After Killing Education Omnibus Bill, House Passes Teacher Pay Raises

The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill calling for pay raises for teachers and state police. The increases would be the second in two years for public employees whose salaries are set in state code.

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Appalachian Writers Discuss Their Work: Inside Appalachia

People who write novels, short stories and newspaper articles each tell Appalachia’s story in their own way. This is an encore airing of an Inside Appalachia show that deals with a few of the writers who tell Appalachia’s story. We’ll hear from journalist Ken Ward. He’s been writing for the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia for 27 years covering environmental issues, coal mining and worker safety. He’s heard both praise and criticism for his coverage. "When somebody who’s...

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This week, we've seen a teacher and school workers strike, the death of a massive controversial education bill, and a campus-carry gun bill zoom through the House of Delegates. We bring you up-to-date on all these issues and more.

The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill calling for pay raises for teachers and state police. The increases would be the second in two years for public employees whose salaries are set in state code.

Jesse Wright, WVPB

People who write novels, short stories and newspaper articles each tell Appalachia’s story in their own way.

This is an encore airing of an Inside Appalachia show that deals with a few of the writers who tell Appalachia’s story. 

We’ll hear from journalist Ken Ward. He’s been writing for the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia for 27 years covering environmental issues, coal mining and worker safety. He’s heard both praise and criticism for his coverage.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

This morning we’ll hear about the controversial legislation that would allow students to carry guns on to college campuses. 


February 22, 1963: Athlete Ira "Rat" Rodgers Dies at 67

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Athlete Ira Rodgers
e-WV Encyclopedia

Ira Rodgers died on February 22, 1963, at age 67. "Rat," a nickname adapted from his middle name of Erret, was one of West Virginia University's greatest football players. The Bethany native was named to Walter Camp’s All-American team three times: in 1916, ‘17, and ‘19—the first of WVU's All-Americans. In 1919, Rodgers led the nation in scoring with 147 points—49 of them coming in one game. Sportswriter Grantland Rice wrote that “there was no greater all-around football player in the land.”

Kara Lofton/ West Virginia Public Broadcasting

According to a press release from the Appalachian Regional Commission, $22.8 million is being awarded to 33 projects in the Appalachian region.

The funding is part of the ARC’s POWER program, an initiative that awards federal funding for coal impacted communities to help them create jobs.

Jesse Wright / WVPB

About 100 West Virginia University faculty and students gathered outside of Woodburn Circle Thursday afternoon to voice their concerns about a so-called “campus carry” bill making its way through the West Virginia House of Delegates.

With SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – effectively dead, attention now turns to another bill that’s stirring up controversy at the statehouse and around West Virginia. HB 2519 – the Campus Self Defense Act – is on the fast track. The bill would allow people with concealed carry licenses to carry their  guns on college campuses.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Roxy Todd talks with Stephanie Tyree, director of the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

The Hub is a non-profit based in Charleston that's trying to strengthen economic development efforts across the state. Its approach is based on years of research into why, despite substantial investments and community efforts, West Virginia communities continue to struggle - and why the state continues to rank at the bottom of so many quality-of-life measurements.

W.Va. Tourism event at the West Virginia Capitol on Nov. 14, 2018 celebrating the launch of Fallout 76.
Daniel Walker / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Tourism Day was recognized by the West Virginia Legislature this week. In light of that, we bring you a report on a video game that tourism officials believe makes a positive impact in bringing visitors to West Virginia. By now, you may have heard of Fallout 76 - the latest in the popular line of Fallout video games. It was released last fall with much fanfare by Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Division of Tourism. West Virginia Public Broadcasting spoke with a local gamer, and we bring you this special look inside the video game.

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