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Mountain Stage

It's National Pizza Party Day this weekend (seriously), so why not grab a pie, a pal and a Pug (acoustic rocker Joe Pug, to be exact) for Mountain Stage After Midnight.

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.

30 Mile Meal Huntington

Members of the Huntington community have taken an idea from nearby Athens, Ohio to try to connect local food producers with local food consumers. 

Local Restaurants 

Susan Ballard is the co-owner of the Bodega, a gourmet style sandwich restaurant. She's interested in any 

  locally growned food she can get her hands on. After doing a taste test with Celeste Nolan of Laurel Valley Creamery she decided to use locally produced cheeses to top off some the sandwiches on the menu.

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Cooking Light Magazine has named the Wild Ramp as one of the top Farmers’ Markets in the country.

The Wild Ramp was picked by Cooking Light Magazine as one of America’s 50 Best Farmer’s Markets. The local market opened in 2012 and is built by a collaboration of the local community and the farmers in the region.

Harpers Ferry was the site of the US Armory, and played a vital role before and during the Civil War.
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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a contender for Best Historic Southern Attraction in the USA Today, 10Best Readers’ Choice contest.

Clark Davis

West Virginia is making slight progress in making the state more bicycle-friendly.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports West Virginia is 42nd in the nation, according to the League of American Bicyclists, which released its annual report Monday.

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The Blenko Glass Company in Milton has started working on its 2015 West Virginia Day piece, "Autumn Flame."

The Herald-Dispatch reports the vase, which pays tribute to West Virginia's trees, will go on sale June 20 in celebration of the state's 152nd birthday.

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A national nonprofit group that builds custom houses for severely wounded veterans broke ground Saturday on its first project in West Virginia. Homes for Our Troops will hand over the keys to Sergeant Charles “Doug” Harris later this year. The mortgage-free house in Romney will include hundreds of adaptations specially designed for Harris.

 

“I was injured May 30 of 2012 — just stepped on an IED.”

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Keith Urban and The Band Perry will perform in concert during this year's Greenbrier Classic golf tournament.

Officials of the PGA Tour event said Thursday the country music acts will perform Wednesday, July 1, at the State Fair of West Virginia's amphitheater in Fairlea the day before the tournament begins at the White Sulphur Springs resort.

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Late nights, good tunes and great friends. That's what's in store for you this weekend on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

NASA

Glenville State College art students have drawn up a colorful display for use by a NASA facility in Fairmont.

The display is to be used during career fairs, conferences and meetings for the staff of NASA's Independent Verification and Validation program.

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Marshall University ceramics students have raised nearly $18,000 for a food pantry.

The university says the 2015 Empty Bowls event raised enough money to allow the Facing Hunger Foodbank to provide more than 106,000 meals.

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Remnants of former prehistoric societies exist throughout Appalachia. One photographer is trying to capture glimpses of those ancient times in a series he has dubbed “Vanishing Points.”


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Authorities are investigating whether a body found along the Ohio River in Gallia County could be a missing West Virginia woman.

Multiple media outlets report a woman's body was pulled from the river in Ohio Saturday. Police are investigating if it is 33-year-old Frances Wartenburg, who has been missing since February 22 after leaving a birthday party in Jefferson, West Virginia. 

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The West Virginia Marble Festival is moving to the home of the state's last remaining marble factory.

The annual festival has been held in Cairo for 20 years. Media outlets report that the festival will move to Paden City, home of Marble King, in 2016.

 

Catherine Moore

If you live in Appalachia, you know that one of the most sensitive topics to talk about can be coal. In this episode of "Inside Appalachia," we'll hear liberal and conservative points of view, as we take on the complicated subject of the future of coal.

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Cinco de Mayo is all about the food, the dance and the music. If you promise to bring the chips and dip, this weekend's Mountain Stage After Midnight will supply the music and dance from boundary-pushing Mexo-Americana bands like David Wax Museum, Quetzal and Son de Madera.




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On Friday, May 1, West Virginia Public Broadcasting debuts its new podcast, Us & Them. The program, hosted by Peabody Award-winner and Charleston native Trey Kay, seeks to explore the issues that create vast cultural divides. 

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Students from two Monongalia County schools are representing West Virginia in the National Science Bowl.

The event will be held Friday through next Monday at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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West Virginia's spring turkey season begins Monday and location could be a factor in a hunter's success.

The Division of Natural Resources says 2013 brood reports indicate that the statewide number of turkeys killed could drop. But hunters in the western and central mountains could have a better season.

Steve Gullick

When you think of live records, usually you think of album stop-gaps, in-between releases that don't exactly add or subtract much from a band's sound. Not so for indie folk rock band Phosphorescent, whose newest release, Live at the Music Hall, definitely deserves a listen. We talked with band frontman/founder/CEO Matthew Houck about the band's name, its evolution over the years and even its inclusion in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack.  

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