Three months ago, a storage tank leaked up to 10,000 gallons of the chemical MCHM in Charleston, W.Va., where more than 300,000 people were exposed to one of the worst cases of drinking water contamination in U.S. history. To examine the regulations that have been passed in its wake, Judy Woodruff talks to Evan Osnos of The New Yorker and Ashton Marra of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Continue reading
Residents of nine West Virginia counties are being told to avoid using tap water to bathe, drink, cook or wash clothes and dishes after a foaming agent used in coal production leaked from a chemical plant into the Elk River. Hari Sreenivasan reports on efforts to clean-up the water emergency. Continue reading
The mayor of Charleston, W.Va., says the water emergency has been "nothing but bad news" for residents who are still awaiting a timeline for when they’ll be able to resume normal life. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mayor Danny Jones about how the chemical spill is affecting his community. Continue reading
Bracing for a new federal budget, hundreds of U.S. mayors sought meetings in Washington this week. Their message: don’t let cities fall through the cracks. Ray Suarez discusses the challenges local governments face amid a national debt crisis with Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and Danny Jones of Charleston, W.Va. Continue reading
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton were among the attendees at a memorial service in Charleston, W.Va., for Sen. Robert C. Byrd’, the longest-serving member of Congress ever, who died Monday at age 92. Continue reading
Gwen Ifill reports on the life and legacy of West Virginia’s Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member in the history of Congress. Byrd died Monday at the age of 92. Continue reading
For 17 days and nights every spring in Charleston, South Carolina, theaters, churches and outdoor spaces are home to opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music.