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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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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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