Congratulations to the Bristol (VA) Herald Courier for winning a Pulitzer Prize yesterday. The Bristol paper covers the Tri Cities area of Virginia and Tennessee. (The cities are, of course, Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City.) The Herald Courier’s Daniel Gilbert published a series of stories on the way the state mismanaged royalties it was supposed to collect on gas wells. The paper’s series can be found here. The Pulitzer was given in the public service category. The staff of the paper is above and a story about the series and the prize can be found here. Congratulations!
This morning National Public Radio reported that Massey Energy’s coal mines nationally have high rates of injuries and long lists of federal safety violations. NPR follows the Charleston Gazette’s story finding that Massey would appeal violations, thus stalling harsher enforcement procedures that could have been used to close certain mines or increase penalties. The original Gazette story on this practice can be found here.