Morgantown

Roman Meisenberg

It's hard "making it" in the music biz, especially if you're a great band out of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Morgantown Fires
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The city of Morgantown last year saw its lowest number of malicious fires since 2001.

City Manager Jeff Mikorski says 67 fires were set in trash bins and in the street in 2015, down from 122 such fires in 2014.

Jason Quigley

After 5 years of being away from the Mountain State, Portland alt rock band Blitzen Trapper return to Mountain Stage in Morgantown this weekend with a new record in town.

Monongalia County
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A Morgantown man who pleaded guilty to killing a roommate has received the maximum sentence.

Multiple media outlets report that 56-year-old Charles Shaffer was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. Shaffer will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

West Virginia Public Theater
West Virginia Public Theater

A Morgantown theater organization has released its paid staff and canceled its holiday show to stay afloat.

West Virginia Public Theatre outgoing board president Ray Prendergast told The Dominion Post that the organization is having financial difficulties and is taking steps necessary to move forward.

Woodburn Hall
West Virginia University

 Morgantown police who responded to reports of a kidnapping say the incident was actually a prank by a West Virginia University fraternity.

Now seven members of Phi Gamma Delta are facing charges of disorderly conduct.

WVU Celebrates Opening of Art Museum

Aug 26, 2015
WVU Today

After waiting for over six years, Morgantown art lovers flooded the halls of the WVU Art Museum Tuesday to see the university’s diverse collection of modernist and contemporary art.

Police arrested a dozen people and issued more than 200 citations during West Virginia University students' first weekend in Morgantown for the fall semester.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says the arrests involved a variety of offenses.

Huntington Police Department

The family of a West Virginia woman killed in a police shooting wants the U.S. Justice Department to step in.

The Dominion Post reports that Christie Cathers' family members say they have had few questions answered since the June 5 killing. They have made their appeal to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Soul'n'roll rocker Booker T. Jones, indie pop darlings Lake Street Dive and folk singer-songwriter Brett Dennen walk onto a stage... If that story doesn't ring a bell, you're in for a treat on this week's Mountain Stage After Midnight.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with a media business analyst about Charleston losing its status as a two newspaper town.  Also, Jesse Wright takes to Chestnut Ridge Park in Morgantown to listen to its annual summer concert series. 

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


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  A 22-year-old woman faces a prison term and a large fine after her federal conviction on a charge related to a Philadelphia-to-Morgantown drug distribution ring.

The government says Jessie Marie Fox of Mill Creek was convicted in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg on Monday of trafficking in a powerful prescription painkiller.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Charleston is hanging on as the only city in West Virginia with a population over 50,000, while Morgantown is now the state's third-largest city.

Census estimates released Thursday show Charleston had 50,404 residents in 2014. That's down about 1,000 from the 2010 Census.

A man who pleaded guilty to killing a Morgantown resident has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Thomas Williams was sentenced Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. He had pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a young man who found himself in the state’s juvenile justice system talks about what can be done to transition juvenile offenders to a productive life.  And we’ll take a tour inside of a Morgantown landmark that has rarely been seen. 

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


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 The Morgantown fire marshal has cited four residences, including a fraternity, for overcrowding.

The Dominion Post reports that Capt. Ken Tennant with the fire marshal's office outlined the violations in an email to West Virginia University officials and the president of the InterFraternity Council.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The House considered House Bill 2562 Monday, relating to sales tax increment financing. This bill would authorize recalculation of the base tax revenue amount, specifically in reference to Morgantown and other areas of Monongalia County.

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Morgantown officials plan to appeal part of a court ruling that overturned the city's restrictions on heavy trucks in the downtown business district.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit ruled in December that state code trumps city law concerning state highways.

The Dominion Post reports that City Council voted on Tuesday to appeal that part of Tabit's ruling. The ruling came in lawsuits filed by two companies challenging the city's ordinance.

Deer
Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

  Hunters killed fewer deer during Morgantown's 2014 urban archery hunt than they did the previous year.

The city said Thursday that 105 deer were killed during the four-month hunt that ended Dec. 31. That's down from 137 deer killed in 2013.

Local shelters and kitchens received 853 pounds of ground venison from 35 deer donated during the 2014 hunt.

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A Morgantown businessman has been charged with tax obstruction in federal court.

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  A Morgantown business owner says federal authorities had no right to take more than $643,000 from his businesses during federal forfeiture proceedings after a synthetic cannabis sting.

In an answer to a federal complaint, Daniel Kocan argued Friday that Morgantown city officials told him he was permitted to sell synthetic cannabis. Kocan says the federal bust in April this year therefore was entrapment.

Researchers Will Monitor Morgantown Gas Drilling

Dec 17, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a natural gas drilling company is teaming up with researchers as ti prepares to drill more wells near Morgantown.  Also, women are making their mark in the meat industry as butchers.

Joni Deutsch

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chats with West Virginia rocker Tyler Grady about his new solo project. Grady branched out from Morgantown group Sleepwalker with a relatively new pop-rock side gig called Goodwolf, which just released its sophomore record titled Car in the Woods with the help of West Virginia mega-producer Bud Carroll. If you’re a fan of rambunctious pop influenced by ‘90s rock, this interview and music are recommended for you.   

WGBH

Would you like to see the entire first episode of Masterpiece's Downton Abbey, Season 5 in a theater (and before all the spoilers start coming in?) Call your friends and make a date to join us for these special premiere events  in Beckley (December 7), Charleston (December 9), and Morgantown (December 14)!

bus service
Barons Bus Lines

A new bus service between Charleston and Morgantown is becoming a popular choice for travelers.

Cindy Fish with the state Division of Transit says ridership on the I-Ride 79 bus service is growing daily. In October, 763 passengers, or about 25 per day, rode the buses.

Fish tells The State Journal that the bus service is seeing a lot of repeat business.

The Division of Public Transit launched the I-Ride 79 service on July 1. The service includes stops in Clendenin, Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg and Fairmont.

Every week Performance Today re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a classical composer. A listener is chosen to do two things: name the hidden tune, and name the composer whose style Bruce is mimicking. This week's contestant is Wiley Newbold from Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Police say eight people have been arrested and more than two dozen cited following riots that erupted in Morgantown after West Virginia University's win over Baylor.
 
 Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says the charges and criminal citations included underage consumption, malicious burning, destruction of property and disorderly conduct.
 

Associated Press

Morgantown authorities are assessing damage from riots that broke out following West Virginia's 41-27 win over No. 4 Baylor.

Police Chief Ed Preston said Sunday that crowds pushed over street lights and threw rocks, beer bottles and other items at public safety personnel and their vehicles. Numerous fires were set in the student-dominated Sunnyside area and other parts of the city.

Preston says in a news release that police used pepper spray and chemical munitions to disperse the crowds. Police arrested several people on various charges.

Chip Hitchcock / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There’s a new novel out from a West Virginia native about a place that’s very special to her. The book is a collection of family stories about life in Appalachia. 

Laura Long lives in Charlottesville, Virginia now but she grew up in West Virginia. She recalls going to visit her grandmother while traveling from Buckhannon to Clarksburg. Her grandmother lived near a place called Peel Tree. She says the image of that place stayed with her for years, until she was ready to write her first novel.

Morgantown, Truck
Safe Streets Morgantown / via Facebook

There’s a growing number of people in Morgantown that want the city to do something about the industrial truck traffic moving through downtown. They are making a case to the city council.

Safe Streets Morgantown wants the council to adopt an ordinance essentially banning trucks that weigh 20,000 pounds or more, gross weight, and have three axles or more, from traveling through downtown Morgantown's business district.

Who would be exempted:

Trucks moving merchandise for downtown businesses;

Emergency or Military Vehicles;

Governmental Vehicles;

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