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Federal and State Agencies Consider New Water Permits for Controversial Pipelines

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Critics of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are calling on Virginia to deny a Clean Water Act certification for MVP. The pipeline’s proposed extension, MVP Southgate, faces several hurdles.

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Removal of Historic Dam Aims to Restore Watauga River

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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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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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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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Beyond the Tuition Bill, College Students Face Stressful Housing and Utility Costs

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Nearly half of all college students faced housing insecurity in 2020, according to survey data. While COVID-19 made it harder for students to meet basic needs, the problem is not new.

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Relay Runners Followed Path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Three women ran the 415-mile route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline over the course of 10 days to protest the project and connect with residents along the pipeline’s path.

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N.C. Families Contend With Mounting Bills

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Faced with the threat of utility disconnection and even eviction in the pandemic, many North Carolinians are forced to decide between essentials.

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Black Lung Benefit Fund Would See Major Boost from Change to Coal Tax

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Changing the structure of a tax that funds federal benefits for miners could bring tens of millions of dollars annually to the cash-strapped Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

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Safe Passage Works to Make Interstate 40 Safer for Wildlife and People

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A new coalition aims to improve safety for wildlife and humans alike along a curvy section of Interstate 40 near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where vehicle collisions with bear, deer and elk are on the rise.

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An Experiment in Revitalizing Old Mine Sites

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A federal grant program aims to bring economic opportunity to long-abandoned mine lands. But as some sites are seeing progress, others are finding more obstacles.

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