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Drawbacks Of Urban Renewal On This West Virginia Morning

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On this West Virginia Morning, what happens when your neighborhood becomes a place where you can no longer afford to live? We hear from residents in Pittsburgh who tried to fight back against urban renewal, and what happened. Also, Inside Appalachia’s co-host Mason Adams talks with the reporter who followed this story.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia is discouraging federal communications officials from giving a grant to phone company Frontier. Emily Allen has more.

In 2015, residents in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood learned they had to leave their homes to make way for a new development. The neighborhood had been changing for several years. For instance, Google opened its Pittsburgh office there in 2010. Bob Jamison is one of the residents who was forced out. He told his story to WESA’s Margaret Krauss, who reported about the changes in East Liberty for a podcast series called Land and Power. We share an excerpt from the first episode.

Inside Appalachia co-host Mason Adams spoke with Krauss to hear more about the story she uncovered.

Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole has made five appearances on Mountain Stage since 1992. Host Larry Groce chose her 2009 performance of “Maybe This Christmas,” from this week’s special holiday edition of Mountain Stage as our Song of the Week.

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Our Appalachia Health News project is made possible with support from CAMC and Marshall Health.

West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Glynis Board, Caitlin Tan, Jessica Lilly, Liz McCormick, Eric Douglas, Emily Allen, and Roxy Todd.

Andrea Billups is our news director. Dave Mistich is our producer. Our host is Teresa Wills.

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