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Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:05:00 GMT
Ohio based duo Cave Twins, featuring David Mayfield on mandolin and Abby Rose on guitar, sing beautiful harmony on a heart felt dose of encouragment for our Song of the Week, "Keep on Singing."
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 21:24:45 GMT
The West Virginia Humanities Council is accepting applications for their 2020 Folklife Apprenticeship Program . This will be the third year the West Virginia Folklife Program is sponsoring the apprenticeship program. The Humanities Council offers up to $3,000 to highly skilled, traditional artists who agree to work with a qualified apprentice. Apprentices and teaching pairs are encouraged to apply together. Past apprenticeship projects have included fiddlers, salt rising bread bakers, gospel singers and herbalists. Each teacher works with their apprentice for a year, meeting regularly to pass on their skills and knowledge. The purpose of the apprenticeship project is to help ensure that the folklife and culture of West Virginia is passed down for future generations.
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 20:56:53 GMT
Nov. 30 was the deadline for West Virginia to provide $2.3 million to the Maryland Department of Transportation to keep the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) at its current service. Otherwise, the service in West Virginia would be reduced from six trains per weekday to two. But it’s unclear if an agreement was reached.
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 20:24:58 GMT
Adding plants and trees to the landscape could reduce air pollution by an average of 27 percent, according to a new study. Specialists in environmental science, engineering and geography spent three years analyzing thousands of counties across the country. They found that adding more plants is cheaper than most technologies at reducing air pollution. One of the lead researchers is an engineering professor at Ohio State University named Bhavik Bakshi.
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 04:39:07 GMT
Fairness West Virginia, an advocacy group for the state’s LGBTQ+ population, held a panel for the press Tuesday morning to discuss its proposed ‘Fairness Act’ for the 2020 legislative session. If passed, the bill would prohibit discrimination that’s based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:44:47 GMT
Rural hospitals across the country are closing in large numbers, making emergency and speciality services harder and harder to come by for Americans who don’t live in urban centers. One hundred and thirteen rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and about a third of the remaining, some 670, were at risk of closing in 2016.
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:10:22 GMT
Longtime Democratic West Virginia House of Delegates member Mike Caputo has announced he’ll run for a seat in the state Senate. He made the announcement Tuesday at an event in Fairmont.
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:51:32 GMT
The Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released a “ list of amends ” last week for the former bishop Michael Bransfield to consider. That list comes in the wake of multiple investigations revealing sexual and financial misconduct. The diocese wants Bransfield to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars and to apologize. Former seminarian, Wheeling resident and Morgantown native Vincent DeGeorge has spoken out about abuse, saying he was among those targeted by Bransfield. He offered these thoughts on the Diocese's list.
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 12:00:00 GMT
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.
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 21:12:55 GMT
Wet, cool conditions are helping to slow a wildfire in Pendleton County that broke out on Thanksgiving. The Dry Hollow Fire was first reported early Thursday in the Monongahela National Forest near the community of Upper Tract.
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:43:00 GMT
Flight cancellations and delays continued Monday as the winter storm that tore across the United States reached the Northeast, bringing several inches of snow and coastal floods. Travel disruptions are likely, with the National Weather Service warning of hazardous driving conditions. The storm initially formed on the West Coast days before Thanksgiving, snarling holiday travel plans . It slowly moved east over the Great Lakes region and will likely remain until Tuesday morning. Although Boston has been spared the worst of the storm, portions of Massachusetts could see 6 to 10 inches of snow. Simon Rios with member station WBUR told NPR's Newscast Unit that state transportation officials deployed more than 3,500 plows to remove snow. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, inclement weather continues as highway authorities are requiring cars to install snow chains on a major interstate. Several portions of the Sierra Nevada received more than a foot of snow overnight. The storm is expected to
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:38:36 GMT
The Ohio River is an important ecological and economic force in the region. It provides drinking water for 5 million people, but it’s also one of the most polluted rivers in the U.S. A new regional journalism collaborative is digging into what it means to live in the Ohio River watershed.
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 12:00:00 GMT
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.
Sun, 01 Dec 2019 22:39:00 GMT
Updated at 8:01 p.m. ET As the House impeachment inquiry moves this week from the fact-gathering stage in the Intelligence Committee to considerations of law in the Judiciary Committee, the White House says President Trump does not intend to participate in a Wednesday hearing. In a 5-page letter released Sunday evening , Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, declined an offer extended by Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, for the president or his lawyers to take part in this week's public proceeding. "We cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings." The letter only declines participation in this week's hearing — it does not address whether Trump will change his mind and possibly be a part of future hearings. House investigators have scheduled the first Judiciary Committee hearing for
Sat, 30 Nov 2019 14:16:16 GMT
The world is getting windier, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change. Researchers analyzed decades of weather data and determined global wind speeds have risen dramatically over the past 10 years. The study says wind farm operators are likely to benefit from the uptick in wind speeds since faster wind means more efficient wind turbines. Princeton University scholar Timothy Searchinger, one of the studys authors, says researchers expect wind speed to continue to increase, he says, which has multiple positive effects. Green energy through wind turbines will see these impacts. "When you increase the wind speed by a little bit, you still increase the power quite a lot," he says. The study also debunked a "clear belief" that global wind speed from 1980 on was slowing due to humans. Increased buildings, and in some places vegetation, were a source of concern for the global climate system. "This paper showed that's not the case," he says. As a result of increasing wind
Sat, 30 Nov 2019 13:03:00 GMT
Certain fictional mansions exist only so their owners can mysteriously die in them. The gothic revival abode of famous novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) in Rian Johnson's Knives Out is one of them. All brick turrets and spindly spires on the outside, all dark wood and winding staircases on the inside, it's a perfect place to throw a party — especially one in which all the suspects in a death are gathered at the request of law enforcement. The family Harlan leaves behind is a motley collection of the idiosyncratic products of his wealth: daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her husband Richard (Don Johnson); Linda and Richard's hot, aggressive, disappointing son Ransom (Chris Evans); Harlan's son Walt (Michael Shannon) and his wife Donna (Riki Lindhome) and their son Jacob (Jaeden Martell); widowed daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Collette) and her daughter Meg (Katherine Langford); and the mysterious Greatnana (K Callan), always watching from the corner. There's also Harlan's
Fri, 29 Nov 2019 17:17:00 GMT
Our region has faced major economic changes and challenges in the past decade. But if you know our region’s history, this story of boom and bust, renewal and recession, is an all too familiar story. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll explore how these economic changes affect people, our friends, our neighbors, and how entire communities can be uprooted by the closing of a local factory, or coal-mine layoffs.
Fri, 29 Nov 2019 10:10:00 GMT
Black Friday isn't what it used to be. Just ask Chris Ott. He married into a family that never missed the occasion. And let's just say, he really got into it. After Thanksgiving dinner, they'd peruse Black Friday ads, developing a "really fun strategic plan — pick the store that we were going to wait outside of, we would divide and conquer," says Ott, 42, a cybersecurity engineer and youth pastor in the Denver area. "It was so extreme for us that we'd be on vacation with family in Florida over Thanksgiving and we would wait outside the Best Buy in Orlando to see what we could get there," he adds with a laugh. But lately, this family tradition has fizzled out. Stores kept opening earlier, cutting into Thanksgiving dinner. The Internet made it easy to price-check deals that started to seem less worthwhile. Online shopping became convenient. Last year, "we decided we'd rather just put up Christmas decorations, and didn't even go," Ott says. It's not just Ott. This year, only 36% of people
Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:05:00 GMT
Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams are making their own music, together, after being a part of the band for Levon Helm- and frequently guesting with heavyweights like Phil Lesh, Little Feat, and Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.
Thu, 28 Nov 2019 10:34:00 GMT
We’re saying “Thanks” by offering a live stream to our sold out 36 th Anniversary show, December 1.