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Twelve Senators are reaching across the aisle on a deal to end the government shutdown and increase the federal debt limit before Thursday, the day the country would likely default on its debts if Congress doesn’t act. One of the 12, Senator Joe Manchin said default is not an option.

Little Blue Run Coal Ash Impoundment
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More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy over groundwater pollution, soggy yards, and foundation damage they say was caused by a leaking coal ash impoundment.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Wheeling accuses the Ohio-based power company of negligence, reckless conduct, trespassing and creating a nuisance.

It says arsenic and other substances have leached out of the unlined, 1,700-acre Little Blue Run impoundment into groundwater, and the air has been fouled by the noxious odors of hydrogen sulfide gas.

by Rob Elliott / Arizona Raft Adventures

Kathy Zerkle is a river ranger for the National Park Service who works in Fayette County in New River Park, and, you guessed it, she’s out of work these days. Furloughed. And while she’s concerned about what that means for the safety and well-being of the New River Park and the public that visit, and her personal future financially, she’s also concerned about how the government shutdown impacts the Grand Canyon—or at least her ability to experience it.

West Virginia Morning - October 14, 2013

Oct 14, 2013

On this WV Morning, Ben Adducchio talks about the importance of science with David Pogue, a columnist for the New York Times who also works as the host of the PBS program Nova Science Now. Also, Grand Canyon woes and how the National Park Service is effected by the federal shutdown. Plus, take a ride on the railroad in a Traveling 219 special about a tourist train run by the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad.

Train-Truck collision fatality ID'd

Oct 12, 2013
Geoff Hamill / Pocahontas Times

Authorities have identified the driver who died after his logging truck collided with a passenger train at a crossing in West Virginia.

Update: October 14, 2013:

Geoff Hamill / Pocahontas Times

Update: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9:12 p.m.

Tracy Fath, Director of Marketing and Communications for Davis Health systems reports that 23 individuals have received treatment at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.Va.:

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Compressed natural gas is a hard sell despite all the drilling.

West Virginia native John Nash continues to inspire.

Traditional music lovers will soon be able to own The 1928 Johnson City Sessions.

And we take a trip to the quiet zone in West Virginia, shhhh.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson said one person is dead after an early morning house explosion in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.

On this West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board has an update on the ongoing investigation into Wednesday shooting at a federal building in Wheeling, Ashton Marra reports on the future of tolls along the West Virginia Turnpike, and Clark Davis has more on Marshall's School of Medicine being lifted from probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Thomas J. Piccard
AP

A press conference Thursday afternoon gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities a chance to address concerns about a shooting that took place Wednesday at the Federal Courthouse in Wheeling.

Ashton Marra

As the state moves closer to paying off its bond debt associated with the West Virginia Turnpike, lawmakers are starting to consider what to do with the roadway. The ideas being discussed in the halls of the Capitol, however, always make their way a few miles down I-77 to the state Parkways Authority’s headquarters.

A bill originally introduced during the 2013 Legislative Session is being hashed out by legislators during interim meetings. Co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cole of Mercer County, he says it helps diminish the burden on the Turnpike counties.

VH1 saves the music at eight W.Va schools

Oct 10, 2013
trombone
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Students in eight West Virginia public schools will be playing new musical instruments in their bands and music classes this year.  The new instruments come thanks to a partnership between the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

Which schools?

Beckley-Stratton Middle School in Raleigh County

George Washington Middle School in Putnam County

Horace Mann Middle School in Kanawha County

Milton Middle School in Cabell County

Summers Middle School in Summers County

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Board of Education had asked Superintendent Lynn Boyer to study the costs and benefits of keeping the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney versus moving them to another location. Boyer made a presentation to the Board Wednesday and in a statement announced the Board voted Thursday morning to keep the schools in Romney.

Boyer said the decision will allow the WVSDB and the community work together to make improvements to the Schools.

In June 2011 Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was recommended for probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. After making many necessary changes the school had its probation lifted late last week.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s congressional delegation is weighing in on the shutdown’s
effect on mine safety. Approximately 1,400 of MSHA’s 2,355 employees are
furloughed during the government shutdown. Three miners were killed
on three consecutive days this past weekend, including one from West
Virginia.

In his remarks Thursday from the House floor, Congressman Nick Rahall
urged his colleagues to “abandon this ridiculous political showdown that
is undercutting the safety in our mines, our industrial facilities, our
food chain, and so much more.”

Ashton Marra

The state Board of Education learned more Wednesday about the search process for a new state Superintendent of Schools. At their October meeting, the board heard from an outside attorney hired to oversee the process.

Victor Flannigan of the Charleston law firm Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe is heading up that process and told Board members they are now looking to hire a consulting firm to compile candidates nationwide for the job.

On this West Virginia Morning, Sen. Joe Manchin calls for an investigation into the Food & Drug Administration, more federal charges are brought against officials in Mingo County, Fayette County Schools talk consolidation with the state Board of Education and more.

Ashton Marra

The state Board of Education voted to take a year to study the possible the implications of the closure and consolidation of a small Fayette County High School. Meadow Bridge houses students grades 7 through 12 and was set to be closed within the next three years, but the Board’s decision is now forcing the county to reassess that plan and also reassess their upcoming school bond.

EarthEcho International

West Virginia is one of the states featured in a new education project created by EarthEcho International focusing on in the Chesapeake Bay.

EarthEcho Expeditions: Into the Dead Zone, offers teachers material that they can use to supplement classroom learning. The Expedition, which launches today online, explores pollution problems in the Bay, one of many water bodies across the globe that have aquatic dead zones, areas that because of pollution runoff don’t have enough oxygen to support marine life.

Rachel Lippman / St. Louis Public Radio

The United Mine Workers of America has reached a settlement with Peabody Energy and Patriot Coal that will help to cover health care benefits for retired miners.

Background:

Solar Decathlon competition heating up in California

Oct 9, 2013
West Virginia University

West Virginia University's Solar Decathlon Team is in Irvine, competing with its rustic, log cabin home.

Team members say they are enjoying the experience, yet at the same time, feeling the pressure from competing.

Department of Energy officials say the home is bringing a refreshing new vision to the competition, too.

WDTV

A former Wheeling police officer reportedly fired up to 30 shots into the federal courthouse Wednesday afternoon before he was shot and killed by security officers at the building.

Update: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.

Federal informations released Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office charge former Mingo County Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler and Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks in separate cases. They are the latest charges in a string of federal indictments in Mingo County, recently leading to guilty pleas from a circuit judge and county commissioner.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Wednesday sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration informing them he will be calling for a full senate investigation into allegations of unholy links between the pharmaceutical industry and FDA officials overseeing safety regulations of painkiller medicine—this in light of a recent report that West Virginia has the highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States.
 

Wil Haygood
The Washington Post

In most cases, a novel or biography inspires a film. But for journalist and author Wil Haygood, the sequence has been dramatically different.  A November 7th, 2008 article by Haygood in The Washington Post inspired the Lee Daniels film The Butler and then Haygood went back to write the book, The Butler: A Witness to History.          

On this West Virginia Morning, some workers in the National Guard return to work after being furloughed because of the shutdown of the federal government, yet challenges stll exist, Ben Adducchio speaks with West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year John Nakashima, and Jessica Lilly reports on the Best Short Film of Year, Miracle Boy.

Miracle Boy, a film about a young boy who is injured in a farming accident and then bullied by other boys, took home Best Short film at the West Virginia Filmmaker’s Festival this past weekend.  Producer Jason Brown said he will always be a West Virginia filmmaker despite his Georgia address. The movie  was shot in Greenbrier County.

football helmet
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Updated October 9, 2013 1:39 p.m.

   The West Virginia Board of Education has postponed consideration of the concussion rule until its meeting next month. 

The West Virginia Board of Education is set to vote on a proposal that would require high schools to inform parents, coaches and student-athletes of the risk of sports-related head injuries.

Groups from around the region converged on Marshall University’s campus this afternoon to rally for abortion rights.

More than 100 participants and almost 15 different groups from around the state attended the rally on Marshall’s campus. Their mission was to alert young female students about the possible attack on the right to obtain an abortion in the state. Pam Van Horn is the Public Affairs Director for WV Planned Parenthood.

John Nakashima
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For more than 30 years, John Nakashima has made documentaries at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. But he’s also done more.

He co-edited the cult classic film “Chillers,” and worked on animated films, like “The Griffin and the Minor Canon," which is based on a book of short stories penned by Frank Stockton. Nakashima is now being honored by his filmmaking colleagues with the state’s award for Filmmaker of the Year.

  Here is the 26 minute documentary, Clifftop:

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