Categories & Tags: west virginia

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...

 

Republicans tighten grip in Southern state legislatures   |   November 5, 2014
While all eyes were on the shellacking of Democratic U.S. Senate candidates -- including 10 who lost in the South -- Republicans strengthened their hand in another key area on...

 

Americans for Prosperity says NC voter misinformation came from Arkansas   |   October 16, 2014
The North Carolina State Board of Elections continues to investigate a mailer the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity sent to tens of thousands of state residents...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Progress and resistance on Southern marriage equality   |   October 10, 2014
Number of states where marriage equality is now the law after the U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review lower-court decisions invalidating same-sex marriage bans in...

 

Americans for Prosperity's trail of voter misinformation goes far beyond NC   |   October 3, 2014
The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced this week that it is investigating a controversial mailer the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) sent...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's execution lust puts it in rare and brutal company   |   March 28, 2014
Of the 206 countries around the world, number in which executions were known to have taken place in 2013: 22 Number of executions that took place worldwide last year: 778...

 

Election 2014: Does climate change stand a chance against the oil boom?   |   March 10, 2014
By Greg Harman, The Daily Climate SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Work boots towered above Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as he moved down rows of shelving at Justin Boots'...

 

States shift from voter suppression to voter expansion   |   February 10, 2014
Before the 2012 election, there were numerous efforts in the states to restrict voting. But now the pendulum appears to be swinging in the other direction, giving voting-rights...

 

Freedom to pollute   |   January 17, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Recent news reports out of West Virginia sound like they were written as part of a parody of modern business: the company responsible for a...

 

WV water contamination exposes chemical hazards of coal power   |   January 13, 2014
Most Americans are aware of the pollution hazards associated with the mining and burning of coal. The water contamination disaster that began unfolding last week in West Virginia...

 

More evidence undermines industry claims of fracking safety   |   January 6, 2014
The frequently asked questions page of the oil and gas industry's website promoting fracking poses the query, "Is the groundwater safe?" This is the industry's...

 

Congressman's cocaine bust illuminates race and gender sentencing disparities   |   November 22, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines This week, freshman Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5...

 

On North Carolina's high court, corruption worse than West Virginia?   |   October 18, 2013
It was a judicial corruption case shocking in its brazenness -- even for West Virginia, a state renowned for its history of corruption. In 2002, a West Virginia jury awarded $50...

 

Homicides soar in states with 'Stand Your Ground' laws   |   September 16, 2013
Many of the 22 states that have enacted "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws -- like the one at the center of the controversy over last year's shooting death of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Forced fracking for North Carolina?   |   September 5, 2013
Date on which the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission will review regulatory recommendations from a study group that call for allowing what's known as "forced pooling...

 

In effort to end prison rape, questions about a monitor's independence   |   August 30, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits...

 

Southern coal plants top list of worst carbon polluters targeted by Obama climate plan   |   June 26, 2013
Pointing out that "Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction," President Obama bypassed Congress and outlined a plan this week to use his...

 

South remains the epicenter of U.S. child poverty crisis   |   June 24, 2013
Child poverty in the United States remains concentrated in the South -- but one notoriously impoverished Southern state no longer occupies the bottom spot for the overall well-...

 

Now, you can't ban guns at the public pool   |   June 3, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years...

 

NC gets warning from WV on ending judicial public financing   |   May 24, 2013
With its trailblazing public financing program for judicial elections targeted for elimination by Republican state leaders, North Carolina got a visit this week from two prominent...

 

Carrying water for an end to mountaintop removal   |   May 10, 2013
Residents of Appalachia brought over 100 gallons of polluted drinking water to the Washington, D.C. offices of the Environmental Protection Agency this week to call attention to...

 

NC renewable energy repeal advanced by committee despite losing vote   |   May 8, 2013
Last week North Carolina's Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill to repeal the state's renewable energy standard in a controversial voice vote where the outcome was...

 

UN human rights group calls for investigation of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia   |   May 2, 2013
After visiting West Virginia communities affected by mountaintop removal coal mining, the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights is calling for an investigation...