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Get ready, Charleston! Jim Lange, Matt Jackfert, Bill Lynch and Joni Deutsch are coming to town (well, to Live on the Levee, at least).

East End Energy Efficiency Contest Names Winners

Jul 30, 2015
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Residents on Nancy and Lewis Streets in Charleston are the big winners of a contest that pitted block against block on Charleston's East End.  The prize was a more energy efficient home. 

The contest is called E4 - Energy efficiency in the east end, a Charleston neighborhood with older homes and apartment buildings.

For two years, homeowners signed up to have their homes undergo an energy audit and make improvements to use less power.  Emmett Pepper, the Executive Director of Energy Efficient West Virginia says the competition was a great success.

July 29, 1918: Novelist Mary Lee Settle Born in Charleston

Jul 29, 2015

Novelist Mary Lee Settle was born in Charleston on July 29, 1918. During World War II, she served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She later wrote movingly about this time in her book All the Brave Promises. After the war, Settle worked as an editor and taught fiction writing at Bard College and at the University of Virginia. Even though Settle spent most of her adult life outside West Virginia, her work often drew inspiration from her family’s deep roots in the Mountain State, including ancestors who’d settled in eastern Kanawha County in the 1840s.

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Charleston is considering ending a rule that allows residents to use recycling bins instead of clear plastic bags the city provides.

The Charleston Gazette reports bins were allowed last year. Residents have not had to separate their recyclable items since June 2014.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Governor Tomblin about hosting the National Governors Association summer meeting at the Greenbrier.  The conference opens today.  And Roxy Todd tells us the story of Rabbit Jones, and the nightclub scene in segregated Charleston.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Work is scheduled to begin Monday on removing part of a manmade hillside at Yeager Airport that collapsed earlier this year.

Live on the Levee

Get ready, Charleston! Jim Lange, Bill Lynch and Joni Deutsch are coming to town (well, to Live on the Levee, at least).

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A water company had to delay repairs to a water main and retracted a statement for Charleston residents to limit water use.

The Charleston Gazette reports West Virginia American Water sent a request Wednesday morning to its customers to restrict water usage while the company made repairs to a 36-inch water main. A sinkhole appeared in the area May 18.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Charleston is hanging on as the only city in West Virginia with a population over 50,000, while Morgantown is now the state's third-largest city.

Census estimates released Thursday show Charleston had 50,404 residents in 2014. That's down about 1,000 from the 2010 Census.

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Lawmakers met at the Capitol in Charleston Monday to show support for US Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s proposed legislation that will roll back the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan in West Virginia.

Senator Capito’s proposed legislation is called ARENA, or the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act. Co-sponsored by US Senator Joe Manchin, the bill would provide a way for a state’s governor to opt out of a state or federal plan that could negatively impact economic growth or electricity ratepayers.

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A 27-year-old Charleston man has been charged with first-degree murder in the heroin overdose death of a 43-year-old woman.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Steven Craig Coleman was charged over the weekend after Charleston police received the final state medical examiner's report on the Feb. 14 death of Melody Ann Oxley.

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  A judge has rejected a $6.7 million bankruptcy plan by the company behind a January 2014 chemical spill.

In a Charleston federal bankruptcy court filing Wednesday, Judge Ronald Pearson said Freedom Industries and state environmental regulators haven't agreed on cleanup terms at the Charleston spill site. Pearson ordered Freedom to comply with state cleanup orders.

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West Virginia State Police say one of its vehicles along with two guns and an officer's badge were stolen during a traffic stop.

State Police issued an advisory Tuesday saying the blue-and-gold marked 2014 Ford Explorer was taken about 9 a.m. on U.S. 522 in Berkeley Springs.

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A report says infractions found at a pain clinic closed by the state included unsecured guns and medication errors.

The Charleston Gazette obtained the state inspection report through a Freedom of Information Act request. The newspaper says the report shows that Hope Clinic's Charleston facility employed former police officers who routinely carried concealed weapons.

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State police may soon crack down on reckless drivers going past Charleston work zones.

Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker tells the Charleston Daily Mail that reckless driving and excessive speeding through interstates have become a growing problem. Although no timetable exists yet for the increased enforcement, Walker says State Police will be addressing the issue soon.

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Acoustic folk duo The Sea The Sea are coming back to the Mountain State this month to play a couple shows. If the name sounds familiar, it's probably because they've played a couple times on NPR's Mountain Stage, or because one of the band members is a Charleston native or because they just play great music. 

Decades before same-sex marriage became legal, the Reverand Jim Lewis of Charleston, West Virginia, sparked outrage by blessing the unions of gay men and lesbians. 

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting, this is "Us & Them" the podcast where we tell stories from America's cultural divides.

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Over 300 teens will be at the Capitol this weekend for a mock legislative session. Teenagers from all over the state who are part of the Youth Leadership Association: Youth in Government will travel to Charleston to hold a student led, mock legislative session for three days.

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Broadcaster Harry Brawley died on March 25, 1992, at age 82. The Charleston native was a polio survivor. He eventually learned to walk but struggled with it his entire life. After earning two degrees from West Virginia University, Brawley became a teacher. At Charleston High School, he had the novel idea of incorporating the radio into the classroom. In 1945, he became the director of public affairs for Charleston’s WCHS radio station and won an award for his “School of the Air,” a pioneering program for high schoolers.

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Appalachia is no stranger to industrial or environmental disasters that affect our water. Because of crumbling water infrastructure in many coalfield communities, folks often turn to bottled water for regular use.

But not all bottled water is equal. At least that’s according to judges at the 25th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting & Competition, which took place February 19-22. The competition judges the taste of bottled water, purified water, and municipal city waters from across the world were judged.

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Racism and homophobia, love and tolerance--none of these are new to Appalachia. Today, we explore the stories of Appalachians who are moved to spread love, not hate.

In West Virginia, a racist hate crime shakes a community to spread a message of tolerance.

And a Kentucky songwriter’s high lonesome tune is inspired by a gay coal miner’s true story.

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  A homeless man who says a Charleston policeman tossed his backpack off a bridge has agreed to a settlement in exchange for agreeing not to sue the city.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Andrew Joel Hunt settled for $1,500, according to an agreement. The newspaper said the backpack tossed into the Elk River contained a laptop and photographs of his late wife.

Patrolman Brian Lightner had been on paid leave since Sept. 9 following the August incident involving Hunt.

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It was some ten days before all of the families affected by the tap water ban following Charleston’s chemical spill were able to return to life as usual within their homes. And many did just that, once again drinking, cooking and bathing with water straight from the tap. The same, however, can’t be said for every family in the valley including Lida Shepherd, who says she still won’t drink the water.

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Would you like to see the entire first episode of Masterpiece's Downton Abbey, Season 5 in a theater (and before all the spoilers start coming in?) Call your friends and make a date to join us for these special premiere events  in Beckley (December 7), Charleston (December 9), and Morgantown (December 14)!

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A new bus service between Charleston and Morgantown is becoming a popular choice for travelers.

Cindy Fish with the state Division of Transit says ridership on the I-Ride 79 bus service is growing daily. In October, 763 passengers, or about 25 per day, rode the buses.

Fish tells The State Journal that the bus service is seeing a lot of repeat business.

The Division of Public Transit launched the I-Ride 79 service on July 1. The service includes stops in Clendenin, Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg and Fairmont.

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On West Virginia Morning, Barbara Hicks Lacy remembers what it was like growing up in segregated Charleston.  And Glynis Board reports on the Division of Natural Resources' efforts to wipe out invasive species in the state.

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In Charleston, those who grew up during segregation remember a tight knit community in the downtown neighborhood known as The Block. During the 30's and 40's Barbara Hicks Lacy grew up in this neighborhood, and she's one of the remaining residents who vividly recalls The Block, which today has all but disappeared. The West Virginia Center for African-American Culture and Arts recently invited her to share her story at the West Virginia State Archives.

When she was a kid, Lacy's best friend, named Baby Sue, was white, and so they weren't allowed to attend the same school.

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  PEOPLExpress is planning to offer low-fare flights from Charleston's Yeager Airport to Orlando starting next month.

Officials on Wednesday announced the new flights that will begin on Oct. 16.

Service between Charleston and Orlando will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with Boeing 737 aircraft. Introductory fares start at $49 each way.

Officials say Charleston is the first destination to be added outside the PEOPLExpress base at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia.

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Roxy Todd takes a tour of Charleston’s West Side Flats to see the area’s community improvement efforts.  And such efforts are the focus in Fairmont as well where native Kate Greene has returned from Montana to lead business building on Main Street. Also State Impact Pennsylvania reports on the noise from natural gas compressor stations.

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Dog Bless

Summertime is always the high season at animal shelters, and many homeless pets end up being put to sleep. The Kanawha Charleston Humane Association is trying to buck this trend. In the last 5 years the shelter has cut the number of animals it’s euthanized by almost 95%.

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