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Prison nurseries help incarcerated mothers bond, but options are limited

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 Ohio Valley ReSource · Prison nurseries help incarcerated mothers bond, but options are limited MARYSVILLE, Ohio (OVR) – Kea’Londa Fuqua was 20 years old when she found out she was pregnant with her first child. A surprise pregnancy at a young age can feel overwhelming, but Fuqua had an additional stressor on her impending… Read More

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Ohio lawmakers push to tighten bail requirements after court decision

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Ohio lawmakers look to tighten bail requirements after court decision GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (OVR) – Mary Evans remembers the look on her mother’s face the moment that the judge set her bail at $500,000. “My mom knew that it was over,” she said. “I could see every thought that my mom was… Read More

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Ohio joins states with no concealed carry license requirement

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ATHENS, Ohio (OVR) — Every year at tax time Mike Linscott knows that business is soon to pick up at River’s Edge Outfitters, his family-run firearm and archery supply store in Canaanville, Ohio. This year there’s a larger increase than usual at this profitable time, which he says could be due in part to a… Read More

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As the Supreme Court deliberates abortion rights, access is already limited in the Ohio Valley

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Reproductive Health in the Ohio Valley 02/18/22 KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (OVR) – On a cold Wednesday morning in February, cars arrive at an abortion provider in Knoxville, Tennessee. The women inside their cars are met with a line of people, mostly men, on either side of the parking lot entrance. “Don’t turn… Read More

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Parents struggle for support in Ohio Valley child care ‘deserts’

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Parents struggle for support in Ohio Valley child care ‘deserts’ ATHENS, Ohio (OVR) — Stacy Bilodeau has wanted to go back to work for years, but she can’t because she doesn’t have child care. The mother of two from Murray, Ky. is the only one available to look after her kids… Read More

Virtual reality brings ‘soft skills’ training to law enforcement in Appalachian Ohio

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ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) – On a chilly fall morning deputies with the Athens County Sheriff’s Department reported for annual training in Nelsonville, OH. Sitting among bullet proof vests and diagrams of guns and safety measures, the officers’ weapons remained holstered. Instead of target practice, this morning officers wore virtual reality headsets to watch  interactions… Read More

Recovery Through Employment: ARC Funding Makes Ohio Valley Programs Possible

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Jessica Stapleton was in the thralls of active addiction when she first heard of the Recovery to Work program. She had lost the trust of her family and custody of her six children. She credits the program with not only changing her life, but saving it as well. “It pretty much saved my life. I… Read More

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive for an event to mark the start of monthly Child Tax Credit relief payments, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Washington.

Families Receive Sorely Needed Child Tax Credit Payments

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BUCHTEL, Ohio (OVR) — The Robsons, like the vast majority of U.S. households with children, began receiving the Child Tax Credit last week – the latest part of the American Rescue Plan to be put into action. Jaclyn Robson says it was sorely needed.  “I don’t want to have to work 60 hours a week… Read More