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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.

West Virginia Morning
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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.

West Virginia Morning
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John Prusa hasn't been to a gas station in more than eight years but he's also been able to be energy independent. Betty LaVette performs "Everything is Broken" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

West Virginia Morning
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A special edition of West Virginia Morning in which we have another listen to stories that recently won awards at the Associated Press Broadcasters Association of The Virginias. Jessica Lilly investigates claims made in the film Oxyana. Glynis Board highlights her outstanding efforts as an individual reporter as she explains one West Virginian's plans to end poverty. And Dave Mistich eulogizes Eastern Panhandle rock band The Demon Beat.

West Virginia Morning
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A McDowell County clinic is worried that federal cuts could compromise care for coal miners with Black Lung Disease. Also, a segment from West Virginia at 150, which won the Best Documentary Award at the Associated Press Broadcasters Association of The Virginias.

West Virginia Morning
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The Pew Charitable Trusts' Election Initiative releases their state rankings for election performance in 2008, 2010 and 2012, showing West Virginia did poorly in many areas. A program in Northern and Central West Virginia brings donated bikes to children with special needs and Traveling 219 takes us to Pocahontas County to meet a farmer who happens to also be a middle school principal.

West Virginia Morning
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Morgantown resident Garth Lindley is the founder of Green Earth Event Services—an organization that provides recycling and composting services at events--and his goal is to provide zero-waste events. Improving your basement or crawl space for energy efficiency and better health. The Huntington Area Food Bank becomes the Facing Hunger Bank to more accurately reflect the area they serve.

West Virginia Morning
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The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind is controversially changing the job description and requiring more education for the house parents who watch children living on campus. New technology is being used to track the population of deer around the state. Wheeling Jesuit University celebrates Appalachia through a series of lectures.

West Virginia Morning
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Taking into consideration dermal and inhalation exposures, as well as ingestion, WV TAP researchers offer a screening level for MCHM eight times as stringent as the CDC's--still yet, they say levels of the chemical in the water below the federal agency's screening level is "safe." Mine safety professors have joined Sen. Joe Manchin in saying they were misrepresented by Don Blankenship's film Upper Big Branch - Never Again. A Marshall County high school senior wins a scholarship by creating a business plan to sell mushrooms.

West Virginia Morning
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Kanawha County Emergency Management officials begin to log and map chemicals in response to January's Elk River chemical spill. A new report from West Virginia University's Bureau of Business and Economic Research indicates the state's population will continue to decline until 2030. A boom in the population of the Snowy Owl leaves researchers wondering where this influx is coming from.

West Virginia Morning
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Nearly 800 people were on Marshall’s campus this weekend for the Appalachian Studies Conference to discuss scholarship and research on our region. In the wake of January's chemical spill into Elk River, a movement gains momentum to get a portion of the state designated as "The Birthplace of Rivers", and thus, a national monument. Our friends at Traveling 219 visit Moore's General Store in Hillsboro to take a look at the role of these nearly forgotten spots that became a hub not only for retail but also for community.

West Virginia Morning
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We take you through the process of signing up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid before Monday's deadline. We conclude our series on the Story of the Jews in West Virginia about the Ahavath Shalom congregation in Bluefield. Holly Williams performs "Drinkin'" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

West Virginia Morning
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Noble Energy donates $250,000 to the Appalachian Petroleum Training Center to help expand drilling industry programs at Pierpont in Fairmont and Northern Community Technical Colleges in Wheeling.
Eastern Panhandle audiences will have the opportunity to see a one-man play that focuses on issues surrounding problems with the health care system. Huntington Prep gets their first chance to play with for a national title finally having scored an affilliation with the WVSSAC.

West Virginia Morning
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West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism holds a panel discussing how local media covered the Elk River chemical spill and water crisis that affected 300,000 West Virginians. The Appalachian Studies Association prepares to kick off their annual conference at Marshall University. And owners of backyard ice rinks provide some context in studying climate change.

West Virginia Morning
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Child advocacy groups question Gov. Tomblin's budget prioroties. Our Story of the Jews radio series continues with Dr. Edith Levy, a survivor of the Holocaust who's lived in Morgantown since the 1950s, recalls her life and work in reminding people of the harsh realities of what happened.

West Virginia Morning
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Thursday night, Sylvia Mathews Burwell will receive the annual Spirit of the Mountains Award from the Youth Leadership Association at a reception to be held at the Governor's Mansion in Charleston. An interview with Rabbi Victor Urecki continues our series on the Jewish experience in West Virginia, as he tells the story of what brought him to Charleston and the B'Nai Jacob Synagogue 28 years ago. And our friends at Traveling 219 detail the Pickens Maple Syrup Festival in Randolph County.

West Virginia Morning
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Independent researchers involved in testing, odor analysis, and health effects studies on Crude MCHM answered questions Tuesday about their work and what that means going forward. The School Building Authority faces tough choices in doling out money for new schools, as counties have requested over $100 million in funds although the authority has only $45 million to give. A report on Beckley's Temple Beth El begins a five-part radio series on the Jewish experience in West Virginia.

West Virginia Morning
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Meet Wes Davis of Point Pleasant, West Virginia's first national officer of the Future Farmers of America in 40 years. Lily’s Place, a drug rehabilitation facility for new born babies in Huntington, is still trying to open its doors to babies in need in the region. West Virginia University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are getting ready for post-season play this week.

West Virginia Morning
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The West Virginia Legislature clears ten bills in a one-day special session after finishing budget negotiations on Friday. With a rich history in the state behind them, a group of students from north central West Virginia is hoping a rocket will also launch them to the very top. And, lastly, does the History Channel's Appalachian Outlaws accurately depict the practice of ginseng hunting in West Virginia?

West Virginia Morning
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One West Virginia University professor is hoping the conflict in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula is able to come to an end soon. Documentary photographer Roger May launches a project aimed at evaluating what Appalachia looks like 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched a 'War on Poverty.' Juice bars, which celebrate all things organic, are becoming more and more popular around the state.

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