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...

Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy

By MIRIAM JORDAN March 18, 2017 In Coudersport, Pa., a town in a mountainous region an hour’s drive from the nearest Walmart, Cole Memorial Hospital counts on two Jordanian physicians to keep its obstetrics unit open and is actively recruiting foreign...