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Findings of Black Lung Disease growing in Appalachia

Epidemiologists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say they've identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported, a cluster that was first uncovered by NPR 14 months ago.

Op-Ed: Trump thumbs his nose at Appalachian region with budget cuts

President Trump defined himself as the "last shot" for coal country, igniting strong support in the Appalachian coal region, an area that has long suffered from poverty and dwindling coal jobs. But with his proposed budget, he writes Appalachia off.

Forest fires in Appalachia prompt mass evacuations

Durham - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory had already declared a state of emergency covering 25 drought-ridden western counties with over 20 wildfires, but by Saturday evening, the situation went from bad to worse.

Mountaintop removal now linked to over 60,000 new cancers

Almost 1.2 million people live in the Appalachia region of the Eastern United States. The region is best known for the mountaintop removal mining (MTR) that is carried out by coal companies to extract the fossil fuel needed to meet our coal demands. .

Op-Ed: Feds guilty of condoning unsafe mountaintop mining practices

Mountaintop removal mining (MRM) is an economically advantageous way for companies to extract coal from the Earth, removing over two-and-a-half-times the amount of coal per worker hour than can be done with underground mining. But there is a downside.

Op-Ed: West Virginiaā€ˇ Senator Robert C. Byrd dead at 92

Washington - It's with much sorrow that we report today the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd. A son of West Virginia, Byrd devoted his life to the Mountain State. His enduring dedication to improving the lives of each person he represented will live on forever.
 

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This denuded area used to be a mountain in West Virginia.
This denuded area used to be a mountain in West Virginia.
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A highland pasture near Maggie Valley  North Carolina
A highland pasture near Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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Infrastructure improvements through the public works program have been central to the agency s work ...
Infrastructure improvements through the public works program have been central to the agency's work from the start.
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