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Dake Kang / AP

The coal industry is slowly dying, and the green energy industry is growing. Several companies and programs have emerged that train former miners to be wind turbine technicians, solar panel installers or other related jobs, while others teach miners computer coding and beekeeping, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Last year in Wyoming, more than 1,000 miners lost their jobs and three major coal producers went bankrupt. These retraining programs offer hope for those who have only known mining. In return, the manpower is a boon for the alternative energy producers.

  • Solar Holler, a nonprofit is working with Coalfield Development in West Virginia to training train former miners to install solar panels with 2.5 year apprenticeships.
  • Goldwind Americas, an American subsidiary of a Chinese company, has begun offering free wind turbine technician training programs in Wyoming, Montana and Ohio and is ready to provide 850 turbines for a Wyoming power plant.
  • Appalachian Headwaters is a nonprofit using an old summer camp site to train former coal miners in the honeybee business.

Go deeper with stories from former coal miners who have taken advantage of these programs in the NYT report.

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Study: Common antidepressant guards against COVID hospitalization

A COVID-19 intensive Care Unit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on May 27, 2021. Photo: Fabio Teixeira/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The readily available antidepressant fluvoxamine significantly reduced COVID-related hospitalizations, according to a large study published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The clinical trial suggests that a cheap, readily available drug could dramatically reduce serious illness and death when prescribed early.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

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Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.