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Natalie Tennant

It's been 25 years since West Virginia University named the first woman to be the Mountaineer mascot.  Natalie Tennant entered the political arena becoming the Secretary of State.  She's also run for governor and United States Senate.  It was her turn as the traditionally male mascot that may have given her the thick skin for politics.  Beth Vorhees reminisced with Tennant about her experience in our studio last week.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant about being the first woman to be the West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot 25 years ago.

October 26, 1934: Basketball Star Rod Hundley Born in Charleston

Oct 26, 2015
Hot Rod Hundley
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Basketball star Rod Hundley was born in Charleston on October 26, 1934. He was a sensation at Charleston High School, dazzling opponents with his tricks and talent. His flashy style is rarely seen today, outside of the Harlem Globetrotters. His repertoire included trick shots, a signature behind-the-back dribble, and spinning the ball on his finger—all during games. His flair on the court earned him the nickname the “clown prince of basketball.” But he’ll always be remembered as “Hot Rod.”

October 19, 1949: Writer Richard Currey Born in Parkersburg

Oct 19, 2015
Crossing Over: The Vietnam Stories by Richard Currey
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Writer Richard Currey was born in Parkersburg on October 19, 1949. He served as navy medical corpsman from 1968 to 1972 and also studied at West Virginia University and Howard University.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on the phone calls former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship recorded himself that were played at his trial late last week.  The proceedings continue today.   Also researchers are looking for clues about the state’s climate history.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Volkswagen Diesel Engine
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During a congressional hearing on Volkswagen's emissions rigging today a Virginia congressman said he thinks neighboring West Virginia University should benefit from its discovery of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal.

Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith said the university should receive part of any settlement or fine imposed on VW by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship where opening arguments were presented yesterday.  Also sensors have been placed in water bottles that are floating in the Monongahela River in Morgantown to test water quality.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Radio personality Al Sahley
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October 8, 1921, marked the first ever live radio broadcast of a football game. The contest pitted West Virginia University against the University of Pittsburgh at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. It was aired on KDKA, the nation’s first radio station. In this 17th meeting of the Backyard Brawl, WVU lost, 21 to 13. It was during a rough stretch for the Mountaineers, who had lost 10 of their last 11 to Pitt, with one tie. WVU turned the tide with wins the next two seasons but once again hit on hard times. Between 1904 and 1951, WVU won only four times against Pitt, while losing 29 and tying once. The rivalry didn’t become really competitive until the 1950s.

Stream Lab
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West Virginia is no stranger to issues surrounding water quality. In recent years, reports on the effects of acid mine drainage and the questioned safety of fracking waste have made headlines. 


West Virginia University's Beckley campus is the new home of former U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall's papers.

Rahall donated 2,000 boxes of testimony, speeches, news releases and other documents to WVU. The documents will be curated and maintained on the WVU Beckley campus.

The university says in a news release that more than 150 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday celebrating Rahall's donation.

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West Virginia University will research new ideas and technologies to improve the safety of pipelines used to transport energy resources.

The research will be supported by a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's pipeline and hazardous materials safety administration.

You may have heard about the scandal involving Volkswagen cheating on emissions standards. But did you know that WVU researchers helped catch VW in the act?

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There has been a surge in the practice of using music as a medical treatment during the past 10 years. In fact, Pennsylvania has the highest number of music therapists in the country, at around 400. But there are only eight in West Virginia. A new program at West Virginia University is trying to change that.

On West Virginia Morning, the state Board of Education is moving forward with a controversial plan to close and consolidate some schools in Fayette County.  Also, there’s a new program being considered at West Virginia University to teach music therapy as a part of medical treatment.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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At 3:18 a.m. on July 23, a fire started in the historic commercial district in downtown Harpers Ferry, devastating four buildings containing nine businesses.

WVU Tech in Montgomery, West Virginia
WVU Tech

West Virginia University's Board of Governors is giving the green light to move the WVU Institute of Technology campus from Montgomery to Beckley.

The university's news office says the board voted Tuesday to authorize the move. It said the decision received no dissenting votes.

August 31, 1957: Historian Charles Ambler Dies at 81

Aug 31, 2015
Charles Ambler
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Historian Charles Ambler died on August 31, 1957, at age 81. He was one of the most influential historians in West Virginia history.

The Ohio native grew up in St. Marys, West Virginia, and then taught in Pleasants County schools and served as the county sheriff. After earning degrees from West Virginia University and the University of Wisconsin, Ambler taught at Randolph-Macon College before returning to WVU in 1917, where he taught history for the next 30 years and served as chairman of the History Department. Among his enduring legacies was the creation of the West Virginia and Regional History Collection in the university library.

WVU Celebrates Opening of Art Museum

Aug 26, 2015
WVU Today

After waiting for over six years, Morgantown art lovers flooded the halls of the WVU Art Museum Tuesday to see the university’s diverse collection of modernist and contemporary art.

Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University
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A judge has recused himself from a hazing case stemming from a West Virginia University student's death.

The Dominion Post reports that Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Philip Gaujot said he was member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity when he was a college student.


A federal grant will enable West Virginia University to continue to offer advanced training to physicians and engineering students.