Coal Report for April 19, 2017


Dennis Fillinger, age 62, of Harts, W. Va. lost his life April 6th to injuries sustained while working underground as section foreman for C K Coal Corporation’s Mine No. 5 in Mingo County in southern West Virginia. On February 23, Fillinger was struck by a piece of rock “approximately 3 feet […]

Coal Report for April 12, 2017


It may seem somewhat paradoxical, Kentucky’s Coal Mining Museum located in Harlan County being powered by solar, but as of last week work began to install solar panels that the museum operators hope will save them between $8,000-$10,000 yearly in costs. Brandon Robinson, communications director of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, which […]

MN&WR: Bringing the Past Forward

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Mimi Pickering and Benny Becker report on how the digital divide is affecting one east Kentucky community and how they’re working to remedy the situation through working toward access to true broadband internet services. The Kentucky Homebirth Coalition is a grassroots organization who have been working diligently to pass legislation to license certified professional […]

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 […]