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Old Dominion Power rate proposal would harm Southwest Virginia communities

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Old Dominion Power is seeking a massive rate increase, which would increase average residential electricity bills by nearly $29 per month and make it more difficult for Southwest Virginia businesses and residents to access solar power. Now is your chance to speak up!

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Taking on TVA

Communities are resisting the Tennessee Valley Authority’s frequent cost increases and lack of transparency and clean energy.

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Ancestors: Honoring the Past Through Work in Black Cemeteries

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Writer Terran Sparkle Young describes her experience as a Black American learning about her family’s history and a local overgrown cemetery.

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Preserving Historic African-American Cemeteries

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Communities across the region are working to document and preserve historic African-American cemeteries to keep them from becoming lost to history.

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Advocacy groups sue multiple coal facilities for water violations

CONTACTS: Erin Savage, Appalachian Voices Central Appalachian Program Manager, erin@appvoices.org, 206-769-8286 August 7, 2019 Charleston, W.Va. — A coalition of West Virginian advocacy groups including the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Appalachian Voices, and the Sierra

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Member Spotlight: Vesta Jean Lenhart

Appalachian Voices member Vesta Jean Lenhart’s desire to preserve mountains goes back to her childhood in Eastern Kentucky.

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Tangled Up in Kudzu

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The story behind the highly invasive vine that is creeping across the Southeast, and what can be done to stop it.

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Customer-owned utilities should be leaders on clean energy. Why do most of them fail to deliver?

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Clean energy expert Ivy Main looks at how a lack of transparency and democracy at many Virginia electric cooperatives is causing them to fall behind on renewable energy. Member-owners at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative are trying to change that.

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Trump administration backs down on closing job centers

The Trump administration opted not to close down nine job centers that serve rural areas, including four in Appalachia, after widespread public backlash.

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When “clean” energy isn’t

Once the planet’s temperature rises 1.5 degrees Celsius due to global warming, “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse polish off their martinis, look at each other, and say, ‘It’s go time.’”

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