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Agencies Dodge Responsibility for Human Cost of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, we got some disappointing news - a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't responsible for considering the health effects of coa...

Paul Clayton

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Paul Clayton (l) and Bill Clifton, Bill Clifton & Paul Clayton: The First Recordings via Bear Family Records Paul Clayton Worthington was born on M...

Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

If a region's strategy for economic renewal was turned over to its people rather than controlled by its traditional power brokers, what would be the r...

Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

President Obama's designation of five localities as Promise Zones is the latest in a long history of efforts by his predecessors to wage the war on po...

War on Poverty at 50: Religion's Roots and Lessons

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Mark I. Pinsky

The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's launch of the War on Poverty reminds us how intractable that effort can be. This anniversary also recalls how religion has motivated, shaped and sustained this effort, in many ways prefiguring the campaign.

Southern Foodways Alliance - An Introduction To Appalachia

William S. Dissen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Home
William S. Dissen

Will Appalachian Food be the next big thing? I think it already is. Like good mountain folk, we don't' like to give away a secret. We're just careful to not let the word get out to fast.

Dear Sen. Rockefeller: Citizens Appeal for 'Time Out' on Mountaintop Removal in 2014

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Never has Sen. Rockefeller's leadership on health and safety issues been more needed in the coal mining areas of central Appalachia.

Free Mike Roselle From Jail: Free Appalachia From Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.30.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Roselle spent Thanksgiving in the Regional Jail in Charleston, West Virginia with a simple question: Why won't West Virginia Gov. Earl Tomblin simply have his state department's do their jobs and test the blasting dust for harmful toxins?

Juggling Faith and Forensics

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Mark I. Pinsky

Despite my years of covering crime, cops and courts, I soon learned that literally solving a case was much more difficult than literarily solving one.

Mountaintop Removal: Two Ecosexuals Fight Back Hard

Greg Archer | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Greg Archer

Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the most revered American essayists and lecturers and the man at the helm of the Transcendentalist Movement of the mid-...

Book Tour Stop: Scene of the Crime

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark I. Pinsky

Book tours are rarely the stuff of high drama, but when one stop includes the scene of an infamous crime you claim to have solved, the tension and the room temperature tend to rise.

A War on Coal?

William S. Becker | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

Is President Obama waging a war on coal? That's the allegation from the coal industry and its champions in Congress as the Administration cracks down ...

From Selma to Coal River Mountain: Ken Hechler's Century of Hellraising Leadership Marches On

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Happy birthday, Ken Hechler. If only the rest of Congress, the Democrats and all of us had your courage and determination today -- to be hellraisers, pass the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act and end the cancer of mountaintop removal.

Jason Cherkis

Want A Corn Dog With Your Obamacare?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A middle-aged man in a red golf shirt shuffles up to a small folding table with gold trim, in a booth adorned with a flotilla of he...

Fearless Coal Slurry Protests Launched: Activists Paddle Boat Across Deadly Impoundment (Photos)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.21.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coal slurry impoundments abound in the West Virginia mountains--and in all coal mining communities, such as Illinois.

Faith in Appalachia: A Lesson in Storytelling

Rob Lee | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rob Lee

Faith is the frontier land of our existences in that faith calls us to go, to journey, to explore, to remind ourselves of what we consider important and valuable. Faith is that land just beyond the ridge that yearns for us to explore it.

Activist Profile: National Christian Denomination Stands Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.10.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

One of the best parts of my work is that I get to be inspired, every day, by the stories of people who are taking action - and taking leadership - to ...

Appalachian Families Denied Clean Water Travel to Washington to Demand Action

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Elaine Tanner and her partner Jimmy Hall have both experienced, up close and personal, the destruction caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. The ...

Hidden Lives Of Moonshiners And Serpent-Handlers

AP | Posted 04.23.2013 | Arts

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- East Tennessee State University's Reece Museum is presenting "Vanishing Appalachia," a traveling exhibit from the East Tennesse...

Reintroduced ACHE Act Is the No-Brainer Bill of the Year: Will Congress Finally Deal With This Health Emergency?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.09.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

With the daily silica-laced blizzard from five million pounds of toxic explosives in the background, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and Rep. Louise Slaughter reintroduced the biggest no-brainer bill of the year for Congress -- the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act.

"Coal Doesn't Kill. Coal Operators Kill."

Carl Pope | Posted 01.20.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Problems afflicting the coal industry are the direct result of the historic attitudes of its operators -- not actually the resource itself, or the men, women and communities who produce and rely upon it.

Redford Never Shies from Taking on Big Polluters and Corporate Bullies

John Adams | Posted 12.22.2012 | Green
John Adams

After forty years of standing up for nature, forty years of progress, Robert Redford still looking forward. Still focused on the work we have to do. Still driven by that same passion that first stirred him as a boy in the Texas hills.

Clean Coal Is a Hoax, Mr. President, and You Know It, So Drop It

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Out of all the meaningless slogans bantered around this election season, President Obama's clinging to the "clean coal" banner ranks as one of the most specious. Coal is not and will never be clean.

Sonia Barkat Loves Fairmont, West Virginia

Love Letters | Posted 12.17.2012 | Travel
Love Letters

Sitting down at a table in the corner, it would be easy to conclude that this was a small tavern in Italy with an odd obsession with West Virginia University athletics.

Appalachia by Any Other Name

Ed Hooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Ed Hooper

"Appalachia" is no longer the heritage-derived place name coined by European explorers or the designation famed author Washington Irving once suggested as a replacement for North America. The word now represents systemic failure and poverty in the national lexicon.