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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.

West Virginia moves closer to broadband for all

March 27, 2008 - Realizing that internet access is fast-becoming a basic necessity of life, states and localities are taking the lead in initiatives to ensure broadband access to all their residents. The Progressive States Network reports that in the past few weeks, two states, Washington and West Virginia, have taken steps towards universal broadband. The news from West Virginia:

What's next on the estate tax?

June 12, 2006 - I've been in New Orleans and Mississippi over the last few days, visiting areas of the Gulf hard-hit by the hurricanes (like the devastated ghost town of Pass Christian, Miss.), as well as talking to community leaders about their plans for the one-year anniversary of Katrina.

Southern Scandal Watch

April 28, 2006 - The scandal season is still in full bloom, claiming ethically challenged lawmakers across the political aisle. Two recent items of a Southern flavor (hat tip to TPM Muckraker):

Taking the Fall

May 3, 2005 - Today, Rep. Henry Waxman's Committee on Government Reform (Minority Office) draws attention to a recent GAO study critiquing the administration's use of Virginia-based contractor CACI International to interrogate prisoners in Iraq.