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Sci-Fi Author Draws WV Book Festival Protest

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Charleston hosted the annual West Virginia Book Festival during the weekend. Organizers estimate the event draws between 3,000 to 5,000 attendees each year.

But some would-be attendees promised not to show up and others came to protest this year. Emily Allen has more about the event and the conservative sci-fi author in this year’s speaker line up, Orson Scott Card, whose presence created the stir.

Half of the land area of Pennsylvania and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia drains into the Chesapeake Bay, and that includes a lot of pollution, mostly from agricultural runoff and sewage overflows. Pennsylvania has come under fire from Maryland’s governor for not investing enough money to help clean up the bay.

For StateImpact Pennsylvania, Kara Holsopple reports a handful of Pittsburgh restaurants have joined a recycling effort to improve water quality in the bay using oyster shells.

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