Charleston

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the long-running live-performance radio program based in Charleston, WV, is pleased to announce that critically-acclaimed indie pop group Lucius will return to Mountain Stage on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Culture Center Theater. The show will be presented at FestivALL Charleston by Holiday Inn & Suites at the Capitol Conference Center.

Jasmine Soo / Crystal Collins

Missed out on last week's 'A Change of Tune'? Don't know what to expect in the week to come? Here’s your Tu(n)esday Wrap-Up.

Interview(s):

Alysse Gafkjen

Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce has announced three live shows for May in Charleston. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, available today on MountainStage.org, by phone at 877-987-6487, locally at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston and also at the upcoming live shows.

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If you're reading this right now, chances are you made it out to last night night's #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Charleston. If you did, we have a new music playlist waiting for ya.

Kara Lofton / WVPB

The West Virginia National Guard’s Medical Detachment conducted their annual recertification for army medics today at the Center for National Readiness Memorial Tunnel.

PBS

PBS NewsHour will produce the first Democratic presidential candidates debate (following the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary) on Thursday, February 11. Watch it along with West Virginia Public Broadcasting at our #DemDebate Watch Party!

Ryan Fischer / The Parthenon

Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? Or why we like the songs we like? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen: First Listen Music Party on February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Charleston.

January 7, 1924: Ground Broken on New West Virginia Capitol Building

Jan 7, 2016
Capitol
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On January 7, 1924, ground was broken for West Virginia’s new state capitol building in Charleston’s East End. The previous capitol, located in downtown Charleston, had been destroyed by fire three years before.

The new capitol was designed by architect Cass Gilbert, who’d previously designed the Woolworth Building in New York and state capitols for Arkansas and Minnesota. He’d later design the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

Deer
Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Charleston's annual urban deer hunt has set record numbers this season.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the hunt saw its largest kill to date this season. According to City Manager David Molgaard, of the 105 deer killed between Sept. 2 and December, 85 were does and 23 were bucks.

Pills, Drugs, Prescriptions, prescription drugs
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Authorities say a Charleston nurse faces charges after falsifying medical records to obtain narcotics.

Charleston police say 62-year-old Elissa F. Smith has been booked on charges including obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation.

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Composer and performer Robert Drasnin was born in Charleston on November 17, 1927. His parents were Eastern European immigrants who met while working at a munitions factory in Nitro, about 15 miles west of Charleston.

Barrack Obama speaks
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President Barack Obama says prescription drug abuse is exacting a terrible toll across the country and causing pain for millions of families.

Columbus Ships
WCHS-TV

Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships will be on display this week in Charleston.

Reproductions of the Pinta and the Nina are expected to arrive along the Kanawha River on Thursday. They'll be docked at Haddad Riverfront Park until departing on Oct. 26.

Coonskin Bridge
WCHS-TV

A new bridge has been dedicated at Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the bridge Wednesday.

The bridge is the new public entrance into the Kanawha County-owned park. It connects the park to U.S. Route 119 in Mink Shoals. Ground was broken on the $6.2 million project last year. The bridge provides a new entryway, connecting the park to U.S. Route 119 in Mink Shoals.

Jeff Pierson

Money. That’s what both sides arguing the case of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship say his trial boils down to.

For the prosecution, Blankenship employed a top-down leadership style that protected his own financial interests - both his $12 million annual salary and his substantial stock holdings in Massey.

For the defense, it’s that same money that made him a target.

syringe, needles
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Charleston City Council has taken a step toward establishing a needle exchange program.

Council members approved an ordinance on Monday decriminalizing possession of hypodermic syringes and needles. The ordinance also allows distribution of needles and syringes that are part of a needle exchange program, so long as such a program is approved or sponsored by the city's police chief.

Have you ever wanted to see inside West Virginia Public Broadcasting's studios? You're invited to "come on in" as we continue our series of Open House days on September 26 at our Charleston studios.

water faucet
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Charleston and Kanawha County officials are open to a public takeover of the region's drinking water system.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones say they are very dissatisfied with West Virginia American Water Co.

A Bluefield man has pleaded guilty to charges that he used a public computer at the West Virginia Culture Center to access child pornography.

City of Charleston

A petition seeking Charleston Mayor Danny Jones' removal from office has been dismissed.

Multiple media outlets report that a three-judge panel found the petition lacked the required number of valid signatures.

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