Author: Jake Stump

Airbnb Brings Renters and Regulations to Southwest Virginia

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jacob Stump grew up in rural Southwest Virginia as the region was developing its tourism industry, which today generates nearly $1 billion in spending each year. Stump  teaches international studies at DePaul University in Chicago. Tourist-cabin rentals in Southwest Virginia began long before Airbnb arrived. But the online […]

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This slice of ‘Trump Country’ isn’t hopping on the boycott Budweiser bandwagon

Inside the dimly lit Mason Jar Saloon nestled along U.S. 19 on the outskirts of Morgantown, West Virginia, billiard balls clang into one another while Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” blares from the jukebox. The walls are plastered with signs supporting coal miners and touting American pride. One bears the slogan […]

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