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Trump’s Would-Be Coal Comeback

President-elect Donald Trump has expressed his support of the coal industry. Less clear is how he will attempt to revive the struggling sector — or how he will confront the collateral damage to human health, the environment and the climate that could result.
Music on the Crooked Road

Traveling The Crooked Road

Along its 330-mile route, The Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia connects visitors with the sounds of America’s roots music and demonstrates how a region can leverage its cultural assets to develop a new economy.
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Electric Cooperatives Initiate Community Solar Projects

Electric cooperatives in Virginia and Tennessee have launched community solar projects to help members save money while reducing carbon emissions.

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Navigating the Russell Fork

Poised to bolster a flagging economy, the stunning Russell Fork River also faces threats from coal mining.
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American Kestrel: A Winged Predator Fights to Survive

The piercing cry of the American kestrel — once commonplace — is increasingly rare. Fortunately, the falcon adapts well to nest boxes installed by volunteers and landowners.