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A miner is tested for lung function and signs of black lung disease

Federal Dust Fraud Charges Highlight Black Lung Threat For Miners

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When former coal mine employees in western Kentucky faced arraignment Wednesday on federal charges that they conspired to falsify the required monitoring of coal dust, the hearing brought renewed attention to the region’s surge in black lung disease. The case highlights the many challenges miners face in the workplace. And health officials in black lung clinics… Read More

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Man Freed From Prison As New DNA Test Casts Doubt In Slaying

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Defense attorneys say a man imprisoned for roughly 12 years for a woman’s 2002 killing in West Virginia has been released as an investigation continues into newly discovered evidence casting doubt on his and three other men’s guilt. The Herald-Dispatch reports 37-year-old Phillip Scott Barnett was released Thursday from the Parkersburg… Read More

Microsoft, Ohio-Based Service Agree To Extend Broadband To Unserved Areas

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) – Microsoft Corp. and an Ohio-based provider of telecommunications services have announced an agreement to extend broadband internet access to 110,000 unserved people in rural Ohio over the next four years. Microsoft and Agile Networks announced the agreement this week. They say it will help address a need for reliable broadband access… Read More

Tenth Kentucky City Approves Fairness Ordinance

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MAYSVILLE, Ky. (AP) – An LGBTQ advocacy organization says Maysville has become Kentucky’s tenth city to pass a fairness ordinance. The Lexington Herald-Leader quotes the Fairness Campaign as saying the northern Kentucky city passed the ordinance Thursday. The Campaign says the ordinance will prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination for housing, employment and other… Read More