Energy and Environment

Charleston's Yeager Airport
e-WV / WV Humanitites Council

Authorities at a West Virginia airport say a passenger's carry-on bag ignited as it was going through a security checkpoint.

F. BRIAN FERGUSON / CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL

For many families in parts of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia, the absence of clean, reliable drinking water is part of daily life.

Blaine Taylor, a 17-year-old resident of Martin County, Kentucky, struggles to manage basic hygiene when his water comes out with sediment in it.

“I had to use a case of water last night just to get enough water in my bathtub just to get myself cleaned up for today at school,” he said. “It’s rough.”


Jessica Lilly / WVPB

Across Appalachia, thousands of coal miners have suffered from black lung disease. In the 1960s, miners organized a movement to end the chronic condition. They convinced Congress to pass new laws that were supposed to make black lung a thing of the past. Today, conditions underground have changed, and the disease has come roaring back.

AllVoices.com

Police in West Virginia say two men are accused of stealing equipment from an electrical transformer at a coal mine.

John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A West Virginia journalist recently received a MacArthur Fellowship, a prestigious award that comes with a stipend of $625,000. Investigative reporter Ken Ward Jr. was one of only 25 people named for this honor that’s often called the “genius” award. The website said Ward was recognized for his work that reveals, “…the human and environmental toll of natural resource extraction in West Virginia…” Ward recently talked about his work with West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Listen to hear part of that conversation.