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Local news stories from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Whether it's important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in depth stories and interviews from around the state.

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Local news stories from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Whether it's important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in depth stories and interviews from around the state.

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By TODDJ1979 - Jan 10 2019
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Would love to hear more regional wv news added. Not a lot from the Eastern Panhandle.

Great way to keep up on West Virginia news

By Lithia2 - Mar 22 2015
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In just about 15 minutes each morning, I can know what's going on all over the state. I also hear stories of people I know, or that I want to know.

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9 Ratings
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7
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Great to hear

By TODDJ1979 - Jan 10 2019
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Would love to hear more regional wv news added. Not a lot from the Eastern Panhandle.

Great way to keep up on West Virginia news

By Lithia2 - Mar 22 2015
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In just about 15 minutes each morning, I can know what's going on all over the state. I also hear stories of people I know, or that I want to know.

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West Virginia Morning

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Local news stories from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Whether it's important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in depth stories and interviews from around the state.

Us & Them Podcast Tackles Debate Over Abortion Rights

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On this West Virginia Morning, abortion can be a hot button topic to avoid around the Thanksgiving table. But it’s a key issue at the heart of a highly polarized political climate. Several states now have abortion restrictions in place. Some states have signed abortion bans, but those aren’t in effect yet. And next year, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case that could change the right to legal abortion.

Nov 27 2019

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Q&A: How Researchers Are Using Grant Money In Cervical Cancer Fight

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On this West Virginia Morning, Appalachian women face some of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the country. They’re also among the groups of women least likely to receive cancer screenings. Ohio University Professor Electra Paskett has dedicated much of her career to understanding why. This year, she and her colleagues received a multi-million-dollar grant aimed at cervical cancer prevention. Paskett recently presented her work at West Virginia University’s School of Public Health. Reporter Brittany Patterson talked with Paskett about her research.

Nov 13 2019

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Berkeley County Project Giving Eels The Slip

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On this West Virginia Morning, for more than 180 years, American eels have not been able to swim past Dam No. 5 in Falling Waters, Berkeley County. But that’s about to change. As Liz McCormick reports, officials are finishing a new “eelway” that could potentially help thousands of eels a year migrate further upstream in the Potomac River.

Nov 26 2019

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Q&A: How Hospital Closures Are Affecting Appalachians' Access To Health Services

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On this West Virginia Morning, across Appalachia, and even rural America more broadly, hospitals are closing. Faced with increasing costs and aging, sicker and poorer patients, health care systems are consolidating their services, and in the process, increasing travel times for patients seeking specialized and emergency care. Freelance reporter Mason Adams recently dug into the impacts these changes are having on Appalachian communities in a story for In These Times . He spoke with 100 Days in Appalachia’s student editor Kristen Uppercue about his reporting.

Dec 02 2019

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Future Of MARC Train Service in Eastern Panhandle Still In Doubt

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On this West Virginia Morning, the future of the MARC commuter train service in the Eastern Panhandle is still uncertain. Local municipalities have come together to provide funding – but it’s unclear if it will be enough to keep the service in West Virginia. Liz McCormick explains.

Nov 14 2019

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Inside Appalachia Explores Outdoor Education

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On this West Virginia Morning, we’re taking a look at outdoor education. It’s the theme of this weekend’s episode of Inside Appalachia because more and more educators are finding that time in nature with their students is essential to learning. One organization called Experience Learning in Pendleton County has been leading kids into pristine mountain landscapes for 50 years. Glynis Board spent some time there to find out more about how the program impacts kids and communities.

Nov 15 2019

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Preston County Camp Provides Outdoor Learning Experience For Adults

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On this West Virginia Morning, we’re hearing stories this week that explore the benefits of going outside. People from all over the state and region converged in Terra Alta, West Virginia, earlier this year to celebrate nine decades of Mountain Nature Camp. It’s a camp where adults go to study pristine Appalachian corners of the world. Many folks came to celebrate community and traditions that have been going since 1929. But they also go to get their nature fix, which, as Glynis Board reports, an increasing number of researchers say is critical for both human health and maybe even life on the planet.

Nov 19 2019

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Feature Film Brings Brings Star Power To Ohio Valley Teflon Story

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On this West Virginia Morning, the decades-long saga over DuPont’s dumping of toxic chemicals in the Ohio Valley is getting the Hollywood treatment. “Dark Waters,” a film starring Mark Ruffalo as environmental lawyer Rob Billot, opened in theaters Friday. The film comes as regulators and lawmakers consider new rules on the toxic chemicals known as PFAS. As Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Brittany Patterson reports, the chemicals are showing up in more drinking water systems around the region.

Nov 25 2019

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Kentucky Town Finds New Use For Abandoned Mine Land Funds

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On this West Virginia Morning, the federal Abandoned Mine Land program puts millions toward cleaning up old mine sites. Now, coal country officials are putting some of that money toward broader economic development as well. Reporter Brittany Patterson visited one unusual project in the mining town of Lynch, Kentucky.

Nov 12 2019

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Appalachian, Family-Owned Energy Drink ‘Dr. Enuf’ Turns 70

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On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear about one of the world’s earliest energy drinks that was manufactured right here in Appalachia. We also bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

Dec 13 2019

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Q&A: How Can We Re-Engage With Our Own Democracy?

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On this West Virginia Morning, Us & Them host Trey Kay talks with Bob Garfield. Garfield is co-host of the NPR program “On the Media.” He is also co-founder of an initiative called “The Purple Project for Democracy.” Its goal is to help people believe in democracy once again and show them ways to get involved and re-engage.

Dec 12 2019

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Tinnell Brothers Bring Feast Of The 7 Fishes Tradition To Life On The Big Screen

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On this West Virginia Morning, Feast of the Seven Fishes is a new movie set in Marion County. The comedy is adapted from a graphic novel by the same name and follows an Italian-American family on Christmas Eve. Cast members have played in productions like Jumanji, The Righteous Gemstones and The Sopranos. Jeff Tinnell is one of the film’s producers, while his brother, Bob, wrote the graphic novel. The two grew up in the area where the movie was shot. Our news director, Jesse Wright, spoke with the Tinnell brothers about the project. We hear part of that conversation.

Dec 11 2019

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W.Va. Mountain State Southern Gospel Convention Marches On Despite Dwindling Numbers

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On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear about a 70-year-old music festival serving a different kind of Christian music. Also, we hear the latest on the debate over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a new study on the risks of black lung disease.

Dec 10 2019

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Artist Mines Markets To Create Unique Appalachian Work

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On this West Virginia Morning, flea markets are a common feature across Appalachian landscapes. Maybe you even remember going as a kid with your family. There’s usually something for just about everyone. Well, one West Virginian artist mines flea markets regularly to find material for his work. Old photographs, children’s toys and tin cans of all kinds become elements in his abstract art -- art that is uniquely Appalachian. Our folklife reporter, Caitlin Tan, brings us the story.

Dec 09 2019

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Regional Author Sets Debut Novel In Fictional Version Of Greenbrier County

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear another in our occasional series focusing on authors in the region. West Virginia author Mesha Maren’s debut novel Sugar Run is set in a fictional version of Greenbrier County and was described in the New York Times Book Review as “southern noir.” Maren splits her time between North Carolina and West Virginia. She spoke to Eric Douglas via Skype to discuss the book.

Dec 06 2019

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How Appalachian Shale Gas Filled A Gap In Japan's Energy Needs

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On this West Virginia Morning, the abundant drilling of our region's Marcellus and Utica shales has created a glut of natural gas. That means prices are at an all-time low. Producers eager to find new markets now ship gas overseas. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips traces the path of natural gas from the forests of northern Appalachia to Japan, where cheap Pennsylvania shale gas provides energy in the wake of a disaster.

Dec 03 2019

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Q&A: How Hospital Closures Are Affecting Appalachians' Access To Health Services

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On this West Virginia Morning, across Appalachia, and even rural America more broadly, hospitals are closing. Faced with increasing costs and aging, sicker and poorer patients, health care systems are consolidating their services, and in the process, increasing travel times for patients seeking specialized and emergency care. Freelance reporter Mason Adams recently dug into the impacts these changes are having on Appalachian communities in a story for In These Times . He spoke with 100 Days in Appalachia’s student editor Kristen Uppercue about his reporting.

Dec 02 2019

14mins

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Us & Them Podcast Tackles Debate Over Abortion Rights

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On this West Virginia Morning, abortion can be a hot button topic to avoid around the Thanksgiving table. But it’s a key issue at the heart of a highly polarized political climate. Several states now have abortion restrictions in place. Some states have signed abortion bans, but those aren’t in effect yet. And next year, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case that could change the right to legal abortion.

Nov 27 2019

15mins

Play

Berkeley County Project Giving Eels The Slip

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On this West Virginia Morning, for more than 180 years, American eels have not been able to swim past Dam No. 5 in Falling Waters, Berkeley County. But that’s about to change. As Liz McCormick reports, officials are finishing a new “eelway” that could potentially help thousands of eels a year migrate further upstream in the Potomac River.

Nov 26 2019

14mins

Play

Feature Film Brings Brings Star Power To Ohio Valley Teflon Story

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On this West Virginia Morning, the decades-long saga over DuPont’s dumping of toxic chemicals in the Ohio Valley is getting the Hollywood treatment. “Dark Waters,” a film starring Mark Ruffalo as environmental lawyer Rob Billot, opened in theaters Friday. The film comes as regulators and lawmakers consider new rules on the toxic chemicals known as PFAS. As Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Brittany Patterson reports, the chemicals are showing up in more drinking water systems around the region.

Nov 25 2019

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Pickens Family Develops Decades-Long Connection With Lost Family Member In Austria

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On this West Virginia Morning, we start in an old farmhouse in Pickens, home to the Nestor family in the latter part of the 20th century. A lot has changed in the past 50 years. But perhaps the biggest difference since their childhood isn’t the kids and grandkids they’ve gained -- it’s the sister they met 30 years ago, from Austria. Emily Allen joined up with the family at a recent reunion to hear their story.

Nov 22 2019

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Peer Addiction Recovery Support Efforts Get State Support

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On this West Virginia Morning, earlier this fall, Bob Hansen, director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, said the state looks forward to creating new job opportunities for West Virginians in recovery from addiction. For some of these opportunities, being in recovery is actually a qualification. The state has been certifying and paying peer recovery support specialists through its Bureau for Medical Services since July 2018. As Report for America corps member Emily Allen reports, this is just one example of the state’s recent investments in peer support.

Nov 21 2019

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Fayetteville Puts Gnomes At Center Of Off-Season Tourism Effort

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On this West Virginia Morning, with coal mining on the decline and people relocating, some towns in southern West Virginia are trying to find other ways to spur their economies. In Fayetteville, that has meant leaning into tourism. There’s a large river-rafting, mountain-biking and rock-climbing scene in the area, but much of those activities are limited to the warmer months. So, the town has started a unique tourism campaign to get people to come visit in the off-season. Folkways reporter Caitlin Tan has the story.

Nov 20 2019

14mins

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Preston County Camp Provides Outdoor Learning Experience For Adults

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Read more
On this West Virginia Morning, we’re hearing stories this week that explore the benefits of going outside. People from all over the state and region converged in Terra Alta, West Virginia, earlier this year to celebrate nine decades of Mountain Nature Camp. It’s a camp where adults go to study pristine Appalachian corners of the world. Many folks came to celebrate community and traditions that have been going since 1929. But they also go to get their nature fix, which, as Glynis Board reports, an increasing number of researchers say is critical for both human health and maybe even life on the planet.

Nov 19 2019

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Scouts, WVU Aim To Get All West Virginian Students Learning Outside

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On this West Virginia Morning, the combination of climbing medical costs and stagnant wages can make it hard for many working people struggling with chronic health problems. Statistics show medical bills contribute to more than 60 percent of personal bankruptcies in the country. The Ohio Valley ReSource’s Mary Meehan has the story of one woman who lost her home while fighting cancer. It’s a story becoming all too common as medical bankruptcy threatens people’s ability to keep a home.

Nov 18 2019

14mins

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Inside Appalachia Explores Outdoor Education

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Read more
On this West Virginia Morning, we’re taking a look at outdoor education. It’s the theme of this weekend’s episode of Inside Appalachia because more and more educators are finding that time in nature with their students is essential to learning. One organization called Experience Learning in Pendleton County has been leading kids into pristine mountain landscapes for 50 years. Glynis Board spent some time there to find out more about how the program impacts kids and communities.

Nov 15 2019

15mins

Play

Future Of MARC Train Service in Eastern Panhandle Still In Doubt

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On this West Virginia Morning, the future of the MARC commuter train service in the Eastern Panhandle is still uncertain. Local municipalities have come together to provide funding – but it’s unclear if it will be enough to keep the service in West Virginia. Liz McCormick explains.

Nov 14 2019

14mins

Play

Q&A: How Researchers Are Using Grant Money In Cervical Cancer Fight

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Read more
On this West Virginia Morning, Appalachian women face some of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the country. They’re also among the groups of women least likely to receive cancer screenings. Ohio University Professor Electra Paskett has dedicated much of her career to understanding why. This year, she and her colleagues received a multi-million-dollar grant aimed at cervical cancer prevention. Paskett recently presented her work at West Virginia University’s School of Public Health. Reporter Brittany Patterson talked with Paskett about her research.

Nov 13 2019

15mins

Play

Kentucky Town Finds New Use For Abandoned Mine Land Funds

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Read more
On this West Virginia Morning, the federal Abandoned Mine Land program puts millions toward cleaning up old mine sites. Now, coal country officials are putting some of that money toward broader economic development as well. Reporter Brittany Patterson visited one unusual project in the mining town of Lynch, Kentucky.

Nov 12 2019

14mins

Play