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West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia this week focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan.

She, Sen. Joe Manchin and Congressman Evan Jenkins, all from West Virginia, were the only Congressional leaders who attended the forum, but Capito said in an earlier interview she wanted to make sure the struggling region's thoughts about the CPP were on the record.

Tree of Life, Jewish, Ed Gerson
Ed Gerson

The first Jewish residents moved to Morgantown in 1879. Since then, the community has made quite a mark on the city. A few years ago, the then-president of the Tree of Life Congregation and Synagogue in Morgantown asked now-President Ed Gerson to write a history of the congregation for a time capsule. Instead, Gerson interviewed about 20 members of the Jewish community and documented their stories in a book of oral histories. The book, called Morgantown Jewish Heritage, was released this month. 

WV Folklore Society
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The West Virginia Folklore Society was founded in Morgantown on July 15, 1915, by John Harrington Cox and Robert Allen Armstrong of West Virginia University and Walter Barnes of Fairmont State.

One of the earliest state folklore societies in the nation, it remained active for only two years. However, during this time, the society collected traditional ballads and songs that were later published in Cox’s classic book Folk-Songs of the South.

Don Knotts Statue
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A statue honoring TV legend Don Knotts was unveiled Saturday, July 23, in front of The Metropolitan Theatre on High Street in Morgantown.

The Andy Griffith Show star grew up in Morgantown and graduated from West Virginia University.

Knotts, who died in 2006, starred in films and played Deputy Barney Fife on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show."

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West Virginia University is suing over a leaky roof.

The Dominion Post of Morgantown reports that the state's flagship public university has filed the lawsuit in Monongalia County Circuit Court over problems with the construction of student recreation center.

Don Knotts
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The city of Morgantown is planning a two-day celebration of the late actor Don Knotts.

A statue of Knotts is set for unveiling Saturday in front of the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown. Knotts already has a star of fame outside the theater.

Melissa Stillwell Photography

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Bud Carroll to Goodwolf, Rozwell Kid to Coyotes in Boxes and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Christopher Jackson

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Bishops to Rozwell KidThe Sea The Sea to Bud Carroll and more.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is upon us (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Orlando
David Goldman / AP Photo

Several West Virginia University groups have joined Morgantown businesses and faith-based organizations in planning a candlelight vigil in response to the weekend tragedy at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The vigil is scheduled for Thursday night at Woodburn Circle on the WVU campus.

WVU says in a news release that Morgantown Mayor Marti Shamberger is scheduled to speak. Counselors will be available at the vigil.

Helen Comber

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from The Sea The Sea to Coyotes in Boxes, Qiet to Bud Carroll and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Aaron New

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Rozwell Kid to Beach House drummer Graham Hill, Goodwolf to Teammate's Scott Simons and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Jodi Hollingshead / As You Are Boudoir

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from False Pterodactyl to Rozwell Kid, Goodwolf and Teammate's Scott Simons and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Aaron New

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Rozwell Kid to Bishops, Goodwolf to Coyotes in Boxes.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats that range from Heavy-Set Paw-Paws to Qiet, Sean Richardson to

Lumberjack
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The city of Morgantown will host a lumberjack competition this spring.

The Dominion Post reports more than 40 professional lumberjacks will participate in the Stihl Timbersports Pro Lumberjack Competition and Festival at the Hazel and J.W. Ruby Community Center on May 21-22. The newspaper reports it is the first time the competition has been held in Morgantown.

Roman Meisenberg

It's hard "making it" in the music biz, especially if you're a great band out of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Morgantown Fires
AP Photo / The Dominion Post, Bob Gay

The city of Morgantown last year saw its lowest number of malicious fires since 2001.

City Manager Jeff Mikorski says 67 fires were set in trash bins and in the street in 2015, down from 122 such fires in 2014.

Jason Quigley

After 5 years of being away from the Mountain State, Portland alt rock band Blitzen Trapper return to Mountain Stage in Morgantown this weekend with a new record in town.

Monongalia County
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A Morgantown man who pleaded guilty to killing a roommate has received the maximum sentence.

Multiple media outlets report that 56-year-old Charles Shaffer was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. Shaffer will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

West Virginia Public Theater
West Virginia Public Theater

A Morgantown theater organization has released its paid staff and canceled its holiday show to stay afloat.

West Virginia Public Theatre outgoing board president Ray Prendergast told The Dominion Post that the organization is having financial difficulties and is taking steps necessary to move forward.

Woodburn Hall
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 Morgantown police who responded to reports of a kidnapping say the incident was actually a prank by a West Virginia University fraternity.

Now seven members of Phi Gamma Delta are facing charges of disorderly conduct.

WVU Celebrates Opening of Art Museum

Aug 26, 2015
WVU Today

After waiting for over six years, Morgantown art lovers flooded the halls of the WVU Art Museum Tuesday to see the university’s diverse collection of modernist and contemporary art.

Police arrested a dozen people and issued more than 200 citations during West Virginia University students' first weekend in Morgantown for the fall semester.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says the arrests involved a variety of offenses.

Huntington Police Department

The family of a West Virginia woman killed in a police shooting wants the U.S. Justice Department to step in.

The Dominion Post reports that Christie Cathers' family members say they have had few questions answered since the June 5 killing. They have made their appeal to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Stop us if you've heard this one: Soul'n'roll rocker Booker T. Jones, indie pop darlings Lake Street Dive and folk singer-songwriter Brett Dennen walk onto a stage... If that story doesn't ring a bell, you're in for a treat on this week's Mountain Stage After Midnight.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with a media business analyst about Charleston losing its status as a two newspaper town.  Also, Jesse Wright takes to Chestnut Ridge Park in Morgantown to listen to its annual summer concert series. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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  A 22-year-old woman faces a prison term and a large fine after her federal conviction on a charge related to a Philadelphia-to-Morgantown drug distribution ring.

The government says Jessie Marie Fox of Mill Creek was convicted in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg on Monday of trafficking in a powerful prescription painkiller.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Charleston is hanging on as the only city in West Virginia with a population over 50,000, while Morgantown is now the state's third-largest city.

Census estimates released Thursday show Charleston had 50,404 residents in 2014. That's down about 1,000 from the 2010 Census.

A man who pleaded guilty to killing a Morgantown resident has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Thomas Williams was sentenced Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. He had pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a young man who found himself in the state’s juvenile justice system talks about what can be done to transition juvenile offenders to a productive life.  And we’ll take a tour inside of a Morgantown landmark that has rarely been seen. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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