Perhaps not surprisingly, West Virginia’s poet laureate, Marc Harshman, seems to thinks so.

He’s been collaborating with several organizations, including West Virginia Public Broadcasting, to conceive of new events that will bring more poetry to the daily lives of West Virginians.

A Glen Dale woman who admitted to taking money from a nonprofit will spend two years on probation.

Thirty-seven-year-old Richelle D. Blair was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling. She had pleaded guilty in June to theft from an organization receiving federal funds.

On West Virginia Morning, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District says progress is being made in fighting the war on drugs.  Also, in Wheeling, we meet a group of nuns who are traveling through various states on their way to see Pope Francis in Washington D. C.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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This week half a dozen Catholic nuns arrived on a bus in Wheeling. The women are part of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, which educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. The Catholic Sisters visited shelters, schools, food pantries, and citizens, in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and finally, West Virginia as they made their way to Washington DC. The tour is in response to Pope Francis’s call to transform politics and the economy.

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet the Vagabond Chef. Matt Welsh of Wheeling recently took a motorcycle trip through 39 counties to find the best cuisine.  And we’ll feature a performance by bluegrass group The 1937 Flood in tribute to radio host Joe Dobbs.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The city of Wheeling plans to boost its backup well water system's capacity by drilling two additional wells.

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Residents and businesses in Ohio County and Wheeling can resume normal water usage following the dissipation of algae in the Ohio River.

Authorities on Sunday lifted a water conservation order issued last week.

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The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the city of Wheeling are asking residents to use caution after blue-green algae was found in water samples taken from the Ohio River.


According to a health department news release, water testing on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Pike Island Lock and Dam on the Ohio River showed elevated levels of blue-green algae. The algae, at high concentrations, can cause health problems such as skin irritation, eye irritation or intestinal illnesses.

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WesBanco says fraudulent activity following a security breach at an ATM in Ohio appears to be isolated.

WesBanco says a device was used to capture data from transactions at an ATM at the Ohio Valley Plaza in St. Clairsville, Ohio, from July 25 through Aug. 3.

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A downtown Wheeling beautification effort aims to create a window to history in a space city leaders hope will be a vital part of the future.

The tall, wooden frames that recently appeared along the wall at the north end of the city-owned property represent the start of Reinvent Wheeling's latest project.

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  In a referendum on August 7, 1877, West Virginia voters chose Charleston to be the permanent state capital. The capital’s location had become a running joke, as government records had been moved from Wheeling to Charleston and then back to Wheeling again, all in 14 years. The capital was on the move so much on West Virginia riverboats, it earned the nickname of “the floating capital.”

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Police are cracking down on violators of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge's 2-ton weight limit.

Wheeling police Corp. Ulrich Utt says he has written 20 citations within 30 days.

July 28, 1860: Wheeling Suspension Bridge Reopens to Public

Jul 28, 2015
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The Wheeling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River reopened to the public on July 28, 1860. The bridge had originally opened to much fanfare in 1849. At the time, it was the longest clear span in the world and helped usher in an era of great American bridge building.

July 14, 1900: Gangster 'Big Bill' Lias Possibly Born in Wheeling

Jul 14, 2015
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  Gangster “Big Bill” Lias was born on July 14, 1900 in either Greece or Wheeling. The uncertainty over his birthplace would later derail the government’s efforts to deport him.

The Prohibition era in America began just before Lias turned 20. Seeing an opportunity, he quit his family’s grocery business in Wheeling to sell illegal booze. After Prohibition was repealed, Lias moved into illegal gambling. And in 1939, when the numbers racket was made a felony, he launched a string of casino-nightclubs in Wheeling. He also played a major hand in the city’s prostitution business and became influential in local politics. In 1945, Lias purchased Wheeling Downs racetrack. Three years later, the federal government charged him with income tax evasion and, in 1952, seized his racetrack and other assets.

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On West Virginia Morning, a report from Wheeling where a new generation is taking over rebuilding the city.  And, we’ll listen to the music of old time fiddler Elmer Rich who died on West Virginia Day. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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.

June 19, 1786: Indian Ambush Changes Lewis Wetzel's Life

Jun 19, 2015
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  On June 19, 1786, a tragic hunting trip changed pioneer Lewis Wetzel’s life forever. Wetzel, his father, and two brothers ventured out from their home near Wheeling and were ambushed by Indians. The attackers killed his father and one brother and badly wounded the other brother. The 23-year-old Lewis already held a deep hatred of Indians. But the death of his father and brother brought out a darker side. From this point on, he dedicated his life to hunting down and killing Indians.

A Glen Dale woman has pleaded guilty to taking money from a nonprofit organization.

Thirty-seven-year-old Richelle D. Blair faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. She pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling to theft from an organization receiving federal funds.

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the State Capital where the Joint Committee on Tax Reform held its fifth meeting, this one focusing on property taxes.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

The 3,000-pound drop forge (the biggest in the factory) in full downward plunge onto a piece of steal as it's pounded into a new reality.
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In an age of globalization and a shrinking manufacturing sector, two young men in Wheeling are hedging their bets and running with a business idea that first took off in 1854. Hand-forged tools actually took off much earlier, but Warwood Tool has been in the tool-forging business for over 160 years now: hammers, crow-bars, pick-axes, you name it.