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Hemp Finds a Home

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A hempcrete house high in the mountains of West Virginia demonstrates that industrial hemp is a viable alternative for homebuilders.

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Water Contamination in Paden City, W.Va.

Residents of Paden City, W.Va., have dealt with chemical water pollution since at least March 2019.

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Sen. Manchin takes new view of mountaintop removal coal mining

Photo of mountaintop removal mining by Kent Mason

CONTACTS: Thom Kay, Senior Legislative Representative, thom.kay@appvoices.org, 828-262-1500 At a confirmation hearing today for the nominee to head the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement, Sen. Joe Manchin asked nominee Lanny Erdos to commit to revive a National Academies

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Seeking a Path to 100% Clean Energy

human formation of a sun and 100% clean power

Localities across Appalachia and the nation have pledged to fully convert to green power — but restrictive policies and monopoly utilities are holding them back.

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An Appalachian Solar Tour

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Numerous Appalachian homes and businesses took part in the 2019 National Solar Tour in October, sharing their experiences and opening their doors to the public to view their solar installations.

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West Virginia Fossil Fuel Severance Tax Impacts State Budget

Lower-than-expected income from fossil fuel severance taxes is putting the West Virginia state budget in a bind. Some advocate for raising the severance tax rate on natural gas.

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Bill Would Redesignate New River Gorge as National Park

West Virginia congressional representatives introduced a bill in fall 2019 that would create a new national park in the state.

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Tourism Rises in West Virginia

The Mountain State’s tourism industry grew by 6.5 percent in 2018, outpacing the national growth rate by 58 percent.

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Hip Hop in Appalachia

DJ Monstalung

Several rap artists share their experiences with making music in the mountains.

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In memoriam: April Pierson-Keating

Appalachia mourns the passing of a fierce defender of the environment whose commitment to lifting up the voices of her West Virginia community will continue to grow the pipeline resistance movement well into the future.

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