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Metallurgical coal sits in a pile after being loaded onto a barge at the SunCoke Energy Partners LP Ceredo Terminal in Ceredo, West Virginia

Researchers say they’ve linked silica dust directly to severe black lung disease

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Exposure to a toxic rock dust appears to be “the main driving force” behind a recent epidemic of severe black lung disease among coal miners, according to the findings of a new study. Lawmakers have debated and failed to adequately regulate the dust for decades. The study, which examined the lungs… Read More

Commissioners hand out different maps to be submitted during a Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting on March 2, 2022.

Youngstown voters plan to refile Voting Rights Act complaint in federal court

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The motion to stop the certification of Ohio’s congressional primary results is expected to be refiled in another federal court. The motion would argue that the state’s congressional district map violates the Voting Rights Act because the mapmakers did not take into account racial demographics. After being rejected by… Read More

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Cities ask streaming services like Netflix and Hulu to pay cable fees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is debating whether Netflix and other streaming services should have to pay local governments the same fees levied on cable operators. The argument is similar to one in several other states, where cities are trying to force streaming service companies to pay cable operator fees. At issue… Read More

Black perspectives examined over Will Smith hitting Chris Rock at the Oscars


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/Spectrum/mp3/JudgeGayle_JaniceCollins_220413.mp3 Given the current controversy over the incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars, WOUB’s Spectrum Podcast wanted to get the perspectives on the issue from two notable black women. Recently, we met with journalist, scholar, and author Dr. Janice Collins and path-setting jurist Judge Gayle Williams Byers for their perspectives They… Read More

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Advocates worry new law could lead to vulnerable Ohioans being kicked off Medicaid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency that the federal government declared in January 2020 is set to expire on Saturday. That’s likely to be extended till July. But when it does expire, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans will lose that coverage. The federal government banned states from kicking people off Medicaid… Read More

Lewis Black on the importance of education and maintaining a cantankerous sort of optimism

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WOUB Digital · Lewis Black on the importance of education and maintaining a cantankerous sort of optimism Lewis Black is known for yelling. For ranting. For dramatic explosions of emotion ignited by the absurdity and cruelty percolating below the surface of day-to-day life. The comedian and longtime Daily Show correspondent even portrayed anger personified in… Read More

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Decades of missed opportunities to hold to account: “The Power of Big Oil” on FRONTLINE – starts April 19 at 10 pm


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Frontline’s Three Part Series: “The Power of Big Oil” Tuesdays, April 19-May 3, at 10 PM This three-part documentary series is a deeply researched investigation of what scientists, corporations, politicians and the public have known about climate change for decades and the many missed opportunities to mitigate the problem. Spanning a half century and drawing… Read More