Save Black Lung Benefits

One in five veteran coal miners in Central Appalachia now has black lung disease. But the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund which provides critical support to miners and their families is at risk of disappearing. In this episode of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, retired miners Bethel Brock and Jimmy Moore, Patty Amburgey who lost her husband […]

Who Owns Appalachia, Then and Now?

The success of efforts to rebuild the Appalachian economy may well depend on getting access to land for development. This episode of WMMT’s Mountain Talk includes discussion from a September 2016 meeting at which Shauna Scott, Joe Childers, and Susan Williams shared memories of their involvement in the 1981 Appalachian Land Ownership Study.  The study […]

ARC Study Highlights Appalachia’s Tough Tasks Ahead

Since 2015 the Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $94 million for Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) projects to help coal impacted communities diversify and grow their economies. The ARC is now requesting proposals for an additional $20 million in funding to support worker training and economic development activities in the region. […]

A Pension Is A Promise

As efforts continue to rebuild the eastern Kentucky economy, the quality of the educational system, so dependent on the excellence and commitment of the region’s educators, is a critical part of the solution, as is adequate state support for health care, social services, public protection, and economic development. WMMT aired this report on a Dec. […]