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West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman delivers the poetry of his predecessor's predecessor in this Poetry Break, Louise McNeill.

"I know I'm in the presence of a truly superior poet when   I go back and rediscover poems and realize how amazingly timely they still are," said host and curator Marc Harshman. 

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The first donor breast milk bank in the western Pennsylvania region is opening in Pittsburgh and will be the only one supplying hospitals throughout the state.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony are scheduled Wednesday at the Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank on Penn Avenue in the city's Strip District.

Ham & Bacon
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Young farmers across West Virginia are offering their livestock projects up for sale this week.

The state Department of Agriculture says the annual Future Farmers of America Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale will be held Monday night at the state Capitol Complex.

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West Virginia University has won its fourth straight NCAA rifle championship.

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How do Muslims living in Appalachia feel about increasing Islamaphobia in America? What role does the media play in creating such fear?

This issue has been heating up in the last year. As refugees from Syria have been arriving in Europe, some Americans, like Donald Trump,  have called for barring them from entering the United States.

Huntington Museum of Art
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West Virginia University faculty members will have their artworks displayed at an exhibition at the Huntington Museum of Art.

The art is from 14 faculty members at the WVU School of Art and Design. WVU says in a news release that the works will be on display from March 19 to June 12. Admission to the opening reception on March 19 is free.

The work includes ceramics, electronic media, interactive media and graphic design, paintings, photography, printmaking and sculptures.

Concord Basketball MEC Champs
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The Concord Mountain Lions picked up their first Mountain East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Sunday.

It was a tournament of upsets and drama as this year's MEC Championship game was played between fourth seeded Concord and sixth seeded Notre Dame College. Concord defeated Notre Dame 70 to 64 at the Charleston Civic Center on Sunday.

Judy Sheppard, a dynamic West Virginia entrepreneur
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from women who overcame a lot of challenges to succeed as students, musicians, entrepreneurs and educators.

Craft Beer
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West Virginia University will expand offering beer sales to the general public at home basketball games next season.

Athletic director Shane Lyons announced the move Thursday during a news conference where he detailed a $15 million construction project at the WVU Coliseum.

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The ninth annual eagle survey of the Pipestem area of southern West Virginia is taking place on Saturday.

Professional birders will work with beginners during the four-hour survey.

Troy Clemons was selected as the next WVU Mountaineer mascot Wednesday night.
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A Greenbrier County native was named as the new West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot.

Troy Clemons will be the 64th Mountaineer and will serve during the 2016-’17 academic year.

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Despite having been barred from marching down Martinsburg's streets, West Virginia's Sons of Confederate Veterans members say they will gather in the city and celebrate Southern heritage and the Confederate flag this weekend.

Paul Williams, commander of the state's division of the group, tells The Journal that his group will be appealing the city council's decision next week, but members will still assemble in Martinsburg on Saturday to celebrate the 155th anniversary of the first official flag of the Confederate States of America.


West Virginia University will have a new mascot Wednesday evening. The selection process includes an application, interview and cheer off.  One of the - now four - finalists is Wyoming County native, Savannah Lusk. She's a coal miner's daughter and the first in her family to go to college. Lusk would be the third woman Mountaineer if she’s chosen.

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West Virginians from nine denominations will make a push next month to sign up hundreds of people in their campaign to improve people's health.

The religious groups are working with Try This West Virginia, a statewide healthy community program. The WV Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits network will launch the month of activity on Tuesday in the secretary of state's conference room.

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A long-running and controversial music festival with deep ties to West Virginia won’t continue in its current form.

The All Good Music Festival and Campout, which was held for many years in various locations in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland announced Wednesday on its Facebook Page that it is "retiring.”

The festival, held by Walther Productions, began in 1997 in Maryland and used various locations across the Mid-Atlantic before settling on a site known as Marvin’s Mountaintop, in Preston County, in 2003.

Huntington Street Banner
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Six Marshall University art students are being recognized for their design of street banners in downtown Huntington.

A ceremony for the students is set for Tuesday at the Marshall Visual Arts Center in Huntington.

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Our roots with coal run deep here in central Appalachia. But the future for the people in the Appalachian coalfields is unclear.  Although coal will likely still continue to be mined, it doesn’t seem like jobs in this industry will ever come back, not like they once were. People in the coalfields are worried. Jobs are disappearing -- and there isn’t a lot of hope right now.

Robert Gipe

This week's episode of Inside Appalachia is addressed as a Valentine letter to Appalachia. Like most loves, this one is complicated. Some of the folks we spoke to for our show grew up in the mountains and were eager to move away. But when they did, they felt a strong homesickness that seemed to draw them back. They said their love for Appalachia is for a place that isn’t quite perfect. But they were inspired to write about it. Listen to the show to hear what they had to say.

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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.