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Debating the Death Penalty in Ky., Trying to Track Fracking Materials, "Uncle Dude" and more

Inside Appalachia

Capital punishment is debated in Kentucky.

Coal camp communities are working to cope with dated water systems created by coal companies.

A farmer’s market is provides summer meals to children. 

Questioning Capital Punishment in Kentucky:  Mirroring a national trend, the debate over capital punishment continues to makes headlines in Kentucky. Earlier this month, the state legislature held the first public hearing testimony on the death penalty since it was reinstated in 1976. As Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador found that arguments for and against a bipartisan legislative effort to abolish capital punishment boil down to, in part, a moral quandary over vengeance versus forgiveness.

Fracking materials are tough to track: A website called “FracFocus” has become a national clearinghouse for information about the chemicals used in fracking.  But as StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Katie Colaneri reports transparency about those chemicals remains elusive.

Farmers share food at Kentucky market: The Letcher County Farmers’ Market is the first in Kentucky to offer free meals cooked on site from market vegetables to children 18 and under. The Farmers’ Market recently celebrated with its many partners including the Letcher County School System, US Department of Agriculture, KY Department of Education, and the farmers who make it all possible in Whitesburg.  WMMT's Elizabeth Sanders has more.    

Jessica can be heard on Inside Appalachia and West Virginia Morning the station’s daily radio news program. You can reach her at jlilly@wvpublic.org