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Coal Companies Point Fingers While Local Residents Contend With Flood and Home Damage

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Geysers, dry wells, building damage and strange slime in creeks have residents near Wolf Pen, West Virginia, looking for answers. Meanwhile, coal companies dodge accountability by blaming each other.

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‘Invaded, Disregarded and Dismissed’

Four women of various ages are standing on a slope in a forested area. Trees are bare except for evergreens and the ground is littered with fall foliage in browns and dull reds. The women are wearing cool weather clothes and one looks like she is speaking toward the camera while leaning one arm against a tree trunk.

Bent Mountain neighbors monitor Mountain Valley Pipeline construction amid rising concerns over degraded pipes and a rushed completion deadline.

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‘Environment At Risk’ Art Exhibit Connects Art, Activism and the Natural World

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The “Environment At Risk” art show at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Virginia, features 40 artists whose work confront environmental issues in deeply intimate and poetic ways through paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and fiber art.

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Finding Higher Ground From Floods

An aerial photo shows muddy water overflowing the banks of a river and flooding a town in a Kentucky valley.

As catastrophic floods increase in frequency and severity, state governments, nonprofits and local communities have been diving into the questions surrounding flood recovery and mitigation.

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Saving the Tiny Bog Turtle Could Have a Big Impact on Conservation

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A petition to protect southern bog turtles under the Endangered Species Act could also help protect their mountain bog homes. But with diminishing habitat and other threats, time could run out for North America’s smallest turtles.

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Northern Long-Eared Bats Added to Endangered Species List

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently classified northern long-eared bats as endangered, which could help save the species most impacted by the deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome.

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Fighting for Black Lung Benefits for Miners and Families

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Kathryn South’s husband, Mike South, was diagnosed with black lung disease at age 35. As they grappled with his disease, the couple also navigated the arduous legal process to obtain federal black lung benefits, a fight that Kathryn continued even after Mike’s passing.

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Solar Panels on Southwest Virginia Schools Signal a Diversifying Economy

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School solar projects demonstrate how Virginia’s coalfield counties are diversifying their economies and energy options with solar power.

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New Clinch River State Park Showcases Biodiversity

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Supporters of Southwest Virginia’s newest state park hope that it will foster a conservation mindset and bring awareness to the Clinch River’s rich biodiversity.

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Removal of Historic Dam Aims to Restore Watauga River

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On May 16, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Ward Mill Dam in an effort to reconnect streams across the Watauga River watershed. The B.O. Ward House and Mill Complex was preserved and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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