Morgantown

News
11:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Eight Arrested for Morgantown Riot

Credit West Virginia University

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Police say eight people have been arrested and more than two dozen cited following riots that erupted in Morgantown after West Virginia University's win over Baylor.
 
 Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says the charges and criminal citations included underage consumption, malicious burning, destruction of property and disorderly conduct.
 

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News
12:21 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

WVU: Riots Following Baylor Upset Were 'Criminal', Expulsions Possible

Credit Associated Press

Morgantown authorities are assessing damage from riots that broke out following West Virginia's 41-27 win over No. 4 Baylor.

Police Chief Ed Preston said Sunday that crowds pushed over street lights and threw rocks, beer bottles and other items at public safety personnel and their vehicles. Numerous fires were set in the student-dominated Sunnyside area and other parts of the city.

Preston says in a news release that police used pepper spray and chemical munitions to disperse the crowds. Police arrested several people on various charges.

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West Virginia History
10:50 am
Fri October 17, 2014

October 17, 1785: Virginia General Assembly Establishes Morgan's Town

The town began to take off with the founding of the West Virginia Agricultural College in 1867. Renamed West Virginia University the following year, the school would become the centerpiece of Morgantown.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; Library of Congress. / Morgantown, Morgan's Town, 1785, 1886, West Virginia University, Zackquill Morgan

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Culture and History
2:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

W.Va. Author Tells Stories that Come 'Out of Peel Tree'

Laura Long interacts with her audience at a recent reading of her book, Out of Peel Tree.
Credit Chip Hitchcock / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There’s a new novel out from a West Virginia native about a place that’s very special to her. The book is a collection of family stories about life in Appalachia. 

Laura Long lives in Charlottesville, Virginia now but she grew up in West Virginia. She recalls going to visit her grandmother while traveling from Buckhannon to Clarksburg. Her grandmother lived near a place called Peel Tree. She says the image of that place stayed with her for years, until she was ready to write her first novel.

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Public Health
6:11 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Morgantown Group Wants to Restrict Downtown Truck Traffic

Credit Safe Streets Morgantown / via Facebook

There’s a growing number of people in Morgantown that want the city to do something about the industrial truck traffic moving through downtown. They are making a case to the city council.

Safe Streets Morgantown wants the council to adopt an ordinance essentially banning trucks that weigh 20,000 pounds or more, gross weight, and have three axles or more, from traveling through downtown Morgantown's business district.

Who would be exempted:

Trucks moving merchandise for downtown businesses;

Emergency or Military Vehicles;

Governmental Vehicles;

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West Virginia Morning
8:49 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Studying Morgantown's Air Pollution, The Future of Higher Ed & An Experiment with W.Va. Hops

For the first time, an inventory of how much greenhouse gas is entering the air in Morgantown has been compiled. Recently, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved tuition increases for several colleges and universities but they come at a time when enrollment is down.  As the craft beer industry has taken off, West Virginia State University- through a grant with the state agriculture department- is studying whether local farmers can benefit from the burgeoning beer industry by growing hops for the brewers to use.

Carbon Regulations
6:11 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

New Report Examines Morgantown's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Coal plants and several other factors including electricity use, and vehicle travel, play a role in emitting greenhouse gases.
Credit Robb Kendrick / National Geographic

There are a lot of things that contribute to carbon dioxide emissions that drift into the air. For the first time an inventory of how much greenhouse gas is entering the air in Morgantown has been compiled. The environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies hopes this particular study will inspire other communities to want to do the same.

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Memorial
1:14 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Don Knotts Statue Fundraising Campaign Tops Goal

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A campaign to erect a statue in Morgantown honoring the late Don Knotts has topped its goal to raise private funds for the project.

Beth Fuller tells The Dominion Post any additional funds will be used to maintain the statue and surrounding grounds.

Knotts grew up in Morgantown and graduated from Morgantown High School and West Virginia University. The actor died in 2006.

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Arts & Culture
7:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

West Virginia Public Theatre Enters Its 30th Year

Ron Iannone is the founder of West Virginia Public Theatre.

West Virginia Public Theatre is getting ready to open in Morgantown, for its 30th season. This non-profit theatre has had quite a story.

It began because one man who moved to West Virginia saw a lack of professional theatre companies when he came here. Founder Ron Iannone talked to Ben Adducchio about the theatre, what it has tried to accomplish, and how he wants to be remembered when he decides to walk away.

To learn more about the season, you can find information here.

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EPA Grants
2:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

EPA Selects W.Va. for $1M in Brownfields Grants

Credit epa.gov

Federal environmental regulators have picked five West Virginia projects to receive $1 million in brownfields grants.

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Hooked On Heroin
7:54 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

'It's Like Playing Russian Roulette With Your Life'---The Struggle With Heroin Addiction

Heroin is affecting more West Virginians than ever before, according to law enforcement officials.
Credit Creative Commons Photo

Editor's Note: West Virginia Public Radio is airing a four part series on heroin addiction in West Virginia. The number of deaths attributed to heroin overdoses in West Virginia is rising steadily. This story is a conversation with some of those seeking help and treatment for their addiction to the drug.

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National Geographic Bee
7:42 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

He's a One Man Wrecking Crew of Geography Knowledge

Andrew Christy is West Virginia's representative in the National Geographic Bee for the third year in a row.
Credit Submitted Photo

There’s a very important competition taking place in Washington D.C. next week. It’s the National Geographic Bee and West Virginia has a competitor who thinks he has the right stuff

Andrew Christy is an 8th Grader at St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic School, in Morgantown. He’s going to represent West Virginia, for THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, at the National Geographic Bee. He came up short on his first two tries, but now, it’s his final chance to bring home 50 thousand dollars in college scholarships and bragging rights to the Mountain State.

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West Virginia Morning
10:07 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Synthetic Marijuana, The Scottish Rite Gives to Marshall Speech-Hearing Center, & Lake Street Dive

After two Morgantown businesses were busted for selling illegal synthetic marijuana, we examine what the product is and it's potential effects and dangers. The Huntington Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation raises an invaluable donation for the Speech and Hearing Center at Marshall University. Also, Lake Street Dive performs "Clear a Space" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

Children
6:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

"My Bike" Program Comes to West Virginia

Isabella goes on the bike parade with Sen. Joe Manchin.
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For young children with certain disabilities, it’s just about impossible to ride a conventional bicycle. So a children’s charity known as Variety, which began in Pittsburgh in 1928, along with several people who wanted to get involved, started a program called the “My Bike” program. It provides specialized bicycles, that are built to suit the special needs of the child.

Nearly 30 children received these specialized bikes at a recent ceremony in Morgantown with Variety.

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Wildlife
5:17 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Morgantown Changing the Way Deer Are Discovered

Morgantown is trying something new, to figure out how many deer are in the city.
Credit Creative Commons Photo

West Virginia’s got a lot of deer within its borders, and they can be a burden. For instance, the state’s vehicle collision rate with deer is one of the highest in the nation, according to a study by State Farm Insurance. In Morgantown, new technology is being used to monitor these animals.

You see them while driving along the interstate. You’ll catch them in your residential neighborhoods, eating vegetables from your garden.

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Journalism Panel
1:14 am
Tue March 25, 2014

WVU Panel Discusses New and Old Newsgathering Methods Used During Water Crisis

David Boucher (left) and April Kaull (right) discuss how social media changed the way journalists covered the water spill crisis.
Credit David Smith/WVU PI Reed School of Journalism / West Virginia University

Panelists discussing the media coverage of the recent Elk River water crisis say digital media platforms played an important role in how they covered the story. More than 300 people were in attendance Monday night at West Virginia University to hear insights panelists gleaned from reporting on the crisis.

Some of those insights:

Social media allowed the journalists to interact with their audiences in new ways;

Traditional methods of reporting (phone calls, knocking on doors, filing FOIA requests) were absolutely essential to get the job done;

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Elk River Spill
3:41 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WVU Panel Looks Into Charleston Water Spill

The WVU School of Journalism is going to be hosting a panel discussion on the chemical spill into the Elk River.
Credit Downstream Strategies

Monday evening, a special panel will be discussing the recent water spill into the Elk River.

This panel will be made up of journalists who covered the event, which affected the water supply of about 300,000 state residents.

This panel at West Virginia University is designed to analyze local and national coverage of this event. It will also discuss how crisis news coverage has changed, in today’s digital news media environment.

Maryanne Reed is the dean of West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism.

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Story of the Jews
4:38 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Morgantown Lawyer's Faith Shapes His Crusade to Fight Oppression

Morgantown Lawyer Allan Karlin
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

We continue our series on the Jewish community in West Virginia, with a story about a Morgantown lawyer whose Jewish faith has contributed to his life's passion.

Allan Karlin came to Morgantown in 1974, to work as a lawyer in rural communities. His mission was to fight oppression and represent those who were struggling in the face of it.

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10:01 am
Thu December 19, 2013

West Virginia Heathers: Was Skylar Neese Murdered by Her Best Friends?

Lead in text: 
The story behind the Morgantown area girls charged with murdering their best friend.
U.S. News Skylar, Rachel, and Shelia were the best of friends-until one of them went missing and the other two were implicated in a grisly murder case that has upended their idyllic town. Mary Earl Neese posts nearly every night on Facebook a goodnight message to her daughter, Skylar, who died at the age of 16 last year.
Higher Education
11:54 am
Mon November 11, 2013

WVU President leaving for job at Clemson

James Clements is leaving WVU.
Credit West Virginia University

A West Virginia University official says the university plans to start a search process for an interim president after President Jim Clements was named to the same post at Clemson University.
 
     WVU Board of Governors Chairman Jim Dailey says procedures are in place to form a search committee. He says that will start "in the immediate near future."
 
     Clements was named Clemson's 15th president on Monday. He had served as WVU's president since 2009.
 

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