On this West Virginia Halloween Morning, we’d like to remind West Virginians of the many creatures featured in the state’s folklore – such as Big Foot and Mothman. And there’s another one that’s often described as an alien or a monster. Over the years, it’s become a part of the state’s pop culture. It's even made a larger resurgence just in the past four years through a tourism campaign and a new museum.
Our folklife reporter Caitlin Tan brings us the story from Braxton County.
Also on today’s show, The freshwater mussel is nature’s river cleaner. But every autumn, for three years running here in our region, there’s been a mass die off of one of the most important species.
Biologists say if this continues, it could be a warning sign for global river ecosystems. Robbie Harris from partner station WVTF reports from the Virginia-Tennessee border.
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