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On July 21, 1924, actor Don Knotts was born in Morgantown, where his mother ran a boarding house. During World War II, he honed his comedic skills entertaining troops in the Army.

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The state Legislature just cut $16 million from higher education, starting this month. Meanwhile, WVU announced a 5 percent tuition increase.

What’s that mean for students and the state as a whole? We have WVU Vice President for Legal, Government and Entrepreneurial Engagement Rob Alsop on The Front Porch podcast.

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West Virginia University says two men have been recently appointed to its board of governors.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Wednesday that a university news release says West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Elmer F. Coppoolse and Tim Bailey to the board. WVU president Gordon Gee says both will be key leaders, continuing their predecessors' momentum.

WVU to Increase Tuition 5 Percent after $9M Cut

Jun 29, 2017
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West Virginia University is joining other colleges and universities in the state that are raising tuition to deal with state budget cuts.

WVU’s Board of Governors voted Thursday to increase tuition for both in- and out-of-state students by about 5 percent in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

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Short term coal production in West Virginia is likely to increase, according to a report released by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Those short term gains won't off set overall production declines in the industry.

The annual report published by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research is titled "Coal Production in West Virginia." It sets out both long term and short term outlooks in the industry.

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A team from West Virginia University won first place in the rocket-launching competition in New Mexico.

The university's Experimental Rocketry team captured first place in the 10,000-foot launch category at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.

June 22, 1926: Earl Olgebay Dies at 77

Jun 22, 2017
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Earl Oglebay died on June 22, 1926, at age 77. The son of a wealthy Wheeling businessman, he became head of his father’s bank at age 28, making him the nation’s youngest bank president. In the late 1800s, Oglebay partnered with John D. Rockefeller in a Cleveland iron business. He amassed a small fortune in 1901, when he sold his iron interests to U.S. Steel.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
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West Virginia University and the state Department of Health and Human Resources have provided park rangers at New River Gorge National River with overdose rescue kits.

The university says in the last decade, there have been five overdoses at the park, none of them fatal. More than a million people visit annually.

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West Virginia University is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, and events are planned this month to mark the occasion.

The university says WVU Libraries and the West Virginia & Regional History Center will help celebrate as part of this year's West Virginia Day program on June 20.

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West Virginia University economists say their business index shows improvement in the state's economy for the past nine months.

Their Mountain State Business Index, after recording a slight monthly increase in May, was 1.6 percent higher than the same month last year.

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West Virginia has earned its first trip to the NCAA baseball tournament since 1996.

The Mountaineers (34-24) are seeded second in the regional in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and will play third-seeded Maryland (37-21) on Friday. The tournament field was announced Monday.

West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle, center, is defended by St. John's Phil Missere, right, and Cedric Jackson, left, in the second half of their Big East Conference college basketball game in New York, Sunday, January 29, 2006.
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Former basketball standout Kevin Pittsnogle is among eight people selected for induction into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.

WVU athletic director Shane Lyons announced the class of 2017 on Sunday, May 28.

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West Virginia University's Board of Governors has delayed action on a likely tuition increase while the state budget remains unresolved.

WVU says a board meeting Friday that was called to set tuition and fees lasted only a few minutes.

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Athlete Rod Thorn was born in Princeton on May 23, 1941. He was Princeton High School’s best basketball and baseball player and was heavily recruited by colleges. The straight-A student was leaning toward Duke University when the West Virginia Legislature passed an unprecedented resolution declaring him a state natural resource.

Thorn ultimately picked West Virginia University, where he wore number 44, the same as Jerry West, who’d just preceded him in Morgantown. During his senior year, the six-foot-four guard was named an All-American.

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The federal government has awarded more than $400,000 to West Virginia University to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the $402,890 award in a news release this month.

Manchin said the university, through its Extension Services program, invests in rural communities across the state, creating a great benefit for West Virginia.

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West Virginia University researchers have patented technology for reinforcing the T-shaped joints of concrete beams in buildings to make them better able to endure shocks without breaking.

Doctoral engineering student Praveen Majjigapu and his adviser, Professor Hota GangaRao, are co-inventors and share the two patents.

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West Virginia University wants to increase its enrollment of international students.

The Dominion Post reports the university recently released a bid request as it seeks companies to help with an overseas marketing effort. Companies have until May 19 to submit bids.

You might not expect a veteran to be less-than-honorably discharged due to mental trauma...but that’s the issue many veterans are facing today. One student at West Virginia University is going around the state with lawyers to help veterans get access to benefits.

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West Virginia University says a mobile mammography center will visit Berkeley and Morgan counties this month.

The vehicle, known as Bonnie's Bus, offers digital mammograms and breast care education for women. It's provided by WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute.

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West Virginia University faculty and student volunteers held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Falling Run Greenspace.

The Falling Run Trail opened Sunday with 16 biking and hiking paths connecting the downtown campus to West Virginia University's Organic Research Farm. Volunteers have been working on the trail since August.

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