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Reinventing Museum Offerings During COVID

Museums throughout the region have found creative ways to connect with the public during COVID, both online and offline. And as many museums resume in-person operations, some are planning to keep these popular new programs.

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Counting Hawks

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“Any day you see a hawk is a good day,” says longtime hawk watcher Bill Haley. During peak migration season, lucky hawk watchers in Appalachia may see thousands of hawks in a single day.

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Yurts and the Significance of a Circle

Yurts offer an affordable, cozy housing option with a light environmental footprint.

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Appalachian Election Workers Manage New Processes, Safety Protocols

There seems little question that the 2020 general election is the most challenging to run in American history. Across Appalachia, those responsible for running the elections appear to be rising to the challenge.

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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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Beware of Spreading These Common Invasive Species

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Don’t be fooled by their looks — many popular plants sold in nurseries are actually invasive species that can kill off local flora.

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Appalachian Power Restricts Solar Savings in Virginia

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Public schools and other government entities in Virginia are unable to take advantage of the cost-saving benefits of solar due to restrictive policies put in place by Appalachian Power.

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The Black Lung Association Responds to the Deadly Disease’s Rise

Jimmy Moore

The Black Lung Association has a storied history of fighting for miners’ rights to occupational healthcare. Today, that fight continues as rates of the disease continue to climb.

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A Tale of Orchards Past

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Apple aficionado Tom Brown has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to saving Appalachia’s forgotten heirloom apples.

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The Appalachian African American Cultural Center

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One couple’s mission to preserve community history in Southwest Virginia.

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