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Arts & Culture
5:21 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Specialty Coffee Shops are on the Rise in W.Va.

Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Coffee has always been a popular drink. It’s been a big trade item for hundreds of years and continues to be one of the leading beverages in the world. Coffee is so popular that many people don’t even care if it’s cheap or low quality; as long as they have that caffeine fix. But more and more people are searching for that higher quality coffee only found in the specialty shops.

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Health
6:29 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Hospitals Deal with Widespread Flu Activity

Credit WVUniversity Healthcare Logo / Berkeley Medical Center

Earlier this month the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a flu epidemic in the nation and named West Virginia a state with widespread flu activity. Now some hospitals in the eastern panhandle are taking extra precautions to make sure the virus doesn’t spread in their facilities.

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Radio
8:20 am
Wed December 24, 2014

December 24, 1852: B&O Railroad Completed Near Moundsville

During the Civil War, the B&O played into the military strategies of both sides, and its tracks were repeatedly damaged and then repaired.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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Berkeley Medical Center
10:44 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Martinsburg Hospital Installs Baby Video Monitors

Credit WVUniversity Healthcare Logo / Berkeley Medical Center

University Healthcare Berkeley Medical Center has installed a video system that allows new parents and family members to check in on their infants in the neonatal intensive care unit anytime and from anywhere.

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Radio
7:16 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Nov. 11 1918 World War I Ends

Of the more than two million Americans who served in World War I, the last-surviving veteran was Frank Buckles, who died at Charles Town in 2011 at the age of 110.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Frank Buckles, WWI, Charles Town,

World War I ended , on November 11, 1918, after more than four years of brutal fighting. Nearly 39 million soldiers had been killed, wounded, or listed as missing. American soldiers arrived on the scene only during the last year-and-a-half of the war. Still, some 116,000 died in the conflict.

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Ebola
1:49 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ebola Seminar Helps Ease West Virginians' Worries

Dr. Matthew Simmons, infectious disease specialist at Berkeley Medical Center
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In an open seminar at the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, Ebola preparedness was the focus of discussion. It’s been in the headlines across the country for a while now, but should West Virginians really feel at risk of contracting the disease? Doctors in the state say West Virginians have little to fear.

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West Virginia History
11:02 am
Mon October 20, 2014

October 20, 1966: Senator Harry F. Byrd Dies

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harry F. Byrd, Martinsburg Evening Journal, Richard Byrd, 1966, 1887

  U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd died on October 20, 1966. The Democrat was a pivotal political figure for much of the 20th century.

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West Virginia History
10:34 am
Mon October 13, 2014

October 13, 1903: Bishop John Joseph Kain Dies

A native of Martinsburg, John Joseph Kain's missions ranged from nearby Harpers Ferry to Leesburg, Virginia. During his seven years in this position, he helped rebuild communities that had been ravaged by the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / John Joseph Kain, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Diocese of Wheeling, St. Louis, Civil War, Harpers Ferry

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West Virginia History
8:19 am
Mon October 6, 2014

October 6, 1933: Civil Rights Legend J.R. Clifford Dies

Civil rights trailblazer J. R. Clifford, a native of present-day Grant County, founded Martinsburg’s Pioneer Press, the first black-owned newspaper in West Virginia.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / J.R.Clifford, Pioneer Press, Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, NAACP, Civil War, Taylor County, Grant County

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Environment
1:20 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

W.Va. Tank Registration Tally: 45,500 and Growing

Credit AP

  State environmental officials have tallied more than 45,500 aboveground storage tanks as a deadline passed to register them.

Officials say they're still registering thousands more.

In Charleston on Wednesday, tank owners questioned the state Department of Environmental Protection about upcoming steps. DEP's stakeholder meeting is covering proposed rules for a new law regulating aboveground tanks.

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Air National Guard
7:18 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

167th Airlift Wing to Get Eight C-17 Aircrafts

Remaining C-5s at the 16th Airlift Wing.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Thursday, September 25th marks the end of an era for the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg. The National Guard unit is getting the first of eight C-17 aircrafts, which will eventually replace the 11 C-5s that have been on the base since 2006. This transition comes at a price. About 160 fulltime positions are going away, but the West Virginia National Guard is trying to help the people affected find other jobs.

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Healthcare
12:10 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Martinsburg VA Holds Town Hall to Hear Veterans Healthcare Concerns

Veterans gathered together for Martinsburg VA Medical Center's first town hall meeting.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group of impassioned veterans showed up to a town hall meeting at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center last week to voice a litany of complaints. But for the most part, they did NOT echo the national outrage about wait times for doctors' appointments. Instead, the veterans raised issues ranging from homelessness to hospital food.

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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Where Are the Gas Wells in W. Va.?

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on an on line map compiled by the state Department of Environmental Protection showing where horizontal gas well are located.  And Liz McCormick attended a town hall meeting where veterans told officials from the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center what they really need.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

BE-Hive, A Family Inspiration Place

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There’s a place in historic downtown Martinsburg that’s known to the community as… the BE-Hive. It’s spelled B-E, meaning “to be,” and “hive” meaning “home.” It’s an activity center for children, but it’s not a drop-off point. The parents have to be involved too.

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Medical
4:33 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Berkeley County Sheriff's Dept. Says Residents Are Properly Disposing of their Pharmeceutical Waste

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Courthouses and police departments across the state have been collecting prescription drugs for a few years now. The idea is to cut down on waste in the streams and keep unused prescriptions out of the hands of drug abusers. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department says collections have almost doubled in the past 5 months.

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Complaint
11:48 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Board Alleges W.Va. Doctor Unqualified to Practice

Credit Sponge / wikimedia Commons

  The West Virginia Board of Medicine says in a complaint that a Martinsburg doctor isn't qualified to practice medicine.

The complaint alleges that Dr. Tressie Montene Duffy pre-signed prescription pads and directed non-physician staff to prescribe controlled substances while she wasn't in the office. She also is accused of dispensing prescription medication without being registered as a dispensing physician.

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Education
5:57 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

NASA Teacher's Workshop Brings Robotics and the Universe into W.Va. Classrooms

Two teachers show off their robot during the "WeDo Robotics!" lesson.
Credit Chris Fleming / STARBASE Martinsburg

Local elementary and middle school teachers in and around the Martinsburg area attended a NASA Teachers Workshop, Wednesday, hosted by STARBASE Martinsburg. Going on its twelfth school year, STARBASE has hosted these workshops each summer to better prepare educators in the ever-evolving field of science and math. But the question is, with all the demands teachers face during the school year, can they effectively take the time for these new resources in their own classrooms?

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Government
9:16 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Martinsburg, Nitro To Try Home Rule

An Eastern Panhandle city and another city in the Kanawha Valley will seek to participate in the state's Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program.
 
 The Martinsburg City Council and the Nitro City Council both approved ordinances on Tuesday authorizing the submission of applications to the program.
 

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Local Government Control
9:12 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Final Vote Set on Martinsburg Home Rule Proposal

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Martinsburg's City Council plans to vote this week on whether the city will apply for the state's home rule program.

A final vote is scheduled Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would authorize Mayor George Karos to submit the city's application.

The Journal reports that Martinsburg's application includes adopting a 1 percent sales tax. Business and occupation taxes on wholesale and retail businesses would be reduced. The B&O tax on amusement businesses would be eliminated.

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Municipalities
10:55 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Martinsburg to Hold Public Hearing on Home Rule

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Martinsburg officials plan to gather input from residents and property owners on the city's home rule application. A public hearing is set for tomorrow night as part of a special City Council meeting.

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