West Virginia http://kunc.org en Jailed Massey Mine Boss Claims He Was Company's Sacrificial Lamb http://kunc.org/post/jailed-massey-mine-boss-claims-he-was-companys-sacrificial-lamb A jailed, former superintendent of Massey Energy's <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/131960177/massey-mine-investigation">Upper Big Branch coal mine</a> claims his attorney colluded with attorneys for the company and its executives to avoid testimony about complicity in his crimes.<p>Gary May is serving a 21-month federal prison sentence after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/03/29/149639345/massey-mine-boss-pleads-guilty-as-feds-target-execs">pleading guilty to conspiracy</a> to thwart federal mine safety law by warning miners underground when inspectors arrived on the surfa Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 50002 at http://kunc.org Fish Return To A Mining County River http://kunc.org/post/fish-return-mining-county-river Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. This summer, we've been telling stories about comebacks - people, places and things that have recovered or returned to glory. Well, today, we take you to the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia. The Cheat River winds through former mining country. Coal provided an economic boost to the area but often at a cost to the environment, and the Cheat was one such casualty. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:59:00 +0000 47401 at http://kunc.org West Virginia's Birthday Recalls A State Born Of Civil War http://kunc.org/post/west-virginias-birthday-recalls-state-born-civil-war One hundred and fifty years ago this week, West Virginia became the 35th state in the union.<p>Born in in 1863, the middle of the Civil War, the state was created by patriots who didn't want to join the Confederacy — no mean feat considering the political climate of the time.<p>Western Virginians were fed up with their eastern-dominated government, says Joe Geiger, director of the West Virginia State Archives. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:19:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46309 at http://kunc.org West Virginia's Birthday Recalls A State Born Of Civil War Sandwich Monday: The Politician http://kunc.org/post/sandwich-monday-politician <em>The Sandwich Monday crew is out of the office today, at a staff retreat where they're probably going to make us exercise. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000 45596 at http://kunc.org Sandwich Monday: The Politician Doctors Confirm Black Lung In Victims Of Mine Blast http://kunc.org/post/doctors-confirm-black-lung-victims-mine-blast The tragic deaths of 29 coal miners in a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/131960177/massey-mine-investigation">massive explosion in 2010</a> have provided new evidence of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/09/155978300/as-mine-protections-fail-black-lung-cases-surge">resurgence of the disease known as black lung</a>.<p>On Monday, a team of pathologists and lung disease experts will present the results of <a href="http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1164/ajrccm-conference.2013.187.1_MeetingAbstracts.A6063">a detailed study of lung tissue</a> from some of the victims of the Upper Big Bran Fri, 17 May 2013 16:47:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 44451 at http://kunc.org Doctors Confirm Black Lung In Victims Of Mine Blast