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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - WV: Environment

Washington, DC – A mining reform bill passed yesterday in the U.S. House has West Virginia taking a close look at mining practices of the "Wild West." In an effort led by West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall, the House voted to update a law from more than a century ago, that lets mining comp

Charleston, WV – West Virginia has a wild weekend in store to celebrate the major milestones of three different wilderness groups. The Virginia Highlands Conservancy is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and former Conservancy President David Elkinton believes the biggest lesson learned in th

Charleston, WV – With oil and gas permit applications on the rise, many West Virginia property owners are in for a rude awakening when the owners of mineral rights show up to build roads and set up wells on the land. A new group of surface landowners has formed to call for greater protections

There is a high human cost to mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia, according to a new book published this month. Shirley Stewart Burns, author of Bringing Down the Mountains, says mountaintop removal mining hurts more than the environment. Burns explains communities in those mining area

A proposed coal mine would cut through the watershed that supplies all the drinking water for two Grant County towns. The Wolf Run Mining Company says it can get the coal without affecting the water but Bayard mayor, Steven Durst, says he wants an independent survey before the mining starts, to ma

Three coal sludge dams failed, 125 people died and more than 4,000 lost their homes. The Buffalo Creek disaster was the top story 35 years ago today, and there are still folks in West Virginia who fear history will repeat itself. Bill Price with the Sierra Club says it's time for an in-depth study

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