Lawsuit Seeks Protections for Crawfish Imperiled by Coal Mining
A federal lawsuit filed this week by an environmental group alleges two protected crayfish species are being harmed by coal mining in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. The suit, filed Wednesday in West Virginia by the Center for Biological Diversity, alleges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has missed the one-year time frame set under the Endangered Species Act in which to designate habitat areas for the two crayfish species.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:15:45 +0000
Historic Mansion Comes to Life Through Wine & Jazz
Happy Retreat is a historic mansion in Charles Town that was once the home of Charles Washington – founder of Charles Town and brother to the nation’s first president. Today, the house is becoming a hub for public events, community outreach, history and tourism.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:30:04 +0000
Gov. Justice Sued Over Constitutional Residency Requirement
A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has filed suit against Gov. Jim Justice over a provision in the state constitution requiring the governor to reside in the state capital. Del. Isaac Sponaugle, a Democrat, filed a complaint in Kanawha County Circuit Court stating that Gov. Justice has not lived in Charleston or conducted the business of his office in the state’s capital.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:49:40 +0000
Coal Ash Series Examines Kentucky Energy Industry Waste
On this West Virginia Morning, hazardous chemicals left over from coal-fired power plants are leaching into groundwater across Kentucky. This new look at coal ash pollution comes from the power plants themselves -- they were recently required to make public the data from groundwater monitoring. WFPL’s Ryan Van Velzer has the second story in the series, Coal Ash, Uncovered.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:20:38 +0000
Us and Them : Housing in Paradise
Places like Lake Tahoe, Nantucket and Colorado ski country are playgrounds for the wealthy. To make the playground run smoothly, there’s a dire need for people to cook food, bus tables, clean rooms, mow lawns, manicure golf courses and operate ski lifts. It all works well until those same workers don’t have a place to lay their heads at night.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:18:08 +0000
Listen: Shemekia Copeland on NPR's Mountain Stage
"A voice that's part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman," Shemekia Copeland returns to the Mountain Stage with a fiery performance of "The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On)." Catch it on over 240+ NPR stations during this week's encore Mountain Stage broadcast.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000
Previously Blocked Federal Study Raises Alarm About C8 Chemicals
The Trump administration today released a politically charged study on the health impacts of perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS chemicals, including the compound known as C8, which has been detected in some water systems in the Ohio Valley. The draft report, released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), finds these fluorinated chemicals, which are used in some nonstick products and flame retardants, can endanger human health at levels 7 to 10 times lower than the Environmental Protection Agency has previously said were safe.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:55:07 +0000
Trump Signs Order To End Family Separations
Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. "We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order. The president signed the order in the Oval Office just after 3 p.m. with Vice President Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who has been the subject of intense criticism , present for the signing. The order aims to end the separation of most migrant families by detaining them together while they await their court dates in criminal and immigration court. It says that while the administration will "rigorously" enforce immigration laws, it is "also the policy of this
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:30:00 +0000
Justice Loughry Indicted on Federal Charges of Fraud, Witness Tampering, Making False Statements
A grand jury in West Virginia’s southern district has indicted state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry on 22 counts. The charges include fraud, witness tampering and making false statements. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says FBI agents arrested Loughry Wednesday morning and brought him to the Robert C. Byrd federal courthouse in Charleston for processing.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:05:51 +0000
Coal Ash Uncovered: Largest Ash Dump A “Cautionary Tale” As Trump Changes Regulations
Curt and Debbie Havens’ ranch style home is the gathering place for their family. Their two boys grew up playing in the streets in this quiet neighborhood in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. Now, their grandchildren do the same. “They played ball, all kinds of games,” Debbie recalled during a recent interview. Family photos and knick-knacks line the walls. One heart-shaped sign reads “May love be the heart of this home.” “Everybody wants to come to grammy’s and pappy’s,” she added. Chester, West Virginia, is a small town of about 3,000 people, just a stone's throw from Pennsylvania to the east and Ohio to the north.The region’s rolling hills are dotted with family farms and the “world’s largest teapot” proudly welcomes visitors into downtown. But the area is also home to another object of record-breaking size: the largest coal ash waste site in the United States. In the mid-1970s, Pennsylvania Power Company, a subsidiary of Ohio Edison Company, built the coal-fired Bruce Mansfield
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:55:23 +0000