parks official has dropped a proposal to rename Coonskin Park following a public outcry.

Retired state Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett tells media outlets he won't push something that the public doesn't want. He withdrew the proposal from the agenda for the commission's Thursday meeting.

Tackett is president of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission. He had said earlier that the park's name could be offensive to black residents.

Coonskin Park was built in 1950 in an area formerly called Coonskin Hollow. The name refers to raccoon pelts.

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Coonskin Park
10:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Coonskin Park's Name to Change?

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The head of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking to change the name of Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Retired state Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett wants to change the park's name because some people are offended by it.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the name is generally associated with a type of fur cap made from a raccoon skin but Tackett notes the term could be offensive to others.

The commission is set to discuss the name change at a Thursday meeting.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Author Details New Work About Lincoln Assassination

Author, Ed Steers
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who set John Wilkes Booth’s leg after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, has been portrayed in a variety of media as an innocent victim who was wrongly accused for conspiring with Booth.

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Chanukah in West Virginia
11:26 am
Thu December 11, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Scott Simons

"Chanukah in West Virginia" cover art.
Credit Scott Simons

Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with some holiday music hitmakers. Since Chanukah is just around the corner (December 16, to be exact), it only made sense to go to TeamMate frontman Scott Simons, the Bridgeport, West Virginia-native behind such poppy holiday classics as “Chanukah in West Virginia” and “I Won’t be Home for Chanukah.” Needless to say, Simons’ tunes are a breath of fresh air compared to Adam Sandler’s typical Chanukah fare.

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Drug Abuse
11:12 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Northern West Virginia Drug Task Force Shares Ideas

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A task force on drug abuse in northern West Virginia is emphasizing the need for more treatment programs and better education for parents on the signs of heroin addiction.

The Intelligencer reports that leaders of the Ohio Valley Addiction Action Plan Working Group shared the group's ideas Wednesday at Wheeling Hospital. The panel was formed by U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II in August to develop strategies to fight drug addiction.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
5:05 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- December 13 & 14

Hot Club of Cowtown will make their sixth appearance on Mountain Stage this coming January.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Move over, Santa! Greensky Bluegrass and Hot Club of Cowtown are com'n to town this winter. Since Mountain Stage just announced that it's bringing the pair to Charleston in January, this weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" will get you bounce'n in your bobsleds before the bands hit the stage.

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Concord Football
3:31 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Concord Football Prepares for National Semifinal Matchup

Calvinaugh Jones
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Concord University continues their dream season this weekend with a Division 2 semifinal matchup.

The Mountain Lions will travel to Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday for a 3 o’clock kickoff. Concord stayed unbeaten with a 32-26 win over Bloomsburg last Saturday in Athens. 

The Mountain Lions were held to a season-low 306 yards against Bloomsburg in the Regional Final, but were still able to stay alive in the playoffs.

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Holiday Events
12:19 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Joy to the World Tours W.Va.: Q&A with Pianist Bob Thompson and Vocalist Mollie O'Brien

Wheeling-native and vocalist Mollie O’Brien joins pianist Bob Thompson in his annual Joy to the World Christmastime concert.  For a second year, Thompson is taking the show on the West Virginian roads:

  • Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. - Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, if available. All seats are General Admission. Call (800) 594-TIXX (8499), visit Taylor Books at 226 Capitol Street in Charleston, or go online.
  • Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. - Presented by Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation- Capitol Theatre, 1015 Main Street, Wheeling. Tickets are $32, $26.50, $21.50, assigned seating. Call (800) 514-3849, visit WesBanco Arena, 2 14th St, Wheeling or go online to capitoltheatrewheeling.com
  • Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Presented by the Beckley Concert Association -  Woodrow Wilson Auditorium in Beckley. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, General Admission. Call (304) 253-3535 or go online to BeckleyConcerts.org. Season Tickets to Beckley Concert Association are also available.

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Recommended If You Like: Indie Pop Christmas
12:05 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Los Campesinos!

Promo image for "A Los Campesinos! Christmas."
Credit Rob Campesinos / Los Campesinos

Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with holiday music hitmakers. First up: Gareth David, otherwise known as the frontman and glockenspiel player for seminal British indie rock band Los Campesinos! The band just released A Los Campesinos!

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Marshall Sports
2:28 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Herd Football Looks to Bounce Back with Conference Title

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A week after Marshall’s football team had their hopes of an undefeated season dashed in a loss to Western Kentucky, the team is set to host the Conference USA Championship game tomorrow at noon.

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West Virginia Morning
8:41 am
Thu December 4, 2014

What is a RESA?, Wheeling Restaurant Focuses on Local Food

The state Board of Education's Commission on School District Governance and Administration focused in on the services provided by RESAs, or Regional Education Service Agencies. RESAs are regional offices that provide services to county schools like professional development or technology support. 

The commission voted yesterday to recommend the board define the services provided at the RESAs, put a performance metric system in place and take away their ability to offer community service courses for extra income to instead focus on student achievement.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
8:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- December 6 & 7

Singer-songwriter Karla Adolphe and percussionist Caleb Friesen made their first appearance on Mountain Stage as Jacob & Lily.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Since Max Hatt and Edda Glass were recently crowned the winners of the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest (congrads to the jazzy duo!), this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" features some amazing NewSong alumni. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

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West Virginia Morning
7:51 am
Wed December 3, 2014

W.Va. Poet Takes on Coal in Latest Work

St. Albans native Crystal Good takes on the racism, politics, and coal in her latest work "Appalachian Blackface." The poem premiered at November's Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia held in Charleston. 

In it, Good compares the blackface minstrel shows of the 1800's to today's political climate.

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A Change of Tune Holiday
4:09 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

'Tis the Season for Holiday Music

West Virginia Public Radio's unofficial mascot, Uri the Sheepdog, dressed for the holidays.
Credit Joni Deutsch

December's finally here, a season full of yule log background savers and ugly-yet-still-popular-at-Urban Outfitters holiday sweaters. To me, the best part of the holiday season comes from rock'n around the Christmas tree/menorah and giving special gifts to my family and friends. And yes, dear reader, A Change of Tune, West Virginia Public Radio's brand new indie/alternative music program, is sending some holiday musical cheer your way.

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Recommended If You Like: Dynamic Pop Rock
3:53 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Goodwolf

Goodwolf's Tyler Grady posed with his public radio icon, WVPB's own Frank Stowers.
Credit Joni Deutsch

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chats with West Virginia rocker Tyler Grady about his new solo project. Grady branched out from Morgantown group Sleepwalker with a relatively new pop-rock side gig called Goodwolf, which just released its sophomore record titled Car in the Woods with the help of West Virginia mega-producer Bud Carroll. If you’re a fan of rambunctious pop influenced by ‘90s rock, this interview and music are recommended for you.   

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Inside Appalachia
2:41 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Inside Appalachia Thanksgiving with a Turkey Egg "Secret Agent", Heirloom Apple Collector and more

Turkey Drive, 1900. Lewisburg. Courtesy of the West Virginia and Regional Historic Collection, WVU Libraries.

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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