Arts & Culture

Bald Eagle
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An injured bald eagle that was nursed back to health in northern West Virginia has been released back into the wild.

More than 200 people gathered Saturday for the release of Liberty.

Computer Coding
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A Kanawha County group is expanding plans to teach computer coding to girls.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the initiative Project Code Nodes will start group sessions in downtown Charleston, Institute and Rand. Meetings already are ongoing in Kanawha City.

CAIR/ Ikram Benaicha

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

Center Court at Creekside Greenbrier
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The Greenbrier is ready to host its annual tennis classic after floods badly damaged its stadium court in June.

The Beckley Register-Herald reports that the fifth annual Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic is taking place this Saturday and Sunday. It features Venus Williams, Madison Keys, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras.

Marshall University
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Marshall University is hosting the first meeting in a series of statewide panel presentations on mental health care for children.

The forum is set for Tuesday evening in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Caroline and Bunny
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The USDA estimates that 6,000 West Virginia farmers suffered damage as a result of the flooding in late June. Farmers lost over $3 million worth of crops, livestock, and fencing. But more than the monetary cost- there’s also an emotional toll that’s affecting some of these farmers. One couple in Greenbrier County says they almost gave up after losing two dozen of their rabbits, and all of their vegetable crops, in the high water. 

Lance Booth

In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear about what it’s like to actually work in a coal mine. So often we hear about miners from environmentalists or people who proudly declare they are Friends of Coal. But so much about what we hear about coal mining these days is full of political agendas.

Addiction Stories Program
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  People in addiction recovery came out Wednesday night in Huntington at Marshall University, to tell their story on how it’s affected their lives.

  Nick Pauken was part of the Marshall University program “Addiction in Appalachia: Our Stories”. In collaboration between the Marshall Student Health Education Program and the English Department, those in addiction recovery worked with English professors to write a monologue about their story. It was a chance for those in recovery, family members and significant others to tell how addiction impacted their lives.

WVU Art Museum
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West Virginia schools may find it easier to take schoolchildren to visit the Art Museum of West Virginia University with a new travel fund that helps with expenses.

The university said in a news release the fund honors the memory of a teacher who died in 2013, Abby Jacknowitz. Her aunt and uncle, Linda and Arthur Jacknowitz of Morgantown recently established the fund at the museum.

U.S. National Archive Jack Corn

On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we talk about the American Dream and what it takes to reach it in Appalachia. We hear from JD Vance, author of the new bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, which is about his time growing up in a rust belt town in Ohio, and in Jackson, Kentucky. In this episode, we’re going to hear stories about the working class here in Appalachia and talk about some larger battles they’re fighting today.

Skyler Howard
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The state’s two largest universities are ready to begin the 2016 college football season.

West Virginia University football opens the 2016 season Saturday in Morgantown against South Eastern Conference Member Missouri. Last year the Mountaineers finished the season with a record of eight wins and 5 losses. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said they’ve hit the point where until they step on the field they’re not getting any better, so they’re ready for Missouri.

A new statewide, online publication went live today - Vandaleer.com. It pulls content from affiliated, localized online storytelling publications based around the state - the collective mission: share a new, positive narrative about and by West Virginians who want to celebrate what’s interesting and unique about the state.

Pop Up Market
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Pop Up Farmers Markets, they’re a unique idea bringing farm fresh fruits and vegetables to people who don’t typically have access to those kinds of foods. One in Wayne County recently focused on expanding access to the youngest of children. 

Stephanie Dawson's two-year old son Luke attends the Playmates of Ceredo Daycare, the site of a new one-day pop up farmer’s market last week.

"I think it’s pretty awesome, especially teaching kids about vegetables and you know farmer’s market learning and letting them experience the shopping world as well," Dawson said.

Dog Bless

Dog lovers can get a guide of pet-friendly attractions in West Virginia.

The free, 20-page booklet lists places to go and things to do while accompanied by pets on leashes.

Shepherd University

  A year after playing for a Division 2 National Championship, Shepherd University Football is preparing for a season as the team everyone is focused on beating. Shepherd and the rest of the Mountain East are ready for the new year.

West Virginia Wesleyan's Wesley Chapel, framed by the college's fountain, under a blue September sky.
Sarah Lowther Hensley

Signs and posters are being placed around the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College notifying students arriving for the fall term that tobacco products are now allowed only in designated areas.

The change is a move toward the Buckhannon campus becoming tobacco-free in January.

Rosie the Riveter
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A West Virginia group dedicated to honoring the working women of World War II is sponsoring bell ringings on Labor Day in at least seven communities in the state.

"Thanks! Plain and Simple" says in a news release that bell ringings are planned for 1 p.m. EDT on Sept. 5 in Beckley, Buckhannon, Cross Lanes, Glenville, Grafton, Huntington, Morgantown and Nitro.

Virginia Thrasher
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West Virginia University’s gold medal winner Ginny Thrasher will be at the State Fair on Saturday.  

Thrasher will be in the WVU Building from noon to 2:30 for autographs and photos with the gold medal she won as a member of the Olympic rifle team in Rio.

Michael Cerveris
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In the wake of June’s devastating floods, West Virginians from all over mobilized to help those in need. High-profile natives like Brad Paisley and Jennifer Garner returned home to raise awareness as well as money, shining a light on a tragedy that claimed 23 lives and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and businesses. But there are other big name West Virginians playing a part, too - even if they can't make it back home to do so. 

Stephanie Petersen

The agency that administers the AmeriCorps program says West Virginia residents rank third among states in enrolling volunteers in the program.

The Corporation for National and Community Service says West Virginia has produced 12,000 AmeriCorps members since the organization was formed more than 20 years ago. The organization said in a news release that the members have given more than 18 million hours of service and received more than $28 million in scholarships.

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