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Imagine you’ve just spent the better part of 24 hours working your way through a canal so tight that your skull had to unhinge to allow you through. Now imagine before your eyes can adjust, the first thing you experience once you’re through is a slap and a mugging. You’d cry too, right? Well new practices are taking the newborn’s point of view more carefully into consideration and it’s changing the culture of delivery rooms, and perhaps the state as well.

Govrnor Earl Ray Tomblin sitting in front of a blue background at a table with small, international flags in front of him.
Ashton Marra

Governor Tomblin announced a trip later this month touring 5 European countries to lobby business leaders for investment in West Virginia industries.

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden walking out of the U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston.
Ashton Marra

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge stemming from a federal investigation into corruption in the county. Baisden agreed to a plea bargain from federal prosecutors and will await his sentencing in January.

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard
Dave Mistich

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard said of the more than 2,300 full time guardsmen and women that would have gone back to work Tuesday, 1,150 of them were sent home because of the shutdown of the federal government.

Hoyer said jobs affected by the shutdown include everything from mechanics to pilots. He expressed frustrations over not being able to protect the pay of the men and women who he said are responsible for protecting the nation and state.

The fourth series of Inspiring West Virginians  features one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, John Forbes Nash, Jr, a 1994 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. Nash grew up in Bluefield, West Virginia, and the town still holds an importance for him. Now 84, John Nash is currently a Senior Research Mathematician at Princeton University in New Jersey. 

 

Clark Davis

The fight for same-sex marriage has come to West Virginia with a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Huntington. Currently the state defines marriage as between a man and a woman.  

Three same-sex couples filed suit yesterday morning in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The lawsuit seeks the freedom to marry for three couples all from the surrounding Huntington area. One of those couples is Justin Murdock and William Glavaris. Murdock said they are glad to see things start to happen.

Here's a sneak peek of Peg + Cat

Oct 1, 2013

Peg + Cat = Hilarious Adventure! This new preschool series follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures, solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills.

This video is from the first episode where Peg and Cat have to find all the chickens and get them back in their coop.

Charleston CVB opens opens new visitor center
Dave Mistich

The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday a  new visitor center at the Capitol Market.

Charleston CVB President and CEO Alisa Bailey pointed to Huntington’s visitor center at Heritage Station as the model for the decision to move to the Capitol Market. She said putting a visitors bureau in a building with other businesses was the right thing to do.

On this WV Morning, welcome to the new Affordable Care reality--Ashton Marra and Beth Vorhees describe what consumers can expect and why. Also, WVU explores new technology for making broadband internet more accessible.

Eastern Area Observed Fire Danger Map
Wildland Fire Assessment System

The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state's fall forest fire season starts Oct. 1, 2013 and runs through Dec. 31, 2013. During these three months, daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.    

State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile.    

Rendering of replacement of Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Department of Transportation

Construction continues  to replace the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge, which spans the Kanawha River between Nitro and St. Albans.

Officials with the Department of Transportation said the state looked at options for bridge repairs over the years and eventually lowered the weight limit to less than 10 tons. Over time, rust and deterioration became too much.  

West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources has been working for months to organize their federal-state partnered health insurance exchange beginning enrollment on October 1.

Likened to the travel website Expedia, the exchange will allow consumers to go online, compare plans from private insurance providers and choose the one that’s best for them, but the site will also determine your eligibility for coverage on state programs like Medicaid.

On this WV Morning, Glynis Board talks about the lessons we're learning in delivery rooms from kangaroos. Also, the 14th annual WV Filmmakers Festival kicks off this coming Friday at the Elk Theater in Sutton in Braxton County.

As the benefits for retirees remain in limbo, a federal court dismissed an attempt by the union to secure health coverage.  Federal Judge Joseph R. Goodwin has dismissed a case meant to force two coal companies to pay for retiree health care benefits. Peabody Energy and Arch Coal created Patriot Coal, which filed for Chapter 11 last year.

The United Mine Workers of America says it will take an act of Congress and Peabody and Arch providing significant resources in order to secure long term funding for miner benefits.

fishing
Ben Adducchio

Next weekend, a bass fishing tournament is coming to north central West Virginia. Due to lock opening changes, organizers are concerned this might be the last one in the area.

With cutbacks at the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Corps decided to close down two locks near Morgantown.

Those locks will be open for a special bass fishing tournament next weekend.

The Law Works - Sexual Harassment

Sep 27, 2013

Have you ever been sexually harassed? Are you sure? How would you know? To the target of the harassment the answer to those questions is often very clear. The harasser may be clueless. My guest is Attorney C. David Morrison and we'll talk about Sexual Harassment on this episode of The Law Works. 

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WV Blue Book now available online

Sep 27, 2013
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Senate President Jeff Kessler announced today that the West Virginia Blue Book, now in its 92nd printing, is available for the first time on the West Virginia Legislature’s website.

First published in 1916, the Blue Book is a comprehensive reference guide on current officials in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government; federal officers; and, political leaders.

Celebrating Irene McKinney, Sept. 15, 2013

Sep 27, 2013
Poet Irene McKinney
West Virginia and Regional History Collection, WVU Libraries

Irene McKinney was West Virginia's Poet Laureate until her death in 2012. 

Festival for WV filmmakers and film lovers

Sep 27, 2013
Beth Vorhees

The 14th annual WV Filmmakers Festival kicks off this coming Friday at the Elk Theater in Sutton in Braxton County. Dozens of films from around the globe will be screened over 3 days including a dozen or so from West Virginia's filmmakers many of whom will be in attendance.

Josh Hall
Ben Adducchio

The Economic Freedom of the World report ranks the world's economies, listing how each provides freedom of choice to its citizens.

Where's the best place to see fall foliage in WV?

Sep 27, 2013
Fall foliage at Forest Lake, WV
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West Virginia Division of Forestry officials are paying close attention to the changing leaves so they can provide the public with the most colorful routes to see fall foliage at its peak. State Foresters will compile reports weekly throughout October, and the information, including route numbers and specific points of interest, will be released to the public each Thursday afternoon. The reports can be viewed on the DOF’s website, www.wvforestry.com, the agency’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org.

The body has a remarkable way of healing itself, but sometiime the process doesn't go as nature intended. Learn about wound care and how medical treatment can help wounds to heal.

A mine in McDowell County is among several operations cited during impact inspections for safety violations last month. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration announced the results Thursday.  

An impact inspection conducted at a JJ & E Coal Corporation’s mine in McDowell County resulted in: eight unwarrantable failure orders, one task training order, one imminent danger order and 36 citations.

Inspiring West Virginian, bio-engineer Linda Powers
Jean Snedegar

Bio-safety-level-2 laboratories in the Bio5 Building at the University of Arizona Medical School is where Linda Powers has designed and built several impressive and important scientific instruments.

“Here we handle microbes that can make you sick, but generally not kill you,” said Powers on a recent tour.

But the 64-year-old Beckley native, now the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Professor of Bio-Engineering at the University of Arizona, does handle microbes that can kill you.

  Civil Rights Activist Joan C. Browning visited Marshall this week as part of constitution week. The Freedom Rider told her story on the 50th anniversary of the rides.

Joan C. Browning was a Freedom Rider. The Riders were a group of men and women who boarded buses and trains headed for the Deep South in 1961 to test the 1960 Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in interstate public facilities. What makes Browning’s perspective different though is that she’s Caucasian.

The West Virginia Library Commission is hoping folks across the state will read Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker’s book Affrilachia.  The book is this year’s choice for the One Book, One West Virginia program.

During an appearance at the Martinsburg Berkeley County Public Library Wednesday morning Walker read Clifton 1, the first poem in the book. It tells the story of Walker and his father visiting Clifton, Ky., where his father grew up.

Frank De Vol Made Music That We All Know

Sep 26, 2013

On this day in 1969, The Brady Bunch premiered. Millions of American's soon knew by heart the work of Moundsville's Frank De Vol. De Vol wrote the theme song to the Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, Family Affair and Gidget. The Marshall County native also composed music for major Hollywood films like The Dirty Dozen and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner – for which he received one of his four Academy Award nominations. Here's a look at Frank De Vol's life from his induction into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

Linda Powers
Jean Snedegar

On this West Virginia Morning, medical marijuana is the topic of discussion during legislative interims, Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker and the final preview of this season's 'Inspiring West Virginians.'

A mine safety law that’s been on the books since 1977 was intended to give miners the ability to report problems without retribution. This is a law that’s rarely been used and often when it has  managers and not working miners serve as the representatives.

WV state seal turns 150

Sep 26, 2013
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The official state seal is 150 years old today.

On September 26, 1863 lawmakers in the newly formed State of West Virginia adopted the State Seal designed by Joseph Hubert Diss Debar of Doddridge County.

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