Coal Report for March 22, 2017


President Trump’s budget proposal is asking Congress to pull the funding for the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan which is currently in litigation in federal court. The president also promised a rally in Louisville, Kentucky that he has more plans for changing legislation in order to put […]

MN&WR: Renewal


The Ohio Valley ReSource explores how the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) expanded substance abuse treatment for thousands, including recovering addict Wendy Crites. Producers Glynis Board and Rebecca Kiger bring us the story of Crites’ struggle for sobriety, told in her own words. Crime statistics show human trafficking is on the rise, including here in […]

Coal Report for March 15, 2017


The Kentucky House of Representatives passed House Bill 234, sponsored by Republican Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence. The bill eliminates required mining permits for all the surface area above underground mines. Rep. Gooch said (quote) “With the new Trump Administration in place, we are seeing real relief for coal country, and it is imperative […]

Coal Report for March 1, 2017


Coal miners in Harlan, Kentucky and surrounding areas are hoping to soon be back at work as the bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources has sold all of its mining assets in Harlan County to JRL Coal located in Marietta, Georgia. JRL Coal plans to reopen the idled mines. Alpha CEO David Stetson says the […]

Coal Report for February 22, 2017

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Miners wearing hard hats and overalls stood with politicians in suits during the bill signing at the white house. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, thanked the president for supporting the coal industry. “The last eight years brought a depression to eastern Kentucky. And our folks are […]

Mtn. Talk Monday: 2017 KCEP Policy Conference with Dr. Kathryn J. Edin & Jason Bailey


Host Kelli Haywood and WMMT’s Mimi Pickering share two engaging speakers from the 2017 Kentucky Center for Economic Policy Conference – Dr. Kathryn J. Edin from Johns Hopkins University and KCEP Executive Director Jason Bailey. Dr. Edin discusses her book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, describing the situations and survival of […]