W.Va. Teachers Hold Vigil as Lawmakers Debate Education Bill

Feb 14, 2019
Teachers and supporters gather on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday, Feb.13, 2019, to oppose the education omnibus bill.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia teachers and school administrators who are opposed to an education bill held a candlelight vigil outside the state Capitol on Wednesday night while the House of Delegates met in a marathon debate.

The House had more than 30 amendments to the complex bill on its agenda.

Larry Groce and Bob Thompson in the StoryCorps booth talking about Bob's move to the Mountain State.

West Virginia Music Hall-of-Famer Bob Thompson moved to West Virginia from New York City almost 60 years ago. He came to the Mountain State to attend college at what is now West Virginia State University. He met adversity, fell in love, grew with his music and learned about the people of West Virginia.

February 14, 1968: Governor Barron and Others Indicted

Feb 14, 2019
The former first lady was included because she allegedly handed a paper bag containing $25,000 to the jury foreman’s wife
e-WV / WV Humanities Council

On February 14, 1968, former Governor Wally Barron and five others were indicted by a federal grand jury on bribery and conspiracy charges.

The indictments alleged that members of the Barron Administration, including the governor himself, had set up “dummy corporations” and received kickbacks from people doing business with the state. Five state vendors testified they’d made payments to the dummy firms. After 18 hours of deliberation, the jury found everyone but Barron guilty.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia has a small but active hip-hop community around the state. 

The YWCA in Wheeling recently held the event “Hip Hop: a Black Tie Affair” to encourage the art form and help bring more legitimacy to the community. Corey Knollinger has more.

Brian Blauser/ Mountain Stage

This week's Song of the Week is from Kenny White, a highly regarded session musician, producer, songwriter and pianist.

Rebecca Kiger

In addition to musical artists, a recent Wheeling event — Hip Hop: A Black Tie Affair — featured visual artists such as photographer Rebecca Kiger. Kiger photographed members of the hip hop community including the artist Joshua Lamar Pethtel — also known as Poetic Peth.  Kiger and Pethtel sat down to talk about creating art in the Ohio Valley, and how a photographer and a rap artist collaborate.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Updated Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 at 4:00 a.m.


The West Virginia House of Delegates finished their opportunity to tailor a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill after more than 10 hours of debate Wednesday. With Senate Bill 451 on the floor amendment stage, delegates voted on 31 amendments to a strike-and-insert version of the measure -- adopting 10 and rejecting 21.

The House of Delegates considered amendments to SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – all day, and they’ve continued their work into the evening. We break down the day’s proceedings, and we have a discussion with the Senate Health Committee over several healthcare bills that are moving through the legislative process.

Allen Loughry
Steve Helber / AP Photo

A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice at the center of an impeachment scandal has been sentenced to two years behind bars.

A federal judge in Charleston, West Virginia, sentenced Allen Loughry on Wednesday. He was also ordered to pay $12,000 in fines, restitution and court costs.

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Natural gas driller EQT Corporation has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by thousands of West Virginia gas owners.


In the preliminary settlement agreement approved today, the company said it will pay $53.5 million for failing to make proper gas royalty payments between 2009 and 2017.