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PHOTO: The EPA holds public hearings this week on its proposed tougher carbon emission standards - a controversial proposal in this coal-producing region. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on proposed emissions standards that would cut carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent compared with 2005 levels. The new rules, which the EPA introduced June 2, are controversial in West Virginia, one of t...Read More

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PHOTO: Lennie Gerber, left, and her wife, Pearl, have been together for 48 years. They're among the plaintiffs in a suit challenging the Virginia ban on same-sex marriage. Photo courtesy of Lennie Gerber.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - When it comes to same-sex marriage in West Virginia, all eyes now are on a federal courtroom in Richmond, in old Virginia. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is expected to rule any day on a case challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. But Kay Flaminio, ex...Read More

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PHOTO: Boone County native Dustin White was one of those on a hunger strike against mountaintop removal because he says it is damaging people's health. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The "war on coal" rhetoric makes it sound as if West Virginians are unified in supporting the industry. However, polls and interviews with ordinary folks suggest that isn't true, especially if they think coal is hurting their health. Dustin White is from a longtime Boone County ...Read More

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PHOTO: Tens of thousands of children from Central American countries have attempted to cross into the U.S., and a woman who has been in their shoes says violence and economic despair are the root causes. Photo credit: Toksave / Wikimedia Commons.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - There are many questions around why thousands of Central Americans leave their families, set off alone and risk their lives in an attempt to reach the United States. One woman that made such a journey wants to shine a light on the issue. Kenia Calderon was just 11 when her famil...Read More

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PHOTO: Sen. Joe Manchin, seen here with W.Va. Rep. Nick Rahall, is now co-sponsoring a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending. Manchin said big money is at the root of Washington gridlock. Photo courtesy of Sen. Joe Manchin.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Saying "money is destroying the political process," Sen. Joe Manchin is co-sponsoring a constitutional amendment to limit huge campaign spending. According to Manchin, the Citizens United ruling has contributed to a flood of big money drowning American politics. And that money i...Read More

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PHOTO: The West Virginia AFL-CIO is asking people to boycott the Staples retail chain. Protests, like this one in Portland, Ore., are focused on an agreement between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples to offer postal service in stores, by Staples employees instead of USPS workers. Photo credit: Jamie Partridge.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia labor officials say a move to put postal services in Staples stores is really a move to privatize middle-class jobs. Kenny Perdue, West Virginia AFL-CIO President, said the U.S. Postal Service deal with the troubled big-box office supply store chain would cut cost...Read More

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PHOTO: With coal production declining, central Appalachia will need help adapting to the new reality, according to regional economic groups. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Government programs could help communities adapt to a future with less mining, say regional economic groups. In the past, the federal government has helped areas hit by international trade and a decline in tobacco farming. Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Econo...Read More

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PHOTO: As folks celebrate the 4th of July, they are being reminded to properly display the "Stars and Stripes." Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - It's been a symbol of our nation for more than 200 years and, as folks in West Virginia and around the country celebrate the 4th of July, they are being reminded to properly display the "Stars and Stripes." Mike Buss, deputy director at the American Legion National Headquarters...Read More

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