Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region
West Virginia school employees gained a 5 percent raise for the coming school year, ending a statewide walkout that lasted nine school days.
The North Carolina legislature has yet to resolve the debate between the state House and Senate over a bill that seeks to address drinking water contaminated by the potentially cancer-causing chemical GenX.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mandated whitewater releases at Hawks Nest Dam along with other changes to improve recreation and aquatic health for West Virginia's New River.
The Lilies Project in Walnut Cove, N.C., aims to bring awareness to the health impacts of coal ash on the community.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission proposed changes to allow bear and deer hunting seasons to overlap and allow longer periods of hunting with guns.
President Trump intends to nominate Tim Thomas, a field representative on Sen. Mitch McConnell's staff, as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
In late 2017 and early 2018, these parks gained new territory thanks to land trust organizations and other donors.
A West Virginia hunting association hopes to change current state rules regarding the use of all-terrain vehicles in wildlife management areas.
Preliminary construction on a commercial center and public sports complex at a historic site in Abingdon, Va., began in January despite local opposition.
Power technology manufacturer EnerBlu announced plans to open a $372 million battery manufacturing plant on a reclaimed surface mine in Pikeville, Ky., and move its headquarters to Lexington, Ky.
Ridgeview High School's robotics team "Squatch Watch" won several awards using solar-powered robots.
The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust purchased nearly 2,000 acres of Pine Mountain, Ky., for three new preserves in October.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's program to increase bobwhite quail populations is expected to benefit farmers.
Monsanto's dicamba spray can drift to other fields, damaging crops not manufactured by the company to be resistant to the herbicide.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality states that levels of ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and particulate matter have all fallen.