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  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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A task force on drug abuse in northern West Virginia is emphasizing the need for more treatment programs and better education for parents on the signs of heroin addiction.

The Intelligencer reports that leaders of the Ohio Valley Addiction Action Plan Working Group shared the group's ideas Wednesday at Wheeling Hospital. The panel was formed by U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II in August to develop strategies to fight drug addiction.

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Move over, Santa! Greensky Bluegrass and Hot Club of Cowtown are com'n to town this winter. Since Mountain Stage just announced that it's bringing the pair to Charleston in January, this weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" will get you bounce'n in your bobsleds before the bands hit the stage.

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Concord University continues their dream season this weekend with a Division 2 semifinal matchup.

The Mountain Lions will travel to Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday for a 3 o’clock kickoff. Concord stayed unbeaten with a 32-26 win over Bloomsburg last Saturday in Athens. 

The Mountain Lions were held to a season-low 306 yards against Bloomsburg in the Regional Final, but were still able to stay alive in the playoffs.

Wheeling-native and vocalist Mollie O’Brien joins pianist Bob Thompson in his annual Joy to the World Christmastime concert.  For a second year, Thompson is taking the show on the West Virginian roads:

  • Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. - Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, if available. All seats are General Admission. Call (800) 594-TIXX (8499), visit Taylor Books at 226 Capitol Street in Charleston, or go online.
  • Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. - Presented by Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation- Capitol Theatre, 1015 Main Street, Wheeling. Tickets are $32, $26.50, $21.50, assigned seating. Call (800) 514-3849, visit WesBanco Arena, 2 14th St, Wheeling or go online to capitoltheatrewheeling.com
  • Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Presented by the Beckley Concert Association -  Woodrow Wilson Auditorium in Beckley. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, General Admission. Call (304) 253-3535 or go online to BeckleyConcerts.org. Season Tickets to Beckley Concert Association are also available.

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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 holiday music hitmakers. First up: Gareth David, otherwise known as the frontman and glockenspiel player for seminal British indie rock band Los Campesinos! The band just released A Los Campesinos!

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A week after Marshall’s football team had their hopes of an undefeated season dashed in a loss to Western Kentucky, the team is set to host the Conference USA Championship game tomorrow at noon.

The state Board of Education's Commission on School District Governance and Administration focused in on the services provided by RESAs, or Regional Education Service Agencies. RESAs are regional offices that provide services to county schools like professional development or technology support. 

The commission voted yesterday to recommend the board define the services provided at the RESAs, put a performance metric system in place and take away their ability to offer community service courses for extra income to instead focus on student achievement.

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Since Max Hatt and Edda Glass were recently crowned the winners of the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest (congrads to the jazzy duo!), this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" features some amazing NewSong alumni. 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.

St. Albans native Crystal Good takes on the racism, politics, and coal in her latest work "Appalachian Blackface." The poem premiered at November's Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia held in Charleston. 

In it, Good compares the blackface minstrel shows of the 1800's to today's political climate.

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This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chats with West Virginia rocker Tyler Grady about his new solo project. Grady branched out from Morgantown group Sleepwalker with a relatively new pop-rock side gig called Goodwolf, which just released its sophomore record titled Car in the Woods with the help of West Virginia mega-producer Bud Carroll. If you’re a fan of rambunctious pop influenced by ‘90s rock, this interview and music are recommended for you.   

Thanksgiving comes in two parts “giving” and “thanks.”  

This week, we’ll talk to a man in North Carolina, who’s collected over 1,000 varieties of heirloom apples.

And Layuna Rapp shares her memories of raising turkeys on her family farm in West Virginia

And we also want to take some time to hear from two young women who know what it’s like to struggle.

Troubled Youth Thankful For Youth Systems Services: Glynis Board visits the Youth Services System in Wheeling, serving at risk children and young adults.

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Ski and snowboard season is getting underway in West Virginia.  

Snowshoe Mountain kicked off the season with a Wednesday opening. Winterplace will offer three days of alpine skiing starting Friday, then officially open full time on Dec. 12, along with Timberline. Canaan Valley opens Saturday.

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Turkey and post-turkey naps aside, Thanksgiving is really about spending time with loved ones. With that in mind, this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" showcases friends and kin coming together for the sake of great 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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Facing Hunger Foodbank provides food to those in need in the region, year round. But around the holidays the need becomes deeper for many in the area.

In a normal month the food bank will deliver 5 or 6,000 pounds of food to each county. During the month of November and December that number jumps to between 8 and 10,000 pounds.

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Editor's Note: The audio links in this story contain some racially charged words that may not be suitable for all listeners. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, I want to tell you a story. It’s a strange, fascinating and awful tale staged in West Virginia during the 21st century when they developed a unique craft, an art form of performance known as Appalachian blackface."

The opening lines of Crystal Good's newest poem "Appalachian Blackface" are meant to pull the audience into a theatrical tale, one where the politicians are the performers and West Virginia voters the ticket holders to a show the centers around coal, economics and race.

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