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  Hunters killed fewer deer during Morgantown's 2014 urban archery hunt than they did the previous year.

The city said Thursday that 105 deer were killed during the four-month hunt that ended Dec. 31. That's down from 137 deer killed in 2013.

Local shelters and kitchens received 853 pounds of ground venison from 35 deer donated during the 2014 hunt.

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Four Mountain Stage performances enter, two Mountain Stage performances leave. So who was it going to be: legendary country music offspring Rosanne Cash, legendary singer-songwriter Randy Newman, bluegrass maestro Del McCoury or folk-rock duo The Civil Wars?

  Timberline Four Seasons Resort is using crowdfunding to raise money for improvements.

The Tucker County resort launched an online crowdfunding on Tuesday at www.snowfunding.com. The goal is to raise $75,000 in 65 days.

Timberline CEO Fred Herz tells The Charleston Gazette that the resort sees crowdfunding as a way to engage customers in its activities and planned undertakings.

Brooke Fraser

It's hard to believe that it's been four years since Brooke Fraser released infectious folk pop songs like "Something in the Water." What's even crazier is the New Zealand singer-songwriter's brand new record, which effectively transforms that lighthearted acoustic pop princess into an electrifying alternative pop queen. If you're a fan of Lorde-esque soundscapes that are filled with depth, darkness and beauty, this interview and music are recommended for you.

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Songwriter Sam Gleaves was inspired by the story of Sam Williams, a former coal miner who was harassed at work for being gay. 

Sam Gleaves is a musician who grew up playing old time mountain music in Southwestern Virginia. His songs have a high lonesome, old-time sound. Their roots are deep in Appalachia, and the stories they tell explore some bitter truths about how hard it can be to be different here. I met up with Gleaves at his home in Berea, KY to talk about one song in particular.

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A pinch of folk, a dash of soul and a good dollop of bluegrass. Mix it all together and what do you get? This week's "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. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes that'll alternate order each night. 

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  The Bridge Day Commission has decided to require BASE jumpers, reppellers and vendors to undergo finger scans.

Commission members voted unanimously on Wednesday to require the scans. Commission members say the scans are less intrusive than the one-day festival's current background checks.

Several jumpers criticized the requirement during the meeting's public comment segment. Marcus Ellison of Fayetteville said jumpers feel insulted by the requirement.

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Last year, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" posed a question to its music-loving fans: Who do you want to listen to overnight weekends? You voted on our Facebook, we tallied'em up and Bela Fleck and Robert Cray were crowned the victors.

Water Outages and Advisories Continue in W.Va. Coalfields

While the chemical spill in Charleston left more than 300,000 without usable water, it's a problem that folks in the coalfields deal with on a regular basis.

Last week, we heard stories of the water smelling of licorice, emptied shelves once stocked with bottled water, and other quests for clean water.  The water crisis in West Virginia's capital city lasted just a few weeks, but folks in the coalfields continue to deal with boil water advisories and outages.

Mountainous regions like southern West Virginia have an abundance of water, but the terrain along with aging infrastructure have been creating access issues for decades. Many of the current water systems in place today in the coalfields were installed in the early 1900's by coal companies. Coal operators, jobs, and most people left the area, leaving remnants of a once bustling economy including some beautiful buildings, coal tipples, and water systems. 

For some communities a boil water advisory is a way of life, like in Keystone, West Virginia, in McDowell County, where residents have been on an advisory since 2010. The town's neighboring sister city, Northfork, has been on a boil water advisory since 2013.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

You know that ol' Wendy's slogan, "Eat Great, Even Late?" Well the same holds true for "Mountain Stage After Midnight," a delicious public radio program that feeds music lovers into the wee hours of morning. 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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West Virginia and U.S. flags at all state-owned facilities will be at half-staff in honor of Marshall University President Stephen Kopp.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the flags to be lowered from dawn to dusk on Tuesday.

Kopp died on Dec. 17 after being hospitalized for an illness. He was 63.

Marshall will hold a public memorial service for Kopp on Tuesday.

Tomblin says in a news release that Kopp's leadership had a permanent and positive impact on both Marshall and the state.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Coffee has always been a popular drink. It’s been a big trade item for hundreds of years and continues to be one of the leading beverages in the world. Coffee is so popular that many people don’t even care if it’s cheap or low quality; as long as they have that caffeine fix. But more and more people are searching for that higher quality coffee only found in the specialty shops.

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A protest featuring giant puppets was held in front of the Kanawha County Public Library yesterday, commemorating the January 9th chemical spill one year ago.

Ona

They’re earnest, they’re indie, they’re Ona, the five-piece rock outfit that found its start in a sliver of unincorporated Appalachia called Ona, West Virginia. If you're a fan of deliciously mellow alt-rock bands that live by the motto "WWNYD" (that's "What Would Neil Young Do"), this interview and music are recommended for you.

Mike Youngren / Presidio Studios in Lewisburg

Mike Youngren has lived in Charleston for the last 20 years. A West Virginia Public Broadcasting alum, Youngren pursued filmmaking after retiring. When the January 9th chemical leak happened, Youngren decided the problem was widespread enough for people to stop to pay attention to what he had to say. With this in mind, he decided to develop his documentary, Elk River Blues.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

National Bubble Bath Day was this past week (yes, that's a thing), but why not keep the relaxation celebration alive this weekend by unwinding, lighting some candles and listening to some smooth music provided by "Mountain Stage After Midnight?" Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midni

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Environmentalists, activists and artists of all sorts are commemorating the one year anniversary of a chemical spill into the Elk River near Charleston. The spill of MCHM by Freedom Industries tainted the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians across nine counties and left them without usable tap water for days. 

Here's a list of some of the events happening around Charleston and elsewhere to mark one year since the spill: 

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Marshall University will hold a public memorial service for the late President Stephen Kopp next week.

Marshall says the service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cam Henderson Center Arena on the Huntington campus.

Classes will be cancelled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to allow students and faculty to attend the service.

Kopp died Dec. 17. He was 63.

Marshall says it will live stream the service at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream .

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The National Park Service has approved a 120-acre expansion of Charleston's East End Historic District.

City planners announced the park service's decision Wednesday. The boundary expansion became effective Dec. 16.

A 2014 consultant's survey found that more than 400 structures in the expanded area contribute to the neighborhood's historic nature.

Property owners in the district's expanded area will be eligible for tax credits for rehabilitation of historic properties.

The original district was created in 1978.

As we continue recapping our favorite stories of 2014, we return to Sophia in Raleigh County where a group of local musicians get together each week to play bluegrass. While most of the participants are from older generations, one Glenville State College student learned the basics from the group that eventually inspired him to study the music style in school.

Jessica Lilly brings us the sounds of the Sophia bluegrass jam band and discusses why this tradition is so important to Appalachia. 

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