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Miners assemble on railroad tracks to block a shipment of coal from a Blackjewel mine.

No Pay, We Stay: A Look Back at the 2019 Protest that Rocked Appalachia

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CUMBERLAND, Ky. (OVR) — It’s a quiet, foggy morning on Highway 119 in Cumberland, Kentucky. A railroad track runs along the highway, and here, Sand Hill Bottom Road crosses the tracks and turns to the right, leaving a rough triangle of gravel spattered with trash. You can hear crickets chirping, birds twittering, cars passing on 119…. Read More

A section of the plan for the new Nelsonville wastewater treatment plant along Elm Rock Road.

New Wastewater Treatment Plant Construction Underway in Nelsonville

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Nelsonville received help for a project to improve its water system. The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $250,000 grant to the city of Nelsonville for a new wastewater treatment plant. This brings the total funding to more than $16.5 million for a project that will operate as… Read More

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Chicana Feminism and Border Studies: Reproductive Healthcare at the Mexico-U.S. Border


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On this episode of Defining Moments Podcast, Guest Host Dr. Jill Yamasaki talks with Dr. Leandra Hernandez and Dr. Sarah De Los Santos-Upton on how they live out the values of Chicana Feminism in their work as health communication scholars and activists.   Leandra and Sarah share reflections on their work on reproductive healthcare at… Read More

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Calls For Dark Money Reform Amid Political Bribery Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The criminal activities Ohio’s House speaker and some other political operatives are accused of doing couldn’t have happened without one thing – dark money.  This scandal is renewing calls for reform from watchdog groups. Common Cause Ohio’s Catherine Turcer said lawmakers could have passed a bill in 2010 that… Read More

Coronavirus

Athens Co. Confirms Six New COVID-19 Cases For July 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 309 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after six additional cases were confirmed Friday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 24. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. An analysis… Read More

ADA

Athens City Commission on Disabilities Speaks on the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

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WOUB Digital · Athens City Commission on Disabilities Speaks on the 30th Anniversary of the ADASunday, July 26, 2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against Americans with disabilities (physical or mental, temporary or permanent), requires public accommodations to conform to accessibility… Read More

Piles of coal

Coal Company Rhino Resource Partners Files For Bankruptcy

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Kentucky-based coal company Rhino Resource Partners LP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday, joining a growing list of Ohio Valley coal producers seeking financial restructuring as the U.S. coal industry continues to struggle. According to court documents, the company and its subsidiaries currently employ about 550 workers at underground and surface… Read More

Larry Householder

State Leaders Considering Next Steps After Householder’s Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican lawmakers say they’re working on how to move forward given the recent arrest of House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who now faces federal racketeering charges. This could set up a new fight to become the next speaker. If Householder were to resign or be removed, his second-in-command Rep…. Read More