Arts & Culture

Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat May 24, 2014

A Futuristic Library, Re-enacting the Matewan Massacres, Documenting W.Va. Art and More

  A new school library in Wheeling, West Virginia, looks to the future.

Also in West Virginia town of Matewan revisits its violent history.

And an Appalachian couple gives us an inside look at artists and their work.

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WVU Sports
12:44 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

WVU Gets A Golf Coach

WVU's new Head Coach, Sean Covich, with his family.
Credit WVU Sports Communications / West Virginia University

Sean Covich will be the head coach of the men’s golf program. The golf team will start competing in July 2015, according to a news release.

Covich spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs, a school in the Southeastern Conference.

Men’s golf was actually a varsity sport at WVU from 1933-82.

The reintroduction of men’s golf as a varsity sport will satisfy a requirement from WVU’s Conference, the Big 12, that a school must meet a minimum of six men’s and six women’s sports.

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Wildlife
12:10 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Photo: Meet The Bison Calf from the West Virginia Wildlife Center

Credit West Virginia Wildlife Center

The West Virginia Wildlife Center in French Creek has announced its newest resident: a female bison calf. The calf, born Friday, May 2, joins the many animals native to West Virginia that are on display at the Wildlife Center. 

“A bison calf can walk almost immediately after birth, albeit a bit wobbly,” said Rob Silvester, wildlife biologist for the Wildlife Center in a news release. “It will begin to nurse within minutes as well. The calf will nurse for four to six months before beginning to nibble on grass and grain.”

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Battle of Matewan Reenactment
9:30 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Will Heritage Help Turn Matewan Around?

Battle of Matewan reenactment cast, 2014

As part of the West Virginia Focus Magazine project called Turn This Town Around, experts with the West Virginia Community Development HUB are helping Matewan focus, pursue, and execute plans to revitalize the town.

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Words and Songs
4:28 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Elkins Couple Working to Preserve Appalachian Culture

Carrie and Michael Kline
Credit Folk Society of Greater Boston

Appalachia has a rich culture and history with music and stories passed down from generation to generation. But sometimes it’s non-natives who are working to document that history so it can be passed on to future generations. This has been the life calling of two folklorists and musicians who now make their home in Elkins, West Virginia, Michael and Carrie Kline.  

Exploring the Natural Gas Industry

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Community Engagement
7:53 am
Wed May 21, 2014

What's Next, West Virginia?

What's next for West Virginia? That's a question that will be posed to community members at meetings across the state in the coming months.  The West Virginia Center for Civic Life promotes local dialogue to challenge us to talk about problems and find solutions to better the quality of life here.  The center is holding its 18th annual Civic Life Institute at the University of Charleston on June 4 and 5.  The institute will train citizens from across the state to hold and facilitate local meetings to find out what's next for West Virginia.   Center director Betty Knighton and Catherine Moore, an Appalachian Transition Fellow assigned to the project, stopped by our studios to talk with West Virginia Morning host Beth Vorhees about the initiative.


Wildlife
2:10 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Five Counties Approve Sunday Hunting on Private Land

Credit Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

  Voters in five West Virginia counties have restored the right to hunt on private land on Sundays.

Unofficial returns show the measure was approved Tuesday in Braxton, Calhoun, Nicholas, Webster and Wirt counties. Voters in Gilmer and Lewis counties rejected the proposal.

In 2001, lawmakers allowed counties to hold elections on whether to allow Sunday hunting on private lands. The following year, all 41 counties that put the question on their ballots voted to ban it.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Carbon Capture, Drugs in Drinking Water, Feeding Senior Citizens and More

Carbon Capture Technology could be the key to using coal cleanly.

What impact do drugs in drinking water have?

A national organization tackles senior hunger in McDowell County, West Virginia.

And we revisit a famous West Virginia civil rights case.

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Feeducation
8:46 am
Fri May 16, 2014

McDowell Residents Learn Healthy Cooking

A student from George Mason University does a cooking demonstration in McDowell County, West Virginia, as part of the Feeducation program.
Credit Peggy Ingraham / National Foundation to End Senior Hunger

Much attention has been paid over the years to child hunger, but hunger and poor nutrition are also problems among the country’s senior population. The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger is hoping to change that and has created a pilot program in West Virginia’s poorest county that the organization hopes will be replicated across Appalachia and the country.

NFESH commissioned a study starting in 2008 that shows the incidence of hunger among the nation’s senior population. That first study showed that one in nine seniors, or about 11 percent, faces the threat of hunger.

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Controlled Chaos
7:40 am
Fri May 16, 2014

CU Student Photos 'Urban' Side of W.Va.

Credit Jared Kline

When pictures of West Virginia land in the national spotlight, it’s often the rural poverty stricken hollows and hills. Concord University art student Sterling Snyder wanted to capture a different, and often overlooked urban places in the state.

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Outside Magazine
4:12 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Is Shepherdstown America's Best Place to Live?

Credit Cecelia Mason / WV Public Radio

 

Shepherdstown is among the 64 towns vying for the title of Best Place to Live in America in Outside Magazine. 

The competition is broken down into four geographic regions of the US; West, East, Midwest, and South. Shepherdstown is one of 16 towns from the south.

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National Geographic Bee
7:42 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

He's a One Man Wrecking Crew of Geography Knowledge

Andrew Christy is West Virginia's representative in the National Geographic Bee for the third year in a row.
Credit Submitted Photo

There’s a very important competition taking place in Washington D.C. next week. It’s the National Geographic Bee and West Virginia has a competitor who thinks he has the right stuff

Andrew Christy is an 8th Grader at St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic School, in Morgantown. He’s going to represent West Virginia, for THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, at the National Geographic Bee. He came up short on his first two tries, but now, it’s his final chance to bring home 50 thousand dollars in college scholarships and bragging rights to the Mountain State.

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Outdoors
4:10 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Recreational Boating Deaths Decline in W.Va.

Credit Gentry George / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  Statistics released Wednesday by the U.S. Coast Guard show three people were killed in boating accidents in 2013. That's down from four in 2012, eight in 2011 and 2010, and 15 in 2009. All three fatal accidents in 2013 were drownings. Twenty people suffered nonfatal injuries in eight accidents in 2013. There was only property damage in another five accidents.

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Concord Spring Wellness Challenge
7:30 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Concord Initiative Walks for Wellness

Concord Spring Wellness Challenge student team winners.

A competition on Concord University’s campus sprang folks into walking more than 42-million steps … the equivalent of going across the United States almost 6 ½ times.  The Spring Wellness Walking Challenge was organized by students, faculty and staff as a way to encourage more activity and better wellness on campus.

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News
12:21 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Wheeling Jesuit Receives Grant for Teacher Program

Credit Wheeling Jesuit University

  Wheeling Jesuit University has received a $172,000 grant to show teachers how to integrate technology into their lessons.

The grant will be used to offer a professional development program called e-TechTeach.

In addition to using technology, e-TechTeach educates teachers on an instructional method called flipped learning. The flipped learning method involves presenting lesson material through video. Class time is spent working on activities that promote thinking skills.

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Turn this Town Around
11:09 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Grafton Community Cleans Up To Turn The Town Around

The Manos Theatre is one of the empty storefronts downtown in Grafton.
Credit Flickr Image

This morning we bring you another story in our series on how the towns of Grafton and Matewan are turning themselves around as part of a special collaboration. The transformation process for Grafton continued over the weekend with a chance for community members to not only clean up their city but to connect with one another, a crucial part of the effort.

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Radio
9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Cherese Weaver: Modern Antiquity

Cherese Weaver

The sculptures of West Virginia artist, Cherese Weaver, are quite stunning. You don't just look at them as much as you feel that they are looking at you. And when they look at you, it's like that person you meet who sees you for who you really are. That's how powerful these pieces are.

She has captured something primal, like lost civilizations, with a gallery of faces that may be the gods and goddesses of the mythic imagination of antiquity.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Preserving Appalachia's Heritage, Saving an Old Theater, Looking For A Special Bird and More

Two West Virginians by choice work to preserve Appalachian culture and foster dialogue.

An historic Virginia theater gets ready for a new season.

While an old West Virginia theater might get a new lease on life.

And we hear from an old farmer in Monroe County, West Virginia.

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Storytelling
10:47 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Former WVPB Reporter Anna Sale's 'Death, Sex & Money'

Credit Amy Pearl


“Talking about death, sex, and money is not news. It’s not news to say: ‘sometimes long term relationships are hard’ or ‘sometimes it’s embarrassing when you realize you’re not earning enough money.’ That’s not a news story. As a result, when we hear those stories, it’s often in the first paragraph in a story about health insurance coverage and then the rest of it is about policy. Or, the first paragraph in a story about tax revenues in a state, you start with someone saying ‘I’m not making as much as I used to make.’ My argument is those stories are worth their own time. It’s worth pausing and listening to what that experience is.”

--Anna Sale

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Digital Project
12:23 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Why Do You Stay in West Virginia?

Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:35 a.m. 

Our interactive story map and project recap is now available. Access the map to see some of our favorites from the project.

Original Post: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.:

Why do you stay in West Virginia? Is it friends, family, work, recreation? Use Instagram and let us know.

Recently, we aired a series on West Virginia's predicted population decline and how some young people feel about their opportunities in the state (or lack thereof). Most of those we spoke to said they love West Virginia and want to stay--be it for family or other reasons--but feel there's few good professional opportunities worth staying for.

In addition, a recent poll from Gallup indicates that only 28% of West Virginians want to move to another state.

With this in mind, we're teaming up with public radio stations from across the country to find out what makes people stay where they are. But, we wanted to do it in a creative way. So, we're taking it to Instagram. 

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