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Remembering Elaine Purkey: W.Va. Social Activist, Musician

COVID-19 has taken the lives of nearly 300 West Virginians, and earlier this month, the state lost one of its most powerful and vocal social activists and…

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Reopening Of Mine Wars Museum Includes Uncovered History

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum reopened Sept. 3 in a new location in Matewan, West Virginia featuring more detailed and researched exhibits about…

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How W.Va. Miners With Black Lung Disease Are Navigating The Pandemic

Jerry Coleman, a third-generation coal miner, worked for 37 years, mostly underground, near Cabin Creek, West Virginia. But at 68 years old, he has…

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The Southern Coalfield Airports: Where Did They Go?

Amid the rolling hills and strip-mined mountain tops that stretch through Logan County, West Virginia is Route 10 -- a newer highway that was 20 years in…

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