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An X-ray image of an Appalachian coal miner with black lung lesions.

As Congressional Panel Focuses On Black Lung, UMW Urges Stronger Health Protections


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As Congress hears testimony on the epidemic of black lung disease among Appalachian miners, two labor leaders are calling on Congress and regulators to do more to protect miners. In a letter to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA, the United Mine Workers of America and the United Steel Workers of America urged… Read More

The Ohio House in voting session

House Approves Treatment Instead of Conviction Bill

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The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed a bill giving courts options to divert those charged with drug crimes away from prison and into treatment programs. The bill, labeled as House Bill 1 to indicate its priority, would expand access to programs for non-violent drug offenders for treatment instead of conviction or prison, and to allow for sealing… Read More

The Ohio Supreme Court building in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio Supreme Court Declares FirstEnergy’s Grid Fee Illegal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a 2017 decision by state utility regulators that allowed FirstEnergy to charge an additional fee to be spent toward modernizing the electric grid. In a 4-3 decision Wednesday, the court sided with environmental and consumer groups that had challenged the so-called distribution modernization rider to… Read More

A gavel in front of some legal books

Ex-Officer Shown Kicking Suspect Gets a Year in Prison

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former Ohio police officer has been sentenced to a year in prison after a cellphone video showed him kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Ohio’s southern district says former Franklin Township officer Robert Wells was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in December to violating… Read More

Final Senate Budget Unlikely To Include More Local Government Money

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The final version of the Ohio Senate’s budget is expected Wednesday. While there will certainly be some proposals added in, some things are unlikely to change – such as the money that goes to a fund that’s been decimated over the last eight years. The initial Senate budget cuts taxes by $700 million over two… Read More

West Virginia on a map

West Virginia College to Offer Certain Students Free Tuition

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) – Eligible West Virginia students could receive free tuition at Bluefield State College this fall. News outlets report the college announced Tuesday that over a dozen programs classified as “high-skilled, high-demand” would begin offering free tuition. Qualifying students can be incoming, current or transferring state residents that are Pell grant eligible and… Read More

Audit Finds WV Jobs Act to Boost Local Workers Ineffective

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A legislative audit has found that the Jobs Act enacted by West Virginia lawmakers in 2001 in hopes of assuring that 75 percent of jobs on state-funded public works projects would go to local workers has failed. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the audit says the legislation has been wholly ineffective and… Read More