Categories & Tags: west virginia

After years of rollbacks, democracy movement making gains in the states   |   April 22, 2016
More than 1,400 people were arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., over the past week as part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, a grassroots movement calling for...

 

Union membership creeps upward in the South   |   February 5, 2016
Over the last year, the share of U.S. workers belonging to unions held steady at 11.1 percent, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the new...

 

Four reasons for labor to cheer in the South   |   December 10, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Labor activists and other progressive folks in the South have four new reasons to cheer: a United Auto Workers victory in Chattanooga, the...

 

Where are the South's women candidates?   |   November 5, 2015
On Tuesday, voters across the South went to the polls to vote for their candidates of choice among a pool of people representing various issues, platforms and ideologies. But when...

 

More trouble in coal country: Health care at risk for 12,000 retired miners and their families   |   October 28, 2015
By Alec MacGillis, ProPublica John R. Leach worked for Peabody Energy Corp. in western Kentucky for 23 years. When he retired, he and his wife Rhonda relied on his pension and...

 

Powering Appalachia's brighter future   |   October 23, 2015
By Susanna Hegner, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation* Coalfield communities are getting a much-needed jolt. On Oct. 15, the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Bringing the South's voter registration systems into the 21st century   |   September 25, 2015
Century in which many states' voter registration systems remained mired: 19th As a consequence of inefficiencies in systems reliant on paper forms and postal mail, portion of...

 

Fighting stubborn poverty numbers   |   September 18, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation has launched a "Southern Voices"...

 

Big Coal's war on its workers   |   September 1, 2015
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Fossil-fuel apologists have accused the Obama administration of waging a war on coal in its effort to cut power plant greenhouse gas emissions...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Southern politicians fight EPA carbon limits as states burn   |   August 21, 2015
Date on which the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the final version of its Clean Power Plan requiring states to cut climate-warming carbon emissions from power plants: 8/...

 

Executive in WV spill pleads guilty, gets his Bentley and millions back   |   August 20, 2015
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern on Wednesday pleaded guilty to pollution crimes for his company's role in a massive chemical...

 

Rural challenges, real solutions   |   August 7, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Big Money threat to our courts   |   July 10, 2015
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Florida's ban on judges personally soliciting campaign money, stating in the majority opinion that such requests cause "...

 

Organizing for affordable housing in the South   |   June 19, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Embracing the benefits of online voter registration   |   May 20, 2015
Date on which Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill creating a statewide online voter registration system: 5/15/2015 Year by which the system is supposed be in place: 2017...

 

Sustainability and hope   |   May 12, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Insufficient data and loose regulations worsen fracking's impact, studies find   |   April 6, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams A slew of studies released last week, each examining different aspects of the fossil fuel extraction method known as "fracking," provide...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Indicting the Medicaid expansion rejectionists   |   March 26, 2015
Date on which a "People's Grand Jury" in North Carolina handed down a symbolic indictment of Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders for rejecting additional...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The growing oil train threat   |   February 27, 2015
Train carloads of oil and ethanol expected to be hauled by rail in the U.S. this year: nearly 900,000 Since 2008, percent increase in train carloads of oil being hauled in the U....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States of inequality   |   January 30, 2015
Percent of U.S. states that have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades: 100 Of the 50 states, number where the wealthiest 1 percent captured at least half of...

 

Amid gas drilling boom, investigators warn of systemic pipeline safety hazards   |   January 30, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams A day after a pipeline exploded in West Virginia sending flames "hundreds of feet into the air," a new report by federal...

 

Atlantic Coast Pipeline meetings get underway amid growing landowner resistance   |   January 5, 2015
The energy companies planning to build a 550 mile-long natural gas pipeline from West Virginia through Virginia and eastern North Carolina are launching a series of public...

 

Getting even tougher on corporate crime   |   December 10, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest West Virginia's coal country is not very fond of the Environmental Protection Agency these days, but another part of the federal...

 

Corruption, illegal and legal, seen as a big problem in Southern states   |   December 9, 2014
How do we measure corruption in government -- something that by its very nature involves secrecy? The most common approach involves using data from the U.S. Department of Justice...

 

Southern mayors work to implement new immigration policy as states sue to block it   |   December 8, 2014
Following President Obama's announcement of temporary relief from deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, 25 mayors from across the country -- including two...