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4 Additional W.Va. Counties Designated As Virus Hot Spots

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVPB) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says four more counties have been identified as coronavirus hot spots. In a virtual news conference on Friday, April 10, Justice outlined continued response to the virus,  including the identification of more hotspots, grants to cover additional pay for frontline workers and a boost to staff… Read More

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Religious Leaders Adapt Holy Week, Passover Traditions To Pandemic

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Pathway Baptist Church in west Kentucky is trying something a bit different from their usual service. Pastor Mike Donald, standing on a makeshift stage in front of a giant outdoor movie screen, is surrounded by congregation members in cars, honking enthusiastically on just about his every word. It’s Sunday service, but at a drive-in movie… Read More

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WATCH: How Missed Rent Payments Spark a ‘Cascade’ of Financial Hardship

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Many Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to pay their rent when they have lost income and haven’t yet been able to secure unemployment money. Missed rent, in turn, adds up to landlords who can’t pay their mortgages or property tax. And then cities and states will struggle to provide the basic services… Read More

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“We Belong to Each Other”: Appalachian Youth Build Support Amid Pandemic Uncertainty

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On March 17, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam banned gatherings of 10 or more people to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Mekyah Davis, 23, was in his second week of a new job waiting tables at the cryptid-inspired Wood Booger Grill in Norton, Va. “That week, [my boss] cut the schedule,” Davis recounted. “Everybody only had one… Read More

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Ohio Counting Coronavirus Cases Differently, Waiting For New Tests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio officials have started using a coronavirus tracking system that includes probable cases and uses results from a new blood test that looks for the body’s immune response to the virus. After two days, the new system has added 42 cases to the state’s total. But Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton… Read More

Animal Shelters Call For Foster Homes

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NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Humans have been helping humans during the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home and only taking what they need in grocery stores. But, their four-legged friends need help too.  With many states under shelter-in-place orders, animal shelters have been categorized as a non-essential business, limiting the number of workers in their facilities…. Read More

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College Students Adjust to Online Instruction

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GIBSONIA, Pa. – The spring 2020 semester started out normally for college students but will be ending in a way no student had ever imagined. Four-weeks ago, the COVID-19 outbreak closed college campuses across the country, which meant students’ normal lifestyles changed. “My first reaction, I was kind of shocked, to be honest with you,”… Read More

International Trucking Takes COVID-19 Hit

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – International shipping ground to a halt when COVID-19 restrictions were implemented. Those restrictions are being felt throughout Ohio as well. At GFS Transportation’s Columbus terminal, fully-loaded shipping containers sit in the lot. Owner of the terminal, Kevin Evans, said this is because a lot of warehouses are closed, so they are unable… Read More

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Coronavirus Concerns Rise as Ohio Valley Meatpacking Workers Fall Sick

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HINTON, W.Va. (OVR) — As the number of coronavirus cases surge across the country, some meatpacking facilities have been temporarily shuttered due to workers falling ill to the virus. Three workers in Georgia have even died. With workers at some Ohio Valley facilities now testing positive for the virus, worker safety advocates are raising concerns about how… Read More

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WATCH: Celebrity Chef Jose Andres on Why Food is a National Security Issue

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Restaurateur and chef Jose Andres is well known for his efforts to feed people in disaster areas across the globe. Now, his World Central Kitchen has a new challenge: supporting Americans suffering hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has already served a million meals and hopes to expand even beyond the 100,000 people it… Read More

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House Convenes Task Force to Consider Ohio’s Post-Shutdown Economic Options

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 226,000 people – over a quarter of a million Ohioans – filed for unemployment in just the last week. Nearly 700,000 Ohioans have filed in the last three weeks. And a task force of state representatives met this week and will meet again Monday to talk about when to… Read More