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2016 was a big year for NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage. We celebrated 33 years of live performance radio, commemorated the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s legendary set, and listened to the voices of two new guest hosts

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Legendary political consultant Matthew Reese died on December 1, 1998, at the age of 71. His political career started in 1948, when he helped Huntington’s Maurice “Bernie” Burnside get elected to Congress.

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Police in West Virginia say a 62-year-old white man killed a black 15-year-old after they bumped into each other and exchanged words. The case is under review as a possible hate crime.

A complaint signed by Charleston Police Detective C.C. Lioi says William Pulliam confessed and described the teen as "another piece of trash off the street."

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce nine (that's right, nine) live shows scheduled for the first few months of 2017.

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When R.E.M. appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time, in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage.

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A proposed settlement has been reached between Charleston residents and a chemical company accused of not doing enough to safeguard West Virginia's capital city from a spill that polluted the drinking water of 300,000 people in 2014.

According to court officials, attorneys for Eastman Chemical and Charleston-area residents and businesses proposed the settlement. Eastman is producer of a coal-cleaning agent that spilled.

The Kanawha County Commission is joining the city of Charleston, the state of West Virginia and three other cities in the state in suing West Virginia Paving over an alleged monopoly.

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UPDATE: (Monday, October 25, 2016) Tickets are officially sold out to this December 4 show! Sign-up for the Mountain Stage newsletter and follow us @mountainstage for show updates.

Yeager beside the Bell X-1 rocket plane Glamous Glennis.
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On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 rocket airplane dropped from the belly of a B-29 bomber. Seconds later, Yeager entered the history books as the first pilot to break the sound barrier.

By this time, the 24-year-old Lincoln County native was already an aviation legend. During World War II, he had flown 64 combat missions over Europe and, in a single dogfight, had killed 13 Germans. In his eighth mission, he had been shot down over German-occupied France.

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Charleston police have announced a plan to improve community relations, particularly with black residents.

Local activists joined police at a news conference Tuesday to announce the city's goal of making Charleston a national leader in race relations, community policing, and youth engagement.

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A bill that would limit the use of fireworks in Charleston is moving forward.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a City Council committee on Tuesday voted to recommend approval of the bill, which will advance to the council for a final vote next week.

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A Kanawha County group is expanding plans to teach computer coding to girls.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the initiative Project Code Nodes will start group sessions in downtown Charleston, Institute and Rand. Meetings already are ongoing in Kanawha City.

Mountain Stage fans are a passionate lot. Last month, we announced the return of The Indigo Girls to our nationally-syndicated live performance radio program, leading to a totally sold out show within hours of the announcement.

Without our loyal fans and public radio members, there would be no Mountain Stage, and we never forget that. Which is why we invite you to join us on Sunday, September 18 at 7pm as we stream this live recording of Mountain Stage via VuHaus and MountainStage.org.

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On August 29, 1952, groundbreaking ceremonies for the West Virginia Turnpike were held in Mercer County. The state’s only toll road eventually cut driving time between Charleston and Princeton from four hours to two.

The road took less than two years to construct. Despite early plans for a four-lane highway, project costs limited the turnpike to only two lanes in most places. Still, the road was considered modern for the day.

It was first opened to traffic between Princeton and Beckley in September 1954 and then on to Charleston two months later.

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R.E.M. made a historic visit to Charleston, WV on April 28, 1991 to perform on Mountain Stage.

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Municipalities in the Kanawha Valley are considering ordinances to limit the use of fireworks.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that municipalities are following the lead of South Charleston, which passed an ordinance last week to limit the discharge of fireworks on certain holidays.

Billy Cox
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Country-and-western musician Billy Cox was born near Charleston on August 4, 1897. He started his career in 1928, singing and playing guitar and harmonica on Charleston’s WOBU radio station, which later became WCHS.

During the 1930s, Cox was recognized as one of West Virginia’s premier singer songwriters.

Among his 150 recordings were future country standards like “Sparkling Brown Eyes” and this song, “Filipino Baby,” which he performed with Cliff Hobbs of Cedar Grove.

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Kroger says three of its grocery stores outside of Charleston's city limits have been mistakenly charging customers a 1 percent city sales tax.

Kroger spokesman John Lambert said Tuesday that stores in the Kanawha County communities of St. Albans, Cross Lanes and Marmet have been adding the city sales tax to the 6 percent state sales tax on select items such as prepared foods, alcoholic beverages and health and beauty products.

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The Charleston City Council has passed a bill that will allow the sale of alcohol in the city at an earlier time on Sundays.

The city council voted to pass Bill 7702 on Monday. The bill will allow establishments with on-premises alcohol licenses to sell beer, wine and liquor starting at 10 a.m. instead of 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Elk River Chemical spill
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Federal government scientists have released a final update of their study of the January 2014 chemical spill that temporarily fouled the drinking water supplies of 300,000 Charleston-area residents, reporting no significant new findings.

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Businesses affected by the historic flooding two weeks ago have a chance to get some help as they rebuild.

The United States Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance has set up two Business Recovery Centers in Charleston and Maxwelton in Greenbrier County.

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The devastating flood last week displaced not only people, but also many pets. Lots of folks are having a hard time finding a place for their furry friends to stay as they look for a new home. Some Humane Associations in the state are stepping up to do what they can to help – like the Kanawha County Humane Association.

Josh Nibert

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Ona to Qiet, Sean Richardson to Jordan Andrew Jefferson and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Josh Saul

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from The Sea The Sea to Coyotes in BoxesQiet to Bud Carroll and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Josh Saul

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Tyler Childers to Bud Carroll, Ona to Bishops and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Dylan Francis

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Sean Richardson to Kyle Meadows, The Sea The Sea to Qiet and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Christopher Jackson

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Bishops to Rozwell KidThe Sea The Sea to Bud Carroll and more.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is upon us (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Peacock Water Bottle, Yellow Ruffled Bowl, Cobalt Twisted Vase, Tangerine Vase, Kiwi Bowl, and Turquoise Optic Pitcher from Blenko Glass
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Blenko Glass is offering a limited-edition vase commemorating West Virginia's 153rd birthday.

The state Division of Culture and History says in a news release that 153 cobalt blue and topaz vases made at Blenko in Milton are available for $54. They will be unveiled Monday during an all-day state birthday celebration at the Culture Center in Charleston.

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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says he's left the Republican Party to protest the GOP's choice of Donald Trump as well as its "obsession" with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to adopt an amendment to its accountability policy that will give schools A through F grades.

The board said in a news release that it approved the revised policy at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

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