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West Virginia Morning
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Sylvia Mathew Burwell faces her second confirmation hearing with the Senate Finance Committee and receives an endorsement from a key republican.  The State Board of Education adopts a new A through F grading system to give parents a better understanding of how well their child's school is performing. Also, a Morgantown student heads to the National Geography Bee for the third time. 

West Virginia Morning
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Monday night's fatal Boone Co. mine incident occurred at a mine with a poor safety record. Highlights from Tuesday's primary election. Also, West Virginia Wesleyan College professor Dr. Robert Rupp provides analysis of last night's election.  

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Kanawha County residents last night got a better understanding of how the January 9th chemical spill affected the community  as results from a scientific survey were released. A competition on Concord University’s campus sprang folks into walking more than 42,000,000 steps, the equivalent of going across the United States almost 6 ½ times. Efforts continue to help save Hemlock trees in Preston County's Cranesville Swamp from an invasive insect.

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A bill in the House of Representatives says it will make airline taxes and fees clearer, but lobbyists say it'll prevent consumers from finding competitive flight prices. Grafton cleans up the downtown as part of the 'Turn This Town Around' project, and international students at Marshall University are taking a course on the ins and outs of the English language outside of the classroom.

West Virginia Morning
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The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department plans the release of the results of their survey that attempts to gauge the impact of the Elk River chemical spill. Sylvia Mathew Burwell faces her first Senate confirmation hearing on her way to become the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Former West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Anna Sale launches a new podcast that attempts to tackle the issues we all deal with but rarely discuss. Also, Solas performs "Am I Born to Die" on thjis Mountain Stage song of the week.

Anna Sale
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“Talking about death, sex, and money is not news. It’s not news to say: ‘sometimes long term relationships are hard’ or ‘sometimes it’s embarrassing when you realize you’re not earning enough money.’ That’s not a news story. As a result, when we hear those stories, it’s often in the first paragraph in a story about health insurance coverage and then the rest of it is about policy. Or, the first paragraph in a story about tax revenues in a state, you start with someone saying ‘I’m not making as much as I used to make.’ My argument is those stories are worth their own time. It’s worth pausing and listening to what that experience is.”

--Anna Sale

West Virginia Morning
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As one of two winners of the Turn This Town Around project, Matewan hopes revitalize itself. Teewendee Sandwidi and his family have found a new life in Morgantown after fleeing their home country of Burkina Faso. Also, Marshall University School of Journalism professor Dan Hollis continues his streak of winning awards for his video storytelling.

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Thousands of supporters of natural gas development marched to the steps of the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania yesterday to show support for that state's booming Marcellus Shale industry. It's peak season for morel mushrooms throughout Appalachia and the West Virginia Wild Pickers Facebook page is getting a lot of traffic of people sharing stories and photos from their adventures foraging.  Also, wildflowers begin to spring up in the area and guides at Raccoon Creek State Park in Pennsylvania help show those interested the landscape.

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A recent town meeting in Grafton allowed residents to discuss ideas on what projects they would like to work on as part of the Turn This Town Around project. The historic Rose Garden Theater adored by so many may once again have a reason to shine. Also, our friends at The Allegheny Front take a look at carbon capture technology and the hurdles it faces in solving the problems of carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal.

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A recent study by West Virginia University Journalism students looked into the use of the amphetamine Adderall to cram for finals or other recreational uses. Marshall University physical therapy students received their white coat last week, after completing their first year of coursework. Pennsylvania is pushed by international regulators to ban some fertilizers that contain phosphorus and nitrogen.

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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.

West Virginia Morning
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With an expected population decline and negative stereotypes surrounding young people who choose to stay in the state, we hear a few proposed solutions for the issue. Evan Hansen of Downstream Strategies talks about the Department of Environmental Protection's public comment period for above-ground storage tank regulation. Also, Richwood sees a revival with their annual Feast of the Ramson.

    

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The American Lung Association says air pollution in the state's metropolitan areas has generally improved but there’s more ozone, or smog, in every county where it was measured. Young people that choose to stay in West Virginia often find themselves stereotyped by those who've left for other opportunities. Also, quilts are the primary form of art on display in Berkeley as the annual Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild’s Yard Square Quilt Auction kicks off.  

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The City of Huntington looks to spur small business opportunities with their Be Small, Live Large initiative. We begin a series on what it takes to keep young West Virginians in the state despite expected population decline. Also, food writer Fred Sauceman talks about his new book, Buttermilk and Bible Burgers: More Stories from the Kitchens of Appalachia.

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Volume Six of Shepherd University's Anthology of Appalachian Writers is set to be released in April. Former NBA assistant coach and former Herd player Dan D'Antoni is introduced as the new head coach for Marshall University's Men's basketball team. Also, we remember the Holocaust by revisiting a story on Dr. Edith Levy and have a listen to an audio postcard from a recent event at West Virginia University. 

On this WV Morning, a conversation with Chris Hamby who just won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigation into coal dust and the resurgence of black lung in the past two decades. Also: getting a grip on landslides in the state. And jazz guitarist Julian Lage Performs "For Critter" in the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

On this West Virginia Morning you can hear about the new rules that aim to drastically reduce the prevalence of Black Lung disease; also, retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller reflects on his political career, and politics in general; and the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is holding its 5th annual conference this week in Huntington.

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Supreme Court Justices Benjamin and Loughry speak about the balance of power in state government, the public campaign finance program, and partisan elections bringing them to their office. A Wheeling native who is a doctoral student of theology will be the lead author of a new Pastoral letter in the works.  Division of Natural Resources officials are trying to stop Columnaris Disease from spreading to more waters and aquatic wildlife in the state. 

On Inside Appalachia this week, a small program in Appalachia is trying to help childcare providers save for retirement.  We go to the West Virginia Pipe Trades Apprentice Contest in Wheeling and seed sharing in Pennsylvania -- it's one way to make gardening more fun and affordable.

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One state lawmaker says the balance of power in the state has been shifting toward the office of governor for decades as legislators slowly cede their powers to the office, and the tradition of salt rising bread in Appalachia is slowly being forgotten, but two Pennsylvania women are trying to change that. They're making sure people remember not just the history, but also the science behind the food.

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