Joe Manchin

In this April 4, 2013, file photo, a mining dumper truck hauls coal at Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek strip mine near Decker, Montana.

‘They Knew’: A new book chronicles 50 years of US govt’s failure to address the climate crisis

Climate Change

For the past 50 years, the US government has known about the problem of climate change but has continued to promote fossil fuel development and done little to avert a crisis. Lawyer James Gustave Speth chronicles this failure in his new book, “They Knew: The US Federal Government’s 50-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis.”

Senate moves to allow votes on bills to reform immigration, increase gun background checks

Global Politics

Student Loan Rates Double After Congressional Inaction

Deal Reached on Background Checks

Gun Owners React to Senate’s New Proposals

Gun Control Proposals and the Second Amendment

Since the shooting that left twenty children and 7 adults dead in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday, members of Congress from across the political spectrum have proposed new gun control legislation. Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia and a lifelong member of the NRA who shot a rifle in his 2010 campaign ad, told […]

The World

For senate races, Obama’s visits prove mixed blessing

Global Politics

President Obama has had a large impact on several key Senate races ? for better and for worse. We speak with Tony Norman, a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Emily Corio, a reporter with West Virginia Public Radio.

The World

Mine safety questions arise following explosion


25 miners are dead after an explosion tore through a coal mine in West Virginia’s Raleigh County. The mine is owned by the Massey Energy company, which, according to news reports, has a history of safety problems.