Appalachian Writers Discuss Their Work: Inside Appalachia
People who write novels, short stories and newspaper articles each tell Appalachia’s story in their own way. This is an encore airing of an Inside Appalachia show that deals with a few of the writers who tell Appalachia’s story. We’ll hear from journalist Ken Ward. He’s been writing for the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia for 27 years covering environmental issues, coal mining and worker safety. He’s heard both praise and criticism for his coverage. "When somebody who’s been through what they’ve been through says you’ve always been here for us, if that doesn’t move you a little bit as a journalist, you need to get in some other business." -- Ken Ward He was awarded a MacArthur fellowship , a grant given to outstanding contributors in their local communities who push the boundaries of science, art and culture. Jessica Lilly talked to Ward to find out what this honor means to him. Karen Spears Zacharias is the writer-in-residence at Shepherd University in
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:41:16 +0000
Lawmakers and Universities React to the 'Campus Carry' Bill
This morning we’ll hear about the controversial legislation that would allow students to carry guns on to college campuses.
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:50:04 +0000
ARC Funding Includes Agriculture, Outdoor Trails & Craft Beer Tourism
According to a press release from the Appalachian Regional Commission, $22.8 million is being awarded to 33 projects in the Appalachian region. The funding is part of the ARC’s POWER program, an initiative that awards federal funding for coal impacted communities to help them create jobs.
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:18:37 +0000
WVU Faculty, Students Protest 'Campus Carry' Bill
About 100 West Virginia University faculty and students gathered outside of Woodburn Circle Thursday afternoon to voice their concerns about a so-called “campus carry” bill making its way through the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 23:51:40 +0000
Bill to Allow Guns on W.Va. College Campuses Moving Rapidly in House
With SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – effectively dead, attention now turns to another bill that’s stirring up controversy at the statehouse and around West Virginia. HB 2519 – the Campus Self Defense Act – is on the fast track. The bill would allow people with concealed carry licenses to carry their guns on college campuses.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 23:24:11 +0000
Can a Video Game Bring Visitors to West Virginia?
On this West Virginia Morning, Roxy Todd talks with Stephanie Tyree, director of the West Virginia Community Development Hub. The Hub is a non-profit based in Charleston that's trying to strengthen economic development efforts across the state. Its approach is based on years of research into why, despite substantial investments and community efforts, West Virginia communities continue to struggle - and why the state continues to rank at the bottom of so many quality-of-life measurements. Also on today’s show, we’ll take a look at a video game that tourism officials believe will make a positive impact in getting visitors to West Virginia. West Virginia Morning is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting which is solely responsible for its content. Support for our news bureaus comes from West Virginia University, Concord University, and Shepherd University.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 19:36:59 +0000
Fallout 76: Turning 'Almost Heaven' Into a Post-Apocalyptic Tourist Destination
Tourism Day was recognized by the West Virginia Legislature this week. In light of that, we bring you a report on a video game that tourism officials believe makes a positive impact in bringing visitors to West Virginia. By now, you may have heard of Fallout 76 - the latest in the popular line of Fallout video games . It was released last fall with much fanfare by Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Division of Tourism. West Virginia Public Broadcasting spoke with a local gamer, and we bring you this special look inside the video game.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:30:00 +0000
Listen: Ranky Tanky on Mountain Stage
Ranky Tanky are a South Carolina based band that specializes in "Gullah" music- a style born out of the coastal region and influenced by West African traditions. Here's the band's take on the American folk song, "O Death," for our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:07:00 +0000
W.Va. Teachers to End Strike; Unions Say ‘Trust’ Issues Remain
West Virginia teachers and school employees will be back on the job Thursday after a deadline passed for a controversial education reform bill to be revived. Leaders of teacher and school service personnel unions made the announcement following a Wednesday evening floor session in the House of Delegates.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:12:55 +0000
West Virginia Coal Miners Rally For Black Lung Legislation
Miners and advocates rallied Wednesday at the West Virginia Capitol in support of a series of bills aimed at preventing and treating severe black lung disease. Five bills introduced by lawmakers would make it easier to make qualify for state benefits and provide benefits to miners who have early-stage black lung.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:03:46 +0000