West Virginia http://www.kunc.org en In Mystery Series's W.Va. River Town, There's No Escape From Terror http://www.kunc.org/post/mystery-series-wva-river-town-theres-no-escape-terror When writer Julia Keller talks, you notice a touch of West Virginia — it is, after all, her home state. Her accent may have faded a bit during her newspaper career in Chicago, so she says when she started thinking about writing crime novels, she was happy to hear the Appalachian voices coming out of her memory.<p>"I was probably the most surprised person of all when I chose to set my fiction in West Virginia," she says. "[I] hadn't lived here in a long time, didn't really know that it moved in my blood — if it did."<p>Turns out it did. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Noah Adams 58245 at http://www.kunc.org In Mystery Series's W.Va. River Town, There's No Escape From Terror Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals http://www.kunc.org/post/drinking-water-not-tested-tens-thousands-chemicals The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.<p>Freedom Industries earlier this week revealed it had spilled two chemicals, not just one. The second chemical is PPH, a mixture of polygycol ethers. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 53609 at http://www.kunc.org Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals Jailed Massey Mine Boss Claims He Was Company's Sacrificial Lamb http://www.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://www.kunc.org Fish Return To A Mining County River http://www.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://www.kunc.org West Virginia's Birthday Recalls A State Born Of Civil War http://www.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://www.kunc.org West Virginia's Birthday Recalls A State Born Of Civil War