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High School students focused on the fields of science, technology, engineering and math this week as part of  Marshall University's Health Care Pipeline Initiative. We celebrate West Virginia's 151st birthday with a segment from our award-winning documentary, West Virginia 150: Commemorating Statehood. Also, Lucius performs "Turn it Around" on this Mountain Stage song of the week. 

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and other state officials announce a partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts to study and improve the state's juvenile justice system. As part of the Turn This Town Around project, Matewan hopes grant funding can help revitalize the community. Also, as part of West Virginia University's School of Theatre and Dance, Morgantown's Repertory Theatre presents an original children's program, The Unlikely Princess.

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The West Virginia State Police hoped to expand their Crimes Against Children Unity but a line item veto from Gov. Tomblin has halted that expansion. The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board is reviewing an order issued by the DEP that revokes a waste disposal permit in Fayette County. Also, the towns of Matewan and Grafton will have grant funding as part of their participation in the Turn This Town Around project.  

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A legislative interim committee overseeing the state’s jails and prisons was updated on a bill passed this year intended to help reduce the state’s incarcerated population. Those attending an event at the Culture Center in Charleston Monday learned more about how the Export-Import Bank might help their small businesses succeed. Pollution can be catastrophic to water supplies but one Concord University art professor recycles the pollutant hails for his pottery.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection opens up registration for above ground storage tanks. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares presents his final report to the Board of Education and outlines recommendations for future success. Also, the city of Huntington plans to provide free internet for a year.

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It’s only been a little over a year since Governor Tomblin signed the Justice Reinvestment Act into law, but the state is already seeing tremendous decreases in the number of people in prison. College students from all over the region visited Marshall this week to find out if the field of medicine was meant for them.  At this year's FestivALL, Charleston’s Contemporary Youth Arts Company their own adaptation of the classic 1958 film The Blob in the form of a musical.  Also, Rodney Crowell performs "Moving Work of Art" in this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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 The West Virginia board of Education approves the purchase of land in Gilmer Co. to consolidate schools there but, it comes at a cost four times its appraisal. A miner fights for health benefits and his life while living with black lung disease. Also, more from Wheeling's Grow Ohio Valley.

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An update on a Fayette County waste pit, as DEP data suggests that before the pit was shut down, it had been leaking.  There’s been much deliberation over the last week regarding new Environmental Protection Agency proposals for regulating coal fired power plant carbon emissions, but, there are also proposals on the table for how to regulate future power plants, and some are asking whether any new ones will be built again in West Virginia. Also, Grow Ohio Valley hopes to widen the local food economy in the Northern Panhandle.  

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Grow Ohio Valley is a new non-profit looking to help revitalize Wheeling. A new gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender center on North Eisenhower Drive in Beckley hopes to encourage communication between them and the  gay population of the southern part of the state. Also, the West Virginia Public Theatre looks back as it begins its 30th season, while its founder considers stepping away.

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Together, Harvard and Syracuse Universities have released a study that maps potential air quality benefits based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions reductions revealed this month. WVU’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development is working with Downstream Strategies on a new report to advise policy makers as they draft strategies to submit to the EPA. Also, A Brooklyn-based theater company will bring a play to Charleston in response to the Elk River Chemical Spill. 

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Coal miners in the state's southern coalfields worry about their jobs in light of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Filmmaker, writer, and graphic novelist Danny Boyd enters the political arena with Carbon. The Girl Scouts' Black Diamond Council talk leadership and the future. Also, Keb' Mo' from Mountain Stage on this song of the week. 

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A Shepherdstown-based company looks to diversify West Virginia's economy by focusing on solar energy. The Monongahela National Forest gets a new federal designation to help combat insects and disease. Also, a Brooklyn, New York-based theatre company will soon brings a production to Charleston with hopes to open the public's eyes after the Elk River Chemical Spill.

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The Union of Concerned Scientists supports the EPA's proposed rules on carbon emissions, while officials with The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity oppose the rules. What began as a series of articles for The Charleston Gazette by Kate Long has turned into a full blown conference on how to raise awareness about healthy lifestyles. 

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The method of mining that recently killed two men in a Boone County mine isn't the only safety concern.  While Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder is relatively uncommon in West Virginia, bees and pollinators are still threatened here in this region and all across the country. Also, Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Ringers community handbell group is ringing in spring.  

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 Addiction to heroin is a difficult cross to bear for many seeking treatment, but they also have hope. Although Concord University senior Shawnee Carnett’s last steps in outdoor 800 meter came up a bit short of another national championship, her college track and field career make her the most decorated athlete ever to hit the halls there. Over the Memorial Day weekend in north-central West Virginia a lot of skin was on display in one restaurant but, it might not be the skin you’re thinking about. 

 

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A recent Associated Press news story revealed heroin deaths in West Virginia have nearly doubled since 2010.  Also, West Virginia's Community and Technical College system looks to give students more help with developmental courses to increase graduation rates.

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Lawmakers heard a report this week on the state’s magistrate’s system from a national group.  In Huntington the Wild Ramp food market is moving to a new larger location. Also, Robert Cray performs "You Move Me" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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The legislature passed seven bills in their special session that ended yesterday but, one senator questions whether one of those bills they passed is legal. Wheeling Catholic Central High School is making bold moves to deal with their aging library by instituting a learning lab based on a concept from MIT. Also, we take a visit to Matewan, whose rich history might play a part in how they 'Turn This Town Around.'

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Child and family advocates are continuing their push at the statehouse for the restoration of 800 thousand dollars in state funds. West Virginia Center for Civic Life director Betty Knighton and Catherine Moore, an Appalachian Transition Fellow assigned to 'What's Next, WV? speak with Beth Vorhees about the new initiative. An Elkins couple is working to keep storytelling, history and music alive in Appalachia through their work in Randolph County Schools.

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  Lawmakers decide to take more time to review bills, as they get called in for a special session. The Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations on carbon emissions from coal fired power plants will be released next week, leaving concerns for many in the industry. Also, a couple from Elkins who specialize in oral histories are taking a look at all sides of fracking. 

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