Archive for September 2007

Huntington’s connection to ‘Cool Hand Luke’

September 30, 2007

By Russ Barbour and Kristin Murdock 

It’s been 40 years since the release of Cool Hand Luke, starring Paul Newman. Before filming began, a Huntington family introduced Newman to parts of West Virginia that helped him produce one of his most legendary roles.


Artist Felix Krasyk rediscovers love for painting

September 30, 2007

By Anna Sale and Bob Wilkinson 

In the 1950s, Felix Krasyk lived in New York, and he filled canvases with his oil paintings in his spare time. He moved back to West Virginia, and for nearly 50 years, those paintings just sat in storage. He dusted them off a couple of years ago, and he ended up selling nearly all of them in local shows. Now 80 years old, he’s painting again – but figuring out how to do it has been a creative pursuit. Anna Sale and Bob Wilkinson produced this story for the program Outlook.

State holds hearing on energy plan

September 28, 2007

By Anna Sale with Scott Finn
WV is known for its coal, oil and natural gas. But Thursday, state officials focused on the state’s potential to provide renewable energy – solar, wind, and biomass. State officials held a public hearing in Charleston as part of an effort to develop a state energy plan. Jeff Herholdt leads the state Division of Energy.

S-CHIP passes, but not veto-proof

September 28, 2007

By Todd Swillich, Capitol Hill Bureau

Congress has sent a bill to President Bush expanding health insurance for children. The president is promising to veto the legislation, and West Virginia’s entire congressional delegation appears to be against him.

WV Senators want hard look at contractors

September 28, 2007

By Charles Davis, Capitol Hill Bureau

The U.S. Senate voted to create an independent commission to examine wartime contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Both West Virginia senators voted in favor of the measure, which now heads to the House.

Byrd’s Iraq Hearing Descends into Chaos

September 28, 2007

W.Va. Senator Not Saying Whether He’d Cut Off War Funds 

By Scott Finn 

Senator Robert Byrd has been a leading critic of the war in Iraq from the very beginning. And when Democrats retook Congress earlier this year, Byrd regained his chairmanship of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. 

Those two roles came together Monday in a speech Byrd gave on the Senate floor. Without going into specifics, he threatened to use the power of the purse to force the President to change course in Iraq. 

Then on Wednesday, Byrd chaired a meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee about the President’s upcoming request for more war funding. But the meeting descended into chaos. Byrd threw rowdy war protestors out of the room, and two Senators had a heated exchange over gays in the military.

C-Span carried it live, the Washington Post wrote about it, and the Associated Press distributed video of it throughout the world. After all the fireworks, we’re still don’t know whether Byrd plans to use the power of the purse to force an end to the war.

Slots group leader says Carper is grandstanding

September 27, 2007

By Anna Sale

Last week, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper told us about a series of public hearings on video lottery parlors. The hearings begin in October. The state Legislature is not due to reauthorize the parlor licenses until 2010. West Virginia Amusement & Limited Video Lottery Association President Herk Sparachane says counties should leave the lottery parlor question to legislators.