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A concussion expert featured in a 2015 movie will speak on brain injury next week at Marshall University.

Neurosurgeon Julian E. Bailes, who was portrayed by actor Alec Baldwin in the film "Concussion," will present a program on understanding and preventing brain injury in sports.

Woodburn Hall
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West Virginia has earned its first trip to the NCAA baseball tournament since 1996.

The Mountaineers (34-24) are seeded second in the regional in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and will play third-seeded Maryland (37-21) on Friday. The tournament field was announced Monday.

Civil War cannon at Harpers Ferry
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A plan to relocate a Civil War monument from Wheeling Park to a grassy area at West Virginia Independence Hall has been postponed.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports a monument committee met last week to discuss the relocation, which was announced last year.

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A national Muslim civil rights group plans to open an office in West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Council on American-Islamic Relations is looking for an executive director to lead the West Virginia branch.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we talk with Marcus Murrow, a West Virginia native who’s telling the story of southern West Virginia, and the surprising way cultural divides are sometimes bridged in and around Appalachia. He's working on a film called Staring up from the Mine Shaft.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear about a documentary film from a Mountain State native that's in production about life in the state's coal camps. Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly speaks with one of the film's producer's, Marcus Murrow.

We also hear about the dangers coal ash storage ponds pose in parts of Kentucky, as well as the Mountain Stage song of the week.

Sid Hatfield
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Hatfields and McCoys mingle peacefully in the mountainous region where their families waged one of America's most famous feuds.

Now a museum near the Kentucky-West Virginia border is showcasing artifacts bringing the feud back to life. The Hatfield McCoy Country Museum opens Friday in Williamson, West Virginia.

Wheeling Jesuit
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Wheeling Jesuit University has been purchased by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to assure the future of the only Catholic university in the state.

Earlier this year, the school's board of trustees appealed to the diocese to help secure its long-term future and lower its operating costs. Specifically, the university was challenged by its long-term debt. Bishop Michael J. Bransfield responded by redeeming WJU's bonds.

Medals, Medallions, Harpers Ferry
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There’s a group based in Jefferson County, West Virginia focused not only on improving health and wellness but also on incorporating the local community and history into that health experience.

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The Marshall University Softball program is set to make its second NCAA Tournament appearance Friday in Lexington, Kentucky.

Lexington is a familiar location for the Herd, that’s where Marshall played the last time it was in the NCAA Tournament in 2013. And Marshall was scheduled to play UK this season before it was rained out. Marshall head Coach Shonda Stanton said the familiarity should help.

Morgantown
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Looking for an internship in the state of West Virginia? One website says you can find them in Morgantown or Charleston.

GoodCall.com ranked Morgantown first and Charleston twenty-first on a list of the top cities with summer internships in the U.S. It’s part of the 2017 Best Cities for Summer Internships report compiled by the consumer research site.

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In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we talk about faith and music. We learn about Sister Rosetta Tharpe,  one of the first great recording stars of gospel music, find our the story behind a song that became an American icon, and we’ll learn more about a project Glory that depicts images of Pentecostal style tent revival in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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“If you want to stay in West Virginia, then I believe you’re doing something right," Colt Brogan told West Virginia Public Broadcasting for The Struggle to Stay series. "I mean, cause it’s hard to want to stay here in my opinion. Cause it is so rough.”


West Virginia Morning
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On the West Virginia Morning, we hear our fourth installment of Inside Appalachia's Struggle to Stay series. Producer Roxy Todd reveals more of the challenges that Colt Brogan faces in his struggle to stay in West Virginia.

We also hear more from our partnership with Wheeling Middle School and we feature another Mountain Stage song of the week.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we'll hear more from eighth-grade students at Wheeling Middle School who teamed up with Northern Panhandle Bureau Chief Glynis Board to report and produce stories and commentaries about the issues that affect them the most.

We'll also hear an update from The Ohio Valley ReSource about an effort in Congress to save retired miners' benefits.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from Wheeling Middle School students who worked with Northern Panhandle Bureau Chief Glynis Board to record stories and commentaries about standardized testing and the arts.

We'll also hear more from Inside Appalachia's recent episode about opioid addiction and the Veterans Administration.

Falling Run Trail Project
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West Virginia University faculty and student volunteers held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Falling Run Greenspace.

The Falling Run Trail opened Sunday with 16 biking and hiking paths connecting the downtown campus to West Virginia University's Organic Research Farm. Volunteers have been working on the trail since August.

Mountaineer Field
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 A new video board measuring 37 feet high by 97 feet long is planned for installation this summer at West Virginia University's Milan Puskar Stadium.

The board will be installed in the north end zone in time for the fall football season.

Fenton Art Glass
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Former workers at Fenton Art Glass have held one last reunion at the factory.

Nearly 200 former employees had signed up for the gathering at the plant Saturday in Williamstown.

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It’s been about 20 years since the opioid epidemic started. Appalachia has been called ground zero for this crisis, and the Mountain State leads the country in drug overdose deaths. This episode of Inside Appalachia explores how the epidemic is affecting veterans, who are twice as likely to become addicted to opioids than the general, or civilian, population. 


Brad Smith, Intuit Help Marshall Students Flourish

Apr 27, 2017
Brad Smith, Jennifer Garner, Chad Pennington
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The president and CEO of software company Intuit was at Marshall University Wednesday to hear students' proposals for projects that could help some of the challenges West Virginia faces.

The program was modeled after the television show Shark Tank. Intuit President and Marshall alum Brad Smith joined state native and actress Jennifer Garner, and former Marshall and NFL Quarterback Chad Pennington to hear presentations from seven groups of students. They were vying for three winning spots. The contest was called the 2017 Innovating for Impact Design and Delight Innovation Challenge. Smith said he wanted to help Marshall students come up with ideas that could help the state.

Greenbier
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The PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic will honor first responders for rescue and recovery efforts during last June's devastating floods in West Virginia.

Officials say on the tournament's website that police officers, EMS, firefighters, National Guard members and others will be selected to serve as caddies for the tournament's July 5 pro-am event at The Greenbrier resort. They also will be recognized during ceremonies on July 4.

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It’s been about 20 years since the opioid epidemic first exploded across Appalachia, and now doctors are shifting away from prescribing opioids for long-term pain. 

But this shift away from pills has met resistance from some  doctors and patients.

In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we'll hear why addiction hit Appalachia so hard. We'll also find out what the medical community is doing to fight the pain pill epidemic.

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Traditional musician Phoeba Cottrell Parsons was born in Calhoun County on April 21, 1908. When she was 10, she picked up her brother Noah’s banjo. She later recalled of that moment, ‘‘He didn’t want me to play because he was afraid I’d beat him.’’ She soon became accomplished not only at the banjo but also at singing ballads, telling stories and riddles, flatfoot dancing, and playing the fiddle sticks.

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Poet Irene McKinney was born in Belington in Barbour County on April 20, 1939. She earned degrees from West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University and, in 1976, published her first book of poems, The Girl with the Stone in Her Lap. She served as director of creative writing at West Virginia Wesleyan and, in 1984, published another poetry collection entitled The Wasps and the Blue Hexagon.  The next year, she won a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other prestigious honors.

Wheeling Island Stadium
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Repair efforts are underway at a Wheeling stadium after a large concrete panel fell from the seating area.

Media outlets report that contractors were using a crane to remove a panel they found damaged Friday at Wheeling Island Stadium. Upon the panel's removal, an adjacent panel came loose and fell to the ground.

WVU Rifle athletes taught fans the basic of competitive shooting at their rifle range in Morgantown.
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West Virginia University will host the NCAA rifle national championships in two years.

The NCAA announced Tuesday that the university will host the event in Morgantown on March 8 and 9 in 2019. It marks the first time that WVU will be the host site for an NCAA championship final.

America's Best Community to be Announced Today

Apr 19, 2017
Huntington America's Best Community FInalist
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The city of Huntington will find out later today (Wednesday) if it’s one of the Best Communities in the country.

Last April, Huntington was announced as a finalist for the America’s Best Communities competition. The year-long event will wrap up Wednesday with the top 8 cities giving a final presentation in Denver, Colorado. The winner will be announced at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

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Last summerJoni Deutsch's 30 Days of #WVmusic series celebrated the minds and music shaping the new culture of West Virginia.

We heard from poster makers to festival creatorsR&B folkers to venue owners from the Northern Panhandle down to the Southern Coalfields.

The series amplified West Virginia's music scene to national media outlets like NPR Music and Poynter, all while forging life-long musical friendships and collaborations within our own state.

This summer, we hope to do it all over again with 30 brand new features packed into 30 days, but we need YOUR help.

Marshall University
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Marshall University's Department of Social Work will host a suicide prevention event on April 20 at its Huntington campus.

The university says the Walk for Hope: Campus Suicide Prevention and Education event will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the university's Memorial Student Center plaza.

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