One Light, One Heavy: W.Va.'s Only WWI Flying Ace And Decades Of Contamination In The Kanawha Valley


On this West Virginia Morning, we learn about West Virginia’s only World War I flying ace. Also, in this show, we learn about an unregulated landfill near South Charleston, Kanawha County and we bring this you week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

It came to our attention at West Virginia Public Broadcasting that there’s an undocumented and thus unregulated landfill in the Kanawha Valley. Our energy and environment reporter Brittany Patterson has been looking into it. She joins West Virginia Morning host Glynis Board to discuss her findings.

This weekend on Inside Appalachia, we explore some of the unique stories that make up the Mountain State’s history of aviation – including the story of Louis Bennett – West Virginia’s only WWI flying ace. To learn more, we caught up with his great nephew who happens to be US Congressman David McKinley.

Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member and twice-Grammy nominated artist Beth Nielsen Chapman performs on this week’s encore episode of Mountain Stage with guest host Kathy Mattea. Chapman brings us our Mountain Stage Song of the Week, “How We Love.”

West Virginia Morning is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting which is solely responsible for its content.

Support for our news bureaus comes from West Virginia University, Concord University, and Shepherd University.

Our Appalachia Health News project is made possible with support from CAMC and Marshall Health.

West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Glynis Board, Caitlin Tan, Jessica Lilly, Kara Lofton, Liz McCormick, Dave Mistich, Brittany Patterson, Eric Douglas, Corey Knollinger, Emily Allen, and Roxy Todd.

Andrea Billups is our news director. Glynis Board produced and hosted this show.

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