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Striking Alabama Miners Are Done Playing Nice

UMWA Strike

Hundreds of UMWA miners remain on the picket line at the Warrior Met Coal mine.

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TVA Considers Replacing Coal with Another Fossil Fuel

Kingston Fossil Plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority is deciding whether to replace its coal-fired power plants with gas or with renewable resources. Advocates are calling on the Senate to confirm four new TVA board nominees.

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Virginia Outlaws Box Turtles as Pets

Eastern Box Turtle

The new regulation, which took effect in July, aims to reduce poaching and mitigate turtle population decline from habitat loss.

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Purple Martins: The Neighbors We Didn’t Know We Wanted

purple martins

The migratory purple martin is almost entirely dependent on human-made housing while it lives in Eastern North America during the warmer months.

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Removal of Historic Dam Aims to Restore Watauga River

dam removal

On May 16, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Ward Mill Dam in an effort to reconnect streams across the Watauga River watershed. The B.O. Ward House and Mill Complex was preserved and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Five Trails in Appalachia Designated National Recreation Trails

In June, the U.S. Department of the Interior celebrated National Trails Day by designating 10 trails as National Recreation Trails, including five in Appalachia.

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The Tale of Gray’s Lily

close-up photo of a single Gray's lily flower, with red petals speckled inside

Two enthusiastic botanists tracking the rare Gray’s lily at Tater Hill Plant Preserve in North Carolina help the writer search for signs of the elusive flower at a nearby parcel of land.

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Southwest Virginians Share Solar Experiences

Two people and one organization based in Southwest Virginia tell their solar stories.

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Knoxville Community Group Calls for Affordable Utilities

Rev. Calvin Skinner speaks at a podium

The Knoxville Water and Energy for All Campaign aims to address unaffordable utility bills and disconnections in the city.

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Virginia Gold Rush

Residents fear a dangerous open-pit gold mine will open in Buckingham County before the Virginia General Assembly acts.

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