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
This week on Inside Appalachia, amid recent hospital closures, Appalachian women are having to travel farther and farther to give birth. We also learn how seed libraries and community gardens are helping to protect heirloom seeds from being lost. And we hear more from our series on greyhound racing. This year, West Virginia will be home to the last two remaining greyhound racetracks in the United States.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
In 2023, West Virginia will be the only state left with greyhound racing. Industry opponents say a new legislative makeup could end the sport here. Proponents say it’s stronger than ever.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
When dogs are done racing, it's time for them to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Demand to adopt racing greyhounds in particular is high.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Since 2007, West Virginia law has said state sanctioned casinos cannot operate without having horse or dog racing. A 2017 bill to eliminate the state’s role in greyhound racing was passed by the West Virginia Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Jim Justice.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Opponents of dog racing accuse the industry of abusive treatment, but those working within don't see it that way.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Next year, West Virginia will have the last two greyhound racing tracks in the United States. The state government is bound by law to support the greyhound racing operations at two casinos – in Wheeling and Cross Lanes.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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