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North Carolina Seeks Public Comment on Regional Haze Plan

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As North Carolina develops its 10-year plan to reduce haze in national parks and wilderness areas, conservation and health groups allege that North Carolina and other Southeast states are missing key sources of emissions in their analysis.

Looming Uncertainty Over Future of Abandoned Mine Land Cleanup

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Congress has allowed the Abandoned Mine Lands program to expire, and advocates said nationwide on both state and tribal lands, residents face uncertainty over the future of environmental cleanup and economic recovery on lands once used to mine coal.

NC Energy Bill Gets Criticism for Cost, Climate-Change Effectiveness

Industrial consumers, environmental advocates and residential ratepayers in North Carolina have voiced concerns over a new energy bill critics say was created with outsized input from Duke Energy.

Creating a Future for Coal-Industry Workers in Clean-Energy Economy

Experts say that coal workers will need wage replacement and retraining to successfully transition to a clean energy economy.

Virginia’s Black Farmers Push Lawmakers to Provide Debt Relief

A slew of lawsuits from white farmers claiming “reverse discrimination” has delayed $4 billion in Covid-19 relief funds intended to forgive loans for farmers of color.

The Significance of the Battle of Blair Mountain, 100 Years Later

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Labor and regional advocates commemorate a pivotal milestone in coal union history.

WV Using Radio Technology to Track Wildlife Migratory Patterns

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources recently installed a system in Monroe County to track the movement of radio-tagged wildlife.

Striking Alabama Miners Are Done Playing Nice

UMWA Strike

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

The Tale of Gray’s Lily

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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.

Jewish Communities Persist in Charleston, West Virginia

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Charleston, West Virginia, is home to two Jewish congregations, and the city’s Jewish history stretches back to the early 1800s.

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