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New Mine Safety “Assistance” Program Raises Concerns

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Lawmakers and union leaders are raising concerns about the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration’s practices amid an increase in coal fatalities. West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin asked MSHA for more information after receiving what he calls “alarming” reports about how the agency is implementing its new Compliance Assistance Program . In a September 7th letter, Manchin wrote… Read More

Authorities Investigating Robbery at Hocking Valley Bank in The Plains

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THE PLAINS, Ohio — Deputies are searching for a suspect after a bank robbery in The Plains Wednesday afternoon. A suspect allegedly entered the Hocking Valley Bank at 12:15 p.m. and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money, according to a press release from Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith. The Sheriff’s Office released pictures of what they… Read More

Episode 102 : Filip Noterdaeme – Stories of Students’ Apologies


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In previous times, students who missed class either ignored the transgression, or were forced to address the issue with their teacher during office hours, or during a subsequent class period. Modern communication tools, however, offer new avenues for accounts, excuses, and apologies surrounding absences. In his recent book titled, Dear Professor: A Chronicle of Absences,… Read More

New Initiative Seeks to Boost Economy in Appalachia

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Four U.S. senators and the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center have proposed 19 measures to boost the economy in Appalachia, including expanded broadband and telemedicine and tapping the region’s “vast” natural gas reserves for chemical and advanced manufacturing facilities. The initiative released Wednesday is intended to help reverse struggles with poverty and… Read More

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More Breakdowns Halt Ohio River Traffic

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Another breakdown at an aging lock and dam has halted river traffic on the Ohio in western Kentucky. It’s the second such interruption in less than a year for a stretch of river that carries some 90 million tons of cargo annually. “A lot of commerce does go through that section and delays cost the industry money,”… Read More

DACO’s First Photography Exhibition Examines the Contemporary Eye

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On September 9, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (DACO) unveiled their very first photography exhibition, entitled In Our Own Image: the Genesis of Photography and the Contemporary Eye. The two-part exhibition examines the development of photography starting in the 19th century through the modern day, as well as the continual use of those antique… Read More

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Manchin Says Senate Bill Protects Morgantown Lab’s Work

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says funding would continue next year for the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown in the spending bill advancing in the Senate. Manchin says the funding includes $72.7 million for research and development and $58.7 million for infrastructure and operations at the lab, which employs… Read More

Legislation to Protect the “Dreamers” & DACA Could Become a Political Football


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Recently, President Donald Trump rescinded an Executive Order called DACA issued by former President Barack Obama protecting undocumented immigrants who came to this country illegally as children. The impact of Pres. Trump’s action could leave 800,000 people – the “Dreamers” as they are called – subject to deportation. Instead of making the rescission immediate, however,… Read More