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  1. A sampling of efforts to fight blight in AppalachiaRead the original story

    4 hrs ago | Lewistown Sentinel

    Efforts to rehabilitate vacant or dilapidated property have sprung up around Appalachia, with states in the region taking varying approaches. While it's common for big cities to have efforts to fight urban blight, it's less common to find extensive networks aimed at remedying abandoned or dilapidated buildings in small towns or rural areas.


  2. In the coalfields, dilapidated sites make way for renewalRead the original story w/Photo

    7 hrs ago |

    ... became among the latest to crack down on owners of vacant properties. Anti-blight programs have sprung up around Appalachia, but West Virginia's approaches are innovative and more widespread than many of its neighbors, experts say. The need is also ...


  3. Murray Energy expects more than 1,800 coal mine layoffs in AppalachiaRead the original story w/Photo

    19 hrs ago |

    Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work. Mines are being shuttered and thousands of coal jobs are disappearing amid economic, geological and political challenges: competition from cheap, abundant natural gas; lousy markets for coal domestically and internationally; thinning southern Appalachian coal seams; and new federal regulations limiting carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.


  4. Carter Fold Performances of "Keep On The Sunny Side"Read the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Cybergrass

    ... productions since that time, Nick says I love this play because it is about things that are important to us in Appalachia - music, family, home, and community. The production by Barter Theatre features actor Eugene Wolf as A.P. Carter, Katie Deal, ...


  5. Wild & Scenic Film Festival coming to Brenau UniversityRead the original story

    Friday | WDUN-AM Gainesville

    ... are widely known and appreciated for their splendid mountain views. But the movie "Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia" examines a little-known hotspot for aquatic life. Appalachian streams are home to some wildly diverse fish, mussels, ...


  6. TUESDAY, MAY 26: World Premiere of "Blood on the Mountain" Brings ...Read the original story

    Friday May 22 | PressReleasePoint

    ... in this searing documentary will make clear that we should all work together and see to it that the people of Appalachia get what they so richly deserve.


  7. Alpha Natural Resources Idles Some MinesRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 22 | Barron's

    Beleaguered coal producer Alpha Natural Resources announced Friday that it is idling some of its mines in central Appalachia. According to the press release: Notices were given today to 439 employees at Rockspring Development's Camp Creek Underground Mine and Processing Plant in Wayne County, West Virginia, regarding the expected idling of those facilities based on the mine operator's current assessment of market conditions.


  8. Study reveals how eastern US forests came to beRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 19 | EurekAlert!

    Plant hunters traveling between North America and Asia in the 1800s noticed a bizarre pattern: collections they brought back from China and Japan were strikingly similar in their leaves, flowers and fruits to plants from southern Appalachia. A new analysis of DNA studies shows that over half of all the trees and shrubs in the southern Appalachians can trace their ancestry to relatives a half a world away in Asia.


  9. Appalachian Regional Commission defends mission against pork allegationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 15 | Alabama Live

    ... these communities to have a full seat at the table," he said. "There are some unique challenges that confront Appalachia." Land said the kind of poverty that engulfs the region is different than typical poverty in most of the rest of the country. ...


  10. Patriot Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protectionRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 14 | Coal Valley News

    ... vice president Michael D. Day also added the title of chief operating officer. Coal-mining companies in central Appalachia have struggled in recent years, shedding jobs amid low natural gas prices, dwindling coal seams, competition from other states ...


  11. a Good Read: Friends, family, stories in booksRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 12 | Lake Cowichan Gazette

    The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells is a book that every daughter should read. It is the story of the complex relationships between generations of women, and it gets you thinking about the person your mom is and the history she had before you.


  12. High speed chase ends in arrestsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 12 | Harlan Daily Enterprise

    ... wanton endangerment for failing to adhere to a request from North to stop the vehicle. Shannon Jorah, 26, of Appalachia, Va., was arrested by HPD Officer George Young on Monday. Jorah was charged with tampering with physical evidence and unlawful ...


  13. Patriot Coal Co. files for bankruptcy for second time in three yearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 12 |

    Patriot Coal Corp., the West Virginia coal producer that owns eight active mine complexes in Appalachia, filed for bankruptcy today for the second time in three years. The company made the Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


  14. Washington Gas to Invest $126 Million in Natural Gas Reserves Utilizing New Virginia LawRead the original story

    Wednesday May 6 | Business Wire

    ... Mork. ECA is one of the premier operators in the region and currently operates more than 4,600 wells throughout Appalachia. WGL (NYSE-WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. ...


  15. Lessons from AppalachiaRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 5 | Psychology Today

    Anyone familiar with psychology has surely heard this comment before: study participants are overwhelmingly college students . Some segments of the general population, such as rural residents of Appalachia, have not been given enough attention in this field.


  16. Bluegrass ChurchRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 5 | Christianity Today

    ... services in the spring of 2013. Our goal: to celebrate God's presence in creation, to honor the culture of Appalachia, and to provide a Christ-centered community, especially for those who are not drawn to traditional church. The pews have been ...


  17. Thata s all folks: Musician John McCutcheon performs at Williamsburg LibraryRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Apr 30 | The Flat Hat

    ... your wellspring. While in college, McCutcheon petitioned one of his professors to let him spend several months in Appalachia in order to gain firsthand experience in folk music. COURTESY PHOTO / YOUTUBE While in college, McCutcheon petitioned one of ...


  18. Dolly Parton is the Inspiration for Naming of a New Appalachian Lichen SpeciesRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Apr 30 | PRWeb

    Dolly Parton has gathered another accolade highlighting her connection and contributions to the Appalachian region of America. A new species of lichen, Japewiella dollypartoniana, was recently found in the Appalachian Mountains, home to the singer and philanthropist, and was named in her honor is discussed in the new issue of Castanea.


  19. Coal's Collateral DamageRead the original story

    Wednesday Apr 29 | IPS

    ... Rivers and streams are poisoned or smothered. The amount of strip-mined coal has fallen by 60 percent across Appalachia since 2008. But the most extreme form of strip-mining, which reduces verdant mountainsides into rubble-strewn dead zones, is ...


  20. New Mining Map Tool from Environmental Activists Finds West Virginia Most at RiskRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Apr 29 | Insurance Journal West

    Environmental activists said that mountaintop removal coal mining has been expanding closer to communities in central Appalachia in recent years, with nearly half of the 50 areas most at risk in West Virginia. As part of its campaign to end that type of mining, the North Carolina-based nonprofit Appalachian Voices unveiled an interactive map that identified 50 communities in 23 counties most at risk from mountaintop mining.


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