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PHOTO: West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says a small program at the agency is helping veterans become beekeepers on old surface mine land. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - With a little help from the state, a few veterans have some old surface mines abuzz with a new kind of activity. A year-old program by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is helping vets set up beehives and raise honey on old mine land. Agriculture Commissioner Walt H...Read More

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CHART: Several polls have found similar strong support for EPA clean power rules, including one done by George Mason University. Chart courtesy of George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A series of public opinion polls shows pretty much the same results, two-to-one support for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, new rules aimed at slowing climate change. The Sierra Club has just released a post-election poll done in six battleground states...Read More

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PHOTO: Landowners on the route of proposed natural gas pipelines in West Virginia and Virginia have a good legal basis for denying the companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Pipeline companies who want to build lines through West Virginia and neighboring Virginia have told some landowners they can survey on their land without the landowners' permission. Legal experts, however, say those companies don't have that right - yet. Attorney Joe Lovett with ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study on the effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) shows it has been a more significant factor for people in small towns and rural areas than in cities. Photo credit: Brood_Wich/Flickr.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A tax credit helping many low-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns, in West Virginia and across the country, according to a new report. The Earned Income Tax Credit has been touted as one of th...Read More

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PHOTO: The Upper Big Branch mine disaster has resulted in criminal charges against former Massey CEO Don Blankenship, which is causing people to again ask how we can make our mines safer. Photo of a UBB memorial service courtesy of the West Virginia Governor's office.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Criminal charges against former Massey CEO Don Blankenship have returned attention to a basic question: How can America's coal mines be made safer? Blankenship stands accused in connection to the 2010 tragedy at Upper Big Branch where 29 miners died. Ellen Smith, editor...Read More

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PHOTO: According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, helping children in poverty works best when the entire family is helped at once. Photo credit: C.C. Mackay.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A new strategy to help kids by helping their families is offering hope in West Virginia's poverty-fighting efforts. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says child poverty programs can have more impact by utilizing a "two-generation" approach and helping parents at th...Read More

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PHOTO: Worried about losses to wildlife, including brook trout now gone from a third of their former homes in Appalachia's cold-water streams, outdoor groups are backing EPA limits on greenhouse gasses. Picture of native brook trout from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Worried about losses to wildlife, hunting and fishing groups are backing limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Ten outdoor organizations and businesses have released a letter supporting climate change rules by the Environmental Protection Agency. The groups, le...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Organizers say next week's Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia in Charleston is an opportunity to take a calm, serious look at questions that are too often either ignored or inflamed.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A summit on race relations coming Monday and Tuesday to Charleston offers a chance for a deep, civilized look at something that matters, according to its organizers. Issues of bias typically are either ignored or inflamed, unquestioned or tangled in controversy, said the Rev. Ro...Read More

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