Coal Mining Health Study Is Halted by Interior Department

By LISA FRIEDMAN and BRAD PLUMER August 21, 2017 WASHINGTON — The Interior Department has ordered a halt to a scientific study begun under President Obama of the public health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining. The National Academies...

Seeing Hope for Flagging Economy, West Virginia Revamps Vocational Track

By DANA GOLDSTEIN August 10, 2017 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — In a sleek laboratory at Marshall University last month, four high school teachers hunched over a miniature steam-electric boiler, a tabletop replica of the gigantic machinery found in power plants....

When Health Law Isn’t Enough, the Desperate Line Up at Tents

By TRIP GABRIEL July 23, 2017 WISE, Va. — Anthony Marino, 54, reached into his car trunk to show a pair of needle-nosed pliers like the ones he used to yank out a rotting tooth. Shirley Akers, 58, clutched a list of 20 medications she takes, before...

In McConnell’s Home State, Fear and Confusion Over Health Care Bill

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG June 28, 2017 WHITESBURG, Ky. — Dewey Gorman, a 59-year-old banker who has struggled with opioid addiction, had just gotten out of the hospital in this tiny central Appalachian city when he heard the word from Washington:...

Circling Back to Voters, 100 Days Into Trump Era

By THE NEW YORK TIMES April 26, 2017 On Day 1, they were a mix of Trump faithful, Trump skeptics and Trump haters. Local party bosses and state senators, teachers and retirees, unionized and nonunion workers, talking about their hopes and dread as...