Rockwool Plant Holds Open House in Response To Community Pushback

Aug 24, 2018

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On this West Virginia Morning, there’s been a lot of friction in recent weeks in Jefferson County between thousands of residents and a new Rockwool manufacturing plant. In response to the communitiy's pushback, the Denmark-based company has scheduled open houses through Saturday. Liz McCormick has more.

Also on today's show, "We inspire conservation in unconventional ways." That's the tagline for First Waves, a program that combines standup paddleboarding, river surfing and filmmaking to create a new generation of conservationists. For The Allegheny Front, Andy Kubis went to Johnstown Pennsylvania to check out a First Waves program for at-risk kids. But the day didn't go exactly as planned.

And President Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visited Kentucky this week to promote the administration’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Becca Schimmel was at the ceremonial restart of America’s largest aluminum producer and has the story.

We also hear the Mountain Stage Song of the Week, which Week comes from rockabilly purveyor Bill Kirchen. He performed "The Times They Are A-Changin' " on Mountain Stage in 2017.

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