Support, Opposition Voiced as W.Va. Racing Industry Declines


On this West Virginia Monring, the dog and horse racing industries have played a major role in West Virginia’s economy since the mid-1930s. But in recent years, whether these industries fit into the state’s economic future is something that’s been debated at the statehouse. As Liz McCormick reports, those who support the racing industry are fighting to see it survive, while others say it doesn’t bring in the revenue it once did.

Also on today’s show, union workers from around the Ohio Valley are urging Congress to shore up shaky multi-employer pension plans that support hundreds of thousands of retirees. Lawmakers explored the issue at a recent field hearing in Ohio. As Becca Schimmel reports Senators warned of dire effects on the economy if major pension plans fail.

And we hear about an app developed at Marshall University that’s getting some national attention. You know those historic metal plaques that sit along West Virginia roadways and describe historic events or the stories behind towns and communities?

Imagine that same idea, but in a digital version. A history professor at Marshall University, with the help of a Huntington software company, created a mobile app and website, called Clio to provide a guide to historic sites and stories throughout the Mountain State and the U.S. As Molly Born reports, Clio was recently honored by the National Humanities Alliance in Washington D.C.

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