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This week on Inside Appalachia, we hear from first generation college students, like Savanna Lusk, the daughter of an underground coal miner and Logan Bays the son of a former surface miner. Host Jessica Lilly spoke on WVNS-TV Morning Show, previewing this week's episode.

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Marshall University hosted a panel to brainstorm ideas for battling prostitution in the Huntington community.

News outlets report that about 200 students and residents attended the event in the Memorial Student Center Wednesday night.

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A Virginia foundation has awarded an $80,000 grant to the West Virginia Rivers Coalition.

The coalition says the two-year grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment will support its efforts to promote responsible water policies.

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So how do you say Appalachia? This week, our episode is about the many different accents, and pronunciations, of Appalachia. Many of those interviewed for the show said they have very strong feelings about pronunciation.

Inside Appalachia’s host Jessica Lilly found six known pronunciations of the word Appalachia. Yes, that's right, six different ways to say it:

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A Kentucky resident whose father was among the victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash that killed 75 people will speak at a memorial service.

Stephen Ward will speak on Nov. 14 at the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza in Huntington.

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West Virginia University's Office of Student Life has suspended a fraternity involved in a prank.

The university announced the interim suspension Friday of the Phi Gamma Delta chapter.

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College basketball season has begun in West Virginia.

The West Virginia University men’s team tips off its season in exhibition play Friday night against Glenville State. Last year, the Mountaineers made a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. It was the most successful season since an appearance in the final four in 2009. WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said the key to last year was adopting a full-court press on defense, where defenders guard their player all over the floor. 

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A filmmaker with West Virginia connections is the subject of a documentary about his work in India.

A native of Ohio, Ellis Dungan moved to Wheeling in 1958 where he produced and directed industrial, business and public relations films many of which are in the West Virginia Film archives today.

But before moving to Wheeling, Dungan was fresh out of film school in southern California, who went on to become a pioneer in the Tamil film industry in southern India from 1935 to 1950.

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 Morgantown police who responded to reports of a kidnapping say the incident was actually a prank by a West Virginia University fraternity.

Now seven members of Phi Gamma Delta are facing charges of disorderly conduct.

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Members of the Kanawha County Community gathered at West Virginia State University earlier this week to discuss race and the ongoing battle for equality.

Community members, officials and students took part in a discussion at West Virginia State looking at different racial issues effecting West Virginia and Kanawha County. The discussion was organized by students and the American Friends Service Committee. 

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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A developer has donated 10 acres for a proposed minor league baseball stadium in Parkersburg.

Pat Minnite announced his donation on Tuesday. He says the next step is to determine how to fund the project and who will be involved.

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Alderson Broaddus University says it will hold a service in memory of former President Richard Shearer this weekend.

The "Service of Remembrance" is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in Wilcox Campus on the university's campus in Philippi.

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A regional committee plans to study bicycle needs and priorities in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and Washington County, Maryland.

The Journal reports that the Regional Bike Plan Study is part of the Hagerstown Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization's Long-Range Transportation Plan.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
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The National Park Service is holding a youth art contest for students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers counties.

The Youth Arts in the Parks 2016 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest is open to K-12 students in the four counties.

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A building at Marshall University has been renamed in honor of the president and CEO of Intuit.

The former Marshall University Foundation Hall is now the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall. Smith is a 1986 graduate of Marshall.

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The West Virginia Division of Forestry says this weekend offers the last good opportunity for viewing fall foliage across the state.

The State Journal reports that the division released its final fall foliage report of 2015 Thursday.

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A Marshall University fraternity has been suspended after investigations into alleged hazing.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that The Delta Chi Fraternity Inc. said Thursday that the Marshall chapter's charter has been suspended. The university also has suspended the chapter.

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A West Virginia University political science professor has served as an international observer for the election in Ukraine.

WVU says Erik Herron has been volunteering as an international observer since 1999, monitoring polling places to ensure a fair and honest election.

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Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni  loves several things about Appalachia: its defense of freedom, and how the people here know when enough is enough in regards to material wealth.

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The West Virginia Division of Tourism and West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage teamed up to promote the Mountain Music Trail and the state’s music heritage. They’ve been working to create videos from stops along the trail. This week, hear Mountain Stage’s Vasilia Scouras share more about the videos on this week's Inside Appalachia.

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