Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region
The Trump administration reversed its decision to privatize 16 federal job centers and close nine after public and political backlash.
In June, an interstate regulatory agency voted to replace mandatory water quality protections for the Ohio River with voluntary guidelines that states can choose whether or not to follow.
The project would have used public money, including abandoned mine reclamation funds, to build a federal prison on a former coal mine in Letcher County, Ky.
State agencies, community groups and locals are working together to clean up significant amounts of litter across Appalachia.
Community groups in Jefferson County, W.Va., are challenging local and state government efforts to bring a stone wool insulation manufacturing plant to the area, citing air pollution and other concerns.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a Virginia mining company that was suing to overturn the state's 1982 moratorium on uranium mining.
The Nature Conservancy plans to conserve the Southeast Kentucky, Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia land to protect wildlife and water quality while allowing recreational usage.
A 60-acre greenhouse being built in Brown County, Ky., will incorporate recycled rainwater and other technologies to grow produce year-round after its set completion in late 2020.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is changing its behavior in response to critics that accused the agency of being too cozy with the companies they regulate at an annual conference.
Several N.C. environmental and community groups filed a challenge against laws that limit lawsuits against industrial hog operations, claiming that the facilities violate individual property rights and that the laws discriminate against minority groups.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to grant critical habitat for four endangered mussel species in 18 states by 2024.
The main office of the historic Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tenn., burned down in March. A symbol associated with white supremacy was found spray painted outside the racial, social and economic justice organizing center.
Southwest Virginia environmental watchdog group The Clinch Coalition is expressing concerns about damage to streams and wetlands from some of the Spearhead Trails network's off-road vehicle trails.
Conservation advocates claim that the state's plans to build build a visitor center, parking lot, bridge and two-lane road at the rustic state park would endanger wildlife habitat.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians claims that a federal bill allowing the Catawba Indian Nation to build a casino in North Carolina is "a modern day land-grab" of Cherokee aboriginal lands, while the Catawba argue that they have rights to the land.