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Lung Transplants Rise Amid Region’s Black Lung Epidemic

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The Appalachian coalfields are in the midst of an epidemic of severe black lung disease. The debilitating and even deadly disease has recently begun to affect miners as young as 30. Dust from coal mines has scarred these miners’ lungs, so little of the air they breathe gets absorbed. In central Appalachia, researchers say, one… Read More

Senate Approves Overturning FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal

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The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rollback, dealing a symbolic blow to the FCC’s new rule that remains on track to take effect next month. As expected, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Me., joined Democrats in voting to overturn the FCC’s controversial decision. But two other Republicans — Sen…. Read More

Kentucky Regulators Agree Illegal Radioactive Waste Should Stay In Blue Ridge Landfill

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Radioactive waste illegally dumped in an Estill County landfill will likely stay in the ground after state regulators approved a corrective action plan last week. Rregulators agreed with operators of the Blue Ridge Landfill that keeping the radioactive waste in the ground is the best way to protect human health and the environment. And digging… Read More

Drug Bust in New Marshfield


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A drug bust in New Marshfield ends with two people in custody and, according to the Athens County Sheriff, “evidence suggesting a high level of drug trafficking.” On Tuesday, the Major Crimes Unit and Athens County Sheriff’s office entered a home on Old State Route 56 with a search warrant looking for a resident who… Read More

NMF ’18: Brainy Rock ‘n’ Roll and Politics, Speaking with Chris Funk of The Decemberists

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The Decemberists have been crafting brainy, oddball pop for almost 20 years. Sometimes the music they make is weirdly Jethro Tull influenced, sometimes the Portland-based outfit just sounds like a lost ’80s college rock band, and other times, such as on the group’s most recent release, “I’ll Be Your Girl,” they trod into brand new… Read More

NMF ’18: Talking Sister Rosetta, Revival Tents, and God With Paul Thorn

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Born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of another musician who played with themes of redemption, sex, and God in their music and performance, Paul Thorn has been playing music for a higher purpose ever since he started playing the tambourine in his father’s Pentecostal services at the age of three. He’s been a… Read More

DeWine Urges Lawmakers To Act Swiftly On Sports Betting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging state lawmakers to get in front of a potential ballot issue by legalizing sports betting. The Republican gubernatorial candidate told The Columbus Dispatch that Ohio must act “right away” to prevent special interests from going to the ballot and determining how sports betting is regulated and where… Read More