November 27, 2010, 11am PST
The Atlantic's James Fallows and Alexis Madrigal fly over Virginia & Kentucky to see first hand how mining effects the land, both in the U.S. and more importantly in China, where they're developing greener techniques for mining.
November 2, 2010, 12pm PDT
A major mountaintop mining permit is likely to be rejected after an environmental review found "unacceptable" impacts on water quality and wildlife. This would be the first major rebuke to the mining practice, and could foreshadow its end.
September 1, 2009, 12pm PDT
In Beckley, West Virginia, planners are thinking BIG- the Beckley Intermodal Gateway, that is, a $24 million transportation hub that is partly funded by FTA grants. Of course, not everyone is getting what they want out of the project.
August 14, 2009, 9am PDT
Representatives from a handful of the country's "fastest-dying cities" met recently in Dayton, Ohio to try to figure out how they could revive their economies and reverse the decline that has been slowly strangling them of jobs, money and people.
December 11, 2008, 8am PST
Rainforest Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council enjoyed a huge victory when Bank of America decided last week to end its financing of controversial, destructive mountain top removal coal mining in Appalachia.
November 28, 2008, 9am PST
Appalachia, long known as one of the poorest parts of the U.S. with chronically high unemployment, finds itself in the enviable position of enjoying remarkably low unemployment due to unwavering demand for its main natural resource – coal.
June 12, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>The only running Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system has served West Virginia University and Morgantown's downtown for 32 years. Now the university is considering proposals to expand the system to cope with increasing traffic.</p>
January 15, 2007, 9am PST
<p>As new developments consume agricultural lands in the fast-growing South, the cooperatives that cater to farmers feel the pinch. While some can 'retool' by selling pet food and lawn fertilizer, others must close as another casualty to sprawl.</p>
AP via Daily Press (Hampton Roads, Virginia)
August 4, 2006, 8am PDT
Controversial technique by mining companies of dynamiting moutaintops to get at coal destroys more than the environment.
June 30, 2006, 5am PDT
It is possible to move three, four, or even five counties out from the District of Columbia and still feel the effects of growth in the national capital region, even though Unger, W.Va. is not generally considered a suburb of Washington.
June 13, 2006, 12pm PDT
After suffering population loss and poverty for decades, West Virginia recently posted a decline in the unemployment rate, spurred by the resurging coal, tourism, and construction industries.
May 23, 2006, 5am PDT
Many West Virginians must leave the state to find work, but they long for home.
August 26, 2003, 10am PDT
Inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places could bring federal dollars for Neal Deal homesteads.
January 24, 2002, 11am PST
The environmental movement suffered a setback as whe Supreme Court refuses to hear a case about mountaintop coal mining in West Virginia.
February 23, 2001, 7am PST
Contest for the city with the best public tap water draws international attention to drinking water quality.
The San Diego Union-Tribune