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Some BASE jumpers plan to skip West Virginia's Bridge Day festival next year because of a new security requirement.

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Rather than keeping to the ol' "Eat Better, Work Out More, Read More" New Year's mantra, why not spice up your resolution routine with "Hear More Rock'n Music?" We here at "Mountain Stage After Midnight" are more than happy to supply such music. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "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.

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Beech Fork State Park is making it easier to reserve campsites.

Beginning Thursday, visitors can reserve campsites online for up to a year in advance.

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Rappellers, BASE jumpers and vendors participating in future Bridge Day events will have to undergo fingerprint scans.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Natural Resources are gearing up for their 10th annual Christmas tree recycling event.

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Several West Virginia historic sites including the Colonial cabin that was an off-the-grid oasis for a Manhattan magazine illustrator and his wife have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Officials say the transfer of operations for Pocahontas County's historic Cass Scenic Railroad to the State Rail Authority is expected to go seamlessly.

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The state Division of Culture and History is seeking participants for the 2015 West Virginia State Dance Festival.

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Two young musicians have been selected as fellows through the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Over the last six weeks, 15,000 people rode the Polar Express train in Randolph County. 35 other Polar Express trains exist across the country. But the one in Elkins is the only Polar Express in the Mid-Atlantic region- so it's extremely popular. This themed train also supports dozens of local jobs- at least seasonally.

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Chestnuts are roasting, Jack Frost is nipping and Mountain Stage is jingling with a holly jolly holiday special! Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best performances from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes that'll alternate order each night.

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A year after falling just one win short of a Division 2 National Championship, West Liberty Basketball is once again one of the best teams in the country.

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  Marshall University Leadership met Thursday to discuss the next step in finding leadership for the University in the wake of the death of Marshall President Stephen Kopp.

Kopp died Wednesday night. He was 63.

Marshall’s 10-member leadership team met Thursday morning to discuss the process for going forward with operations.

The Board of Governors retains the authority to run the university in Kopp’s place. Thursday morning the Board of Governors directed the senior leadership team to take care of the usual day-to-day operations.

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The University of Charleston plans to build a replacement for its gymnasium.

The Eddie King Gym, built in 1947, is the oldest facility on the university's campus. The university will build a new arena and learning center called The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Innovation Center. Media outlets report it's named after a foundation that donated $5 million toward the project.

The facility also will have locker rooms and offices.

University President Ed Welch said Wednesday the learning center is intended to foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking on campus.

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  Marshall University President Stephen Kopp passed away Wednesday evening in Huntington. Kopp suffered a heart attack early in the evening and was then transported to Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington. There he was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. 

According to a Marshall University press release the leadership team will meet first thing Thursday morning to review the university's operation plans of continuity. 

  West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck is leaving WVU Athletics for a position with the NCAA.

Athletic Director Oliver Luck has accepted a newly created position of executive vice president of regulatory affairs with the National College Athletic Association effective January 15th. The Move was announced by WVU President Gordon Gee and NCAA President Mark Emmert.

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A Kanawha County parks official has dropped a proposal to rename Coonskin Park following a public outcry.

Retired state Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett tells media outlets he won't push something that the public doesn't want. He withdrew the proposal from the agenda for the commission's Thursday meeting.

Tackett is president of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission. He had said earlier that the park's name could be offensive to black residents.

Coonskin Park was built in 1950 in an area formerly called Coonskin Hollow. The name refers to raccoon pelts.

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The head of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking to change the name of Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Retired state Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett wants to change the park's name because some people are offended by it.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the name is generally associated with a type of fur cap made from a raccoon skin but Tackett notes the term could be offensive to others.

The commission is set to discuss the name change at a Thursday meeting.

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Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who set John Wilkes Booth’s leg after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, has been portrayed in a variety of media as an innocent victim who was wrongly accused for conspiring with Booth.

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Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with some holiday music hitmakers. Since Chanukah is just around the corner (December 16, to be exact), it only made sense to go to TeamMate frontman Scott Simons, the Bridgeport, West Virginia-native behind such poppy holiday classics as “Chanukah in West Virginia” and “I Won’t be Home for Chanukah.” Needless to say, Simons’ tunes are a breath of fresh air compared to Adam Sandler’s typical Chanukah fare.

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