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Planned Parenthood, Athens, Ohio

How Planned Parenthood’s Exit from Federal Program is Affecting Ohio

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An estimated 99 ,000 low income Ohioans who want birth control and reproductive health care services have fewer options now that Planned Parenthood nationwide has pulled out of the federal Title X program. Planned Parenthood objects to a new rule that it says restricts the doctor-patient relationship. And In nine counties, it’s the only provider that accepted Title X funds. Athens… Read More

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

New Kentucky Memorial Honors Miners Who Died Of Black Lung

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Coal miners and family members of miners who have died from black lung disease gathered Sunday in Whitesburg, Kentucky, to dedicate a new memorial to miners who perished from the workplace disease. While Appalachian coal country has several memorials to mining disasters, this is believed to be the first memorial to remember the thousands of… Read More

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Public Forums on Substance Use Response Plan Set in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public forums will be held starting this week on a statewide response to substance use in West Virginia. The first will be Tuesday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Other forums are scheduled for Wednesday at the West Virginia University-Parkersburg campus, Oct. 21 at the University of Charleston student union ballroom… Read More

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Whooping Cough Cases Confirmed In Ky. Schools

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Health officials have confirmed two cases of whooping cough at Kentucky schools. Lexington-Fayette County health officials said Friday that the latest case of the highly contagious respiratory disease whose medical name is pertussis was reported at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports it’s the second case of… Read More

Nathan Rourke Bobcats Football

Ohio Football: 3 Takeaways from the Bobcats Loss to Northern Illinois

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ATHENS, OH — After a big win in Buffalo, the Bobcats came home for Homecoming and played well. For a half, anyway. In the second half, the ‘Cats went back to some of the same tendencies that lost them three straight games. Here are a few of my takeaways from Ohio’s 39-36 loss to Northern… Read More

President Trump touted coal’s “comeback” at a WV rally.

Is Ohio in Play? GOP Tilt Working Against Democrats

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Gagin says he hasn’t changed much politically, even as so much around him has. The attorney from rural Belmont County, Ohio, became a Republican in 2013 after Democrats embraced environmental policies that he believed were detrimental to the area’s coal mining and fracking industries. As an anti-abortion-rights, pro-gun conservative, he… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a press conference

DeWine Stands Strong On Gun Violence Package, Even After Mixed Reviews

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s confident his STRONG Ohio gun violence package will be enacted into law, in spite of the chilly reception he’s gotten from both Republicans and Democrats. DeWine pushed back at Democrats’ criticism that the STRONG Ohio plan is weak, saying it wasn’t written by the gun lobby. He also defends not including required background checks, which he… Read More