Among this week’s segments: A conversation with Kathy Mattea about her latest album Coal, the Sago tragedy that inspired the project, and her recent environmental activism. Plus, farmland preservation in Pennsylvania, and a study on the health risks of living in coal communities.
Archive for March 2008
By Anna Sale
March 31 is the deadline for states to get extensions for complying with the federal government’s new REAL ID requirements. The new rules have been controversial among privacy advocates and states. Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Joe Cicchirillo says residents should not notice any changes while the state prepares for the new REAL ID deadline in 2010.
By Emily Corio
The Monongahela National Forest has five federally designated wilderness areas. A bill before Congress would add almost 50,000 acres of wilderness to the Forest, but not everyone thinks that wild is wonderful. The WV Division of Natural Resources worries a plan of the state’s congressional delegation would interfere with wildlife management, so they’ve proposed an alternative.
By Mona Seghatoleslami
On Sunday night, Kathy Mattea will perform on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage as part of a tour to promote her new album. The album is titled Coal, and is a product of Mattea’s own recently-formed label, which she calls “Captain Potato Records.”
Mattea: “If you say may name over and over again, and you say it faster and faster, and then somewhere in there you have a couple of beers, somewhere in there it will turn to Captain Potato. It’s been a running joke for years, now.”
Mattea grew up in Cross Lanes in Kanawha County, and coal mining is part of her family history. That history and her increased interest in coal-mining issues are certainly reflected in Coal. So is the influence of other West Virginians, including songs she covers by acclaimed writers like Billy Edd Wheeler and Hazel Dickens.
Mona Segatoleslami spoke to Mattea about these songs, her recent environmental activism, and the Sago tragedy that inspired Coal.
By Scott Finn
When West Virginia lawmakers voted for a pay increase last month, they made it very clear that the pay increase wouldn’t go into effect until after the November election. But unknown to most of us, they increased their compensation in a different way – and they did so retroactively, going back to the beginning of this year…