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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio.

Child Advocate: Foster Care Lawsuit Necessary After Inaction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An advocate for people who take custody of children they’re related to says a lawsuit seeking to boost payments for those children’s care was made necessary by the state’s inaction. Barbara Turpin is with the Ohio Grandparents/Kinship Coalition. She says she’s hopeful a federal lawsuit filed last week against the state… Read More

The waiting room at Jefferson Day Report Center in West Virginia.

“Diseases Of Despair” Deaths Drop Slightly But Still Higher In Appalachia

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — New research shows that deaths due to the mix of substance use disorder and suicides known as “diseases of despair” declined slightly in 2018. But the mortality rates throughout the Ohio Valley and Appalachian region are still higher than the national average. A report from the Appalachian Regional Commission found that overall… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

Ohio Valley Divide: Vote Analysis Shows Bluer Cities, Deeper Red Rural Places

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — President-elect Joe Biden received a bigger turnout in the Ohio Valley in 2020 than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. So did his opponent Donald Trump. In an election that saw historic levels of voting nationwide, Democrat Biden added 3.2% to Clinton’s 2016 vote share in the Ohio Valley while Republican Trump… Read More

Patio outside Columbus restaurant

Ohio’s Restaurants Ask Congress For More Federal Aid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s restaurants and bars say Congress needs to get to work immediately to give them more federal dollars to offset the losses associated with the pandemic. The Ohio Restaurant Association’s John Barker said seven counties have stay at home advisories and that, along with statewide restrictions, are hurting his members…. Read More

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Sicker Staff, Fewer Beds For Rural Hospitals As COVID-19 Spreads Through Ohio Valley

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (OVR) — Dr. Kirk Tucker, chief clinical officer of Adena Health Systems in Chillicothe, Ohio, said a week before Thanksgiving that the health system’s three hospitals in southern Ohio were bombarded with coronavirus patients. But it isn’t just the patients testing positive. The virus has also sickened 65 of his fellow caregivers. Recently, Tucker… Read More