Remembering 1907 Monongah Disaster
March 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.
East Kentucky Schools “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.
Will Kentucky Move Forward Or Go Backward?
It 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.
Solar Energy Can Brighten West Virginia’s Future
Our region is known for producing energy. Historically that has been coal and more recently natural gas. Another source that could bring jobs, lower electric bills, and energy self-sufficiency is solar. A new white paper from the Mountain Institute and Downstream Strategies examines the potential of solar power for West Virginians. The authors plan to use the report to start discussions around the state on the policies needed to build this industry. Download the white paper here