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West Virginia’s first ever Craft Beer Week may not kick off until Saturday, but those interested in the state’s burgeoning industry already have a reason to celebrate. 

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West Virginia University has opened a Chinese language, cultural and business center known as a Confucius Institute.

WVU opened the institute on Wednesday within the College of Business and Economics in Morgantown.

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West Virginia University is teaming up once again with the University of Rome Tor Vergata for this year’s 2015 Solar Decathlon home-building competition.

The team is tasked with designing, building and operating an energy-efficient, solar-powered house. The winning entry must produce as much or more energy than it consumes, and must be attractive and environmentally friendly.

July 27, 1909: WVU Basketball Coach Dyke Raese Born in Tucker County

Jul 27, 2015
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Coach Dyke Raese was born in Tucker County on July 27, 1909. He played all sports at Davis High School, and later coached the school’s basketball team. Between 1938 and ’42, he coached West Virginia University’s basketball team to a 55-29 record.

July 21, 1924: Actor Don Knotts Born in Morgantown

Jul 21, 2015
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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.

After the war, Knotts returned to Morgantown and earned a drama degree from West Virginia University. He first came to national attention with a role on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow and then got his big break in the Broadway play No Time for Sergeants, stealing scenes opposite Andy Griffith. At the same time, Knotts was becoming a household name for his comedic turns on Steve Allen’s TV variety show.

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WVU Sophomore Kadeisha Buchanan was awarded the 2015 Hyundai Young Player Award at the Women's World Cup.

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West Virginia University will pay West Virginia Radio Corp. nearly $1 million for a partial reimbursement of attorney fees related to a recently settled media rights lawsuit.

The Dominion Post reports WVU officials released the settlement agreement in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the newspaper.

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On West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved tuition increases for in state and out of state students at three universities.  Also a report about the disappearance of Monarch butterflies.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved tuition and fee increases sought by West Virginia University, Potomac State College of WVU and West Virginia State University.

The commission voted on the increases at its regular meeting Monday.

In a news release, the commission said the board voted 5-2 to approve WVU's plan to increase in-state undergraduate tuition and fees by 9.7 percent for the 2015-2016 academic year. Out-of-state undergraduate costs will increase by 4.9 percent.

June 22, 1926: Earl Olgebay Dies at 77

Jun 22, 2015
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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.

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West Virginia University says its main campus in Morgantown and regional medical facilities had an economic impact totaling $3.6 billion in 2014.

The report issued Friday found that more than 26,000 workers are employed directly by the university or indirectly through spending in the local economy. That represents 22 percent of the region's workforce.

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NASA has awarded $100,000 to a team from West Virginia University for completing a robotics challenge.

  NASA says the objective of the challenge is to encourage innovations in autonomous navigation and robotics technologies. Teams were required to demonstrate their robots could locate and collect geologic samples from wide and varied terrains, operating without human control.

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The West Virginia University Board of Governors unanimously approved a one billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The new budget includes a tuition increase approved by the board last month. The proposed tuition increase of nearly 10% for in-state students still needs the final approval of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission before it can take effect.

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On West Virginia Morning, the president of the United Mine Workers union rallies members to fight the U.S. EPA that he says are causing thousands of job losses in the coalfields. And we’ll travel to Gilbert in Mingo County to find out how the community is overcoming challenges to access to health care.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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The Higher Education Policy Commission met at Shepherd University Friday to discuss tuition increases and a new reverse transfer policy.

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West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008.

The WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research released a report Thursday assessing coal production outlook over the next 20 years.

May 28, 1938: NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West Born in Cabin Creek

May 28, 2015
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  Basketball hall of famer Jerry West was born on Cabin Creek in Kanawha County on May 28, 1938. He led East Bank High School to a state basketball championship before going on to rewrite the record books at West Virginia University. As a sophomore, his Mountaineer team finished the regular season ranked first in the nation. In 1959, he took WVU to within two points of a national championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Tournament. After his senior season, he won a gold medal in basketball at the 1960 Olympics.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled documents by a former university researcher studying the effects of coal mining on public health don't have to be made public after a coal company sued to have them disclosed.

The Charleston Gazette reports Alpha Natural Resources sued to try forcing West Virginia University to release thousands of documents by former professor Michael Hendryx related to academic journal articles he published.

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For a second time, a West Virginia man is challenging the tobacco ban at state college campuses.

The Dominion Post reports that Dennis Cole filed a similar suit in 2013 and it was dismissed. His latest filing occurred this week in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

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The West Virginia Department of Education is partnering with West Virginia University and the National Institute for Early Education Research to conduct a long term study on early childhood education in the state.

The study will follow a group of three and four-year-olds beginning in West Virginia’s pre-K system this fall through the next five years of their education, tracking their achievement along the way.

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