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Federal Watchdog Finds Coal Safety Regulator Not Protecting Miners From Silica Dust

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (OVR) — The Mine Safety and Health Administration is not doing enough to protect coal miners from deadly silica dust, according to a new report from the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General. The IG found that MSHA’s standards for exposure to deadly silica dust were out of date, and MSHA lacked… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 12 COVID-19 Cases For November 16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,648 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 12 cases were confirmed Monday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on November 16. Analysis of ODH data indicates seven involved people aged 20-29, two involved people aged 0-19, two involved people… Read More

BarbiAnn Maynard drives 45 minutes from her home in Martin County, Kentucky, to a spring at the Mingo-Logan county line in West Virginia to fill containers with fresh water.

What Biden’s Plan For “Building Back Better” Could Mean For The Ohio Valley

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BARLOW, Ky. (OVR) — David Meinschein’s teachers, staff and students have sacrificed a lot this year amid the staggering challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. He opens the door heading inside Ballard Memorial High School’s basketball gymnasium — known locally as the “Green Palace” for its school colors. The school’s emptiness is another reminder of COVID-19’s… Read More