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Amid Black Lung Surge, Kentucky Changes Benefits Process For Miners

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William McCool is a 64-year-old former coal miner from Letcher County, Kentucky, with an advanced form of black lung disease. Health experts say the condition is entirely preventable with dust control measures in mines. But today, more miners in Appalachia are being diagnosed with severe black lung than ever before. “I’ve worked all my life,… Read More

OU to Host Annual Spring Literary Festival April 11-13

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Ohio University will be hosting its 33rd annual Spring Literary Festival April 11-13, providing the Athens community an opportunity to engage with five distinguished writers in poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. The festival is sponsored by Ohio University’s creative writing program and the College of Arts and Sciences, and will take place on OU’s main campus as… Read More

Long Road Ahead for Forest Managment Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio — More than forty people came to the Ohio Division of Wildlife Office on Tuesday to share their views about a three-year process to revise the Wayne National Forest  Land Management Plan. The meeting’s purpose was to help the community understand the steps in this process, not to discuss specific concerns. Regardless, many asked… Read More

Needle Exchange Program To Resume In West Virginia City

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia health department will resume its needle exchange program once it can comply with new rules issued by a police chief. Kanawha-Charleston Health Department President Brenda Isaac tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail the needle exchange portion of its harm reduction program should resume by mid-April. Under rules announced by Charleston… Read More