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Court packing in coal country

January 24, 2019 - Legislators in Kentucky and West Virginia are discussing constitutional amendments to give governors unprecedented control over choosing judges, who are currently elected. The moves are part of a broader trend of Republican politicians asserting more control over the judiciary.

Sustainability and hope

May 12, 2015 - The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has launched a "Southern Voices" oral history project to capture the stories of Southern leaders working for social and economic justice. This installment focuses on how organizations in the region are investing in ambitious plans to create diverse, sustainable economic engines.

Investigative Series: Coal's Dirty Secret

June 4, 2010 - MAY/JUNE 2010 | Coal ash is the country's second-biggest source of industrial waste and full of arsenic, lead and other toxins -- yet it's routinely dumped near communities with little publicity and few rules. In a week-long investigation, Facing South looks at the growing problem of coal ash and the looming battle in Washington over regulation.

See the mountaintop removal mining video they'll be watching in Copenhagen

December 9, 2009 - Attendees of the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen will get a chance to watch a new Google video about the effort to stop mountaintop removal mining on Coal River Mountain in West Virginia and to build a wind farm there instead. The environmental advocates at are asking people to watch the video -- which uses innovative new Google Earth technology -- and send it along to friends and family.