West Virginia Morning

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Whether it's important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in-depth stories and interviews from around the state.    

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Four years after 29 miners were killed in an explosion at a Raleigh County mine, Upper Big Branch miners' family members and friends discuss what it takes to change a culture focused on production to one with an emphasis on safety. Sen. Joe Manchin's Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act unanimously passes its first stop on a long road on Capitol Hill, and Todd Snider performs "Stomp and Holler" on the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind is controversially changing the job description and requiring more education for the house parents who watch children living on campus. New technology is being used to track the population of deer around the state. Wheeling Jesuit University celebrates Appalachia through a series of lectures.

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Taking into consideration dermal and inhalation exposures, as well as ingestion, WV TAP researchers offer a screening level for MCHM eight times as stringent as the CDC's--still yet, they say levels of the chemical in the water below the federal agency's screening level is "safe." Mine safety professors have joined Sen. Joe Manchin in saying they were misrepresented by Don Blankenship's film Upper Big Branch - Never Again. A Marshall County high school senior wins a scholarship by creating a business plan to sell mushrooms.

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Kanawha County Emergency Management officials begin to log and map chemicals in response to January's Elk River chemical spill. A new report from West Virginia University's Bureau of Business and Economic Research indicates the state's population will continue to decline until 2030. A boom in the population of the Snowy Owl leaves researchers wondering where this influx is coming from.

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Nearly 800 people were on Marshall’s campus this weekend for the Appalachian Studies Conference to discuss scholarship and research on our region. In the wake of January's chemical spill into Elk River, a movement gains momentum to get a portion of the state designated as "The Birthplace of Rivers", and thus, a national monument. Our friends at Traveling 219 visit Moore's General Store in Hillsboro to take a look at the role of these nearly forgotten spots that became a hub not only for retail but also for community.

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National Geographic poses an important question in regards to studying climate change--can coal ever be clean? Taylor County's seat of Grafton begins a journey to turn their town around by improving its look and recreational possibilities. A Tucker County doctor trudges 1,000 miles across the Alaskan tundra to win the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

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West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism holds a panel discussing how local media covered the Elk River chemical spill and water crisis that affected 300,000 West Virginians. The Appalachian Studies Association prepares to kick off their annual conference at Marshall University. And owners of backyard ice rinks provide some context in studying climate change.

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Child advocacy groups question Gov. Tomblin's budget prioroties. Our Story of the Jews radio series continues with Dr. Edith Levy, a survivor of the Holocaust who's lived in Morgantown since the 1950s, recalls her life and work in reminding people of the harsh realities of what happened.

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Thursday night, Sylvia Mathews Burwell will receive the annual Spirit of the Mountains Award from the Youth Leadership Association at a reception to be held at the Governor's Mansion in Charleston. An interview with Rabbi Victor Urecki continues our series on the Jewish experience in West Virginia, as he tells the story of what brought him to Charleston and the B'Nai Jacob Synagogue 28 years ago. And our friends at Traveling 219 detail the Pickens Maple Syrup Festival in Randolph County.

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Independent researchers involved in testing, odor analysis, and health effects studies on Crude MCHM answered questions Tuesday about their work and what that means going forward. The School Building Authority faces tough choices in doling out money for new schools, as counties have requested over $100 million in funds although the authority has only $45 million to give. A report on Beckley's Temple Beth El begins a five-part radio series on the Jewish experience in West Virginia.

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Meet Wes Davis of Point Pleasant, West Virginia's first national officer of the Future Farmers of America in 40 years. Lily’s Place, a drug rehabilitation facility for new born babies in Huntington, is still trying to open its doors to babies in need in the region. West Virginia University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are getting ready for post-season play this week.

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The West Virginia Legislature clears ten bills in a one-day special session after finishing budget negotiations on Friday. With a rich history in the state behind them, a group of students from north central West Virginia is hoping a rocket will also launch them to the very top. And, lastly, does the History Channel's Appalachian Outlaws accurately depict the practice of ginseng hunting in West Virginia?

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One West Virginia University professor is hoping the conflict in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula is able to come to an end soon. Documentary photographer Roger May launches a project aimed at evaluating what Appalachia looks like 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched a 'War on Poverty.' Juice bars, which celebrate all things organic, are becoming more and more popular around the state.

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Ten students from San Francisco are traveling around the area learning about the coal and gas industries thanks to an immersion trip taking place through Wheeling Jesuit University’s Appalachian Institute. Brownfield grants help improve the historic village of Middleway in the Eastern Panhandle. Harlem Globetrotter Johnny "Hawk" Thomas remembers his time in Huntington while playing for Marshall University.

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Lawmakers try to make sense of the state budget in the absence of a few bills that Senator Roman Prezioso says needed to pass but didn't. Climate change researchers Lonnie and Ellen Thompson warn their audience about the carbon footprint we're making. One area of Huntington will soon see demolition and construction that could go a long way towards changing the city’s reputation.

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The staff of The Legislature Today--news director and anchor Beth Vorhees, Senate reporter Ashton Marra, and House reporter Aaron Payne--give a recap of the final hours the West Virginia Legislature's final hours on Saturday.  And hear from researcher at West Liberty University who discovering new species of crayfish in West Virginia.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the Senate deals with minimum wage, the budget, and fracking waste while the House considers construction worker safety. We also have a special report on brain research from West Virginia University. And the Del McCoury Band is our featured musical guest in this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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On this West Virginia Morning, abortion and water resources are debated in the legislature; Jessica Lilly let's us in on how grade school kids are getting their groove on; and we hear about this year's Fasnacht festival in Helvetia.

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On this West Virginia Morning, state legislative officials are working against the clock and snow to get more bills passed.

We explore the water problems in McDowell County more deeply,

And students don't need classroom settings to learn.

A NASA Launch, Water Woes in McDowell Co., & More

Mar 3, 2014
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On this West Virginia Morning, a special NASA launch has a West Virginia connection.

Also, water woes continue in West Virginia, but not where you might think.

And a Pennsylvania story about a fracking law that's causing controversy.

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On this West Virginia Morning, college students are using a food pantry in Huntington. Food pantries for college students are becoming more popular.

Also, the clock is ticking down on getting bills passed through the hurdles of the legislature this session.

Also, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin are on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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On this West Virginia Morning, state veterans are getting help at WVU, where more than 1,000 students served in the military.

Homeless persons in Huntington are also getting help, finding jobs.

That, and legislative news.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we meet a water hero.

Also, updates from the legislature on government fraud and a bill on abortions.

Visitors are also in Charleston talking about tourism, and the water spill.

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On this West Virginia Morning, new EPA regulations are on the way, on existing coal-fired power plants. A conference in Morgantown tries to sort out what's on the way.

In the State Legislature, the House of Delegates looks at a Zombie Bill, and the Senate looks at gun rights.

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On this West Virginia Morning, teachers in West Virginia are doing the best they possibly can on low pay, and the state legislature is working to get them raises.

A new report argues fossil fuels should be here to stay, and a story about the effects of road salt.

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On this West Virginia Morning, tempers flare in the State Senate over a bill that looks at trade practices.

Also, the House looks at taxpayer protections.

Those stories, and The Flatlanders perform as part of the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia University professor is keeping the memory alive of some poets who honored African American civil rights.

Also, an update on the gas well explosion in Pennsylvania, just north of the West Virginia border.

Those stories and more!

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On this West Virginia Morning, state legislators are striving to find ways to fix some water problems in Wyoming County.

Also, the State Senate continues to debate prescription drug legislation, and the House looks at a bill to protect employees from being fired.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the State Senate goes through a very spirited debate on a prescriptions bill.

Also, the House of Delegates looks at allowing alcohol sales earlier in the day on Sunday, despite some opposition in the House.

A public hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee gives those concerned over frack waste a chance to weigh in.

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On this West Virginia Morning, an underground injection well in Fayette County clears a key regulatory hurdle with the Department of Environmental Protection.

A study looks at how businesses were affected by the Elk River Chemical Spill, and more!

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