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Remembering the Miners at Upper Big Branch

April 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

UBB RIPApril 5 marked the 4th anniversary of the deadly explosion at then-Massey Coal’s Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, WV. As a way to remember, the WMMT family recorded these short portraits of the 29 men who so needlessly lost their lives. Their stories come from the Report to the Governor by the Governor’s Independent Investigation Panel, led by J. Davitt McAteer. The full report is available here

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Remembering 1907 Monongah Disaster

April 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

MON14LGMarch 9 & 13 marked the anniversary of the Scotia Mine Disaster in Letcher County, KY in 1976, and April 5 was the 4th year since 29 miners were killed at Upper Big Branch in West Virginia. As part of a commemoration of these events, WMMT looked back at the nation’s worst mine disaster  - over 300 killed at Monongah, WV in 1907.

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East Kentucky Schools “Race to the Top”

March 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Race To The Top In Dec. 2013, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) received a $30 million Race to the Top grant from the US Department of Education to carry out the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative.  ARI is a collaboration between 17 school districts and numerous regional organizations all committed to putting students first, improving educational outcomes, and developing a model for rural education. The Race to the Top program is the cornerstone of President Obama’s education reform efforts, and eastern Kentucky was selected as one of only five places across the nation to receive this grant, and the only rural area. WMMT’s Sylvia Ryerson has this report from the ARI rollout event.

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Will Kentucky Move Forward Or Go Backward?

February 27, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Leatha DollarhideIt is the time of year when the Kentucky General Assembly is in session and this is one of those years when legislators need to pass a budget for the state. Because of a lack of revenue, Kentucky has cut $1.6 billon from education, health and other services over the past 6 years and the talk in Frankfort is of more program cuts, or possibly, tax reform that could bring in the needed revenue.  WMMT checked in with some folks for their thoughts on the state of the state and how their neighbors are faring during these tough times. Mimi Pickering reports.

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