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On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra brings us the latest from the special session of the legislature and Clark Davis reports that researchers at Marshall University need your help to track cicadas as the noisy insects emerge after 17 years. 

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Scientists are telling us that this is the year of the Cicadas. The noisy insects emerge in West Virginia every so often, this bunch haven’t been to the state in 17 years and some Marshall professors want your help tracking them.

Two Marshall University Science professors are giddy about the idea of cicadas coming to the state this summer. They’re looking for help in tracking the next wave called Brood V cicadas. 

Solar panels arriving in Fayette County.
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Marshall University is holding a renewable energy conference this week.

The conference will take place Thursday at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall in Huntington.

On West Virginia Morning, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reflects on his visit to the state last week in an interview with Ashton Marra and Clark Davis takes the political pulse among students at Marshall University. 

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College campuses are often thought of as microcosms of society in so many ways and when it comes to politics, the notion tends to hold up. On the campus of Marshall University, students are picking and choosing sides in the presidential race and estimating the impact the candidates will have on student voter turnout.

Just like in the general public, Marshall University College students have picked their sides when it comes to which presidential candidate they’ll vote for. Marshall University Student Gretchen Fleming was at the Bernie Sanders rally in Huntington last month.

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Marshall University ceramics students have raised $17,000 for a food pantry.

The university says the 2016 Empty Bowls event raised enough money to allow the Facing Hunger Foodbank to provide 127,500 meals.

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A panel discussion on sex trafficking in West Virginia is scheduled next week at Marshall University.

Democratic House of Delegates member Barbara Evans Fleischauer of Monongalia is among those taking part in the panel at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the university's Memorial Student Center.

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Two graduates of West Virginia universities have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their work.

Monongalia County native Margie Mason is a West Virginia University grad who, along with three colleagues at the associated press, earned a Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public service. Mason was part of an 18-month investigation of slavery and severe labor abuses tied to the seafood supply in American supermarkets and restaurants.

  On this West Virginia Morning, lawmakers worked during the 2016 Legislative session to reclassify the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, giving the program new opportunities for partnerships and expansion. 

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Senate Bill 104 was passed during the legislative session and it changes a classification and that opens new doors for the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

The new classification means that Marshall University Forensic Science Center is an official criminal justice agency.

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Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications is inducting five graduates into its Hall of Fame this fall.

The inductees are professor and WMUL-FM faculty manager Charles Bailey, the late sportswriter Mike Cherry, the late sportswriter Jody Jividen, standout quarterback and Rhodes Scholar finalist Chad Pennington and advertising and marketing executive Peter Ruest.

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Children in third through ninth grades can take part in the West Virginia Science Adventures program next month.

Marshall University's Sustainability Department and College of Education are working together to host the two sessions, on Sunday and again April 10. Sessions will be taught through green sustainability concepts and nature-based activities.

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Marshall University will offer a new bachelor's degree program in health care management.

The university says in a news release that the Lewis College of Business will launch the degree program this fall, although current students can begin taking courses this semester.

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Applications are being accepted from high school students for a three-week business seminar this summer at Marshall University.

The Governor's School of Entrepreneurship will be held July 5 to 26 in Huntington. It is open to students in ninth through 11th grades.

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A West Virginia judge says he plans to rule whether a former Marshall University football player accused of assaulting two gay men after he saw them kissing on a city street can be charged with a hate crime.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell is presiding in the case of Steward Butler. The 24-year-old Huntington resident has pleaded not guilty to felony civil rights violations and misdemeanor battery.

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Marshall University will start offering undergraduate classes at its South Charleston campus beginning this fall.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports this will be the first time undergraduates will be enrolled at the satellite campus, which has been used for graduate classes for years.

Marshall Dietetics Class
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Marshall University’s Dietetics program recently moved to Huntington’s Kitchen in downtown Huntington.

For those of you who don’t know, Huntington’s Kitchen is the community kitchen that Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution helped create.

"They’re learning about weighing and measuring, learning the differences between using a measurement, a dry and liquid measurement and actually measuring ingredients in terms of grams in ounces," said Amy Gannon, Assistant Professor of Dietetics. 

Jerome Gilbert Marshall University President
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Marshall President Jerome Gilbert spoke with media Wednesday just a few days into his new reign as the University’s President.

Jerry Gilbert was named the 37th president of Marshall University on October 20, 2015. Gilbert is a Mississippi native who comes to Marshall from Mississippi State University where he served for nearly six years as provost and executive vice president. Gilbert said he realizes the challenges he is now facing as President of Marshall. 

January 8, 1926: Comedian, TV Host Soupy Sales Born

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Comedian Milton Supman was born on January 8, 1926. Changing his name to Soupy Sales, he became a major TV star in the 1960s.

Although Sales was born in North Carolina, he was raised in Huntington, graduated from Huntington High School, and earned a journalism degree from Marshall College (now University). He started his comedy career as a script writer and disc jockey at WHTN Radio in Huntington. At night, he played club dates throughout the Tri-State area and honed his witty slapstick style.

Steward Butler

The West Virginia Supreme Court is being asked if a former Marshall University football player can be charged with violating the civil rights of two gay men he is accused of assaulting after he saw them kissing on a city street.