Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Black Lung Disability Trust Fund
Miner benefit levels are tied to the federal pay scale rather than the cost of living. Therefore, though inflation levels have risen, miners’ black lung benefits have not.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
The money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will go towards the state’s Black Lung and Coal Miner Clinics Program to provide financial help to the program’s health and treatment services.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
The 2020 West Virginia legislative session has ended with no new legislation addressing black lung benefits, leaving former and current coal miners to…Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Just three bankruptcies of American coal companies have added more than $800 million in costs to a federal government program that funds health care for…Continue Reading Take Me to More News
A new report from the nonpartisan budget watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense says that an expired coal tax is effectively a taxpayer subsidy for the…Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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