Arts & Culture

3:54 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

From Springs to Spills: How Does West Virginia's Water Taste to International Judges?

Bottled water display
Credit photo by Cecelia Mason

Appalachia is no stranger to industrial or environmental disasters that affect our water. Because of crumbling water infrastructure in many coalfield communities, folks often turn to bottled water for regular use.

But not all bottled water is equal. At least that’s according to judges at the 25th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting & Competition, which took place February 19-22. The competition judges the taste of bottled water, purified water, and municipal city waters from across the world were judged.

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Inside Appalachia
5:54 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Inside Appalachia: Living with Industrial Spills, Floods and Disasters

Buffalo Creek Flood Disaster Victims at Man, Logan County, W. Va.
Credit West Virginia and Regional History Collection, West Virginia University Libraries

Earlier this month in West Virginia, a CSX train derailed, causing giant fireballs to stretch hundreds of feet into the air and one home to be destroyed. Investigators are trying to figure out what happened to cause this derailment. February also marks the anniversary of other industrial accidents. On this episode, we'll hear from folks who have survived them, and hear why many people are concerned that more of these accidents could happen in the future.

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West Virginia University
8:47 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Latest WVU Student gets Another Year as Mountaineer

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West Virginia University's Mountaineer mascot will get to serve another year.

Michael Garcia was chosen from among four finalists Tuesday night as the WVU mascot for the 2015-16 academic year. The senior political science major from Fairmont served for the past year.

Besides the musket and buckskins, the job comes with some other benefits. As the Mountaineer mascot, he's traveled across the country making hundreds of appearances and attending athletic events on and off campus.

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Pavilion Preservation
8:44 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Kickstarter Campaign Started for Pavilion in Greenbrier County

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A Kickstarter campaign is planned to raise money to preserve a 180-year-old pavilion in Greenbrier County.

The campaign's goal is to raise $25,000. The Charleston Gazette reports that the campaign will begin on Sunday with a kick-off party at the convention and visitors bureau in Lewisburg.

The Greek Revival-style pavilion was once part of the Blue Sulphur Springs spa between Dawson and Alderson. Union troops burned every structure at the site except the pavilion during the Civil War.

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Allegiant Flights
9:13 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Allegiant to Offer Bridgeport to Myrtle Beach Flights


Allegiant Air plans to offer direct flights from north central West Virginia to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, beginning this summer.

The Exponent Telegram reports that the flights from North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport will be offered on Fridays and Mondays from June 5 through Aug. 17.

North Central West Virginia Airport Director Rick Rock tells the newspaper that there's been local demand for direct flights to Myrtle Beach for some time.

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Elk Restoration
8:56 am
Mon February 23, 2015

DNR Receives Grant for Elk Restoration

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The Division of Natural Resources has received a $50,000 grant to support its effort to restore elk in West Virginia.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation presented the grant to the DNR on Sunday at the Natural Resources Commission's quarterly meeting.

The DNR hopes to bring elk from neighboring Kentucky to restore the state's herd. West Virginia's last native elk was killed around 1875.

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Mountainer Challenge Academy
8:53 am
Mon February 23, 2015

W.Va. Man Uses Mountaineer Challenge Academy to Change Life


Adam Cleek is a former Mountaineer Challenge Academy Alum and Purple Heart recipient. Cleek will speak later today to 800 congressional, corporate and community leaders at the National Guard Youth Foundation Youth’s Challenge Gala in Washington D.C.

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Inside Appalachia
5:07 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Inside Appalachia: Getting Back to Our Roots

Larry Harding at Harding's Ginseng Farm
Credit Glynis Board

On this episode, we’re learning more about Appalachian roots. Some industries are growing in Appalachia that aren’t really new at all, but new practices are building on traditional crafts. While these  changes develop across Appalachia, we inevitably want to hang onto our identity. Strong roots, after all, are one of the characteristics many of us take pride in.

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Suspension Bridge
10:20 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Suspension Bridge in Wheeling Closed After Cable Snapped

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Police in Wheeling say a suspension bridge has been closed after a cable snapped.

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was closed Friday morning. Media outlets report the cable was on a snapped power line near a jogging trail.

In 2013, the bridge was closed after a corroded cable on top of the span snapped on the downtown Wheeling side. The cable helps to keep the bridge from swaying.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
2:20 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- February 21 & 22

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit made their second appearance on Mountain Stage back in 2011.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage is all you need when it comes to music discovery.

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West Virginia University
11:38 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Four Finalists Compete to be Next Mountaineer

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 Four finalists are competing to be the next musket-toting Mountaineer mascot.

The four will compete in a cheer-off Monday during the West Virginia University basketball game in Morgantown.

The finalists are junior Reed Andrews, a chemical engineering major from Morgantown; freshman Ethan Ball, a business marketing major from Princeton; junior Troy Clemons, a sport management major from Maxwelton; and senior Michael Garcia, a political science major from Fairmont.

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Inside Appalachia
6:10 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Dear Appalachia: Our Love is Complicated

One of the letters mailed last winter from Thomas, received in New Mexico by Carol Carpenter

Today we’re talking about love – but wait, it’s not what you think. This episode is kind of one big love letter to Appalachia. We’re showing off some of that Appalachian pride by talking about our complicated love for this place.

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State Parks
10:08 am
Fri February 13, 2015

DNR Promotes Parks by Offering Prizes on Caught Trout

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West Virginia officials are promoting state parks by offering prizes for catching specially tagged trout.

Starting in March, people who catch those trout at some West Virginia state parks will earn $100 discounts on week-long stays at designated state-park cabins.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the promotion is being sponsored by the Division of Natural Resources will begin when five state park lakes receive their March trout stockings.

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Military History
9:55 am
Fri February 13, 2015

New Exhibit Showcases Role of the State in Military

Culture Center

A new exhibit is showcasing West Virginia's role in military history.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History says the new exhibition, "West Virginians Answering the Call," is opening Friday at the Culture Center in Charleston.

The exhibit features military uniforms, medals and insignia and arms from the West Virginia State Museum's collection and from the West Virginia National Guard.

Officials say the artifacts date from the American Revolution to Afghanistan and also include a scale model of the USS West Virginia.

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Arts and Culture
12:06 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Love Letters From Thomas, W.Va., Addressed: "Dear Fellow Human"

Letters from Thomas were mailed to Los Cerrillos last year. Los Cerrillos and Madrid are sister communities, similar to Thomas and Davis.

Valentine's day isn't a favorite holiday for all people- especially not people who aren't in a romantic relationship. But what about a bundle of unexpected letters, written by strangers from a little town far away? Well a town in West Virginia is about to receive about 700 love letters. These letters express well wishes- even for those who claim to be left out of Valentine's Day.

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Candle Light Vigil
3:49 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Candle Light Vigil Scheduled for Killed UNC Students

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A candle light vigil is schedule for this evening in protest of the killings of three American Muslim students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

The vigil, organized by local high school and college students, will be held in front of Riggleman Hall on the University of Charleston campus at 6:30.

The students are calling on local muslims to show public support for what they call senseless killings of the three students. 

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
3:14 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- February 14 & 15

The "First Family of the Banjo," Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are pictured here on Mountain Stage in 2013.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

This Valentine's Day weekend, let Mountain Stage be the Abigail Washburn to your Bela Fleck and the Julie Miller to your Buddy Miller. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "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. 

Hear some musically-minded couples this Saturday February 14 and Sunday February 15 on "Mountain Stage After Midnight."

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Abandoned Properties
3:03 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Group Offering Help to Deal with BAD Buildings


  Applications are due Friday to the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center. There a group that’s offering help to West Virginia Communities dealing with abandoned and dilapidated properties.

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11:03 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Small W.Va. Town Passes Ordinance Against Discrimination

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Thurmond, West Virginia is the smallest town in America to pass an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

In a unanimous vote Monday night, the town of five residents adopted employment, housing and public accommodation protections to a new town-wide Human Rights Act.

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Recommended If You Like: Souful Folk
10:20 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens

Singer, songwriter and Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens.
Credit Rhiannon Giddens

This past winter has been a hectic one for Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens. Between recording Dylan covers with Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello under the moniker The New Basement Tapes and dueting with Iron & Wine's Sam Beam on NBC's Parenthood series finale, she's somehow found time to release her solo recording debut, Tomorrow is My Turn. If you're a fan of spellbinding interpretations of Americana classics, this interview and music are recommended for you.

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