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Amid Black Lung Surge Pulmonary Rehab Brings Hope To Disabled Miners

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Marcy Tate grew up in southwest Virginia in a coal mining family. “My father-in-law was a coal miner, my father was a coal miner, my grandfather was a coal miner, my great-grandfather was a coal miner,” she said. Tate knew what black lung disease looked like. In 2003, her father-in-law passed away from what Tate… Read More

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Official Suspended After Incident Involving Transgender Student At West Virginia School

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Latest on a West Virginia high school assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student in a school bathroom (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A West Virginia assistant principal has been suspended after a complaint that he harassed a transgender male student inside a high school bathroom. News outlets report… Read More

Data Dives And Shoe Leather: How NPR’s Howard Berkes Investigated Appalachia’s Black Lung Epidemic

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NPR is reporting that more than two thousand coal miners are now suffering from the most severe form of black lung disease, Progressive Massive Fibrosis, or PMF. And despite clear warnings, investigative reporter Howard Berkes shows, the mining industry and government regulators did little to stop it. Data loom large in this story: Berkes took a deep dive… Read More

State Medical Board Confirms Complaint Records on OSU Doctor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The State Medical Board is acknowledging for the first time that it has records about a complaint investigation involving the now-deceased Ohio State University team doctor accused of widespread sexual misconduct against students decades ago. Neither institution will share details about the documents involving now-deceased physician Richard Strauss. They were provided… Read More

Ohio’s General Revenue Fund Gets A Boost From State Office

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The incoming lieutenant governor says the office he now holds has saved so much money that he wants to give some back to the state. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted didn’t request any money in the current state budget, saying online operations are helping him keep costs and staff levels low. Here he is in December of 2016. “We have cut… Read More

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Deer Checked in This Year’s 2-Day Gun Season Down from 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State officials say hunters checked more than 4,000 fewer white-tailed deer during Ohio’s two-day deer-gun hunting season this year than in last year’s two-day season. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters killed 9,625 deer in the two-day period Dec. 15-16, compared with 14,115 last year. Officials say hunters still… Read More