Plea Deal Reached, Circumventing Murder Trial in James Means Case

On this West Virginia Morning, a plea deal means there will not be a first degree murder trial for 65-year-old William Pulliam. The Charleston man was charged with killing James Means, who was 15. The case got national attention in 2016 partly because Pulliam is white and Means was black. Trey Kay of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s show Us & Them, reports the outcome of the case was a surprise to the victim’s family.

Also on today’s show, the biologically diverse waterways of the Ohio Valley are home to more than 100 species of freshwater mussels. Each can filter 5 to 10 gallons of water daily, but pollution, land use change and a changing climate threaten their existence. In recent years, many mussels have landed on the endangered species list. Energy & Environment Reporter Brittany Patterson spent some time with a veteran biologist in West Virginia who reflected on her three decades protecting mussels.

And during the past two weeks, 46,000 scouts and volunteers camped on 10,000 acres of former strip mine in Fayette County. The Boy Scouts of America bought the property and over the last six years have been re-purposing the land for outdoor adventure. Glynis Board sat down with Ken Miller, director of programming at what's called the Summit Bechtel Reserve. They talked about how the property came to be and how it might help revitalize the economy of this struggling community.