Archive for May 2008

Go to for latest news from West Virginia Public Broadcasting

May 9, 2008

We  started this blog more than a year ago to supplement our station’s web site, At the time, we couldn’t provide RSS feeds, and we couldn’t archive our stories. This WordPress blog allowed us to improve our web content.

I’m happy to say it’s no longer necessary to post new content on this blog. We’ve made significant improvements to, changes that went live today.

At, it’s now easier to listen and read our stories. Our stories are easier to locate, and you’ll be able to access them from our archives. Just type key words in our search engine, and you should be able to find any locally-produced news story.

You can also sign up for RSS feeds. You’ll be notified anytime we post a story.

This is just the beginning. In the future, we will podcast all of our local news programs, including West Virginia Morning and Inside Appalachia. We still have work to do, but we now have the capability to do just about anything we want. So from now on, go to for the latest news from West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

In the meantime, we will keep this WordPress blog live so that our archives since April 2007 remain easily accessible to the public.

Greg Collard
News Director
West Virginia Public Broadcasting



Supreme Court race turns negative

May 8, 2008

By Scott Finn

We’re just days away from the primary in West Virginia, and the political ads are starting to get nasty – especially in the Supreme Court race.

Huntington lawyer Menis Ketchum has become the first candidate to release a negative T.V. ad, attacking Chief Justice Elliott “Spike” Maynard. But the other candidates are under attack too – from independent groups…

Eastern Panhandle employees of bankrupt company search for work

May 7, 2008

By Cecelia Mason

When an Eastern Panhandle company called AB&C Group closed it’s doors in mid March, it forced about 400 employees into a job market where finding a job has become more difficult. Some of the workers have found jobs, but others are competing in a slow economy with people who have been laid off from other area companies. In the meantime, the AB&C employees have filed lawsuits in the hope of collecting their final pay checks.

WVEA has new president

May 7, 2008

By Beth Vorhees

Princeton High School teacher Dale Lee won the election for president of the state’s largest teachers union over incumbent Charles DeLauder.

Irene McKinney essay: On Motherhood

May 7, 2008

As we prepare to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day, West Virginia’s Poet Laureate Irene McKinney is thinking about her own mother, and the reality of motherhood.

WVU Faculty Senate calls for Garrison’s resignation

May 6, 2008

By Emily Corio

On Monday, West Virginia University’s Faculty Senate voted, and they want President Michael Garrison out. More than three-quarters of Senators approved a motion that says Garrison “must resign” or the WVU “Board of Governors must require his resignation.” The vote came less than two weeks after an investigative panel found that top WVU officials granted Heather Bresch, Governor Manchin’s daughters and Mylan Inc. Chief Operating Officer, an MBA degree she didn’t earn.

WV girl overdoses at PA treatment facility

May 6, 2008

By Scott Finn

Last month, two teenagers overdosed on the prescription drug methadone at a drug treatment facility in rural PA. One girl died Thursday; the other is from the Eastern Panhandle. She suffered brain damage from which she may never recover. WV DHHR sent her to the facility, run by the non-profit group KidsPeace. This isn’t the first time that children have died unnatural deaths under the care of KidsPeace.