Boy Scouts National Jamboree

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With kids cooped up inside their homes and classroom instruction happening remotely, we thought it would be a great time to take another listen to an episode of Inside Appalachia that originally aired in 2019. We explore the power of getting children outside to learn, a topic that’s perhaps even  more important now than ever. 

Are There Too Many Plea Deals?

Jul 27, 2017
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Here’s what happens 97 percent of the time in federal court: a plea deal. The defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser offense, and the prosecution gets a guaranteed conviction.

But earlier this month, Judge Joseph Goodwin rejected a plea deal for a drug dealer, saying the defendant should face the “bright light” of a jury trial. He said this is especially important in West Virginia, which has the highest drug overdose rate in the country.

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.

West Virginia Governor's Office

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.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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. 

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / New River Gorge, Fayette County, Fayette Station Road

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