Climate Change, Farming And Finding Your Way Home On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning , we talk about coming home to Appalachia. But we also look at the climate change woes and economic challenges impacting the region. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Origin Of ‘Country Roads’ On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning , we unpack the iconic song, “Country Roads.” Also, in this show, we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week from Canadian indie-folk rockers Cowboy Junkies. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Did W.Va. Inspire ‘Country Roads’? 50 Years Later, Here’s What We Know

One night in 1970, Bill Danoff and his then-girlfriend Taffy Nivert were hanging out with John Denver, and they played a few verses from a song they’d been working on. Denver immediately said he wanted to record it. “It was sort of like an old movie,” Danoff recalled in a 2010 interview with the West…

Six W.Va. Counties Will Be Remote, Virtual School This Week

The West Virginia Department of Education announced that six counties will be remote learning-only for the week of Sept. 20, 2020. State officials rolled out updated data Saturday, Sept19 at 5 p.m. Fayette, Kanawha, Mingo, Putnam, Boone and Monongalia county schools will not be open for in-person instruction this week. Top Featured Tags: – West…

The Names On Trump’s List Of Potential Supreme Court Nominees

President Trump, who called Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “a titan of the law,” will be able to pick a successor for her from a list of nearly four dozen names that he updated Sept. 9. The most recent list, with three U.S. senators, was avowedly more political than the ones he previously released, both as…

Generational Love for Little Green Apple Keeps Heirloom From Disappearing

Known for its distinct sour taste when it first ripens, and its creamy applesauce when it matures, an heirloom apple with Russian roots still grows in Appalachia. Generations of southwest Virginians and West Virginians have kept these trees alive for more than a century. The growing season, flavor and versatility of this fruit set it…

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., surrounded by family. She…

What Do You Need To Know About Voting In Election 2020?

In this year like no other, Election 2020 will be unlike other elections. The coronavirus pandemic makes some of the usual in-person voting a potential health hazard. Election officials have had to create new ways to safely and fairly conduct elections. And the hyper-partisan political atmosphere can make it harder to get accurate information about…

W.Va.’s Elk Population Grows To 85

West Virginia’s elk restoration project has added at least 15 new calves to its herd this year, according to the state Division of Natural Resources. Over the summer, wildlife managers for the WVDNR were able to confirm the births of about 15 calves, bringing the state total elk population to 85. Top Featured Tags: -…

Marshall University Suspends Professor For ‘Overtly Political Statement’ On Coronavirus

Marshall University officials said Friday they have put a professor on administrative leave while they investigate controversial statements made in a virtual classroom setting. In a news release, Marshall University administrators said they are aware of a video in which a faculty member made an “overtly political statement.” Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress…

‘Country Roads’ Take Me Inside Appalachia

This episode of Inside Appalachia is about returning home. For some people, timing and circumstance force you back. It is only then that you realize how much you missed home. Others spend decades longing to return. There are many songs about that longing. One of the most famous is “Take Me Home, County Roads,” a…

In Floyd County, KY, People Turn To Traditions Of Processing Meat At Home

Over the past several months, people have turned to traditional skills and practices as one way of coping with the challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic. Many have baked bread or started a garden, while others have returned to community traditions of raising and butchering animals at home. In a special report as part of…

Four W.Va. Counties Receive Federal Dollars To Boost School Safety Measures

More than $800,000 has been awarded to four county school boards in West Virginia to help with school safety needs. Grant, Pocahontas, Upshur and Marshall County Boards of Education will see a portion of an $824,774 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia…

Equity And Hate On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning , equity is a recurring theme. We hear the latest on the dismantling of homeless encampments in the Northern Panhandle, details about a Black Lives Matter event in central West Virginia, and we hear from a former white nationalist. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Our Song Of The Week Is A 2012 Gem From Cowboy Junkies

Our look back at some of our favorite episodes continues with this week’s look back to 2012 for a show with Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, songwriter and now Tony-winning Playwright Anais Mitchell , Australia’s journeyman songwriter Paul Kelly and The Cowboy Junkies. Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Meet The National Park Service’s New Head — She’s A West Virginian

The‌ ‌National‌ ‌Park‌ ‌Service‌, the federal agency that oversees America’s national parks, monuments and other conservation lands, ‌got‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌leader‌ ‌last month. West Virginia native Margaret‌ ‌Everson‌ ‌is taking the helm at the agency . Everson comes to the role with‌ ‌decades‌ ‌of‌ ‌natural‌ ‌resources‌ ‌experience.‌ ‌ Top Featured Tags: – West Virginia NewsPress…

Author Shines Light On Wildlife All Around Us

In a new book titled, The Southern Wildlife Watcher: Notes of a Naturalist , author Rob Simbeck explores the wonders and curiosities of wild animals you might be taking for granted, like coyotes, American Robins, or even often underappreciated earthworms. The book features essays on 36 animals — 12 each that inhabit land, water and…

W.Va. Native Takes Reins As New National Park Service Head

On this West Virginia Morning , the National Park Service has a new person in charge, and she’s from West Virginia. We have a conversation with Margaret Everson, the organization’s new leader. Also, in this show, we hear about a new book titled “The Southern Wildlife Watcher: Notes of a Naturalist” written by author Rob…

Joe McCarthy Biography Reveals Wheeling Connection

In the 1950s, U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy became one of the most infamous public figures in American history and he had a unique connection to West Virginia. After World War II, as the Soviet Union and communist China expanded, McCarthy led what’s now known as the “Red Scare,” using unsubstantiated claims and slander to accuse…

How W.Va. Schools Are Using Coronavirus Relief Dollars

On this West Virginia Morning , we hear how schools are using federal and state dollars to cope with COVID-19. Also, in this show, we hear about a housing complex in southern West Virginia built for teachers, a Black Lives Matter march in Kingwood, and we hear about author Larry Tye’s new biography, “Demagogue: The…

White House Task Force Doctor Stops In Lexington To Discuss College Coronavirus Cases

White House-appointed Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx visited the Lexington campus of the University of Kentucky on Monday as concerns grow over an escalating number of positive cases on campuses around the region. Birx met with students, faculty and administrators on the UK campus, which has more than 400 active COVID-19 cases, 86 of…

Police: City Councilman Wounded In Apparent Carjacking

A West Virginia city councilman was shot and his wife and mother-in-law were briefly taken hostage in an apparent carjacking, authorities said. Clarksburg Councilman Jim Malfregeot was on his porch and the women were in a car Sunday night when the suspect appeared, Clarksburg Police Chief Mark Kiddy told The Exponent Telegram. Top Featured Tags:…

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