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9:02 am
Tue April 29, 2014

How Can West Virginia Keep Its Young People Here?

Ian Williams is one young West Virginian concerned about whether he can find work in his home state.
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Editor's Note: We begin a series of stories looking into the issue of how to keep young people in West Virginia. This came about as part of a special digital project undertaken at West Virginia Public Broadcasting over the past few months, WVNextIn6.

We asked you to tell us what’s next for West Virginia in six words or less. Several posts had the theme “Keep our Best and Brightest here.”

According to a recent report from the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, West Virginia is facing a difficult road ahead in keeping people in the state. The state’s expected to lose about 20 thousand people through the year 2030, and could lose a congressional seat because of it. It all leads to a question West Virginians have been asking for years: How do we keep young people here? We asked our younger listeners on Twitter and Facebook to talk to us about their thoughts.

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Recreation
3:15 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Private Citizens Spring for Spring Paddling Season Access Road

J.L. Pretzel Contracting of Bruceton Mills was hired to do the work. An industrial jackhammer shattered car-bottom bashing rocks and follow-up grading was done by a heavy duty skid steer. The job required three full days. Fundraising continues. The resulting road, while still bouncy, is much easier for ordinary vehicles to traverse.
Credit courtesy of Friends of the Cheat

Private citizens are stepping up to repair a Preston County road important to the whitewater industry there. The state doesn’t have the means to get to the Cheat Canyon access road, so Friends of the Cheat River are doing the work.

The road to the take-out for the Cheat Canyon and Big Sandy whitewater runs had deteriorated and outfitters in the area were considering cancelling trips because of the poor conditions.

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Radio
12:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Sharon Lynn Stackpole: Follow the Flow

Sharon Lynn Stackpole

“I am always doing what I cannot yet do, in order to learn how to do it.”
― van Gogh

Soft, watery, Impressionistic, veiled, implied, nuanced: these might be descriptions of the art of Sharon Lynn Stackpole.

She describes her style as "being all over the map" and indeed the pieces have a broad palate of styles. Still, there is a unity and a recognizable style to her work.

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Holocaust Remembrence Day
9:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

WVU Students Remember The Holocaust

Unto Every Person There Is A Name 2014 Holocaust names reading organized by WVU Hillel
Credit WVPublic

Each year for the past 17 years in Morgantown, WVU Hillel together with faculty and community remember the Holocaust by reading names of victims for 24 continuous hours. Students and community members get through about 10,000 names each year. At that rate, if they had access to all the names of the 11 million victims, the annual tradition would continue for about 1,000 years more. Organizers say they work to humanize the victims in an effort to remember the depths to which humanity can sink.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:00 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Stricter Black Lung Regs, Buttermilk & Bible Burgers, Ramps and More

Pittsburgh makes progress in its battle against climate change.

New rules to prevent Black Lung Disease are announced.

Buttermilk and Bible Burgers are just two foods represented in Appalachia.

Another is ramps and they’re in season right now.

Kentucky's Food Gap Map. Hunger issues continue to complicate life for many families across Appalachia.  As WEKU's Stu Johnson reports, this reality is reflected in the just-released Map the Meal Gap Report.

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Dr. Kendra Boggess
5:54 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

WVHEPC Approves Concord University's First Female President

Dr. Kendra Bogess

It's official. Dr. Kendra Boggess will be Concord's next president. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved Boggess during a meeting on Friday. 

The Concord University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s 12th president earlier this week. She'll also serve as the  first female president. 

Boggess was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search. She is currently serving as Concord’s interim president.

 

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225 Years and Counting
11:18 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Congress, The Underappreciated Branch

Ray Smock
Credit Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

I have a confession to make. I love the United States Congress. I don’t recall hearing that from anyone else lately; although I do know there are others who could say the same thing. If you can trust the latest poll only 6 percent approve of the current Congress and I doubt most in that group would go so far as to profess love for the institution.

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Podcast
9:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rural Healthcare and Technology, Hippie Homesteaders, and Ramps

West Virginia Morning on this Earth Day includes a report on healthcare in the state, considering some new technologies; also: Hippie Homesteaders and what they've brought to the state; and it's ramp season!

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Books
5:06 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

New Book Examines the Impact of 'Hippie Homesteaders'

Joe Chasnoff, 1975
Joe Chasnoff

They’re known as the hippie homesteaders. People who moved to West Virginia in the late 1960s and 1970s to live off of the land. Some considered themselves as hippies, but others just wanted to leave urban environments for rural America.

A new book by Carter Taylor Seaton, Hippie Homesteaders: Arts, Crafts, Music and Living on the Land in West Virginia, examines the impact these people had on West Virginia. 

 
 You can find out more about this book at this website.
 

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Essay
2:44 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Happy and (For the Most Part) Healthy in Unhappy and Unhealthy West Virginia

Michael Blumenthal

For those of us who like to make up our own minds about who, what, and how we are, this is a strange country, where U.S. News and World Report, TIME Magazine and the Gallup Poll profess to know more about our human condition than we do ourselves.

According to those harbingers of happiness and taste, for example, I and my fellow West Virginias  are now served by (and, in my case, teach at) the nation's eighty-third best law school (up from ninety-ninth in a single year) and reside in its unhappiest, unhealthiest and most obese State.

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Rite of Passage
1:03 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Spring Brings Flowers, Sunshine and Fond Memories for This Mom

Sarah Lowther Hensley

It’s spring and along with bunches of daffodils, robins, and ramp festivals, there is a feeling in the air of fresh starts and new beginnings.

After the winter we have had all I can say is “hallelujah!”

Ironically, though, it was a hint of autumn that made me think of new life this week.

As I drove by our elementary school, I noticed the sign in front heralding that the next day was “Kindergarten Registration Day.”

We are just about a year away from “High School Orientation”  but, boy, do I remember that earlier rite of passage.

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Radio
11:04 am
Mon April 21, 2014

In God We Trust: Finding The 'We'

University of Charleston news series special

What does the national motto, “In God We Trust,” mean to Americans today?

Dr. Daniel L. Anderson, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, James Haught, Imam Ehteshamul Haque, Monsignor P. Edward Sadie, and Rabbi Victor Urecki explore this topic with University of Charleston President Ed Welch in a panel discussion titled, “In God We Trust: Finding the ‘We.’”

The program will air at 2 pm Monday, April 21 on West Virginia Public Radio.

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Real Estate
10:18 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Demolitions Could Affect Beckley Historic District

Downtown Beckley
Credit Tim Kiser / wikimedia Commons

  State historians say a proposed demolition project could threaten uptown Beckley's historic district.

Dan Bickey has proposed demolishing three buildings that he owns and developing the space for metered parking.

Only one property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource to the Beckley Courthouse Historic District. But State Historic Preservation Officer Susan M. Pearce tells The Register-Herald that demolishing the buildings would significantly alter the district's viewshed.

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Religious Community
9:53 am
Mon April 21, 2014

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia Develops Its Third Pastoral Letter

Michael Iafrate, center, walks with his daughter Hazel during a coal miner rally in Charleston, W. Va. Iafrate is a doctoral student of theology from Wheeling. He is a board member of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia and the chair of the pastoral committee. Iafrate will also be the lead author of the third pastoral letter, which will likely be published in 2015. (Photo courtesy Michael Iafrate)

A Wheeling native who is a doctoral student studying Liberation theology will be the lead author of a new Pastoral letter in the works.

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Paranormal Experiences
1:15 am
Fri April 18, 2014

W.Va. Ghost Story Archive Calls For Submissions

Haunted Farm House
Credit WVGhosts.com

WVGhosts.com is an archive of WV ghost stories, and they're looking for more submissions.

Jonathan Moore of Pax, W.Va. started collecting WV ghost stories nearly 15 years ago because, well, he kept hearing them.

“Neighbors would just be telling me about their stories, and stories within Pax and I decided to take those stories and gather more from other people around WV in order to develop an archive for WV, for other people to read and share their experiences,” said Moore.

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West Virginia Morning
8:03 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Lawmaker: Legislators are Ceding Power to Governor, The Mysterious Tradition of Salt Rising Bread

One state lawmaker says the balance of power in the state has been shifting toward the office of governor for decades as legislators slowly cede their powers to the office, and the tradition of salt rising bread in Appalachia is slowly being forgotten, but two Pennsylvania women are trying to change that. They're making sure people remember not just the history, but also the science behind the food.

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Appalahian Cuisine
10:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Salt Rising Bread: An Appalachian Tradition of Longing and Wild Microbes

Salt Rising Bread, an enigmatic yeastless Appalachian soul food that inspires fond memories of grandmothers.
Credit Susan Brown and Jenny Bardwell

Salt Rising Bread is an Appalachian traditional bread made without yeast. It’s a baking custom that can be traced back to the 1800s. But not much has been documented about the bread or its history, so two women in Mt. Morris, Pa., began a quest to understand the hows and whys behind a tradition that seems to captivate anyone who catches wind of it. Bakers Jenny Bardwell and Susan Brown have been researching the bread for 20 years.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Two W.Va.-based Boy Scouts Councils Plan Merger

Boy Scouts sit under pipe at 2013 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Mt. Hope, W.Va.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Two West Virginia-based Boy Scouts of America councils are planning to merge.
 

Members of the Huntington-based Tri-State Area Council and the Charleston-based Buckskin Council will vote on whether to approve the merger on May 29.
 
Tri-State Area Council serves parts of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Buckskin Council serves the majority of West Virginia, and parts of Virginia and Kentucky.
 

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Performing Arts
10:44 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Fairmont State University Student Wins National Poetry Award

Ian Williams is a national award winning poet. He's from Fairmont and is about to graduate from Fairmont State University.
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

April is Celebrating Poetry Month across the nation. West Virginia’s had a great many poets find success, including Irene McKinney, Linda Goodman, and Tom Andrews. But there’s a young man from Fairmont who’s now also making a name for himself in the field of poetry.

Ian Williams is a 21 year old college student at Fairmont State University. He studies English Education and he dreams of becoming a college professor at some point during his life. But before that, he’s finding success as a poet. Williams recently won a national Poetry Award, in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies College/University Level Poetry Competition. Ian was one of two first place winners. He says he first got interested in poetry as a high school student in Fairmont.

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Graffiti
9:31 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Racial Slur Found in Theater Owned by West Virginia State University

Credit West Virginia State University

A racial slur spray-painted inside the West Virginia State University Capital Center Theater is being investigated by federal authorities.
 
The Charleston Gazette reports that police received a report of the graffiti over the weekend. They forwarded the case to the FBI for investigation as a possible hate crime.
 

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