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Preventing Diabetes in East Kentucky

January 12, 2020

If you live in Appalachian Kentucky, the odds are that you know somebody–maybe even a family member–that has type 2 diabetes: eastern Kentucky suffers...

Portal 31 Opens Economic Prospects

December 4, 2019

A former Harlan County, KY, coal mine that had produced more than 120 million tons of coal before closing in 1962 was reopened several...

Firestarters Inspire At Rural Women’s Summit

November 21, 2019

In this report the “Firestarters,” six women from around rural America, share stories of personal struggles and community victories as they work to build...

High Hopes for Hemp Cooperatives

November 12, 2019

Could hemp become a crop that can keep small farms in business? Many Ohio Valley farmers believe so but worry that the sort of...

Woodbooger Legend Boosts Norton, VA Tourism

October 25, 2019

Tourists attracted to verdant mountain views, an abundance of nature and outdoor recreation opportunities, and a local legend are what city managers and others...

Rethinking Retraining

October 15, 2019

In the midst of the Appalachian region’s declining industries, politicians are betting big on job training, with millions directed at those who lost jobs...

We Needed New Industry Here Yesterday

October 2, 2019

Scott Shoupe is interviewed by WMMT reporter Sydney Boles about his experience mining coal in Harlan County, Kentucky and in Alabama, and the transition...

After Six Years Will SOAR Lift Off?

September 24, 2019

Appalachia’s coal country is struggling to diversity its economy amidst the collapse of the coal industry. SOAR, or Shaping Our Appalachian Future, is an...