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WVU Women's Soccer - USC
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Katie Johnson scored twice in the final 16 minutes to lead Southern California to a 3-1 victory over top-ranked West Virginia in the NCAA women's College Cup championship game Sunday at Avaya Stadium.

"I felt like the goal against us was kind of my fault. I turned a ball over in the middle," said Johnson, a senior whose career was threatened two years ago by her second ACL knee injury. "I felt like I had to make up for that. I honestly just wanted to win."

MMA
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West Virginia is poised to put new rules into effect governing mixed martial arts for both professionals and recently legalized fights for amateurs.

The detailed regulations, subject to review starting Sunday by lawmakers, prohibit fighters under age 18 and require blood tests for both pros and amateurs.

WVU Women's Soccer
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West Virginia University’s Women’s Soccer team will make its debut in the Women’s College Cup Friday. It’s the team’s first trip to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Final Four.

West Virginia University is hoping to continue a season of firsts after the Mountaineer Women’s soccer team spent most of the year at the top of national polls and is the number 1 seed in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. They’ll meet the University of North Carolina in the first of two games Friday in San Jose, California, in the College Cup. WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said it’s not time to admire they’re successful season just yet.

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A charity has opened a new adult education center in Huntington that will offer free training in everything from college preparation to financial literacy and parenting.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that enrollment at the Center for Community Learning and Advancement is open every day for the next two weeks. After that, the center will have open enrollment each Friday.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting and StoryCorps have teamed up for a series of conversations about religious faith told by West Virginians. We'll be bringing you these conversations over the next few weeks. We begin the series with Ronald English and James Patterson. Both men are ministers in Charleston. They also share the experience of challenging racism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s.

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says nominations are being accepted for the state Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame.

The hall honors people, businesses, organizations, institutions and foundations for contributions to agricultural, forestry or family life in West Virginia.

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In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we're taking a look at the myths and truths of the wild turkey, thanks to the folks at the podcast With Good Reason. We’ll find out if turkeys really can fly, meet a man who became a “turkey mother,” and find out what color turkey went out of style.

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Music has traditionally played a big role in the culture of Appalachia, and it seems that other countries are taking notice of the region’s rich musical tradition. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from the tourism music trail in West Virginia called The Mountain Music Trail (MMT) Since we last heard from them, they have grown. The MMT recently was a finalist in the British Guild of Travel Writers 2016 tourism initiative awards in the “wider word” category, and was recognized as one of the top three destinations in the world. 

Shepherd University

Award-winning author Charles Frazier is 2016's Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University. Frazier was born in Asheville, North Carolina and spent time as a teacher before he published his first novel, Cold Mountain, in 1997.

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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.

Racine Press Box Fire
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Authorities are investigating after a press box and maintenance building at a football field in Racine was set on fire.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office believes that the person or people responsible for the fire also wrote the phrase "Trump Train" in paint on the field.

Marshall Memorial Fountain
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Family and community members crowded around the Marshall University Memorial Fountain Monday at noon on the Huntington campus. The ceremony was to mark the 46th anniversary of a plane crash that claimed the lives of football players, coaches and community members.

It’s a Marshall tradition each year on the day of the anniversary of the crash to hold a ceremony around the fountain to remember the lives lost.

Gold Star Family Memorial VIenna
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A special memorial honoring the families who have lost family members in war has been dedicated in Vienna.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports over 300 people gathered Sunday at Spencer's Landing Park for the dedication of the Gold Star Families Memorial.

The Cass Scenic Railroad in Pocahontas County is offering holiday train rides.

The "Elf Limited" train will debut on Nov. 25 and run through Dec. 11 on a recently repaired section of track next to the Greenbrier River.

Bob Huggins
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The college basketball season got started over the weekend across the country and in the Mountain State.

In Morgantown the Mountaineers men’s basketball team is fresh off a first round upset loss in the NCAA tournament last season to Stephen F. Austin This season they’re picked to finish second in the Big 12 conference preseason poll and start the season ranked 20th in the country by the Associated Press. Of the 15 players on the Mountaineers basketball roster, there are 6 freshmen. Head Coach Bob Huggins said there is no time for the freshman to sit around and gain experience, the Mountaineers use a system of constant movement, so they’ll need to play.  

"We’re going to play a lot of people so they’re going to play, our two bigs are going to play," Huggins said. "We have a 6-10 freshman and a 6-8 freshman and they’re going to play. I hope we can get into other peoples bench and make them play guys they haven’t played a lot in just a cumulative effect of what we do, wears on them."

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The election is over. So this week, we thought it was only fitting to share a few stories, tall tales, and flat out lies— without the political pressure.

After all, here in Appalachia we have a rich cultural tradition of storytelling.

In this episode, we listen to three storytellers from the West Virginia Storyteller’s Guild, all of whom have competed and won prizes across the country.

Marshall University Memorial Fountain
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A former Marshall University football player whose teammates died in a plane crash will be the featured speaker at this year's memorial service.

The school says Dennis Foley, who wasn't on the flight due to an injury, will speak Monday at the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza in Huntington.

Marshall University
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Marshall University is honoring veterans starting Monday with its Greenlight a Vet campaign.

The university says the spotlights on the university's brick sign outside of Old Main will turn green and stay that way all month.

Bicycles, Bikes
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The New River Gorge Trail Alliance has received a $140,000 planning grant to help plan a bike trail system in Fayette and Nicholas counties.

The organization says it received the grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for a feasibility study of a regionally connected bike trail system and expects to spend the next year planning how to build the network.

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For a generation of Appalachians, growing up with a parent addicted or abusing drugs is a way of life. On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear from men and women who have experienced the effects of opioid addiction and of the innocence that this epidemic has claimed.

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