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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Wed June 25, 2014

State BOE Picks Interim Superintendent, Infusing Technology, Morgantown's Industrial Traffic & More

West Virginia Board of Education members unanimously approved a new schools chief who will take the post starting next week. A three-day conference hosted by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development aims to encourage educators to learn how to effectively teach in a digital age. There’s a growing number of people in Morgantown that want the city to do something about the industrial truck traffic moving through downtown.

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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.

West Virginia Morning
9:33 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Education Association Meets, Boys State Ponders What's Next, West Virginia? & Tandanus Tropicanus

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee will be one of the educators at a national meeting discussing education issues such as Common Core State Standards, and standardized testing. This year, Boys State focused on the nonpartisan, statewide initiative, What’s Next,West Virginia?  The young men at Boys State had a great deal to add to a conversation on positive change in West Virginia during a 45 minute discussion in Charleston. A West Virginia University researcher has made an important new discovery on the other side of the world. 

West Virginia Morning
8:14 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Marshall's Health Care Pipeline, Celebrating West Virginia Day & Lucius on Mountain Stage

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. 

West Virginia Morning
8:45 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Studying Juvenile Justice, Matewan Looks for Grant Funding & Morgantown Presents Children's Theatre

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.

Radio
10:35 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Mountain Stage Staff Music Picks: Lucius Plays "Turn it Around"

Mountain Stage Assistant Producer Vasilia Scouras Loves Lucius
Josh Saul

Earlier in the year, Mountain Stage staffers each picked a single performance to be featured as bonus content on the "best of" USB drives that are given away as pledge premiums. Associate Producer Vasilia Scouras chose "Turn it Around" by Lucius.

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West Virginia Morning
8:26 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Police Children's Unit Expansion Halted, Concerns Over Fayette Waste Disposal & More

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.  

West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Corrections Trying to Implement Inmate Programs, The Export-Import Bank & Acid Mine Drainage Pottery

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.

West Virginia Morning
8:43 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Registration Opens for Above Ground Storage Tanks, Retiring Superintendent Gives Final Report & More

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.

Mountain Stage Radio Preview
2:32 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Listen to Mountain Stage with Guest Host Tim O'Brien This Sunday

Special Guest Host TIm O'Brien on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

We hope you can tune in this Sunday at 2 pm to hear the first ever episode of Mountain Stage to feature a guest host - our oldest and dearest friend, Americana icon and West Virginia native Tim O'Brien. Rodney Crowell is there, along with The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Tattletale Saints, and another band with deep West Virginia Roots, The Sea The Sea.

Thanks for listening!

West Virginia Morning
9:38 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Outlines Success in Reducing Prison Populations, Wilderness Medicine, 'The Blob' & More

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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West Virginia Morning
9:16 am
Thu June 12, 2014

State BOE Buys New Land at High Dollar, Fighting for Black Lung Benefits & More on Grow Ohio Valley

 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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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:23 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Hear Rodney Crowell Perform "Moving Work of Art" From This Week's Mountain Stage

Rodney Crowell, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

One of roots music's most respected singer-songwriters, Rodney Crowell returns to this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage, with special guest host Tim O'Brien. Crowell closes his set with "Moving Work of Art," from his acclaimed 2008 album "Sex and Gasoline."

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West Virginia Morning
8:33 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Is a Fayette Co. Waste Pit Dangerous?, The Future of New Power Plants in W.Va. & More

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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West Virginia Morning
9:41 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Grow Ohio Valley Expands in Wheeling, Beckley LGBT Center Tackles Big Issues & More

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.

West Virginia Morning
9:40 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Harvard and Syracuse Map Air Benefits, WVU and Downstream Strategies Evaluate EPA Rules, & More

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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West Virginia Morning
9:44 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Worry Over EPA Rules, Danny Boyd's 'Carbon', Girl Scouts Talk Future & Keb' Mo' on Mountain Stage

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. 

West Virginia Morning
9:37 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Diversifying with Solar, Monongahela National Forest Gets Help to Combat Threats, & More

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.

Song of the Week
4:37 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Hear Keb' Mo' perform "The Worst is Yet to Come" Live on Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo' live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Singer-songwriter Kevin Moore first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the same time he adopted the stage name of "Keb' Mo.'" In the time since, Keb' Mo' has become one of America's most respected and beloved blues artists. Here he performs "The Worst is Yet to Come" from his brand new studio album Blues Americana.

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West Virginia Morning
9:50 am
Wed June 4, 2014

More Perpspective on the EPA's Proposed Rules & Kate Long Wants West Virginia to 'Try This'

    

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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