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The Local Foods, Local Places partnership is a yearly federal award to communities around the country to help integrate local food strategies into economic development efforts. The award was given to six Appalachian communities in 2016, including one in West Virginia.

The initiative started in 2014 as part of the White House Rural Council’s work to support communities that want to make local foods a stronger part of the local economy. There are now 60 Local Foods, Local Places partnerships across the country. More than a third are in Appalachia, including four in West Virginia.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is set to speak at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Gingrich's speech about the 2016 presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday at the school's Troy Theater in Wheeling.

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The West Virginia Division of Highways has closed a bridge that connects Wheeling Island with Bridgeport, Ohio amid concerns over its deterioration.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports workers constructed a fence at the Aetnaville Bridge on Wednesday, preventing pedestrians and cyclists from entering. The bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic since 1988.

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On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton looks at childhood lead poisoning and state efforts to combat it. 

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

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On December 4, 1876, West Virginia’s third capitol building was dedicated in Wheeling. The stone building was four stories tall with two wings and topped by a cupola.

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The annual Winter Festival of Lights at Wheeling's Oglebay Park is set to get started.

The display kicks off Friday night and runs through Jan. 3. It can be viewed nightly until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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On West Virginia Morning, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor spoke to members of the Morgantown High School band.  The band has been chosen to represent the state at commemoration ceremonies in Hawaii next year.  And we’ll visit West Virginia first state capitol in Wheeling. 

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

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Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley plans a $1 million expansion of its long-term acute care facility in Wheeling.

The West Virginia Health Care Authority has issued a certificate of need for the project. The certificate allows Acuity to add 16 beds to its 13-bed facility within Wheeling Hospital.

A date for the expansion hasn't been set. Acuity director Joe Garcuccio told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the project is in the planning stage.

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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling about what’s called a “food justice immersion program” to show college students what it’s like to try to put food on the table in a food desert.  And from Pennsylvania, a report about how researchers are building a better honeybee.

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

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A federal grand jury has charged seven individuals suspected in a heroin-trafficking operation in eastern Ohio with one count each of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.

Federal authorities say a grand jury in Columbus recently indicted four suspects from Steubenville, one from Irving, Texas, and two from Weirton, West Virginia.

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The historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge is closed after being damaged in a traffic accident.

WTRF-TV reports that a pickup truck hit the bridge Tuesday night.

The state's Wednesday road and bridge closure report says the suspension bridge is shut down until further notice.

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.

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State, county and city officials, as well as community members and stakeholders gathered this week in Wheeling at the Wesbanco Arena, home Wheeling’s minor league ice hockey team, The Nailers. Officials met to see how renovations of the arena are coming along. So far: all new seats, new video screens, and new food vendors.


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Beginning next year, burglar alarm owners in Wheeling will face fines when their devices send police false alerts.

A new false alarm ordinance also requires residences and businesses with burglar alarms to register with the city.

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A New York man has been indicted in West Virginia in a credit card fraud case.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II says a federal grand jury in Wheeling on Tuesday indicted 23-year-old Charles Manu of The Bronx on one count of possession of an unauthorized access device.

Two former labor union officials have been indicted on embezzlement charges.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II says a federal grand jury in Wheeling returned indictments Tuesday against 54-year-old James Coffey Jr. of Bergholz, Ohio, and 55-year-old Jeffrey Beresford of Cameron, West Virginia.

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.


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