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  West Virginia University office of wellness and health promotion has launched a Collegiate Recovery Program to offer addiction and recovery support to students.

The goal of the program is to connect college students who are seeking recovery from substance abuse and addictive behaviors to peer-support and services.

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Organizers of the 75th West Virginia Strawberry Festival are looking for local growers to help provide berries for a retail tent.

The festival board, the city of Buckhannon and the state Department of Agriculture are working with private farmers to have fresh strawberries available. This year's festival runs from May 14 through 22 in Buckhannon.

Ron Pennington playing quarterback for the Charleston Rockets.
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Long before Doug Williams and those who followed blazed their paths as black quarterbacks in the National Football League, another African America play-caller graced Lailey Field in Charleston, West Virginia.

Ron Pennington played for the Charleston Rockets during the 1960s. He spoke with Us & Them podcast producer Trey Kay about his time in the Mountain State.

At 5-foot-nine and 155 lbs, Pennington used his strong arm and scrambling ability to carve out success on the field.

Golden Delicious
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The deadline is approaching for nominations to the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 16, and honorees will be enshrined July 16 at Jackson's Mill.

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Not many Americans know the story of the Mine Wars that were fought between workers, labor unions and mine company guards during the early 1900s. In this show, Jessica Lilly talks with filmmaker Randy MacLowry, whose new PBS documentary The Mine Wars focuses on these armed uprisings by labor organizers in the coalfields of southern West Virginia. 

U92FM Feedback Director Melanie Smith (left) and News and News Director Clarissa Cottrill.
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West Virginia University’s radio station, U92FM, begins a series of weekly live talk shows at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 with a discussion about America’s criminal justice system.

Two of the students who run the program to talked to West Virginia Public Broadcasting about how it has grown in the past few years to take on more serious subject matter.

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Construction is underway for an all-female drug rehabilitation facility in Raleigh County.

WVVA-TV reports Leon Brush and his wife, Donita Brush, decided to create The Sparrow's Nest to mimic the treatment and success happening at Brian's Safehouse in Mount Hope. The couple founded the non-profit organization, which has been in operation since 2008.

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West Liberty University is offering a new bachelor's degree program in zoo science for biology majors.

West Liberty President Stephen Greiner says the university's College of Sciences is partnering with the Good Zoo at Wheeling's Oglebay Resort for the degree program, which will prepare students to work in zoo and aquarium management.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re talking about food and some of the food we southern Appalachians are  famous for.

We’ll travel to explore stories and the roots of some southern food, visit a historic salt mine in West Virginia that’s being revived and we’ll head over to a fried chicken festival in Virginia.

Roman Meisenberg

It's hard "making it" in the music biz, especially if you're a great band out of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Marshall Dietetics Class
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Marshall University’s Dietetics program recently moved to Huntington’s Kitchen in downtown Huntington.

For those of you who don’t know, Huntington’s Kitchen is the community kitchen that Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution helped create.

"They’re learning about weighing and measuring, learning the differences between using a measurement, a dry and liquid measurement and actually measuring ingredients in terms of grams in ounces," said Amy Gannon, Assistant Professor of Dietetics. 

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The City of Oak Hill has developed a trail concept which will connect its Main Street with more than 100 miles of trails within the New River Gorge National River.

The Register-Herald reports the proposed trail would pick up the White Oak Rail Trail, go up Central Avenue to Main Street, cross the U.S. 19 bridge and cut through a field along the downtown exit.

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Donors have pushed West Virginia University to 94 percent of its current fundraising goal with two years left in the "State of Minds" campaign.

WVU says in a news release that alumni and other supporters have given a total of $938 million as of Dec. 31.

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The West Virginia University baseball team will play an exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks next month.

WVU says the teams will meet at the Diamondbacks' spring training ballpark Feb. 29 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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A West Virginia University police officer has gained national attention after his unexpected performance of a rendition of the national anthem at a basketball game has gone viral.

Officer Carlton Smith sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the West Virginia-Kansas game in Morgantown on Jan. 12.

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West Virginia University has launched a new community service initiative that challenges college students to give back to their communities one day each month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the initiative was launched in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and is part of a larger plan for WVU students to complete 1 million hours of community service by 2018. The university has also extended the challenge to people across the state.

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This week for Inside Appalachia, we wanted to go on a kind of road trip and meet people who are making community art across Appalachia. 

Jeff Pierson

Here in central Appalachia, where coal reigns supreme, many people said the trial of Don Blankenship was something they had never imagined.

Never before has a top American coal executive been convicted of a crime related to the deaths of miners.

Cameras aren’t allowed in federal court for criminal trials. Two local artists, Rob Cleland and Jeff Pierson, were hired by the media to capture the trial.

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West Virginia is expected to be in the national spotlight on January 26 in an episode of the PBS documentary series, American Experience.

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Plans are in place for West Virginia's annual observation of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Carolyn Stuart, who heads the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission, says the theme for the Jan. 18 commemoration is "There's Still Work To Be Done; If Not Now, When? If Not You, Who?"

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