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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
Luna-Park
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.

autopods
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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.

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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
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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.

April 6, 1938: Civilian Conservation Corps Establish Camp Kanawha

Apr 6, 2016
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On April 6, 1938, the Civilian Conservation Corps established Camp Kanawha at the mouth of Shrewsbury Hollow, about seven miles south of Charleston. Over the next four years, CCC workers transformed the site, which had been heavily mined and timbered, into Kanawha State Forest.

Jimmie Gardner
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A former Charleston Wheelers baseball player convicted in a 1987 sexual assault case whose sentence was recently vacated has been released from prison, but his freedom remains uncertain.

Forty-nine-year-old Jimmie Gardner was released on bond Friday, after serving over 25 years in prison. Gardner was convicted in 1990 of sexually assaulting a Kanawha City woman and beating her mother. He was sentenced to 33 to 110 years in prison.

March 29, 1973: Educator Fannie Cobb Carter Dies in Charleston

Mar 29, 2016
Educator Fannie Cobb Carter (1872-1973)
e-WV Encyclopedia / WV State Archives (WVSA)

African-American educator Fannie Cobb Carter died on March 29, 1973, six months after her 100th birthday. She was born in Charleston in 1872, just months before the state’s new constitution prohibited black children and white children from attending school together.

Dinosaur Burps
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This story is featured on an upcoming episode of ​Inside Appalachia focused on hip-hop culture throughout the region. To listen to this episode and others, ​subscribe to the podcast.

If you’ve spent any length of time around the music scene in Charleston, West Virginia -- be it at the Empty Glass, the Boulevard Tavern or the Blue Parrot -- you’re bound to have come across the hip-hop act Dinosaur Burps.

March 23, 1803: Pioneer Joseph Ruffner Dies in Charleston

Mar 23, 2016
Joseph Ruffner
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Pioneer Joseph Ruffner died in Charleston on March 23, 1803. Nine years earlier, the Shenandoah Valley native had purchased some 500 acres in Kanawha County from John Dickinson, including lands rich in salt deposits. By the close of the 18th century, Ruffner had acquired much of present Charleston and had settled on what’s now the town’s East End.

Flames
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Officials say as many as 11 people have been displaced after a fire at an apartment complex in Charleston.

Local media outlets report the fire happened Wednesday night at the Vandalia Terrace Apartments. No injuries were reported.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the long-running live-performance radio program from NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is pleased to announce that critically-acclaimed soul pop group Lake Street Dive will return to Mountain Stage on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Clay Center in Charleston.

March 14, 1974: Dr. I. E. Buff Dies at 65

Mar 14, 2016
Dr. I. E. Buff
University of Virginia Library

Dr. I. E. Buff died in Charleston on March 14, 1974, at age 65. Buff was the first physician to protest publicly that many coal miners’ deaths were inaccurately being labeled as heart attacks. He argued that the coronaries were being caused by a widespread disease known commonly as black lung. He suggested that as many as half of West Virginia’s 40,000 miners suffered from black lung.

March 10, 1915: The First Rotary International Club Established in W.Va.

Mar 10, 2016
Rotary Wheel
e-WV Encyclopedia

The first Rotary International Club in West Virginia was established in Wheeling on March 10, 1915. Rotary clubs were formed in Huntington and Charleston later that year.

March 2, 1927: West Virginia’s Pasteboard Capitol Burns to the Ground

Mar 2, 2016
West Virginia's Victorian-era capitol
e-WV Encyclopedia / WV State Archives (WVSA)

On March 2, 1927, West Virginia’s so-called pasteboard capitol burned to the ground. It was the second time in six years that a West Virginia capitol had been destroyed by fire.

Rafael Barker / Courtesy of the artist

Ask anyone in Charleston about the #WVmusic scene, and you'll get responses ranging from venue reviews to summer fest suggestions to, of course, band recommendations. No matter what kind of response you get, we're sure it somehow leads back to Qiet, the Appalachian gypsy rock band that has been a fixture of the #WVmusic scene for quite some time.

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