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Sun, 26 May 2019 17:39:04 GMT
Update: Sunday, May 26, 2019 A massive natural gas storage tank fire in West Virginia is out. News outlets report the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said in a statement that the blaze was extinguished around 5 a.m. Sunday after all-night efforts by local fire departments and state agencies.
Sat, 25 May 2019 10:26:00 GMT
Greasy pepperoni rolls, pungent ramps, sweet apple butter, shaggy Big Foot, scruffy Mothman – these are all symbols that represent West Virginia. Local treasures that began from traditions and legends from long ago that are getting a modern flare, thanks to a graphic design artist in Morgantown. Liz Pavlovic’s business “Liz Pavlovic Design and Illustrations” recreates West Virginia’s mementos with an endearing modern, cartoonish flare.
Fri, 24 May 2019 22:43:42 GMT
Republican leaders in the West Virginia Senate have rolled out their latest plan for education reform. The 144-page bill , dubbed the “Student Success Act”, was released Friday afternoon by Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson. “This bill boldly incorporates many suggestions and recommendations from the education forums that were held throughout the state,” Carmichael said in a Friday statement. “It reflects the input of teachers, students, and parents. There is widespread recognition that our state’s education system can be improved.”
Fri, 24 May 2019 19:53:23 GMT
On Monday, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. The holiday came to represent the unofficial start to summer. But for many, the day also reminds us to take a few moments to stop and remember a loved one who fought and died for our country on the battlefield. The holiday is steeped in rich history dating back to the American Civil War.
Fri, 24 May 2019 18:54:02 GMT
In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we explore how our cultural traditions change over time and evolve as they get passed from person to person. How does foklife fit into our already busy, and frankly, quite stressful lives? “Henry Glassie, another folklorist, says that folklore is the creation of the future out of the past. So in order to know where we're headed, we have to know about these traditions in the past,” explained West Virginia state folklorist Emily Hilliard.
Fri, 24 May 2019 15:08:28 GMT
Mountain Stage continues it’s 36 th season of live performance radio with three shows, just announced, for late Summer.
Fri, 24 May 2019 14:27:31 GMT
The U. S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday details of a second round of aid totaling $16 billion for farmers affected by the trade war with China. But some Ohio Valley farmers worry about the ongoing consequences of these payments and tariffs.
Fri, 24 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, Greensboro is a small town in southern Pennsylvania, just across the West Virginia border. It sits on the banks of the Monongahela river, surrounded by small hills and patches of trees. Over the years the town has weathered boom and busts of a pottery industry, river trade, and coal. Lately, it’s been more bust than boom. But now, some artists are trying to stimulate the local economy using what they know best: creativity. Our folklife reporter Caitlin Tan visited the Greensboro Art Cooperative to find out more.
Thu, 23 May 2019 17:49:00 GMT
A Washington Post investigation finds the Ohio Valley is suffering the most from the surge in overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids, even as deaths from other substances are falling. The Post analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and found the region has the nation’s highest rates of death due to fentanyl.
Thu, 23 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, as the world waits for resolution from the Trump Administration’s trade war with China, it’s a tough time to be a farmer -- especially a soybean farmer. Soybeans are a $40 billion business in the U.S. But the crop price plummeted last year because of the trade war. Farmers are desperate for anything that can help keep their profits up. Like weedkillers.
Thu, 23 May 2019 11:01:00 GMT
Our Song of the Week is a fan-favorite from Colorado's The Devil Makes Three.
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:23:13 GMT
Walking down the streets of Greensboro, Pennsylvania, it feels a bit like a ghost town. There are houses, business signs, a post office, but only two cars drive by in 10 minutes and no one is walking the streets. The small town in southern Pennsylvania is just across the West Virginia border. It sits on the banks of the Monongahela River, surrounded by small hills and patches of trees. In years past, the town has weathered the boom and bust of a pottery industry, river trade and coal. Lately, it has been more bust than boom.
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:20:24 GMT
America’s trade war with China is fueling a long-running battle over weedkillers in American farm fields. It's a tough time to be an American farmer -- especially if you grow soybean. They are a $40 billion business in the U.S., but the price of soybeans plummeted last year because of the trade war. Soybean farmers are desperate to restore their profits and one way to do that is to boost their harvest. Weeds can get in the way of that goal. For years, farmers have been able to keep weeds at bay with products like Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, but now, some weeds are resistant to the chemical. Monsanto and other chemical companies have another effective weedkiller that relies on an herbicide called “dicamba.” But there’s a problem: besides killing weeds, dicamba can harm other sensitive plants. In fact, in 2017, the drifting chemical damaged some three and half million acres of valuable crops. There are petitions and lawsuits in the works. One farmer died in a fight over the weedkiller.
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:17:33 GMT
A new report from the Appalachian Regional Commission shows that Central Appalachia lags behind other parts of the region in employment, household income, and other key measures.
Wed, 22 May 2019 18:50:07 GMT
In apparent anticipation of a federal lawsuit seeking recovery of overdue penalties, coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice have filed a lawsuit of their own against federal surface mining regulators. The suit, first reported by WV MetroNews, is an apparent preemptive strike against the federal government, which is preparing to sue the companies over over unpaid fines associated with more than 100 environmental and reclamation violations at mines in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Wed, 22 May 2019 17:41:57 GMT
“They made me feel like I was a person.” That’s what a 40-year-old man told researchers from Johns Hopkins University about a now-closed syringe services program in the heart of central Appalachia.
Wed, 22 May 2019 17:07:34 GMT
More than four in 10 adults living in rural Appalachia cite drug abuse as the biggest issue facing their communities, according to “ Life in Rural America: Part II ,” a report released this week by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health from a telephone survey of 1,405 adults living in the rural U.S.
Wed, 22 May 2019 16:56:52 GMT
In the April 5 thread , the party made the case that “West Virginia’s education system is not successfully serving our students. Comprehensive education reform will ensure students have what they need to succeed, parents have the freedom to decide the best education path for their children, and we invest in good teachers.”
Wed, 22 May 2019 16:40:43 GMT
West Virginia’s Roman Catholic diocese failed to publicly disclose decade-old allegations of sexual abuse of a student involving a Catholic school teacher, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday, May 21. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced an amended lawsuit against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and former Bishop Michael Bransfield.
Wed, 22 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, There’s a strong historical connection between Appalachia and Wales. Many of our ancestors migrated from Wales to Appalachia, both regions once heavily depended on the coal industry and both have a strong mountain culture -- a culture that includes music, art and storytelling. This month at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, you can see an expansive art exhibit dedicated to the Welsh-Appalachian connection. Our folklife reporter, Caitlin Tan, has more.