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We're featuring our favorite stories of 2014 this week on West Virginia Morning. 

Monday starts the week with an interview with Fiona Ritchie, host of NPR's "The Thistle and Shamrock." Ritchie, along with noted musician David Orr, published a book in the fall which details the history and connection between Irish and Scottish heritage and Appalachian music and culture. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the state capitol where new legislative leaders were chosen yesterday.  And we profile another inspiring West Virginian who was the first to use supercomputers to study the large-scale structure of the universe.

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Both Marshall and Concord Universities head into the weekend with big games before them. Marshall will take on Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA Championship in Huntington and Concord will meet Bloomsberg for the Super Region One Championship in Athens.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller gave his farewell speech on the U.S. Senate floor Thursday, thanking his family, staff and fellow West Virginians for allowing him to serve.

This episode also include the Mountain Stage Song of the Week "Whatch'a Gonna Do" by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

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The state Board of Education's Commission on School District Governance and Administration focused in on the services provided by RESAs, or Regional Education Service Agencies. RESAs are regional offices that provide services to county schools like professional development or technology support. 

The commission voted yesterday to recommend the board define the services provided at the RESAs, put a performance metric system in place and take away their ability to offer community service courses for extra income to instead focus on student achievement.

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St. Albans native Crystal Good takes on the racism, politics, and coal in her latest work "Appalachian Blackface." The poem premiered at November's Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia held in Charleston. 

In it, Good compares the blackface minstrel shows of the 1800's to today's political climate.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced yesterday the state had enter nearly 70 pages worth of comments in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to limit carbon emissions across the country. The rule was released in June, but Monday was the final day for public comment.

Dr. Carolyn Stuart and the state Office of Minority Affairs will sponsor a Minority Business Expo in Charleston this week meant to connect small business owners and entrepreneurs with resources to help grow their operations.

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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board visits the Youth Services System in Wheeling, serving at risk children and young adults.  And Clark Davis reports from the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington.

Hepititus C Drug Works But It's Too Expensive

Nov 25, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Suzanne Higgins reports on a new drug that successfully treats Hepatitis-C, but it comes with a big price tag.  And we’ll visit a distillery in the Eastern Panhandle.

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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with freelance radio producer Jean Snedegar about the people she is profiling in her fifth season of Inspiring West Virginians.  And reporter Roxy Todd takes us to Webster County for the Burgoo cook-off. Burgoo is a stew made without rules. 

Garbage to be Turned into Fuel in Berkeley County

Nov 21, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports on “resource recovery,” a polite way to say how household garbage can be used for fuel.  And Jessica Lilly joins Beth Vorhees to describe the scene at the arraignment of former Massey Energy chief Don Blankenship Thursday in Beckley.

Farmington Mine Disaster 46 Years Ago Today

Nov 20, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, a widow of the Farmington Mine disaster, which happened 46 years ago today, remembers the last day she spent with her husband in an archived interview from 1992.  And Beth Vorhees talks with the director of the Partnership for Elder Living about aging issues facing the state. 

Morgantown Delays Heavy Truck Ban

Nov 19, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, the chair of the Public Service Commission responds to a report that the state over regulates public water utilities.  And the city council in Morgantown has decided to delay an ordinance banning certain truck traffic downtown.

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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board sits down with an expert on stress to talk about how social factors play a role in our health.  And Ashton Marra reports from legislative interim meetings at the state capitol.

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On West Virginia Morning, Fairness West Virginia is celebrating same sex marriage in West Virginia, but the group knows there’s still work to do for equality in housing and employment.  And a profile of the Reverend Jim Lewis of Charleston who supported gay marriage in the 1970’s.

UBB Victim's Father Reacts to Blankenship Indictment

Nov 14, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly talks with the father of one of the victims of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion who welcomes the news that former CEO of the company that owned the mine has been indicted.  And Dave Mistich reports from Parkersburg about the posted signs asking people not to give money to panhandlers.

Ebola Health Care Worker Ends 21 Day Monitoring

Nov 7, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board talks with a health care worker who spent a month assessing the Ebola virus in Liberia. And the Public Service Commission is holding public hearings across the state on a rate increase request from American Electric Power.  Jessica Lilly attended one in Mercer County.

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On West Virginia Morning, a full rundown of reports about last night’s election results.  Our reporters were at the campaign parties to hear the victory and concession speeches.  And we’ll check in with our political analyst Dr. Robert Rupp about the new Republican majority in the House of Delegates.

Hacking the Gender Gap

Oct 31, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, we wind up our pre-election coverage with interviews from Republicans Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for the U.S. Senate and David McKinley, who is seeking another term as the First District Congressman.  And a report about last weekend’s Hackathon at WVU which highlighted women, media and wearable technology.

Aracoma Miners Honored at Mine Academy

Oct 28, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, in 2006 two miners died in a mine fire in Logan County.  Eight years later, a fire training facility is dedicated in their memory.  Also, noted food promoter the James Beard Foundation has honored five local food organizations in West Virginia.

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra talks with Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall about this race for re-election to the third congressional district seat.  And we begin a series of profiles of third party candidates who are running for federal offices.  We begin with Davy Jones, a Libertarian candidate from Martinsburg running for the seat in the 2nd Congressional District.

Lung Transplant Approved for Black Lung Victim

Oct 24, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly checks in with a victim of black lung whose lung transplant was approved after his story aired on West Virginia Public Radio in June.  And Chris Smithers sings the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

The Story of a Seed and a Songbird

Oct 22, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, operators of public water and sewer systems tell lawmakers that they are over-regulated.  They want the Public Service Commission to ease up.  And Glynis Board has an interesting story about wild ginseng and how a little bird could help the plant survive.

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On West Virginia Morning, lawmakers get some advice about how to make campaign finance reporting more transparent.  And we’ll profile Rocket Boy Homer Hickam. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling about the Women and Technology conference.  She’ll talk with the first woman to walk in space.  And Ashton Marra interviews Natalie Tennant, one of the candidates who could become the first women to represent West Virginia in the United States Senate.

Jenkins, Rahall Debate; Monroe County Grist Mill

Oct 15, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on last night’s debate between Democratic incumbent Congressman Nick Rahall and Republican challenger State Senator Evan Jenkins.  And we’ll visit Reed’s Mill which has been grinding corn meal since 1791.

Small School in Paw Paw Finishes Big Science Project

Oct 14, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll take a trip to Paw Paw in Morgan County to visit a small school with a big science project.  And in Milton in Cabell County, a worker at Blenko Glass is worried that young people are not learning glass making skills.

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On West Virginia Morning, Wednesday marked the first official state board of education meeting for West Virginia’s new superintendent of schools.  Ashton Marra will have a report.  And we’ll visit the J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works in Malden, Kanawha County.

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll talk with the Managing Editor of the political website factcheck.org for the back story behind the black lung benefit accusations candidates Evan Jenkins and Nick Rahall are making.  And we visit Appalachian Heritage Day at Athens Elementary school in Mercer County. 

167th Air Guard in Martinsburg Gets New Planes Today

Sep 25, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, The Air National Guard unit in Martinsburg will get new aircraft beginning today.  And Jessica Lilly has the second part of her series about Appalachian stereotyping.

As An Appalachian, Have You Been Stereotyped?

Sep 24, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly has the first in a two part series about Appalachian stereotyping.  And reporter Sarah Lowther Hensley has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She talks about the program with the new state director of CASA.

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