It all started with the idea of a Super Bowl commercial to promote the real Kentucky. "We wanted to put it on the biggest stage in the world," says Whit Hiler of ad agency Cornet IMS in Lexington.
I traveled with IUP's ROTC to Camp Dawson to act as a journalist embedded into a military unit. Four of my staff members and I ate with the cadets, slept in the same barracks as the cadets and, in some cases, attempted to participate in the same activities.
One of Appalachia's biggest coal companies is getting out of the mountaintop removal business.
An odd feeling comes over me as fall starts to creep into late summer. It isn't necessary to consult a calendar to know that all my cancer anniversaries are lining up.
West Virginia's landscape has been changed forever by the loss of hundreds of mountains and the contamination of ground water caused by thousands of EPA violations.
Ranked No.4 in the BCS and undefeated in the Big 12 should earn you the respect of the football experts right? Well, in the case of K-State, this couldn't be further from the truth.
In a conference like this where there are no easy victories, West Virginia has to have a short memory and that will all start with the offense.
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.
On the last leg of our journey we reversed direction and headed north to West Virginia through every back woods and windy road in Appalachia.
Ain't no chance in hell we're leavin 'em. You rest assured of that, Larry Gibson. You rest assured, we're all keepers of the mountains now.
I have one simple request as we move forward with the season, and it is this: Please, please don't let teams play rematches in bowl games, and most importantly, do not let that happen in the BCS National Championship Game.
Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in West Virginia, and the state leads the country in fatal drug overdoses. OxyContin -- nicknamed "hillbilly heroin" -- is king.
Obama should keep his 2008 campaign promise, travel to Appalachia and publicly announce a timeline to enact a mountaintop removal moratorium and launch a green jobs coalfield regeneration fund.
The coal industry essentially has its employees between a rock and a hard place. They say they are operating on behalf of the employees' interests, that they want to protect their jobs. In reality, they want to protect their bottom line.
Will polluting industries continue to resist public health safeguards at every turn? Will energy companies keep looking backward or will they start embracing change? Will we elect leaders who represent special interests or ordinary citizens?
Here's the other thing: Miss Piggy is so much more charismatic than Emily. It was almost unfair they had to share screen time. There was a running gag of Piggy getting jealous of Em and Kermit. And despite Kermit's best efforts to compliment Emily, it was clear he's way out of her league.