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A grand jury has decided against bringing charges against Huntington Mayor Steve Williams over a payout issued to a former Huntington police chief.

Special prosecutor Craig Tatterson confirmed the grand jury's findings Thursday. Tatterson told The Herald-Dispatch that he does not plan to pursue the case further.

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  Officials say more than 900 drug-related overdoses were reported in Cabell County in 2015.

Director of the Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy Jim Johnson tells The Herald-Dispatch, that of those reported, 70 resulted in death.

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On December 30, 1901, the Carnegie Corporation approved a $20,000 grant to build a new library in Huntington. It was one of more than 2,500 libraries that industrialist Andrew Carnegie funded around the world over nearly a half-century. In West Virginia, Carnegie-funded libraries were also built in Hinton, in Parkersburg, and at Bethany College. In addition, Carnegie provided funding for a performing arts center in Lewisburg. 

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A Huntington church cancelled services following a fire that damaged the building.

Media outlets report that the fire broke out early Sunday morning at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church.

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Flashback to your days as an 18-year-old in West Virginia. Did you idolize Paul McCartney as your friends raved over Green Day? Did you play sold-out clubs and hopp'n festivals around the state? Were you "Runnin' on Good Times"? If you were, you have a good deal in common with the Hattons, a pair of brothers who founded the Huntington rock band Of the Dell.

We sat down with Of the Dell's frontman Corey Hatton to talk about his band, his dog, his state and why he keep's getting banned from, well, everything.

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Love. Positivity. Pop. Jordan Andrew Jefferson's newest release reflects his effervescent soul.

Huntington Seeks Federal Help to Revitalize City

Dec 9, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, the state board of education has asked the school building authority to give Fayette County the priority in funding new schools there.  Also, in Huntington, officials are seeking state and federal support for boosting economic development in the city. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Revitalize Huntington Forum
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Huntington officials have joined forces with state and federal agencies to develop a plan for boosting economic development in the city. A forum held Tuesday focused on cleaning up toxic industrial sites, dealing with blighted areas and developing the waterfront. Huntington could become a model for other cities dealing with similar issues.

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State, federal and city officials will meet Tuesday in Huntington discuss revitalization efforts in the city.

The City of Huntington and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a forum Tuesday December 8th to provide guidance on moving the city forward with a new revitalization plan. The forum is among the first of its kind under the EPA’s “Making a Visible Difference in Communities” initiative.

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The cornerstone for Huntington’s Memorial Arch was laid on November 11, 1924—the sixth anniversary of Armistice Day. The arch was built in honor of Cabell County soldiers who had fought in World War I.

Billboard, Prostitution
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As prostitution arrests continue to rise in the Huntington area, city officials have come up with some unique ideas that they hope can begin to decrease the number of prostitution arrests. Among those ideas is the decision by the Huntington Police Department to begin posting  pictures of those arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

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The Marshall University Women's Connect will host a panel discussion with local experts about sex work in the community.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the discussion will take place Nov. 11 at the Memorial Student Center.

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Police in Huntington will begin using an electronic billboard to display the faces of people convicted of soliciting prostitutes.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says he hopes the billboard helps in the battle against prostitution. Ciccarelli says research suggests publicly outing those who solicit prostitution instead of the prostitutes themselves is an effective tool in addressing the prostitution issue.

A shot of the crowd rating new music at our 2015 #WhyListen party in Huntington.
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If you're reading this right now, chances are you made it out to Wednesday night's #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Huntington.

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Police have arrested a man who officers say caused a disturbance on the Marshall University campus while possibly intoxicated.

WSAZ-TV of Huntington reports that students outside residence halls told police a young man approached them on Tuesday night, threatening to kill them. One student says the suspect bit his finger.

WVPB First Listen Music Party in Huntington Oct. 14

Oct 2, 2015

Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen first listen music party on October 14 at 6 p.m at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Huntington.

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The Huntington City Council has voted to implement a $2 increase in a user fee.

The council approved the proposal on an 8-2 vote Monday night. It is expected to provide an additional $3 million in revenue annually for Huntington.

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  The Huntington City Council is set to decide whether to implement a $2 increase in a user fee.

The council plans to vote on the proposal Monday night that would provide an additional $3 million in revenue annually for Huntington.

Huntington Announces Wing Fling for October

Aug 18, 2015
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In conjunction with the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams announced a new food festival Tuesday.

In an ongoing effort to promote Huntington, a new chicken wing festival was announced for October. The Wing Fling. will feature more than 20 local restaurants competing to see who can serve up the best chicken wings. There will also be a wing-eating contest. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says it’s part of an effort to provide a new event each weekend to attract attention to downtown Huntington. 

Huntington Officials Announce New Development

Aug 13, 2015
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Huntington City officials joined with local developers Thursday to announce a new downtown development.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams announced that local development group Capital Venture Corporation has purchased a building along Third Avenue and is in the process of finishing the purchase of three remaining buildings next to it.

One of the buildings will be torn down and the other three will be renovated, making room for condos and businesses on the upper floors, and restaurants and markets on the lower floors.

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Rubberlite has proposed building a research, development and light manufacturing center at a brownfield site in Huntington.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Rubberlite President Alan Letton provided details of the proposal to the Huntington Municipal Development Authority on Tuesday. Letton asked the authority to buy the 27-acre site along the Ohio River.

Free Fresh Produce in Parkersburg

Aug 10, 2015

On West Virginia Morning, seven years ago Huntington was named the nation’s unhealthiest city.  Since then, many there have been trying to improve residents’ health…but is it working?  And we’ll go to Parkersburg where a church has been growing fresh food to give out for free.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


Is Huntington Getting Healthier?

Aug 9, 2015
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Seven years ago, an Associated Press article labeled the city of Huntington, West Virginia the unhealthiest in the nation.

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 Cabell-Huntington Hospital is one step closer to acquiring St. Mary’s Medical Center. An antitrust agreement filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office establishes a series of conditions for the acquisition.

At a news conference Friday, Morrisey said the agreement ensures the merger follows state and federal law while also providing access to affordable health care in the area through economic competition.

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There's no place like public radio when it comes to discovering new and emerging music. And there's no better time than today to be a part of West Virginia's budding music scene.

That's why I was so excited to be a part of NPR's Heavy Rotation to talk about my love for Ona, a Huntington band that has been on my radar for a while but will be on the world's radar soon enough.

Lisa Sullivan

Ever since 'A Change of Tune' started, we've had a list of folks who we've wanted to talk #WVmusic (and pepperoni rolls) with. Last week, we had the pleasure of marking one of those names off our list when we chatted with the self-proclaimed "Redheaded Stepson of the Huntington Music Scene," Americana rocker Tyler Childers.

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The fifth annual Huntington Classic Regatta kicks off next weekend in Huntington. The three day event this year will include a national racing competition.

The five-year-old event is a continuation of the once popular summer fest in Huntington that ended in 1999. The past four years the regatta has included power boat races and this year will include the American Power Boat Racing’s North American Championship. Dan Ferguson is the Chairman of the event.

Amelia Ferrell

It's a new radio year, a new radio perspective for A Change of Tune, and that means a new way of doing our semi-frequent artist chats.

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Huntington police officers can now take publicly intoxicated individuals to a treatment facility instead of jail.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that the Huntington City Council passed an ordinance on Monday to allow police officers to take individuals arrested for public intoxication to a treatment center to detox and issue a citation rather than taking them to a hospital and then to jail.

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra talks with State Board of Education President Gayle Manchin about the Board’s recent meeting with the Board of Education in Kentucky.  And Pokey LaFarge is along with today’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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