Mtn Talk Monday: The Get Together – A Multicultural Symposium

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When people think of Central Appalachia these days, it seems often the next words are “Trump Country”, or white working class. Is Central Appalachia homogenized? Are we a diverse group of people? What is the legacy of diversity in the coalfields of Appalachia? Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky is delving in […]

Coal Report for March 22, 2017

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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 […]

Coal Report for March 15, 2017

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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 8, 2017

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43-year-old Jason Kenneth Matthews of Bluefield, Virginia lost his life Monday, February 27th at Southern Coal’s Bishop Prep Plant in McDowell County. Matthews worked as a plant floor man, and according to a company spokesman, fell to his death just before 10:30 p.m. His is the second coal mining related fatality of 2017 in […]

Coal Report for March 1, 2017

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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 […]