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Congressional office agrees to investigate 'zombie' coal mines

Kentucky citizens’ law group finds 40 percent of state’s active coal strip mines are “functionally abandoned.”
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AppHarvest promised Kentucky green jobs. It delivered 'hell on earth'

The inside story of how the celebrated startup AppHarvest's indoor farming scheme imploded — and took its blue-collar workforce down with it.
As coal plants shutter, a chance to redevelop 'the gates of hell'
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As coal plants shutter, a chance to redevelop 'the gates of hell'

Developers are combining new strategies with state and federal funds to turn decayed power plants once considered a blemish into potential assets for economic growth.
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Biden drawn into spat as Manchin slams his comments on future of coal

Manchin calls on Biden to apologize for comments on coal industry.

West Virginia clashes over new Corridor H highway by Blackwater Falls

West Virginia clashes over new Corridor H highway by Blackwater Falls

A highway project planned since the 1960s is about to be built in West Virginia. Critics worry it will hurt the environment — and their revived economies.
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Mingo County warily turns to ATV tourism

In West Virginia's coalfield counties like Mingo, some hope the growing number of visitors will help fill the economic hole left by coal's decline.
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Southern WV residents need more help to reverse decline

In West Virginia's coalfields counties like McDowell, residents say it's going to take more help to bring back people and opportunities.
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