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The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy, a sign of the century-old organization's financial instability as it faces some 300 lawsuits from men who say they were sexually abused as Scouts.

The organization says it will use the Chapter 11 process to create a trust to provide compensation to victims. Scouting programs will continue throughout.

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The Boy Scouts of America is teaming up with West Virginia University to tackle an ambitious goal: getting all sixth-graders in West Virginia learning outside. A pilot program took place this fall at the scouts’ Summit Bechtel Reserve high-adventure property.


President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.Va.
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The Boy Scouts’ chief executive apologized Thursday, July 27, to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump’s recent speech to the Scouts’ national jamboree.

The apology came in a statement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, three days after Trump’s speech to nearly 40,000 scouts and adults gathered in West Virginia.

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As the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree continued in West Virginia Tuesday, members of the organization were joined by Gov. Jim Justice to dedicate their welcome center.

Justice used the ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon to share a story about his interaction with President Donald Trump who made his first visit in office to West Virginia Monday.

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On this West Virginia Morning, President Donald Trump brought Washington politics to West Virginia Monday, speaking to a crowd of about 40,000 Boy Scouts and volunteers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, in Glen Jean. Trump spoke at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree about what he says are the keys to success. But as Ashton Marra reports, the advice came between jabs aimed at everyone from Sen. Shelley Moore Capito to the national media.

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President Donald Trump brought Washington politics to West Virginia Monday, speaking to a crowd of about 40,000 boy scouts and volunteers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean for the 2017 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree. 

Trump is the eigth president to attend a jamboree, which occurs every four years, and the first to attend the event since it found a permanent home in West Virginia, in 2013. 

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The Grandview Sandbar and River Access Area of New River Gorge National River will close for a few days to prepare for upgrades.

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On this West Virginia Morning, tens of thousands of Boy Scouts are making their way to southern West Virginia today for the start of their National Jamboree. Ashton Marra reports on the preparations that began long before a single Scout set foot on the site.

We also hear from the Ohio Valley ReSource's Benny Becker, who is reporting on the Appalachian Connectivity Summit in Marietta, Ohio, where the Federal Communications Commission heard from Ohio Valley residents upset about poor internet service in rural communities.

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Tens of thousands of boy scouts are making their way to southern West Virginia Wednesday for the start of their national jamboree, but preparations began long before a single scout sets foot on site.

Planning for the 2017 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree began almost four years ago, immediately following the first jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel National Reserve. 

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Gov. Jim Justice said Monday he’ll use a portion of his own contingency fund to pay for a service program conducted by the Boy Scouts of America during their upcoming Jamboree, but is blaming lawmakers for not including the money in the 2018 budget.

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Members of the West Virginia National Guard as well as guardsmen and women from other states are preparing for thousands of Boy Scouts to descend on southern West Virginia.

The National Guard is working with both military and civilian members of the federal Department of Defense to prepare for the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree that begins next week.

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  The Boy Scouts of America have broken ground on a leadership training complex at their massive southern West Virginia grounds.

A news release Wednesday announced construction has begun on the addition at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

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A West Virginia-based Boy Scouts of America council has broken ground for a new $3.7 million leadership center.

The Buckskin Council's 13,000-square-foot center in Charleston will be named in honor of H. Bernard Werhle Sr., a philanthropist recognized by the organization as "West Virginia's first Boy Scout."

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On West Virginia Morning, citizens in Fayette County speak out against the Boy Scout Amendment that passed in November.  They tell lawmakers that they fear the amendment will have a negative economic impact for businesses in the county.  And children’s advocates reveal their legislative wish list at the state capitol yesterday.

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The Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance traveled to Fayetteville Monday evening to hear from area residents about their concerns about the financial implications of a newly approved Constitutional Amendment.

The amendment, which was approved in November by West Virginia voters with 62 percent of the vote, will allow the Boy Scouts of America to lease their Summit Bechtel Reserve to private organizations while maintaining their property tax exemption. 

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On West Virginia Morning, if you’re waiting to cast your ballot on Election Day tomorrow, Ashton Marra reports on some on line resources that may assist you.  And, from Shepherdstown, Liz McCormick reports on a program to assist wounded veterans. 

It's November, and the growing season is over for most vegetables. But even with the frosts and the shorter days, not everyone has retreated indoors. 17-year-old Connor Haynes is spending two months worth of Saturdays building a shed and rain barrels in a community garden in Charleston. Connor is working on his Eagle Scout badge, and he's also using the project to honor his friend.

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On West Virginia Morning, the Boy Scouts of America would like to rent out their massive facility of Fayette County, but they need a change in the state’s constitution to do it.  Ashton Marra will explain.  In Wheeling, some citizens are re-visiting the city’s history to take it into the future. 

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When you go to the polls on Election Day, or maybe before if you’re looking to vote early, there will be more than just candidates listed on your ballot. You’ll also be asked to decide whether or not West Virginia’s Constitution needs a change, but that question is not quite so clear. 

Amendment One is titled the “Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment” and in case you don’t think that is self explanatory, here’s what it means.

  Congressman Nick Rahall's race against state Sen. Evan Jenkins has been focused on the declining coal industry in southern West Virginia.