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If your name isn't traditionally white-sounding, there's a good chance it's been misspelled by a coffeehouse barista. It's awkward when that happens, but is it the perfect time to engage in a dialogue about race and ethnicity? Starbucks seems to think so.

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A Shepherd University graduate scored big with judges last week on NBC’s, “The Voice.”

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Appalachia has certainly been stereotyped by many people in the media. But not all storytellers are the same, and the stories that are told about Appalachia are often complicated with layers of misunderstandings. 

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Can't make it Europe to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Don your best green and join Mountain Stage as we open up the archives for some great Celtic music.

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.  

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Rozwell Kid is what you'd call a slacker-rock band. On second thought, maybe they're a post-grunge outfit? Whatever you call them (note: frontman Jordan Hudkins believes they play "Hawaiian shirt core"), they're a West Virginia-based group of friends who love good times and great music. Hudkins chats with me about Rozwell Kid's "origin story," the band's new releases and how the Mountain State is still their musical home.

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This week, Inside Appalachia is featuring some incredible stories about dogs that help people heal. Like Paca, who helps children overcome emotional trauma and even helps encourage them to read. And we'll travel to a special cemetery, reserved only for coonhound dogs.

Most of us are familiar with the concept of seeing eye dogs, but service dogs do plenty of other jobs to help people. Roxy Todd takes us on a journey with a few service dogs helping folks in unique ways.

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The National Park Service is hoping to turn a renovated Camp Brookside in Brooks in to a future education institute.

The camp was originally built in the 1940s as a summer camp for children of Electro Metallurgical Company workers in Alloy. It was bought by the National Park Service in 1993.

Officials received funding in 2012 to restore the mess hall, seven cabins and the caretaker's residence. Those restorations are nearing completion.

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So that snow thing? It's still happening. (Sadly.) So we're going to make the best of it by catching up on some cool (pun intended) archived Red Molly and Drive-By Truckers before they each hit the Mountain Stage later this month. 

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Singer-songwriter Sam Beam has been releasing indie folk records under the name Iron & Wine for over a decade. With his newest release, Archive Series Volume No. 1, Beam's going back to basics with bedroom folk melodies and down-home whispers. We talk about his music, his new short film, "Dreamers and Makers are My Favorite People" (which features footage from his 2014 stop at the Jerry Run Summer Theater in West Virginia) and, of course, his infamous beard. 

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Beckley's historic district and two other sites are on the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia's latest endangered properties list.

The other sites are a farmhouse built around 1845 in Mount Nebo and a service station built in 1945 in Fayetteville.

Executive director Danielle LaPresta tells The Register-Herald that the preservation group normally works with individual properties. But she says Beckley's entire national historic district is in eminent danger because of neglect, demolitions and inappropriate development.

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  A Clarksburg family has donated a two-century-old log house on their property to Fort New Salem.

Bradley Franz tells The Exponent Telegram that he and his wife, Dominique, believe the house was built in the late 1790s. It was constructed by his wife's fifth great-grandfather, John Reynolds.

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Appalachia is no stranger to industrial or environmental disasters that affect our water. Because of crumbling water infrastructure in many coalfield communities, folks often turn to bottled water for regular use.

But not all bottled water is equal. At least that’s according to judges at the 25th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting & Competition, which took place February 19-22. The competition judges the taste of bottled water, purified water, and municipal city waters from across the world were judged.

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Earlier this month in West Virginia, a CSX train derailed, causing giant fireballs to stretch hundreds of feet into the air and one home to be destroyed. Investigators are trying to figure out what happened to cause this derailment. February also marks the anniversary of other industrial accidents. On this episode, we'll hear from folks who have survived them, and hear why many people are concerned that more of these accidents could happen in the future.

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West Virginia University's Mountaineer mascot will get to serve another year.

Michael Garcia was chosen from among four finalists Tuesday night as the WVU mascot for the 2015-16 academic year. The senior political science major from Fairmont served for the past year.

Besides the musket and buckskins, the job comes with some other benefits. As the Mountaineer mascot, he's traveled across the country making hundreds of appearances and attending athletic events on and off campus.

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A Kickstarter campaign is planned to raise money to preserve a 180-year-old pavilion in Greenbrier County.

The campaign's goal is to raise $25,000. The Charleston Gazette reports that the campaign will begin on Sunday with a kick-off party at the convention and visitors bureau in Lewisburg.

The Greek Revival-style pavilion was once part of the Blue Sulphur Springs spa between Dawson and Alderson. Union troops burned every structure at the site except the pavilion during the Civil War.

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Allegiant Air plans to offer direct flights from north central West Virginia to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, beginning this summer.

The Exponent Telegram reports that the flights from North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport will be offered on Fridays and Mondays from June 5 through Aug. 17.

North Central West Virginia Airport Director Rick Rock tells the newspaper that there's been local demand for direct flights to Myrtle Beach for some time.

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The Division of Natural Resources has received a $50,000 grant to support its effort to restore elk in West Virginia.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation presented the grant to the DNR on Sunday at the Natural Resources Commission's quarterly meeting.

The DNR hopes to bring elk from neighboring Kentucky to restore the state's herd. West Virginia's last native elk was killed around 1875.

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Adam Cleek is a former Mountaineer Challenge Academy Alum and Purple Heart recipient. Cleek will speak later today to 800 congressional, corporate and community leaders at the National Guard Youth Foundation Youth’s Challenge Gala in Washington D.C.

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On this episode, we’re learning more about Appalachian roots. Some industries are growing in Appalachia that aren’t really new at all, but new practices are building on traditional crafts. While these  changes develop across Appalachia, we inevitably want to hang onto our identity. Strong roots, after all, are one of the characteristics many of us take pride in.

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Police in Wheeling say a suspension bridge has been closed after a cable snapped.

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was closed Friday morning. Media outlets report the cable was on a snapped power line near a jogging trail.

In 2013, the bridge was closed after a corroded cable on top of the span snapped on the downtown Wheeling side. The cable helps to keep the bridge from swaying.

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