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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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Senator Joe Manchin has appointed the former state director of the division of natural resources to a new, elevated post. 

Manchin named West Virginia's former director of the Division of Natural Resources Frank Jezioro the senator's new liaison to sportsmen and natural resources. Manchin was recently tapped to serve as co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and will hold a position on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the new Congress.

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Bridge Day organizers are re-evaluating a new security plan following protests by BASE jumpers.

The Bridge Day Commission has proposed requiring jumpers, rappellers and vendors to submit to fingerprint scans. The fingerprints would be checked against a terrorism watch list.

Some jumpers say they will skip Bridge Day this year because of the requirement. The jumpers cite privacy concerns.

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has been named co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

The Democrat says the agenda of the Sportsmen's Caucus is to protect the rights of hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts and to conserve land for recreational use. Manchin says he's an "avid sportsman" who understands the importance of the nation's hunting and fishing heritage.

Manchin will chair the caucus with Sen. James Risch, an Indiana Republican.

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Berkeley County is giving residents an opportunity to recycle food as well as paper, aluminum and glass.

The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority's food waste collection program is part of a 12-month composting pilot initiative funded by a $7,400 federal grant.

The authority is encouraging residents, businesses, church groups, restaurants and others to participate in the program.

Food waste that will be accepted includes meat, poultry, fish, table scraps, bread, coffee grounds and tea bags.

We're featuring our favorite stories of 2014 this week on West Virginia Morning. 

Monday starts the week with an interview with Fiona Ritchie, host of NPR's "The Thistle and Shamrock." Ritchie, along with noted musician David Orr, published a book in the fall which details the history and connection between Irish and Scottish heritage and Appalachian music and culture. 

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West Virginia native and country music legend "Little" Jimmy Dickens has died at the age of 94. According to a press release from The Grand Ole Opry, Dickens passed away Friday afternoon as a result of cardiac arrest following a stroke he suffered on Christmas Day.

Born in Bolt, West Virginia on December 19, 1920, Dickens would go on to be the longest running member of The Grand Ole Opry. He first performed on the show in 1948 and last played on December 20, 2014--just a day after his 94th birthday.

"The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens,” said Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President & General Manager through a news release on the show's website Friday evening.  “He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come."

This week we revisit an Inside Appalachia episode from 2014 packed with so much information we felt it’s worth sharing again.

We go back into the archives for the November 15, 2014 show. It includes an interview with Gary Quarles, who lost his son Gary Wayne Quarles, in the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in 2010. He spoke with host Jessica Lilly about Don Blankenship's indictment before federal Judge Irene Berger ordered a gag order against speaking with the media and more.

A seemingly fitting show since on this same day, nine years ago, loved one gathered in West Virginia as they waited to hear if their loved ones survived a mine disaster. In the end, they found 12 coal miners died.


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Starting this month, hatchery workers will begin stocking trout to 55 West Virginia waters.

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December's finally here, a season full of yule log background savers and ugly-yet-still-popular-at-Urban Outfitters holiday sweaters. To me, the best part of the holiday season comes from rock'n around the Christmas tree/menorah and giving special gifts to my family and friends. And yes, dear reader, A Change of Tune, West Virginia Public Radio's brand new indie/alternative music program, is sending some holiday musical cheer your way.

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Some BASE jumpers plan to skip West Virginia's Bridge Day festival next year because of a new security requirement.

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Rather than keeping to the ol' "Eat Better, Work Out More, Read More" New Year's mantra, why not spice up your resolution routine with "Hear More Rock'n Music?" We here at "Mountain Stage After Midnight" are more than happy to supply such music. 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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Beech Fork State Park is making it easier to reserve campsites.

Beginning Thursday, visitors can reserve campsites online for up to a year in advance.

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Rappellers, BASE jumpers and vendors participating in future Bridge Day events will have to undergo fingerprint scans.

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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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