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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 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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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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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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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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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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 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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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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  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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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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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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In this episode, we'll hear reactions to Obama's proposed tax credits and other funding for Appalachia. And we'll talk with documentary filmmaker John Nakashima, whose new film, "The First 1000 Days," explores the effects of poverty on young children.

 

We'll also take a look back at how the lessons from the War on Poverty could shine light on present day economic development efforts.

President Barack Obama's new budget proposal includes more than $3 billion worth of tax credits and other spending to help the Appalachian region recover from the declining coal industry. People across the coalfields are responding with mixed feelings.

In southern West Virginia, many people see initiatives from the Obama administration and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to reduce carbon emissions as an attack on their livelihoods.

So it’s not surprising to hear skepticism and doubt from the coalfields when the president announces intentions to throw a financial lifeline to Appalachia.


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WesBanco Arena in Wheeling is scheduled to temporarily close this summer for renovation work.

City manager Robert Herron says new seats and handrails will be installed. The upgrades are the second phase of a $5.6 million renovation.

The city plans to open bids for the project on Feb. 20. The downtown arena is set to close from June 1 to Aug. 26.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that Herron discussed the renovation on Tuesday during a City Council meeting.

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