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Peacock Water Bottle, Yellow Ruffled Bowl, Cobalt Twisted Vase, Tangerine Vase, Kiwi Bowl, and Turquoise Optic Pitcher from Blenko Glass
Blenko Glass

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.

Aaron New

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 Rozwell Kid to Beach House drummer Graham Hill, Goodwolf to Teammate's Scott Simons 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.

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

Jerry Douglas and his Earls of Leicester will return to the Culture Center Theater in Charleston on Sunday, July 24, 2016, for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s live-performance radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.  Also appearing are Lera Lynn, and the duo of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.  

A refugee resettlement service is considering opening an agency in Charleston that would help refugees move to the area.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that resettlement agency Episcopal Migration Ministries is working with the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry to turn the city into a "resettlement community."

Vandalia Gathering
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West Virginia is gearing up for its 40th annual Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.

The yearly celebration of traditional arts, music, dance and more will kick off Friday at the Culture Center Theater with an awards ceremony and the presentation of the Vandalia Award, the state's highest folk-life honor.

Elk River
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The state Public Service Commission has set a date for a hearing involving a lawsuit filed against a water company and a manufacturer that sold a chemical to a company involved in a massive spill in Charleston.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports commissioners issued an order scheduling an evidentiary hearing in the investigation for Nov. 15-17.

May 20, 1922: Artist Della Brown Taylor Hardman Born in Charleston

May 20, 2016
Dr. Della Brown Taylor Hardman
e-WV Encyclopedia

Artist Della Brown Taylor Hardman was born in Charleston on May 20, 1922. After graduating from Charleston’s segregated Garnet High School, she attended West Virginia State College (now University) at Institute and Boston University. For 30 years, she was an art professor at West Virginia State.

Charleston Dips Below 50,000 Population

May 19, 2016

  West Virginia no longer has a city above 50,000 in population.

U.S. Census estimates released Thursday show Charleston dipped below the threshold last year. The state's largest city had an estimated population of 49,736, down 590 residents from the year before.

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West Virginia is holding a state government career fair this week.

The state Division of Personnel and WorkForce West Virginia are sponsoring the event Wednesday at the Culture Center in Charleston. It is open to the public.

Cecelia Mason / WV Public Radio

West Virginia environmental officials will be honoring several organizations and groups for their work.

The 2016 Environmental Awards will be presented Monday at the Department of Environmental Protection's headquarters in Kanawha City.

West Virginia State Capitol
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West Virginia lawmakers have returned to negotiate a long-delayed 2017 budget hampered by the coal industry's downfall and low natural gas prices.

The Republican-led Legislature reconvened Monday, per Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's call.

May 5, 1923: Fire Destroys Luna Park in Charleston

May 5, 2016
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e-WV Encyclopedia

On May 5, 1923, an accidental fire started by welders destroyed most of Luna Park on Charleston’s West Side. The seven-acre amusement park had been built in 1912 on a former three-hole golf course.

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Officials are planning to unveil a new mode of public transportation in downtown Charleston.

Tourism officials say they plan a news conference Friday. In attendance will be the chief executive officer of Pittsburgh-based Autopods, which operates a fleet of small cabs. They are powered by foot pedals with electric batteries for use on hills.

Illustration of the Diamond Department Store at the corner of Capitol and Washington Streets in Charleston
e-WV Encyclopedia

On May 3, 1960, Charleston’s Diamond Department Store integrated its lunch counters. The Diamond was the largest department store of its kind in Charleston and one of the leading stores in the state. For years, it barred African-Americans from eating at its popular lunch counter.

Debra Rayhill/Michael Workman

Two Charleston-based artists. One indie folk'n collaboration. Singer-songwriters Sean Richardson and Kyle Meadows have come together for a new 4-song split EP, and they’ve even brought in seminal indie rock fellow Ken Stringfellow from The Posies along for the ride. We sat down with Sean and Kyle to talk about their new music, Ken Stringfellow’s return to the Mountain State and you know, cats.

April 29, 1999: Labor Leader Dan Maroney Dies in Charleston

Apr 29, 2016
e-WV Encyclopedia / West Virginia & Regional History Collection

Labor leader Dan Maroney died in Charleston on April 29, 1999, at age 77. A native of Cabin Creek in Kanawha County, he attended East Bank High School; Beckley College, which later became Mountain State University; and Morris Harvey College, which is now the University of Charleston.

Jay Blakesberg

Mountain Stage with LarryGroce, the long-running live-performance radio program from NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is pleased to announce that jam band extraordinaire Leftover Salmon will return to Mountain Stage on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston.

Michael Shane Neal / Portrait of United States Senate

A traveling exhibit about the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd is opening later this month in Shepherdstown.

The exhibit features more than 100 photographs and documents from the archives of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education at Shepherd University.

It opens with a special event on April 29 at Erma Ora Byrd Hall at Shepherd. The exhibit will tour the state over the next two years, culminating in Charleston in November 2017 in celebration of the centennial of Sen. Byrd's birth.

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