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Confederate Memorial Partly Removed in Charleston, W.Va.

Confederate Memorial Partly Removed in Charleston, W.Va.

The City of Charleston quietly removed part of a Confederate memorial Monday, joining other cities and states across the country who are taking a closer look at structures honoring Confederate soldiers and generals. Listen Listening... 1:19 Riflemen Memorial still stands at Ruffner Park in downtown Charleston, but a bronze plaque that covers most of its face is now gone.  That plaque listed the names of local men who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.  Among the names is William Armstead, who is described on the plaque as a “colored cook, faithful during the war.” That...

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Roxy Todd
Jun 30
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LISTEN: Veteran Coal Reporter Provides Update On Murray Energy Bankruptcy

LISTEN: Veteran Coal Reporter Provides Update On Murray Energy Bankruptcy

Last fall, Murray Energy — the largest privately-owned coal company in America with a large presence in the Ohio Valley — joined many of its peers in . Murray faced mounting debt and a struggling coal market. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, tanking the global economy including energy markets.  S&P Global Market Intelligence senior reporter has been . Late last week, he spoke with energy and environment reporter Brittany Patterson about the latest updates in the case. Listen Listening... 6:58 Listen to the conversation.   ***Editor's Note: The following has been edited for clarity and...

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Brittany Patterson
May 7
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Gov. Justice Revises List Of COVID-19 Hot Spots, Officials Dispute Excess Death Report From CDC

Gov. Justice Revises List Of COVID-19 Hot Spots, Officials Dispute Excess Death Report From CDC

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he is once again revising the list of COVID-19 “hot spot” counties. Those changes come as state officials relax a stay-at home order and businesses begin to reopen under Justice’s plan.  Justice announced Sunday that Jackson, Kanawha and Ohio counties had been removed from a list of hot spot counties. Counties on the list had more restrictive measures in place due to the high number of cases.  On Monday, Justice also removed Cabell, Wayne and Wood counties from that list — leaving only Berkeley, Harrison, Jefferson, Marion and Monongalia. However, the...

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Dave Mistich
May 5
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Federal Inmate Transferred To West Virginia Tests Positive For COVID-19

Federal Inmate Transferred To West Virginia Tests Positive For COVID-19

A federal inmate has tested positive for the coronavirus after being transferred to a facility in West Virginia. The transfer of federal prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic has been increasingly criticized as those facilities have seen outbreaks across the country.  The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has confirmed that 124 new inmates were transferred on April 28 to the Federal Correctional Institution in Gilmer County.  A spokeswoman for the agency says new inmates are screened and their temperatures are checked several times before their arrival at a federal prison, where they are quarantined...

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Dave Mistich
May 5
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W.Va. Gov. To Relax Stay-At-Home Order On Monday

W.Va. Gov. To Relax Stay-At-Home Order On Monday

Related Program: Related Program: Today marked the first day of West Virginia’s reopening plan. At his daily virtual press conference Gov. Jim Justice announced he will lift the stay-at-home order on Monday, May 4th,  and will issue a new edict he’s calling “safer at home.” Justice said West Virginia’s rates of new positive coronavirus cases look good and remain under 3 percent. In fact he said, although the state data is tracking the cumulative average from March 30 to today, out of the last five days, three of them had new positive cases in the 1 percent range.  Additionally, coronavirus...

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Kara Leigh Lofton
May 1
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West Virginia Gov. Justice Lays Out Reopening Plan As Coronavirus Positives Drop Below 3 Percent

West Virginia Gov. Justice Lays Out Reopening Plan As Coronavirus Positives Drop Below 3 Percent

This is a developing story and may be updated. West Virginia’s rates of new coronavirus cases are trending down, and as a result, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has announced a plan to reopen the state’s economy.  The plan, which is expected to roll out over the course of the next three to six weeks, calls for ramping up testing, contact tracing and increasing supplies of protective gear. The plan also includes some guidelines on how businesses will reopen and vague contingencies should an increase in cases be detected. will come earlier than recommendations made by outside organizations,...

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Dave Mistich
Apr 28
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A Return To Baking During Coronavirus Pandemic

A Return To Baking During Coronavirus Pandemic

Kerri Namolik lives in Shepherdstown, W.Va. with her husband and two daughters. She is an assistant professor for Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and is working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic.  But like many parents, she has also found herself homeschooling her two girls – Scarlett and Lilah – and using baking as a way to implement some math. Listen Listening... 2:10 Listen to the story here. Many West Virginians have been sheltering at home since Gov. Jim Justice issued a due to the coronavirus, and since then, some have turned back to traditional Appalachian...

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Caitlin Tan
Apr 19
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Frontier Files Bankruptcy, States No Changes To W.Va. Customers

Frontier Files Bankruptcy, States No Changes To W.Va. Customers

West Virginia’s main landline phone provider filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late on Tuesday. Listen Listening... 1:16 The request, filed by Frontier Communications in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, is waiting on approval from a federal judge. It’s unclear when, but eventually Frontier also will need the West Virginia Public Service Commission to approve the terms of whatever settlement the company reaches with its creditors. Frontier runs two West Virginia subsidiaries and serves roughly 300,000 customers with its landline phone service, according to the of an...

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Emily Allen
Apr 17
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'It Felt Like Somebody Took My Lungs Away From Me' — W.Va. Nurse Shares Her COVID-19 Experience

'It Felt Like Somebody Took My Lungs Away From Me' — W.Va. Nurse Shares Her COVID-19 Experience

Letha Mullins lives in Logan County, West Virginia, and works as a registered travel nurse in Kentucky. In March, she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent more than two weeks in self-isolation. In this audio postcard recorded Tuesday, April 7, she talks about how the virus took a toll on her body and her spirit. Listen Listening... 7:48 Listen here. Mullins, who is 29 years old, first noticed feeling short of breath on her break at work in Lexington, Kentucky on March 20. She said at first, it wasn't too bad. "About three-and-a-half hours after I was home, I spiked the temperature of 102,"...

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Molly Born
Apr 17
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Projections Show COVID-19’s Peak In West Virginia Is A Month Away. Here’s What That Could Look Like

Projections Show COVID-19’s Peak In West Virginia Is A Month Away. Here’s What That Could Look Like

West Virginia has about a month until coronavirus peaks here.  And when it does, about 500 West Virginians — give or take a few hundred — are expected to die, from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Dr. Ali Mokdad, one of the researchers working on the projections, said deaths in the state may be high per capita because West Virginia’s population is high risk. Coronavirus has hit older adults and people with underlying health conditions the hardest. In an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mokdad said residents of the state should be...

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Dave Mistich
Apr 17
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With Coronavirus Peak Looming, West Virginia Delays Primary Election Until June 9

With Coronavirus Peak Looming, West Virginia Delays Primary Election Until June 9

With cases of the coronavirus expected to spike in West Virginia in the coming weeks, the state will delay its primary election. Gov. Jim Justice made the announcement at a Wednesday virtual news conference. The primary election had been scheduled for May 12. But with public health concerns heightened, Justice announced the primary will instead be pushed back to June 9.  Projections from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation show the coronavirus’ will peak at the beginning of May.  “All of you know that I was absolutely hopeful and very supportive of...

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Dave Mistich
Apr 17
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To Serve W.Va.'s Veterans, Clarksburg VA Hospital Prepares For Coronavirus

To Serve W.Va.'s Veterans, Clarksburg VA Hospital Prepares For Coronavirus

Listen Listening... 6:33 Listen to the story. You can still find West Virginians sporting WW2 and Korean War vet hats, wars that were fought more than 70 years ago, as well as hats representing Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 145,000, or nearly 10 percent, of the state's population have served their country. Over the course of their service, many were exposed to everything from heavy smoke, to oil fires, to the highly-toxic chemical Agent Orange. This means many vets are either elderly or they have preexisting conditions, making the veteran population particularly...

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Chip Hitchcock
Apr 17
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Upper Big Branch 10 Years Later - Honoring the Miners Who Lost Their Lives

Upper Big Branch 10 Years Later - Honoring the Miners Who Lost Their Lives

Related Program: Related Program: Ten years ago, on April 5, 2010, 29 men who worked at an underground coal mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia, lost their lives. has placed wreaths at the monument in Raleigh County on April 5 every year since. But this year, they aren’t encouraging family members to visit, due to the spread of COVID-19. Family members are memorializing their loved ones in their own ways. While the annual events at Marsh Fork Elementary, the Upper Big Branch Monument and other places across the region can’t happen as they usually do because of the spread of COVID-19,...

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Jessica Lilly
Apr 17
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Edible Mountain - Mayapple, The Most Harvested Plant In Appalachia

Edible Mountain - Mayapple, The Most Harvested Plant In Appalachia

Related Program: Related Program: Native Appalachian plants are a largely untapped and understudied natural resource. The mayapple is a prime example. Wild-crafted for generations, studies now reveal the plant has life-saving properties. Dr. Eric Burkhart, a field botany expert, explains the uses of mayapple, and how it could be a special crop that offers economic befits throughout the Appalachian region.is a bite-sized, digital series that showcases some of Appalachia’s overlooked and underappreciated products of the forest while highlighting their (mostly forgotten) uses. Many episodes...

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Apr 17
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Gov. Justice Issues Executive Order For 3 Eastern Panhandle Counties After COVID-19 Cluster Found

Gov. Justice Issues Executive Order For 3 Eastern Panhandle Counties After COVID-19 Cluster Found

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has issued an executive order specific to three Eastern Panhandle counties following the discovery of a cluster of confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The governor announced the new regulations in a news release issued Friday evening.  — specific to Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties — limits group gatherings to five people, directs all businesses to require employees to work from home as much as possible and calls on local health departments to establish a maximum occupancy and proper social distance for all essential businesses. Those health departments...

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Dave Mistich
Apr 17
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Edible Mountain - How To Make Sassafras Tea

Edible Mountain - How To Make Sassafras Tea

Related Program: Related Program: Sassafras root makes an excellent tea. Learn the right way to do it from naturalist Bill Beatty!Edible Mountain is a bite-sized, digital series from WVPB that showcases some of Appalachia’s overlooked and underappreciated products of the forest, while highlighting their mostly forgotten uses. The series features experts, from botanists to conservationists, who provide insight on how to sustainably forage these delicacies. It also explores the preparation of these amazing delectables, something that many could achieve in the home kitchen. You can find more...

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Apr 17
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